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A Long Time Ago... - Share Your Star Wars Story — Page 2

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Mine is there, too.  18th down, beginning "Well, I have always said I was the ideal age when Star Wars was released -- 5 years old..."

One thing I will add is in regards to my interpretation of TESB having the "Episode V" designation.  At the same lunch room table where my pals and I debated the Luke/Vader relationship, we came to the conclusion that Star Wars was episode I, and slots II-IV were to be filled in by books, with Splinter of the Mind's Eye being episode II.

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Amazing.  Being a bit too young to have caught the movies in theatres, I've always wondered how people reacted to the shift in episode numbers, especially how kids reacted to it.  I've never heard a story like that before, but it's a pretty well-informed rationalization.

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Gaffer Tape said:

Amazing.  Being a bit too young to have caught the movies in theatres, I've always wondered how people reacted to the shift in episode numbers, especially how kids reacted to it.  I've never heard a story like that before, but it's a pretty well-informed rationalization.

I learned my roman numerals from the Star Trek movies, so when I finally realized what the "V" meant on my home video I think I asked my dad, but he didn't know.  Never really thought about it after that.

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Gaffer Tape said:

Amazing.  Being a bit too young to have caught the movies in theatres, I've always wondered how people reacted to the shift in episode numbers, especially how kids reacted to it.  I've never heard a story like that before, but it's a pretty well-informed rationalization.

I will be totally honest, nobody ever talked about the episode #'s when I was a kid, and I think that has to do with not having them on Video and just seeing them on HBO.  As a kid, you would rarely catch a movie from the beginning on HBO, as you channel surf, see SW on, and start watching it til the end.  Because of that, I never really noticed or cared about the Episode #'s from 77-83.  I never had them on video until the late 80's, so there was no BS to deal with concerning the spines of the movies, or how they were worded on the boxset, or eventually which versions were being released;)  Back then they were just Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi. 

It was just assumed that Jedi was the last movie, even in 1982, and you had that context the whole time.  It wasn't til after Jedi that the hype for more movies began, and that is when you started analyzing the Episode #'s, wondering what happened before and after. 

 

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It wasn't until the late nineties when news about the new upcoming Star Wars trilogy was in every issue of Insider that me and my buddies began calling them by their episode titles, and even then rarely. Before that they were always Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Back then their episode numbers were just an interesting bit of trivia to us, "Did you know?: Star Wars is actually the fourth film in the series. Someday, George Lucas intends to make the first three parts of the series." We knew 1, 2, and 3 where supposedly on their way sometime in the distant future. But it was such a long way off, it felt to us a bit like talking about Christmas in June, it was way too far off to start getting excited about.

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Yeah, we didn't dwell too much on the episode numbers, and certainly never referred to them as such.  After "Episode IV" appeared in '81 (probably didn't actually see it until home video) we just assumed we missed it or didn't notice it when we saw the original back in '77.  Then after seeing that my friend's Art of Star Wars book attributed the Episode IV designation to a 1976 draft of the script, we were convinced. (Was this George's first step in creating a revised history??)

Back in the day I always thought it was neat that these movies were set in the middle of a larger time frame, without expecting that any more movies would ever be made.

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Yeah, we didn't dwell too much on the episode numbers, and certainly never referred to them as such.  After "Episode IV" appeared in '81 (probably didn't actually see it until home video) we just assumed we missed it or didn't notice it when we saw the original back in '77.  Then after seeing that my friend's Art of Star Wars book attributed the Episode IV designation to a 1976 draft of the script, we were convinced. (Was this George's first step in creating a revised history??)

Back in the day I always thought it was neat that these movies were set in the middle of a larger time frame, without expecting that any more movies would ever be made.

 

I wish that were the case.  I really wish Return of the Jedi was the last one made.  To me the original trilogy is nearly perfect despite some flaws.  The prequels are one of the biggest dissapointments in motion picture history.  They contributed to ruining the legacy of the oot.  Which started with the special edition trilogy in 1997.  All the way up to the 2004 botched boxset and the joke that was the 2006 gout.

I wish the 20th anniversary or 30th anniversary were about a true restoration of the original movies.  Too bad the negatives were destroyed to make the special editions.

 

I saw the real Return of the Jedi once in the theaters in 1985.  Since then i have never seen it on the big screen again or gotten the chance to see the 77 star wars or 1980 empire strikes back.  And probably never will since Lucas allegedly recalled all prints and had them destroyed.

I would pay good money to see a 70mm roadshow presentation of all three of the original films in 6 track magnetic sound.  Though only very few prints exist.  Star Wars being in the hands of a collector who showed it to his friends.

There are quite a few movies i would pay to see in  theaters and all of them are not modern films loaded with crap cgi.  I would love to see the original indiana jones trilogy, superman the movie, star treks 1-6, back to the future etc.  And certain James Bond films starring Connery.

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