Asi asks: What Is Star Wars For You? Asi asks: What Is Star Wars For You?
Open channel: What impact had Star Wars on you as a person? Asi asks: What Is Star Wars For You?

Hello. AsimovLives here.

Star Wars.

Star Wars, the two words that invokes an universe (pun intended) of feelings and opinions. Two words that changed the lives of many. Not mine, the two words that did that for me was Blade Runner. But it’s beyond obvious that the George Lucas’ created space saga made an impact beyond measure.

And now there is a new one.

But this article is not about the social and cultural and artistic (and economic) impact the saga caused. No, this is about the personal impact the saga did on each of you.

So, in this article I ask you what and why you like Star Wars. Or don’t too, negative opinions are welcomed here too… if you dare!

I’d like to see why this saga is so important to you, and if I may ask, some personal anecdotes about your first viewing of the movies, or some memorable experience you had related to this saga, including the meeting with one of the actors, funny moments related to Star Wars, etc.

You’re all welcome.

This is AsimovLives, waiting for you. Thank you.

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AsimovLives

Hailing from the atlantic lusitanian shores, AsimovLives is a native of Portugal (it's in Europe). An enthusiastic fan of Science Fiction and Cinema, together with varied interests in Science, Astronomy, History, Arts, Gastronomy, Wines & Spirits and all things Beauty. Unshakable convictions of humanism, secularism and rationalist kind. Tireless supporter of intelligent and honest-hearted entertainment. Staunch enemy of superstition and all dumbed down shallow hack made cynical cash-grabbing cinema and tirelessly calling out on their supporters, no half-measures. Passion is the game.

  • Rose-Rey

    Star Wars is life!

    Star Wars has been such a huge part of my life it’s hard to know where to begin but I grew up watching these films and love them to this day. They occupy a massive place in my heart. Luke Skywalker was my hero. I adored him. He was brave and noble. He went on such an incredible journey over three films and we went on it with him. Princess Leia was such a strong female character and for a young girl growing up she was a heroine to me. Darth Vader was the stuff of my nightmares and when the actor visited my school as a child I remember me and my friends being terrified and planning to hide under the tables – even though he had come to teach us how to cross the road safely!
    The prequels brought a Star Wars renaissance at the end of the nineties and I remember that they re-released the OT in cinemas which was so cool. Seeing them on the big screen was a dream and, whilst I am not a big prequel fan, it was fun at the time to have the opportunity to see brand new Star Wars films.
    And now we are on the cusp of a brand new trilogy. Can it really be happening? Such magic! To see Leia, Luke, Han and Chewie again. Amazing. It’s going to be wonderful.

  • ErnestRister

    You’re not going to see Leia, Luke, Han and Chewie together again.

  • Summing up this comment:
    https://youtu.be/VFNJIE7X37g

  • CoolHandJuke

    in a perfect world, star wars is 70’s carrie fisher lezzing out real good with her future mom, natalie portman, and i’m 15 and still interested in them both because my penis hasn’t fallen off yet…

  • Rose-Rey

    I have been avoiding all spoilers and have only watched one trailer so please don’t say anymore…

  • SW was a big part of my youth. My fandom ended after ROTS and I can be very cynical about it now. I rewatched the old movies recently and while still fun and great, it’s not the same feeling anymore. But I don’t think that’s something bad. It just happens, it was replaced by other interests, I don’t think one “dies inside” if that happens or some shit of that ilk. One thing I don’t like about the resurrection is that it won’t spark the creation of a slew of other, completely different SF-films like the original did. Instead we also just get retreads of those movies. Blade Runner sequels, Alien sequels, maybe a Black Hole remake, who knows. Bleh.

  • CoolHandJuke

    David Prowse came to your school? i only ever got these two old bitches that taught us good touch vs. bad touch…

  • Rose-Rey

    Lol. Believe me, it made a pleasant change from the endless mass.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    And for that, JJ should be hung, drawn and quartered.

    Also, I concur with Rose below: please stop dropping casual spoilers in these talkbacks. That goes for anyone else, too. I may not have high hopes for The Force Awakens, but I’d still like to see it knowing as little as possible.

