I was around 20 when Star Wars came out…in the same decade this photo was taken (I think). Certainly, as a science fiction fantasy lover, I loved the epic story, the handsome humans, the idea that we could follow a long term story: in the Star Wars universe, I could see myself  – even though I actually couldn’t.

I saw ‘The Phantom Menace’ in a theater in the East Village. Thought the acting was wooden, Jar Jar Binks made me cringe because he felt like such a racially-tinged parody, and the audience reaction mirrored mine: disappointment. The subsequent episodes didn’t raise my estimation of the series. By 2005, when ‘Revenge of the Sith’ came out, I dutifully went to see it, and my low expectations were met, once again.

So, my love of the experience of Star Wars has been in stasis. Like the enjoyment was very far in the past: which actually, it was.

So I’m happy to report that ‘The Force Awakens’ reignited my love of the series. I highly recommend it. I was able to suspend disbelief, I’m interested in the characters, And I’m looking forward to seeing the story unfold.

 


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