DHS students and staff have “a new hope” for upcoming Star Wars movie

DHS students and staff have “a new hope” for upcoming Star Wars movie

by Arden Y.

The Star Wars craze strikes back at DHS. The Rise of Skywalker is coming to theaters on December 20th. It is the 9th episode, or movie, in the Star Wars cinematic universe. 

The Rise of Skywalker is the final movie in the Skywalker saga, which started in 1977 with the iconic original movie A New Hope

“I am absolutely excited for The Rise of Skywalker,” junior Olivia S. said. “The thing with the Star Wars saga is that it holds onto your imagination to the end, and from that it causes you to want to know what happens next.”

“The story plot got me so intrigued that I would often daydream of what would happen if I was a character in the movies or if certain plot lines didn’t occur or exist,” said Olivia. 

Star Wars has a huge fan base, spanning across generations. When Disney bought Star Wars in 2012, the series was suddenly revived.

Senior Rose O. also enjoys watching Star Wars and talking about it with her friends.

“I think the new saga of Star Wars that started in 2015 really brought me back,” Rose said. “When I was little, I used to watch [Star Wars] so much. But seeing The Force Awakens made me feel like a kid again.”

“I think it’s important for teenagers [to be able to feel like a kid again] because there is so much change during that time and it’s good to still be a kid while you have the chance before going into the real world,” said Rose.  

Not just the students at DHS are fans of the iconic sci-fi story. Many teachers enjoy Star Wars as well. 

Mr. McWilliam has been a hardcore fan since he was four years old.

“One of my earliest memories was going to the drive-in and seeing Star Wars,” said Mr. McWilliam. 

Mr. McWilliam’s favorite Star Wars movie is the original one. The first movie was originally just titled Star Wars, but the name was later changed to A New Hope when George Lucas decided to expand the franchise. 

Titles have always been an important part to each Star Wars movie. Many people are confused with the new movie’s title, The Rise of Skywalker. Fans have started to speculate who the Skywalker in the title could be referring too, guesses ranging from Luke Skywalker himself to the new character Rose Tico. Similar fan theories and speculation rumors were also popular during the release of the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, even before the Internet was around.

Olivia has her own theories about the title. She, along with many other fans, believes the Star Wars sequel trilogy (which includes The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker) follows a similar formula to the original trilogy, so the ending might be predictable. 

“I feel that throughout the new Star Wars movies, they have been following a similar time path as Luke Sywalker and his journey,” she said, “this time instead of it being Luke, we have Rey and Kylo Ren. We saw in the trailer that Ben and Rey were fighting together as partners, so perhaps that the Rise of Skywalker means the rise of Rey and Ben and the side they choose to follow”.

However, Star Wars can have massive plot twists, so Oliva knows the story could go in a number of different directions.

Mr. McWilliam also noted that Star Wars follows the “Hero’s Journey” template. George Lucas created the plot of Star Wars by taking elements from other legends and existing stories and mashing them together. 

“It’s an amazing thing that a space opera has the “hero’s quest,” he said. “But it’s also a western, with the Mos Eisley cantina and gunslingers. [Star Wars is] a combination of east and west classic stories. It’s hard to incorporate everything together.” But somehow with Star Wars, it works.

Despite all the theories and in-depth analysis, not much has been revealed about the new movie. Since this is the final movie in the saga (not including spin-off films and TV shows) Star Wars fans are hoping the movie will be satisfying and have a good conclusion, including lots of moments and references intended for the die-hard fans.

“I think it’s kind of fascinating what Star Wars has become” Mr. McWilliam said. “It was popular before, and then it died out in the 80s [and] 90s, where it was not really ‘cool’ for a teacher to be quoting Star Wars lines.”

However, over the last few years, the Force seems to have awakened once again. Now, Mr. McWilliam often quotes Star Wars lines in his english classes, and many students get the references.

“It’s interesting to see that so many people are into it even 40 years later” Mr. McWilliam continued. “Good storytelling can resonate through the generations.” 

The Rise of Skywalker will wrap up loose ends from all three trilogies. Finally the fate of the Force will be decided; if the Light side or the Dark side will prevail, or if there will be some type of balance. Whether the story has a satisfying ending remains to be seen.

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