  • Did he talk like this:
    https://youtu.be/KQFho0_G1VI

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The feeling has left me, too. I guess it’s simply a part of getting older. Other interests and concerns take over.

    I look back at the prequels and wonder how I could’ve ever mustered up that amount of investment and enthusiasm for a movie franchise. And that has nothing to do with bitterness at the quality of the end result, either, as I still enjoy the prequels and always have. I feel much the same way about the Lord of the Rings movies.

    Perhaps my coming to loggerheads with people over at that…other site lately has to do with so many of the fanboys still being locked in that fervent frame-of-mind – despite many of them surely being middle-aged or close to it, and many even married with kids! It’s a bit pathetic, really. That incompatibility of perspective is apparent not only in the zealous reaction to Star Wars’s revival, but in the almost religious devotion to quite a few other fan favorite movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, as well.

    Of course, there’s more to it than that. JJ Abrams is simply not, and never will be, an inspiring director, and doesn’t represent anything that ever interested me about cinema, or art in general. I always had a preference for the singular auteurs that dared to created their own distinctive body of work, whether those were filmmakers, authors, musicians or something else: shaping their own reality, filtering the world through a personal perspective, and then sharing that with us all. Now, those types of artist are dying off. Really, can you name more than a handful of directors under forty who fit this mold? I sure can’t.

    Abrams seems to be a man fit for his times – I’ll give him that – as the current generation seem to crave no more than superficial nostalgia and the sating of short-term, childish cravings. It’s not really about great fantasy storytelling anymore, but a cultural ego trip for the audience and assembly-line profit for the studios. Abrams is thus the perfect figurehead for such a vacuous and reductive mentality.

    So for me, ROTS marked not only the death of my passion for the series, but the death of Star Wars as a unique vision, no matter how flawed. The Force Awakens marks only the start of a new era of middlebrow entertainment, Lucas’s envelope-pushing saga reduced to nothing more than an annual network TV show. And other than two hours of passable entertainment in the theater every year, that’s nothing to get excited about or to fill anyone’s dreams. I think people’s dreams are worth more than that.

  • Agree to most parts. Abrams is a passable- only passable- craftsman who thinks of himself as an auteur or at least wants people to think so. Other journeyman directors, Justin Lin or Doug Liman for example, are much better craftsmen and they don’t claim that.
    It’s sad that people think directors should pander to them, it’s the death of art. I mean movies were always made after a formula and that’s not a bad thing, but now it gets oddly specific, becoming total fan service. Everything becomes a circle jerk. Another thing that irks me is that they are trying to “improve” some of the “flaws” of the OT now.
    Like making the stormtroopers “badass”. First, SW was never really badass, it only had some dashes of badassness. Second, I wonder why the oh-so devoted fans want that- shouldn’t they have accepted the trooper’s ineptitude as a unique charming detail of the lore by now?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Exactly. Star Wars was never meant to be anything other than an old Flash Gordon serial come to life. It was goofy and intended to be slightly tongue-in-cheek. Stormtroopers that act like SS commandos – if that’s what they’re going for – don’t really fit in with that vibe at all. What next: they add some four-letter words to the proceedings?

  • I think they are mixing different more recent SF-entertainment sensibilities in there that have no place in SW. Rogue One seems to go even deeper down that rabbit hole.

  • electrictomatoes

    cool, but you should probably stay off the internet soon
    once the reviews hit and stuff from premiere its all spoiled.

    14th is premiere, embargo I believe exists but stuff will leak from premiere as not everyone there is press of course

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Rogue One does seem to being taking more influence from HALO than traditional Star Wars. They’re totally (and tonally) incompatible approaches to science fiction, if you ask me.

  • Rose-Rey

    It was kinda like this tbh (although this wasn’t my school.) Ahhh I miss the innocent days of the ’80s. 😀

    https://youtu.be/9UX0q6er12k

  • Rose-Rey

    Stop. Look. Listen.

    I’ll take it to the grave! 😀

  • Rose-Rey

    Oh absolutely, I intend to be careful. I am actually curious to see what the press make of it, I’ll check what number of stars Empire gives it without reading the review!

