Dear Star Wars,
Forty years is a long time to be relevant in our culture. In the age of trending videos, instant streaming, and direct to viewer original movies and television shows, it’s rare to find a story we return to, not just because it’s familiar, but because it’s deeply rooted in our collective memory. This is you, Star Wars.
What keeps us coming back to you after forays into universes with strange Doctors, super soldiers, and bold new worlds? Your own Emperor, Ian McDiarmid said it best. “It’s the story. It’s always the story that gets you,” he told crowds at your celebration in Orlando.
Now, when we say story, we mean the central thread of your narrative that connects an entire sweep of films, spin-offs, fan creations, and books-and the EU both before and after the Disney reboot. At your core is light versus dark, and the inner struggle between both. This is everyone’s struggle in our fallen world, but you wrap it in an adventurous package.
Because of you, any given day we can choose to be Jedi, Sith or something in between.