Episode IV – A New Hope

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The first time I saw these words, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know where this was going. What I did know on the other hand was, it kinda looked amazing.

I mean who in their right mind would start a movie by putting chunks of text scrolling up the screen?

This was like anything I’ve ever seen before. I hadn’t seen a lot of movies at that time – and I’m sure glad I hadn’t cuz I couldn’t compare this movie to another one.

Heck there wasn’t any movie to compare it to, it was so original and so refreshing to look at.

I had a ticket to go see A New Hope, and my dad, in his infinite wisdom, shredded the ticket to pieces.

For some reason, he decided watching this movie was bad for me. Tough love…

Well, being the resourceful and persistent kid I was, I glued back the ticket together and went on to see the movie anyway.

I don’t remember if I was grounded afterwards for seeing it even though what my dad did to that ticket.

What I do remember was that I was walking on a cloud.

I had such an amazing time!

Thinking back now, if I hadn’t glued the ticket back I’ve never would have gone and see the movie and I’d never have become a fan.

Thanks dad, I guess.

I don’t know if you do this, but almost every time I go and see a movie, it may be an action movie or comedy or horror movie, I tend to reenact the scenes I watched and liked.

So as I watched A New Hope for the first time, it was natural for me to recreate some scenes of the movie.

I literally was wielding Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Or flying the Millennium Falcon at hyperdrive speed trying to outrun Imperial Star Destroyers.

That was my way of showing appreciation for the movie.

Han Solo
Han Solo – A New Hope

And I still do it today.

Another movie I did it with is Superman. No, not the new one with Henry Cavill. The one from the late 70’s, with Christopher Reeves.

Me and some friends attached towell’s to our backs on our t-shirts with clothespins, put our arms up and pretended to fly like the Man of Steel. The feeling of invincibility and freedom was priceless….and very and only in our minds!

I digress.

Let’s keep our focus on the Force shall we.

At the beginning of A New Hope, there’s this huge star Destroyer – Devastator, Darth Vader’s flagship – pursuing this Rebel Ship – Tantive IV. The Devastator seems two stretch like forever and ever, and ever, and ever,…

Star Destroyer
Star Destroyer – A New Hope

I remember thinking, that little ship is in a whole lot of trouble. That ship was a monster and it’s dwarfing that little one. And it’s shooting at it….fly faster little ship!

This is how I got introduced to the Star Wars universe. It’s my story of how I came to see the movie.

I don’t want to tell all the details surrounding the first time I saw the movie, it would probably take a whole site to do this and forever. Plus I don’t want to bore you with all the fine details and all my memories of the movie.

You’ll have the chance to read more about my insights about Star Wars in some other posts I’ll write.

Let’s just say if it hadn’t been for George Lucas‘s vision of an epic science fiction adventure, probably movies being made today wood just plain and simply suck.

He did influence movie making.

From special effects, to sound editing, character development and storytelling, he paved the way to others so we can have high quality movies.

Thanks George…huh, I mean M. Lucas!

Obi Wan & Luke2
Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi inside the Millennium Falcon – A New Hope

Here’s the story of A New Hope:

The Empire rules the Galaxy with a weapon with enough firepower to destroy an entire planet.

A young farmer by the name of Luke Skywalker crosses paths with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and together with the help of Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 set out to save Princess Leia, held prisoner by the Empire.

They’re only hope of stopping the evil Empire is to retrieve plans hidden in the R2 unit and send a Rebel fleet in a dangerous mission to end the Empire’s reign of terror.

Will Luke, the Force and the Rebels save and restore peace to the Galaxy or will they fail and suffer the same fate as countless star systems did before them?

You can check more information about “A New Hope” on the Wookieepedia site here.

Please be aware, the film’s description contains SPOILERS. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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A long time ago, in a blog far, far away…

Dominic Paré, a Star Wars fan


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