  • “innocent days of the ’80s”
    You really don’t remember the 80s very well, do you? It was YOU who were innocent because you were very young, not the times.

  • Darth Vader traumatized you to obey the road rules.

  • Rose-Rey

    Amen.

  • Rose-Rey

    Pretty much lol!

  • Rose-Rey

    I’m still innocent Asi! 😀

  • I believe that you have not committed any crimes. Yet.

  • Rose-Rey

    Lol.

  • KilliK

    oh shit, nobody saw that coming!

  • KilliK

    in other words, they are turning them into videogames to cater the videogame audience.

  • KilliK

    For me Star Wars is all about imagination. It directly speaks to your kid inside you, makes you dream and helps you escape for a brief moment from the harsh reality of our world. The only other movie which provided me this experience was Avatar.

    For me this is Star Wars:

    Now all this is lost, we are not going to get anything else than fastfood SW for the rest of our existence. We wont dream again, we wont feel kids again, we wont escape. Star Wars is not an experience anymore, it’s going to be just another movie to watch. It’s the official end of our innocence.

  • KilliK

    nema.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “For me Star Wars is all about imagination. It directly speaks to your
    kid inside you, makes you dream and helps you escape for a brief moment
    from the harsh reality of our world. The only other movie which provided
    me this experience was Avatar.”

    I second those sentiments. And the Avatar example is interesting, because it somewhat refutes my theory below. If there’s any franchise, or would-be franchise, I can still muster genuine enthusiasm for, it’s that. It was the one movie of the last decade that did provide me with the same feeling as the OT offered back in the eighties. It wasn’t the only good movie of the last ten years, but definitely the only one that offered that immersive, imaginative experience that only the best fantasy cinema can provide. So my feelings about the new Star Wars movies (or toward the current state of genre cinema in general) are clearly not related to age, or the changing times and attitudes, entirely.

    Still, I don’t know if I’d even care to defend Avatar so passionately against its critics as I did six or seven years ago. It has nothing to do with the movie itself; my position would apply to any good new movie that came down the pike. I just don’t particularly care what the fanboy crowd that perpetuate AICN and similar large communities think anymore, and have no desire for rapprochement. I can no longer relate to their views or respect them. And the forthcoming era of Star Wars, and the baffling, unquestioning fervor for it, serves as the biggest proof of that disconnect for me.

  • KilliK

    you forgot portman’s granddaughter..

  • SW has no wiggle room in tone, but a lot in terms of plot. They got it all wrong and do it the other way round.

  • KilliK

    this is what they are going for, SS commandos, there are three sequences in the movie where they are exterminating everybody.

    it’s not a coincidence they have a female Stormtrooper who is a cold blooded, ruthless killer, who according to the actress will return for the sequel too. as I said in another post, they are now fetihizing aspects of the old movies which we loved and became part of pop culture.

  • KilliK

    speaking of voice, Kylo Ren’s voice in the trailer is awful, really terrible which takes me out of the trailers every time I hear it. It’s like hearing some virgin nerd in a mask playing with his toys.

  • CoolHandJuke

    we don’t know that yet…

  • KilliK

    trust me, we know.

  • haha that’s what he is

  • Space-Ilsa!

  • Orcus

    The original unadulterated SW is the first love of Orcus. What made it great is that it hinted at the larger world that it inhabits without explaining things away. Consider it as a great meal that sated your hunger but left you wanting a bit more. It was this feeling that inspired the imagination of others to fill in the blanks.

    The PT explained everything away, it was a different animal and geared towards the next gen of SW fans. Series like the Clone Wars (which is rather excellent, but a bit uneven is spots) was designed to be supplemental to fill in the blanks, as opposed to that job falling to the viewer. Which kinda takes the fun out of things if you ask Orcus

    BTW, Why does Kylo Ren talk like Orcus??

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    You would know.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Why would you, as an adult, expect to feel the same as you did when you were a kid when you first saw Star Wars?

