Despite being one of the largest movie franchises ever made, you’re not a villain for having never caught up with the world of “Star Wars” before now. With family members coming home for the holidays and almost every social circle in America drafting plans to see “The Force Awakens” the minute it comes out, it could be really easy for the people that aren’t savvy to “Star Wars” to get left in the dark. Fortunately, to ensure everyone has fun with the release of the new movie, below is everything a novice needs to know in order to pass as a “Star Wars” fan when the movie hits theaters on Dec. 18.
Why Is This New Movie A Big Deal?
Yes, another trilogy of “Star Wars” movies was made between 1999 and 2005. So this isn’t the first time that people who loved the original trilogy, which came out between 1977 and 1983, were treated to more of what they love. However, there is one very important thing that sets this movie apart from the most recently made movies — “The Force Awakens” isn’t a prequel. That’s right, movies: “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenger of the Sith” all took place before the first ever “Star Wars” movie in 1977. While they were made afterwards, the chronology of the “Star Wars” universe goes as follows:
- “The Phantom Menace” (1999)
- “Attack of the Clones” (2001)
- “Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
- “A New Hope” (1977)
- “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
- “Return of the Jedi” (1983)
- “The Force Awakens” (2015)
While this may be confusing, it’s actually good news for the reluctant “The Force Awakens” viewer. Because the prequel trilogy took place long before the events of the new movie, and was not received well by either critics of fans, you can pretty much ignore the first three movies on the above list. The new movie will be much more tied into, what fans call, the “holy trilogy” of “Hope,” “Empire” and, specifically, “Jedi.”
What Even Is A Jedi? Or ‘The Force’ For That Matter?
Admittedly this is a very complicated question with a few different answers. But, since you’re trying to pass as a fan and not write a book on “Star Wars” the simple version will do. A Jedi is very closely related to the idea of a medieval knight. He or she is a well-trained warrior and peace keeper who agrees to use his or her powers for the general good of the galaxy rather than personal gain. It’s very important that all Jedi know how to communicate with the mystical energy that runs throughout the world of “Star Wars” known as The Force. It was explained in the first prequel that a person is either more or less in tune with the Force based on how many of the fictional cells known as midi-chlorians are in their body. But, you can forget about that nonsense because no one liked it. The bottom line is that other Jedi often tell characters when they do or do not have what it takes to be one.
Meanwhile, there is another faction using the Force in the same way as the Jedi. Often referred to as the Sith, these people discovered the Force and actively decided they’d be bad guys with the power. As a result, Jedi are often locked in a timeless battle for peace against the Sith, who mean only to establish as much personal power as possible. Each have similar powers (kind of like a wizard), but when the time comes to fight, it usually comes down to a lightsaber battle with the Sith wielding red and the Jedi wielding any other color (typically green or blue).
So The Movie Is The Sith Versus The Jedi?