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December 6th, 2019
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All good things must come to an end, and at Stars & Stripes New Braunfels, one of the greatest film sagas of all time does just that. From director J.J. Abrams, it’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

Since nine films over the course of 40-something years can be a lot to keep track of, here’s a quick recap of the saga to catch everyone up to speed.

 

EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE

The first installment of George Lucas’ “prequel trilogy” tells the story of a young boy named Anakin Skywalker, who teams up with a pair of mystical Jedi Knights to save the planet of young Queen Padmé Amidala from a greedy corporation. There’s also a dopey frog bunny named Jar Jar who steps in doo-doo… but most people don’t like to talk about that.

 

EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Ten years later, Anakin is a hot-headed apprentice to Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and assigned to protect Padmé (who is a senator now instead of a queen because that’s how things work) from assassins. The two fall in love and are married while Obi-Wan uncovers a separatist plot to overthrow the government. The Republic sends an army of clones to counter the threat, and thus the Clone Wars begin.

 

EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH

Chancellor Palpatine, head of the Galactic Senate, reveals to Anakin that he’s actually the mastermind behind the Clone Wars and persuades Anakin to join him as his right-hand man on his ascent to power. Palpatine declares himself Emperor and dispatches Anakin and the clones to wipe out the rest of the Jedi. Obi-Wan and Anakin duke it out on a lava planet where Anakin is severely burned. He dons a grotesque, but iconic, life support suit and becomes Darth Vader. Padmé is so heartbroken that she dies from sadness (because that’s also how things work) after giving birth to twins Luke and Leia. The twins are separated and hidden from their now evil father.

 

EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE

It’s the original masterpiece that started it all! Nineteen years later, Luke Skywalker sets out with his wise mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi and smuggler pal Han Solo to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Empire! Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan, but only because Obi-Wan lets him do so. (He’s a big picture kind of guy.) Meanwhile Luke and Han join Leia’s rebellion against the Empire and manage to blow up the Death Star, the Empire’s secret weapon capable of destroying an entire planet!

 

EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

All the fun and games are over for our heroes as the Empire demands retribution for the rebels blowing up their favorite toy. Luke seeks training from the very old and wise Jedi Master Yoda while Han and Leia attempt to hide out with Han’s buddy Lando. In a series of unfortunate events, Lando betrays our heroes and Han is shipped off to slimy space gangster Jabba the Hutt. Darth Vader confronts Luke and reveals that he’s actually his father. Luke gets away, but only after Vader cuts off his hand. All in all, a really bad day for the rebels… but a great movie!

 

EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI

Luke, now a full-blown Jedi Knight, rescues Han from Jabba the Hutt, with the help of Leia and Lando… who’s a good guy now! (Yay!) Meanwhile, the Empire begins construction on a second Death Star… and then stops construction because Han, Leia, and the rebels manage to blow it too! Luke confronts his father, Darth Vader, and persuades him to turn. Vader kills Emperor Palpatine and then dies in his son’s arms. The whole gang celebrates their victory with a tribe of cute little space bears who were totally going to eat them earlier in the story! They’re cute, but THEY EAT PEOPLE!

 

EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS

Disney buys the franchise and cashes in with the return to everything we love! Han and Leia have a son now whose name is Ben, but he changes it to Kylo Ren after turning evil and joining forces with a bad guy named Snoke. Luke runs away discouraged and Snoke forms what he calls “the First Order” from the ashes of the fallen Empire. Rey, an orphaned scavenger, along with Finn, a turncoat Stormtrooper, race across the galaxy to find Luke before the First Order does. Kylo Ren murders his father, Han, but then has his mopey keister handed to him by newbie Rey. Star Wars is BACK and we are HERE FOR IT!

 

EPISODE VIII – THE LAST JEDI

Rey locates Luke on a remote planet and pleads with him to come help take on the First Order. Luke’s very jaded at this point, however, and wants nothing to do with heroics. Meanwhile, the rebels’ spaceships are running out of gas and the First Order begins picking them off little-by-little. Rey gives up on Luke and attempts to instead change Kylo Ren’s mind about his evil allegiance. This plan appears successful for a moment as Kylo kills Snoke, but then things go back downhill when he just takes over as the First Order’s new ruler. All hope seems lost when Luke has a change of heart and uses every last of ounce of his power to distract the First Order while the rebels escape with Rey. The act proves to be too much for Luke, however, and he collapses and dies.

 

And that’s where we’re at! Will Rey and the gang manage to rally enough support to take on the First Order? Will Kylo Ren ultimately repent and change his ways? Is there ANOTHER DEATH STAR?!?! You’ll have to head to Stars & Stripes New Braunfels to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to find out! Click the link below to get your tickets!

See you at the drive-in… and may the Force be with you!

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