    Grow up. Abrams is not here to let you reclaim your childhood.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    You know nothing. This plot synopsis you tout is little more than fanboy guesswork. Yet, you take it as gospel truth. Has it occurred to you that you’re wrong?

  • ErnestRister

    Han has to clean Chewie’s clumped-up hair around the Wookie-anus. Chewie hates the process, but has no choice, because Han doesn’t pay him, so Chewie has no income and can’t visit a private groomer.

  • ErnestRister

    Public service. You might want to stay off the internet starting Monday night around 9:00 p.m. PST.

  • Stalkeye

    I have an answer to that but its an article I have been working on since early last week. (As I had mentioned to Dee.)

  • ErnestRister

    Oddly enough, when I think of Star Wars, I think of home video. VCRs, BetaMax, RCA VideoDiscs, LaserDiscs, DVDs, Blu-Rays…I grew up with four channels. NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS. I had some friends with wealthy parents and they always had the latest home video tech, and my friends didn’t appreciate what they had, but they had Star Wars. They could watch it any time they wanted. I had to settle for the comics and the soundtrack album.

    By the age of 16, in 1986, my parents finally bought a VCR, and the Star Wars trilogy was among the first films I rented, alongside 2001 and Amadeus. I made sure the VCR they purchased was (get this) stereo hi-fi capable, because they had recently purchased a stereo tv. So it was a thrill to hear the opening of The Empire Strikes Back, with those probe droids zooming around. Each new home video release of these films is always an experiment in where film tech is currently residing. Now, here I am 30 years later, getting to see all seven films projected by freaking lasers in Doby Atmos sound on a giant screen. I’m waiting for the next 30 years when we’ll all have home video brain implants and the films will just stream into our cerebral cortex.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I remember that Star Wars threw me for a loop initially because it revealed itself to be more about family than anything else.
    I wanted to hate and route for Darth Vader’s death but that was squashed when I learned he was daddy. From that point on I was forced to hope that Luke was successful in revealing the true power of goodness, hope, kindness etc.

    Granted, I think the series handled these concepts a little clumsily. Particularly with Vader and Luke. I mean let’s look at this. Luke basically says
    Luke — “Dad, I still think you’re good”
    Vader –“Nah, I don’t know…maybe. Whatever, it doesn’t matter, I gotta work for this guy over here”
    Luke –“Who, this guy? c’mon dad this guy’s a grade a jerk-off”
    Emperor — “Fuck you, Jedi scum” zzzzzZap!
    Vader–“You know..I don’t think I like that. You should probably stop”
    etc. etc.

    You’re never really shown what’s so enticing about the “Dark SIde” or what’s so enticing about the “Good/Light” side for that matter. On the surface they both pretty much do the same thing. We learn from the prequels the Jedi are stiff-asses who live like monks. As a regular person there’s not a whole lot of fun going on there. One would think being a Sith would mean you were glutting yourself on fine food, wine and women (or men or boys or girls you get the picture) but from what I could tell from the movies (I don’t have time to follow all that other bullshit) these fuckers live like monks too, so what’s the goddamn point? it’s a wonder Jedi and Sith don’t flip flop between sides more often.

    Luke’s friendship with the members of the rebel force are pretty much the only strong examples of the rewards of being ‘good’. But we never see Vader get in on any of this so that definitely wasn’t a part of his incentive package.

    Basically, his son came to him, said Dad, join the good side, and he did. End of fuckin story.

    At it’s best, meaning with it’s CREATOR at the helm I think Star Wars is a solid: pretty good. Without it’s creator to even give it some semblance of passion, heart, and meaning it quickly descends into nonsensical shit. nonsensical silly shit.

    Whatever. It turns out I’m not as big a fan as i was when I was a kid.
    This week I think I’m going to watch Babylon 5…or Farscape again. But right now I’m going to throw on The man from nowhere.

  • I_am_better

    What is Star Wars to me?

    Well, it was probably the first time I watched a movie and got completely transported to another world. I must’ve been 7-8 years old. And I saw that first movie in the worst possible way for the first time; from the television, fullscreen, totaly panned & scanned. And you know what? At that time such things didn’t matter. At all. What the fuck did I know about aspect ratios and all that as a 7-year old? I just felt that this was something totally awesome. Really got myself immersed in the Marvel Star Wars comics after that, and saw ESB and ROTJ on rental VHS – also fullscreen P&S.

