Star Wars very well
may be the most successful movie franchise of all time.
There have been toys, television spin-offs, books, video
games, clothes, and so much more around this film
series. The original Star Wars movie was released in 1977, The Empire Strikes Back hit the scene in 1980, and
Return of the Jedi in 1983. These were technically
episodes IV, V, and VI, and episodes I, II, and III were
released years later. The final installments,
episodes VII, VIII, and IX, were to be released
throughout the mid to late 2010's.
In the first movie, a
civil war results in the capturing of the rebel leader,
Princess Leia. She is in the possession of plans
to the Galactic Empire's Death Star, which is a small planet
sized weapon that has the capability of destroying
entire planets. She manages to stash the plans
into the memory banks of R2D2, who ends up on the planet Tatooine,
and eventually into the care of Luke Sykwalker,
who decides to take him to Obi-Wan Kenobi after coming
across a message from the droid meant for Obi-Wan. It is during
the meeting with Obi-Wan that Luke learns of his Jedi
roots, and Obi-Wan talks Luke, along with Han Solo and
others, to join in the rescue of the Princess and to aid
in the rebellion against the Emperor as his number 1
(Darth Vadar). In the end, they end up rescuing
the Princess, and blowing up the Death Star.
In the second movie, The Empire Strikes
Back, three years have past since the Death Star was
destroyed. The rebels are living in the Hoth
system, and Vadar since out his fleet to destroy them.
Everyone escapes Hoth, and Luke sets out to find Jedi
Master, Yoda, to begin his training. As Luke
trains, Han Solo seeks out help from his old friend,
Lando Calrissian, who is actually in forced league with
Vadar. Once captured by Vadar, Han is frozen in
carbonite and shipped of to Jabba the Hut. During
Luke's attempt to rescue everyone, he learns that Darth
Vadar is actually his father, and after a fierce battle
with Vadar, Luke manages to escape with Lando and
Chewbacca, who have plans to rescue Han.
Which is where we start the third movie.
In the Return of the Jedi, Luke and the gang set out to
rescue Han from Jabba the Hut. Things don't go as
planned at first, but eventually the gang is able to
rescue Han, save themselves from certain death, and kill
Jabba. Luke and the gang find out that the Empire
is trying to rebuild the Death Star, so they set out to
destroy it. Because the Death Star is being
shielded from a forest moon called Endor, the group must
enlist the help of the moon's inhabitants, Ewoks, to
help destroy the shield in time for the rebels to
infiltrate the battle station. In the end, they
succeed, and once again the Death Star is destroyed.
It is in the final movie that we discover that Princess
Leia and Luke are siblings, and Darth Vader redeems
himself in the end.
Episodes I, II, and III, are the years
before the initial Star Wars movie. They tell the
story of how the rebellion came to be, how the Jedi's
were nearly all defeated, and how Anakin Skywalker
became Darth Vadar. Episodes VII, VIII, and IX
will show the years after The Return of the Jedi.