A dark screen. The Lucasfilm Ltd logo appears. Your heartbeat gets stronger, you know what comes next. “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” You’re almost out of breath anticipating the crescendo of Star Wars main theme. John Williams’ iconic Star Wars theme blasts in with all its glory, followed by the rolling storyline in bold yellow font. You soak up as much of the story as you possibly can, even though you may not have a clue as to the progress of characters. This scenario is one that all of us Star Wars fans have been through. Every time an epic Star Wars installment is out, we rush to the cinemas clad in our favourite Jedi, Sith, or Stormtrooper outfits.
From A New Hope to The Force Awakens, the Star Wars saga has garnered generations of fans. Much like the alien worlds that their fictional characters inhabit, Star Wars fans have created worlds of their own in their fan base and Star Wars culture. With the excitement of the coming Star Wars movies after The Force Awakens, we can’t but feed the hype of our favourite:
We cannot make enough noise about that Star Wars opening! The intro into every Star Wars movie up till The Force Awakens has begun with the iconic theme music along with the yellow font crawl. One movie that did not start with the iconic sequence was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Made to be Star Wars canon, Rogue One was made that way on purpose. This is most likely why many diehard fans of the franchise disliked Rogue One.
Although you may think that the initial story crawl is exclusive to the Star Wars franchise, the truth is that director George Lucas got the idea from the 1940 series Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe. Fortunately, the team behind the production of the saga breathe new life into the Star Wars opening credits to make these movies memorable.
“These are not the droids you’re looking for.”
Star Wars set the scene for futuristic life with the use of droids and automatic machinery. Robots filled each set in every Star Wars movie made. Even the animated series got their own set of droids to fill in necessary plot holes in each episode. Among the favourite of our Star Wars droids are R2-D2 and C-3PO. The two have been in every Star Wars movie made. C-3PO as a bumbling, awkward interpreter fluent in over 600 languages, is the leader of the two. R2-D2, on the other hand, is the lovable Astromech droid that manages to save the day, particularly when the Rebels are in trouble.
Besides these two, we have the latest bubbly, chirpy little BB unit, BB-8 adds life and further reveals the plot of the new Star Wars installments. As an unfortunate turn of events brought BB-8 into Rey’s path, the two journeyed together to save the universe. These droids may be the stars of the show, but there are other droids that we may overlook. Here are some you may have missed:
- B1 Battle Droids
- B2 Battle Droids
- Mouse Droids
- Probe Droids
The Wilhelm scream
One defining gag in every Star Wars movie is the use of the Wilhelm scream. The signature “Waarr ooohhh!!” scream found in every Star Wars movie was put in as a tribute to the sound effect from the movie Charge At Feather River. After the sound effect was brought back to life in Star Wars: Episode IV, many other box office movies followed suit. Movies such as Indiana Jones, Batman, Wallace & Gromit, and Lord of the Rings all had moments where the Wilhelm scream could be heard. One thing’s for sure, you will hear the Wilhelm scream in the next Star Wars episode, so keep your ears open and alert for this awesome sound effect.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have laser swords? That’s exactly the thought behind Star Wars’ lightsabre ideas. First introduced in Episode IV, the lightsabre is said to be an elegant weapon, a weapon of a Jedi knight. Powered by a Kyber crystal, the lightsabre was powerful enough to deflect laser blasts from blasters and could cut through entire walls to make safe passage through to the other side. Jedi knights generally had blue or green lightsabres whereas Sith Lords had red ones.
Original soundtracks in movies enhance scenes in marvellous ways. A sad tune for a dying scene, a victorious trumpet for joyful scenes, and a jumpy beat for a happy mood. We enjoy the glorious tune of the Star Wars theme in the first 2 minutes of the movie. This hair-raising score by maestro John Williams has become so iconic in every Star Wars film. Even in the background, you can hear the theme playing subtly. Other tracks that send a chill down our spine are the Imperial March (that cues every time Darth Vader walks in), Cantina Scene, Han & Leia, and Sunset on Tatooine.
Suffice to say, all Star Wars OST capture the essence of the movies. Even if you weren’t a fan of the saga, you might be interested in listening to the entire soundtrack when studying or any other task.
It’s no surprise that such a huge franchise brings in a myriad of paraphernalia. From toys such as action figure toys to clothing, bags, Star Wars stationery, and bedroom additions, you can find thousands of Star Wars products to complete your collection.