For the entire month of May, I devoted myself to reading, watching, playing anything Star Wars related. In May, I always do my yearly re-watching of the Star Wars movies, but I wanted to do a little bit more for this year.
I re-watched episodes I-VI including Solo and Rogue One in chronological order. My top three favorite Star Wars movies are:
- Revenge of the Sith
- Return of the Jedi
- Rogue One
How dare I not include Empire Strikes Back?? My top Star Wars movie is one of the prequels?? Why yes, Revenge of the Sith is my number one pick. I grew up with the prequel movies, so there is a special spot in my heart for Revenge of the Sith. The last hour of this movie always messes me up emotionally. The song played while Anakin and Obi-Wan fight on Mustafar always makes me cry. It’s full of emotion. Hayden Christiansen and Ewan McGregor sell this scene.
I listed Return of the Jedi as my second favorite which shouldn’t be a surprise considering Revenge is my #1 movie. Return of the Jedi shows the redemption Vader has as he throws Palpatine down the shaft. He does this for his son. Ever since Luke entered his life, there was confusion within Vader, and Luke made him confront this. It doesn’t eliminate all the evil Vader has done, but we see a villain come back. I’m glad Hayden was digitally added to this movie after Revenge came out.
Finally, Rogue One is my third Star Wars movie I picked. Rogue One introduces these characters who all have different agendas and backgrounds. With the little screen time these characters have, I start to care about them, and yet they all give their lives to retrieve the Death Star plans. Every time I watch Rogue One, my heart beats so fast as their plan is deteriorating and they’re running out of time to retrieve the plans.
In June, I do plan on watching episodes VII-XI.
Besides watching the movies, I read Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. I wasn’t a big fan of this book. It takes place right after Return of the Jedi and follows Wedge Antilles as he’s near the planet, Akiva. Throughout the book, it brings together Wedge along with four other supporting characters. I felt the writing and sentence structure wasn’t great, while some characters had more back story than others. I do intend on continuing with the series because I want to read all the Star Wars canon novels.
Currently, I’m reading Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed. I have high hopes for this book because Alexander wrote the Rogue One novelization which I enjoyed a lot.
I’m going to keep this short and simple. I watched the Mandalorian and it fucking rocked. End of story.
My fiance bought me a copy of Jedi Fallen Order. I’m on Kashyyyk now after taking over the AT-AT with help from BB1. Overall, I’m having a blast being a beginner Jedi. This game presents its challenges with spreading out the save points. Too often, I would die and have to repeat sections of the game. Now I’m more familiar with the game mode, I’m cautious when I enter the game battles. I hope to finish the story mode in June.
Accompanying my Jedi Fallen Order playthrough, I have been playing Star Wars Battlefront II. My fiance received this for his birthday this year and after watching him play, I decided to give this a try for myself. I’m having a blast. Last night, I played as Finn on one of the New Order maps and I was in first place for our team! We didn’t win the match, but being in the first place was an achievement. If you’re playing Battlefront II and want to play a game together, I’m iceskater101 on Xbox.
I’m carrying over the Star Wars love into June as I haven’t finished Fallen Order or read Alphabet Squadron yet. Star Wars will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s the perfect fandom to dive into with the world we are living in now.