    Only saw the original trilogy in theaters for the first time at the 1997 Special Edition-rerelease. And that’s when the digital tinkering had begun, and that plus the prequels did dim the shine of Star Wars for me a little bit. But, goddammit – I’ll be there in the audience next week. Or the week after that. Whenever there’s a screening that’s not already sold out.

  • ErnestRister

    No, it’s a lot more than that. Even the much disputed opening of a lightsaber tumbling in space might be true.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    That’s exactly my point. It’s just as likely that it might not be true. This is all speculation. There is no prize for whose TFA predictions prove to be the most accurate.

  • ErnestRister

    I hope it isn’t true, because it would be the dumbest opening shot of all time.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    I agree. But I do think we will see Han, Luke, and Leia together.

  • CoolHandJuke

    I hope the camera circles around them like the avengers, that would be tits…

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Yes, together with bon mots said under pressure…

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  • Me and some of my friends, circa when I was 17 years old. I’m the one in the middle.
    This photo was taken when Star Wars: A New Hope was released in VHS and we did a session watching it at the home of the dude on the right (Mário), because at that time he was the nly one of us who had a VVHS player. The guy in the left (Toni), in every photo he takes he’s always caught looking away from the camera. Always! Me, I was watching the movie and didn’t even realised there was a photo op going on. The hoto was taken by my friend Helder, who has a few times posted here as HelderHugo.

  • CoolHandJuke

    “nothing like a family reunion, eh luke?”

  • Scopedog

    For me, STAR WARS was…well, it was just the most amazing thing my 6-year old mind had ever encountered. Growing up outside the US, we didn’t get the film until months after it came out, but I do remember my father taking us to the theater to see it.

    (Over twenty-five years later, I would see X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST at that same theater….long story, though!)

    STAR WARS also meant that whenever my parents would visit the US, my brothers and I would be happy because we knew that when they would return they would have a SW toy for us–either a vehicle or a playset or action figures. Today, my SW fandom has cooled down; I’m not six years old anymore and while I do not see the films as The Most Important Things On God’s Green Earth!! I appreciate them–all of them for what they are–a grand saga told in six parts, a modern mythology. Unfortunately, it’s also shown me the dangers of creating something so grand, because sooner or later you will have fans cursing you and demanding that you turn your creation over to others.

    Nonetheless, I’m glad that SW exists, and I’m glad that Lucas gave us this universe.

  • Scopedog

    Agreed. We cannot get our childhood back; it only exists now in our memories. I don’t expect Abrams to re-capture lightning in a bottle. All I want is a good movie, a film that’s worth going to the theater to experience.

    The prequels never “raped my childhood” (God, I wish the fools who keep spewing this would understand just how idiotic they sound….). They didn’t diminish the original trilogy for me–but then again, they were for a new generation. I didn’t mind that.

  • Scopedog

    Dee, I agree that there were a slew of “original” SF films spawned by SW (or made by people influenced by it)–ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS….there are others, of course, and there are the rip-offs. And there still are “original” SF films coming out now, but…well, it’s not as if we march out to see them. EDGE OF TOMORROW was one (even if it was based on a book), but people stayed away because of Cruise (their loss, the film was fantastic, in my view…).

    Will the new film spark original SF films? Maybe, maybe not. But perhaps that’s too great a task to pin on it. We may have to wait years until those influenced by the new films are capable of creating their own stories.

    I agree about re-watching the original trilogy…but remember, we’re older now, and as you said, we have different interests. Of course, that’s not stopping me from getting out my X-Wing and TiE fighter models and having mock dogfights over my drawing desk while I’m taking a break from art….:)

  • Scopedog

    Ah….sums my thoughts up perfectly. If we could only do this for real….:)

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Well said. Anyone who accuses Lucas of raping their childhood is a moron.

