Star Wars never really went away, especially not in the hearts of life long fans, though there were some rough patches, like the prequel years. But now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the franchise is undergoing a substantial renaissance. With the animated series Star Wars Rebels premiering this week (read our review here), and news about J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII dominating the landscape, this seems like as good a time as any to revisit the beloved franchise. But a lot of us are busy, and sitting down to watch three movies we’ve already seen countless times may not fit into our always-full schedules as easily as it once did. Fortunately for those of us with a hectic calendar, there is this video that distills the original trilogy down to a short, easy to digest recap.
Just a warning, this may very well make you want to sit down and rewatch the original trilogy, so you’ll probably need to carve out some time for that in the very near future anyway, but hopefully this will give you the refresher you’re after. I really enjoy the description of Luke Skywalker as “angsty 70s teen.” This video is pretty fun, and at a fast paced three minutes, doesn’t over stay it’s welcome, and has the good sense to stop just when it’s starting to teeter on the edge of being annoying. That’s a trait not enough of these kinds of things have.
It’s an especially appropriate time to talk about the original trilogy. Rebels takes place in the years before A New Hope, and shows the Galactic Empire tightening its grip on the universe. In this environment, the seeds of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance start to sprout, which will lead us directly into the first three films. We’re moving on from the prequels, so there’s no need to revisit that train wreck of a trilogy unless you’re feeling masochistic.
And on the other side, Episode VII, while set 30 years after the end of the events Return of the Jedi, won’t pick up immediately after, but you know that the events of the original trilogy had a huge impact on what we’ll see, and we’ll get to learn about the consequences of what we saw in 1983. We’ve all spent a fair mount of our lives wondering what happened in the wake of the second Death Star being destroyed, and though we’re still well over a year away from finding out, we’re closer than we’ve ever been before.