Star Wars: The Last Jedi just opened today in Ireland, with that in mind, let’s take a quick look back in time…
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away begins an epic journey that lasts until this day. Originally written and directed by George Lucas, the Star Wars franchise captured millions with its portrayal of forbidden love, alternate universes, universal light versus darkness battle and relatable characters leaving a trace in modern cinema until this very day. As Disney releases the new episode, we take a step back to revisit the history of Star Wars. The following contains the Star Wars franchise and the events until this day in chronological order, as we start off with prequels, then move on to the original trilogy released back in 1977 only to finish with the latest Disney instalment that still manages to keep our hearts at bay.
Episode I finds us on Naboo, as two members of Jedi order, the master Qui-Gon Jinn and a young Jedi Obi-Wan set off on a mission to save Queen Amidala whose planet Naboo is under the invasion. The damage on their ship makes them land on Tatooine where they meet young Anakin Skywalker, the boy who Qui-Gon Jinn believes to be a huge potential. We follow Jedi soldiers, Queen Amidala and Anakin Skywalker on their journey as they fight Darth Maul, the invader. Qui-Gon dies at the hands of the Darth Maul so eventually Obi-Wan leaves with young Anakin.
Episode II finds us 10 years later as Anakin Skywalker is appointed by the Jedi Order to protect Senator Padme Amidala. While on a mission, Anakin falls in love with Padme, and discovers the dark side of the force along the way. His master Obi-Wan investigates separately, ultimately discovering the clone army that the Galactic Republic supposedly ordered. Count Duku, the Sith’s apprentice, captures Obi-Wan, causing Padme and Anakin to come to his aid. In conclusion, the Jedi Master Yoda saves all three of them, as the civil war emerges causing the Jedi Order to call upon the clone army. Padme secretly weds Anakin, as the scheme by the reemerging Sith goes on as the Clone Wars begin.
Episode III finds during the Clone Wars, as the Councilor Palpatine is captured by Count Dooku and General Grievous. Anakin and Obi-Wan team up to save the councillor. Upon their successful return, Padme reveals her pregnancy, and while Obi-Wan fights Grievous, Anakin is seduced by Palpatine who reveals himself to be a Sith Lord. Eventually, Anakin turns on the Jedi Order to become the Sith Apprentice, Darth Vader, only to be defeated and almost killed by Obi-Wan as his wife dies while giving birth to twins Leah and Luke. The twins are separated and sent away as the Sith’s empire rises on the ashes of the Jedi Order who he eradicates with the clone army, revealing their true nature.
Episode IV finds us 19 years later as Princess Leah, a member of the rebel alliance is captured by Darth Vader, as the Sith Lord tests out his deadly weapon, the Death Star. The weapon itself is flawed and Princess Leah sends out the plans and a message via C2PO and R2D2 to Obi-Wan. Meanwhile, young Luke Skywalker finds a message, discovers a legacy, setting off on a journey with Obi-Wan with the help of Han Solo, the smuggler, and Chewbacca. They eventually save Princess Leah destroying the Death Star while Obi-Wan sacrifices himself.
Episode V finds us as Luke travels to planet Dagobah in his attempt to become a Jedi, training with survivor Yoda. While Luke trains on Dagobah, Princess Leah, Han Solo, and Chewbacca are betrayed by Solo’s friend Lando and captured by Darth Vader. Luke leaves Yoda to save his friends, and while Han is frozen in carbonite and delivered to Jabba the Hutt, Luke confronts Darth Vader that reveals himself as his father. Luke loses his hand in a duel but manages to escape, shocked by the discovery.
Episode VI finds us a year later, along with Leah and Luke on a rescue mission to save Han Solo. Our heroes save their smuggler friend, and Luke goes back to Dagobah only to see Yoda dying as he leaves the fate of the Galaxy in Luke’s hands. The rebels joined by Han Solo and Leah learn of the New Death Star that Palpatine himself supervises, Luke confronts his father, and as he defeats Vader, he tries to fight the Sith as well. He loses but is saved by Darth Vader. Anakin redeems himself by fulfilling the prophecy, killing the Sith. The Death Star is destroyed and balance is restored.
Star Wars Force Awakens finds us as young scavenger Rey finds herself in the middle of the war between the First Order led by Kylo Ren, the estranged son of Han and Leah and the New Republic. Luke hides from the world as we follow new characters as well as the old on their mission to find him. The Death Star lookalike ruins cities, and Han Solo must confront his son, but this results in Solo’s death, as Rey discovers the force within her. R232 droid reveals Luke’s location and Leah sends Rey to Luke, as the movie ends with their meet on the planet Ahch-To.