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Star Wars Day: Memories of watching the original trilogy at a young age

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(Read caption) 'Star Wars' stars Mark Hamill (second from l.), Harrison Ford (r.), Alec Guinness (second from r.) and Peter Mayhew (l.).

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As one might expect, watching the original “Star Wars” trilogy as an adult is different than watching it when you’re a kid.

I’m part of a generation that didn’t see the original three movies in theaters, but instead viewed them at home on VHS for the first time. For me, going to see a “Star Wars” movie in theaters didn't mean seeing Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford again – it meant getting hopes built up, then being disappointed and saying, “Maybe the next one will be better.” (It was not.)

Watching the original three at home happened during a time before we knew what midi-chlorians were, is what I'm saying.

At this point, I don’t even remember when I first saw the original trilogy, which also means that, to my disappointment, I don’t remember when I found out one of cinema’s best twists, that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. Similarly, anytime I watched it, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s death at the end of “Star Wars: A New Hope” was not of huge concern to me. I knew he would be back, surrounded by blue light, pretty soon, anyway.


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