  • Frimmel

    On the Death Star the Stormtroopers were letting them escape. Ben says early on that only Stormtroopers are so precise when they come across the slaughtered jawas. They also pretty much murdered a defenseless old man and old woman and blew up their farm. They also cut through the crew of regular soldiers on Leia’s ship pretty efficiently. The idea that Stormtroopers are not ruthless badasses is modern snark.

  • Frimmel

    How do you describe the meaning of something that has been a part of your entire life? I was seven years old when I first saw Star Wars. But what I am always most grateful to Star Wars for is my father in 1978 not understanding that Star Trek and Star Wars were not the same and telling me I should watch Star Trek while at my grandma’s one Saturday afternoon.

  • southafricanguy

    you very much summed up how I feel. I am getting so worn out on the ever increasing fanboy nostalgia blowjobbing that so many of these films are designed to be. And exactly as you say…..more and more we see less of the singular unique visions.

    I would certainly describe myself as a lapsed SW fan. I used to love it as a kid….but I have found as I have gotten older and other priorities in my life took over….It just does not connect with me all that much anymore.

  • southafricanguy

    lol…cool.

  • southafricanguy

    I liked SW as a kid….but in all honesty….it was a bit before my time. And there was always something a bit juvenile about it for me. Aliens and T2 were my “star Wars”

  • southafricanguy

    I long ago stopped indentifying myself as a fanboy or finding anything to relate to with them. Fanboys mostly support certain film franchises as if they are sports teams. They hope for and anticipate their movie outperforming other films at the b.o. I remember seeing some Marvel fanboys exclaiming how crap Xmen: DOFP is…..which was clear had nothing to do with the quality of said film whatsoever…but about the fact that it was not made by Marvel studios….as if Marvel studios has had no misfires.

  • southafricanguy

    Also agree with you regarding the unquestioning fervor for star wars films every year….forever….as proof of a huge disconnect for me too.

  • southafricanguy

    that was always a ridiculous statement. But then much of fandom is populd by stunted man children. It’s the same as stories of grown ass men coming out of the theater after watching the first Transformers film going “they raped it man….they raped it”

  • Blade Runner and 2001 were my Star Wars.

  • southafricanguy

    I would throw Blade Runner in there for me too (such a great film, and I love another film that it inspired..Akira). 2001 is a film that has always just left me cold….even though I respect it….I have just never been able to get into it.

  • southafricanguy

    Are you still friends with all these guys?

  • southafricanguy

    I have not really been paying much attention to Rouge One……how is it seeming to have sensibilites that dont fit tonally with Star Wars?

  • southafricanguy

    Same here….while I am skeptical about it. I am going to see it with an open mind…and I would like see it knowing as little as possible.

  • southafricanguy
  • southafricanguy

    “It’s sad that people think directors should pander to them, it’s the death of art. I mean movies were always made after a formula and that’s not a bad thing, but now it gets oddly specific, becoming total fan service. Everything becomes a circle jerk. Another thing that irks me is that they are trying to “improve” some of the “flaws” of the OT now”

    Exactly….

  • They say it’s not going to feature a b/w mentality, but “explore the grey zones”. Pics also look that way: http://cdn.movieweb.com/img.news.tops/NEPKN0daKrdBSX_1_b.jpg

  • Damn right! We meet every Saturday. We are friends for life and have been so since we were 15.

  • And my third top best if we are going for a trilogy of great (like the OT is a trilogy as well) then it is Apocalypse Now. BR, 2001 and AN are for me perfect movies, the ones which inform all of why I love cinema.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Indeed it is dominated by such people.

    What I fail to understand is that all mythological stories (fables really) have an element of ridiculousness to them. But, they’re stories used to get at larger truths. That’s what Lucas understands, and his genius was to use mythological tropes in a fresh way to elucidate these larger truths.

    When you read some man-child criticize Star Wars for being unrealistic, sappy, corny, or TFA being derivative, a rehash of ANH, a cash-grab, or some other lazily applied label, you know instantly that you’re dealing with someone who simply does not get it.

  • southafricanguy

    That does not look at all like Star Wars. If you showed that to me out of context I would never think I was looking at something set in the Star Wars universe.

  • yeah too gritty