By Kayla Marie
“The time has come” the Wookie roared, “to talk of many things.”
“Of siths– and sarlaccs–and sand,
Of droids– and jedi–
And why the stormtrooper can’t aim,
And whether Boba is alive.”
Much like Alice descending into the rabbit hole, Star Wars fans have entered a galactical wonderland and while the journey is reaching its terminus, it will be hard to come out the other end the same. So much of the Star Wars journey has become deeply ingrained in so many, that for every six impossible questions fans imagined before the films, more answers and many more questions were returned.
The Mock Turtle famously said, ‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’ This summarizes the adventure the audience has embarked upon and the lessons that have imparted on to them. As the Skywalker saga comes to an end this week, it’s only fitting to look back on some of the best moments that have made generations come to love this franchise so much. So, let’s begin at the beginning, and go on till we come to the end: then stop.
The Best Moments in the Skywalker Saga
The Phantom Menace
- The Opening Sequence
While there are many moments throughout the Star Wars franchise that tap into one’s excitement and anticipation, the way The Phantom Menace opens up plays into those emotions and sets the groundwork for what will come through the three prequels. And while there are many that have feelings about the three films, they contributed some of the most memorable fight scenes in the franchise.
- Duel of the Fates
Not much needs to be detailed out about this particular lightsaber fight. From the moment Darth Maul appeared on screen, the audience waited on the edge of their seats for the assumed battle forthcoming with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. When that moment finally came, what was delivered was worth the wait.
Attack of the Clones
- Senator Badass Padme
Attack of the Clones delivered many hot and cold moments, but it did the original trilogy service by reminding the audience that the Force is female and giving Padme a chance to show off the skills that Leia would later inherit.
- Yoda is Over it
The beauty of loving Yoda (outside of the goodness that is “Baby Yoda”) is that before The Clone Wars movie and the prequels, we never got to see Yoda in action like the other Jedi. Attack of the Clones remedied this by gifting fans with Yoda at full f– this and had him battle his own former apprentice, Count Dooku. Seeing the full power of Yoda was just what fans had been wanting.
Revenge of the Sith
- “I have the high ground”
Yeah, this is the best part of the movie. That’s all that needs to be said about this entry in the franchise.
A New Hope
- “This is our most desperate hour.”
Carrie Fisher is gone, but she gave audiences a moment that brings tears and fills them with hope.
- The adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO
A New Hope is where audiences were introduced to their two favorite droids. Their relationship establishes the tone of their personality and adds much-needed levity to the film.
Empire Strikes Back
- “I Know”
Han and Leia’s relationship runs the gambit through episode 5 and when Han finally does something truly selfless, Leia is able to fully express her feelings in the memorable scene. What follows is a completely unorthodox answer, but stays true to the charm of Star Wars.
- “There is another”
Empire Strikes Back is normally at the top of many fans’ Skywalker Saga lists, but the moment that others share as a favorite is the moment when Yoda is reflecting back and forth with Obi-Wan and he utters the words, “There is another,” confirming what many had wondered about the badass Princess from Alderaan.
Return of the Jedi
- Sarlaacs are the pits
This scene has everything: Luke flips, Leia kills, Han survives, Boba …dies?
The Force Awakens
- Something awakens in Rey
Rey’s vision after touching Luke’s lightsaber, thus awakening the force within her, was a breathtaking moment, that visually delivered in more ways than one.
- Finn and a Lightsaber
From the beginning, it is established that Finn is the key to connecting everything and everyone. But beyond showing minor moments of Finn being Force-sensitive, seeing him holding a lightsaber, that meant everything to a lot of people.
The Last Jedi
- Leia doesn’t need to be saved
After losing Carrie in 2016, many were not ready to say goodbye. So when Leia is steadily floating through space, a calm fell over the theater while audiences prepared to say goodbye to Leia, and through that, goodbye to Carrie. And yet, Leia taps into her Force and pulls herself back to the ship, proving yet again, the Force is and has always been female.
- “Reach out.”
Very reminiscent of Yoda heckling Luke through most of his training, Rey being extremely literal in her interpretation of Luke’s order to reach out sets up a hilarious moment in the otherwise dark entry to the Skywalker saga.