I've been a Star Wars fan since the beginning. I saw the original Star Wars movie (before it became known as A New Hope) multiple times during it's original cinematic release in the late 1970's, and drive ins were still around when I was young and it was there as well. The disco version of the title theme by Meco is one of my all time favourite songs - I have an all time top 100 and this sits proudly at number 24. As a general rule I don't like classical music, but the original Star Wars soundtrack is something I never minded from the beginning for some reason.

As a result of my initial love of the first movie, I made sure I saw both The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. I enjoyed them both, and I guess I would have been happy with the three.

I did however know that there was more to the story, and when the three original movies were remastered I was excited to learn that the technology was now available to produce the rest of the story. The first three episodes came to my delight, The Phantom Menace in 1999, Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith in 2005. I looked for the loose ends to be tied up, and by and large they were although there were a couple of small points. Obi Wan observed that he didn’t own a droid in A New Hope. He did – R4. He also seemed not to remember R2D2 although that may have been an act, as he did know what R2 could do.

It only remained for the whole thing to be finished up. That came with The Force Awakens in 2015, The Last Jedi in 2017 and finally The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. For me the whole thing came together in the finish with the final victory for the Jedi over the Sith. The balance in the force was delivered. Not quite the way it was foretold as translated originally by Qui Gonn Ginn - thinking it was Anakin. But he contributed. The true balance was Rey. Rey Skywalker.

Some points of trivia. A few names well known to me have shown up in the minor cast. Australian actor Peter Sumner played a senior Empire official in A New Hope - the one who was belted by Chewbacca when the crew of the Falcon escaped the ship on board the Death Star. Another Australian in Jay Laga'aia appeared in Attack of the Clones as Captain Typho, the head of security for Padme Amidala. English actors Julian Glover and Micheal Sheard appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, Glover heading up the attack on the rebel base early on and Sheard as the Admiral who Vader choked to death also early in the film. Both have a connection to Doctor Who (another project I am interested in on Fandom). Also Andrew Secombe - the son of original Goon Harry - played the voice of Watto, the flying insect enslaver of Anakin and Shmi Skywalker in both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.