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May the 4th Be With You

Updated: May 8, 2021

The Intergenerational Amazingness of the Star Wars Franchise



Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, etc. Generational battles rage on in the political, social, and familial arenas on a daily basis. They are serious, and they can be destructive.


Besides the major holidays heavily promoted by Hallmark and Lifetime, what has the power to bring generations together in solidarity and hope? The force of course!


May 25, 1977 does not stick out in my mind as tightly as many others in my Gen X extended family. Movies were not that big a deal in my childhood home. I had no clue the buzz existed for the movie, Star Wars: A New Hope. I finally saw it shortly before the release of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 in some movie theater. I don't remember where. I do remember I was hooked.


It hit on all the pleasure points. The excitement, the adventure, the romance which then later becomes a little incestuously creepy because of that one kiss, and the intelligence of the story telling. The was plot skillfully woven into a multi-dimensional syfy fantasy world only God himself could exceed. I cannot count how many movies and series have come from it. One of my kids could probably rattle them off with ease. They often sit together and discuss that universe more easily than their own. The series helped create the creative mindset of the millennials and beyond. Who knows what technologies being invented today came about because of a movie released in 1977 before the inventors were even born?


But that's not the best part. The best part is my kids love the franchise so much that they far exceed me in understanding the nuances throughout that world. I taught them what was what in that arena. Now, they tell me. And, my grandchildren will probably watch too and enjoy. It is something we will be able to spend a holiday in front of some futuristic form of television and experience again and again together without someone saying, "I'm bored. Can we watch what I want to watch?"


Take that, Hallmark!


Thanks for reading,


Sarah

Humor In Chaos


 
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