The boys have been big fans of Star Wars for some time now. Last weekend, Spike TV was showing episodes 1-3 (the newer made movies) and we watched them. I was hooked right away because of the storyline that flows strongly through the movies and because it was helping to fill in the blanks of what I knew about the original Star Wars movie (which is technically Episode 4 to confuse some of you even more. LOL). Then, this weekend, Spike TV was showing Episodes 4-6 (original Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi). I just finished watching Return of the Jedi. The following will probably contain spoilers for those of you who've never seen the movie, so be warned before reading on! Wink!
I really became interested in who was Darth Vader and how did he become that way. How was Darth Vader Luke's dad? Then, holy cow, I found out that Luke and Leia were actually twins. How did I not know this stuff just because I pay enough attention to entertainment stuff not because I'd seen any of the Star Wars movies. I am not really that interested in the Sci Fi stuff and the battle scenes, but the storyline is so prevalent and I needed to know. Heck, I was so involved with the movies that I got weepy when Darth Vader died and when Luke paid homage to him (funeral pyre for fallen Jedis). I totally appreciate what George Lucas did with this story and I'm glad I can finally say that I've seen all 6 episodes.
I highly recommend these movies (watch them in order, not by when they were made, but by episode) if you've never seen them. Just like the Godfather, I saw these movies later in life and have a great appreication for them now. May the Force Be With You! ;-)