If Not For IV…: A Special Star Wars Day Story

So first of all, let me start by saying Happy Star Wars Day! I hope all my fellow fans are finding a way to make today extra-special and Star Wars-y! Because of a busier schedule than that of past years, today will be a more casual Star Wars day for me, but that doesn’t make it any less special. I’m looking forward to watching Attack Of The Clones (since I haven’t watched it yet this year and I prefer to watch ’em all in chronological order), a classic Rebels episode, and those exciting new Freemakers shorts! And all while wearing a shirt the color of Naboo starfighters and drinking my first real glass of blue milk! (I finally had some food coloring on hand 😀 ) Considering I’m doing all those things on top of writing my 149th post on a blog entirely dedicated to Star Wars, sometimes it’s hard to remember what my life was like before I got into Star Wars. But I can never forget the story of how my love for it began, especially considering it happened almost exactly ten years ago.
NOTE: This post contains some minor spoilers from the Original Trilogy films

There are so many wonderful stories of people’s first time seeing A New Hope, stories of wonderment and joy and being so amazed they couldn’t speak. I wish I could say that was my story, too, but… mine’s a bit different. Star Wars has always been a part of my life as I’m surrounded by many family members in the fandom, so in 2007 I decided I wanted to finally see Episode IV in all its entirety. My brother and I watched it together on his ’95 VHS tape (from the classic trilogy set). I liked it, but I really didn’t know what to think of it otherwise. At the time I was foremost an animation buff and wasn’t as drawn to live-action. And I was a bit confused by the space politics. I do remember R2-D2 and C-3PO made me laugh, and I really liked Luke and Leia (as individuals and um… *cough* together… I may have gotten them confused with their parents. I’m not proud looking back). But that’s about all I can recall on my thought process. So yeah, it’s not a particularly heartwarming tale. But it was my first step in a larger world. ‘Cause if I hadn’t seen A New Hope that late May day…

I wouldn’t have gone on to watch Empire a few months later, which started to reel me in further. And I liked it a bit more because I finally understood all those quotes and references I was seeing elsewhere in pop culture.

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have been intrigued by The Clone Wars when it came out the following year. I didn’t know much about the Prequels, but animation was a language I understood. I can’t remember for sure what my first episode was, but I do remember that Destroy Malevolence was one I couldn’t get enough of. (The excitement! The romance! The battle droid shenanigans!)

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have continued to grow interested in the Star Wars galaxy as I watched more Clone Wars adventures. Blue Shadow Virus and Hostage Crisis are also super super memorable. I didn’t understand a lot, but I understood that I could really relate to Ahsoka, and that Cad Bane was a boss 🙂

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have decided, on a May day in 2010, to check out the Clone Wars microseries. Then that growing hype would convince me to finally watch Jedi a short time after. And the hype would continue to grow when I sat down and rewatched Empire later on. By the end of the year, I could call myself a Star Wars fan.

If not for IV, the fandom that exploded in 2011 wouldn’tve happened. My first Star Wars Day celebration watching Phantom for the first time, catching up on The Clone Wars with a brand-new appreciation, reading my first Star Wars novels and novelization, seeing the rest of the Prequels… it was a whirlwind of excitement and happiness as I began to finally understand it all.

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have continued to explore and love the Star Wars universe in 2012, and get super super excited for the new films they announced later that year.

If not for IV, well… Padawanline wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t have had so many thoughts on Star Wars that I needed to write them down here! And as you may remember, 2013 was also the year I finally rewatched A New Hope. It probably seems silly there was such a gap between reviewings for me, but I got a little caught up catching up with the Prequels and Clone Wars in the years prior. But that viewing that Star Wars Day… it was like seeing it for the first time. And it was as wondrous and joyous as the many fans’ stories I’d heard ❤ The circle was at last complete.

And now, the Star Wars galaxy is less of a circle and more of an infinity symbol. The years since have been full of so many new amazing stories and characters, and there's still so much more to come. None of that could've happened without IV coming out forty years ago. And the reason I'm writing this here today, is because of the seemingly average day I saw IV ten years ago.

So, wow. I could've never predicted how much I would ultimately love this beautiful series, and how much sheer enjoyment it's brought me. Though I have to wonder if this comic in the Sunday paper way back then was a sign of things to come…

This appeared the Sunday following my first viewing of IV. I remember getting a chuckle out of it and thinking it was cool that this would appear not long after seeing the movie for myself. But now it has more meaning, because it made sure I remembered the seemingly average day. I didn’t realize it then how meaningful and special these films would become to me, but it sure is amazing what can happen in a decade 🙂

With that said, I think it’s time I let you get back to your celebrating. Again I say, Happy Star Wars Day! May The Fourth Be With You, and like I always say before the post’s end…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

The Fourth Is Forever… Always

What up, Star Wars fans out there?! Can I just say that I’m pretty insanely hyped right now?! Oh, wow, what a weekend! May The Fourth and Revenge Of The Fifth have been fantastic this year! Let me let you in on what I did to celebrate…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode VI, and Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out.
For Star Wars Day, aka May The Fourth Be With You…
First off, I wanted to look the part, and since I spent my day at home, I wore my sole SW shirt… an old, oversized, faded Battle of Naboo tee. It also reminded me that I seriously need to get more Star Wars shirts! Oh why did they have to close their Zazzle store?? #NotCoolBro
Then I did a little Olympic-style opening to the Star Wars Holiday Weekend with my lightsaber! Actually, It’s a lightsaber room light I made with a Star Wars Science kit. It’s pretty awesome, and it happens to be Obi-Wan’s blade! *Insert spazzy snicker here* And no, I didn’t actually light a fire with it. I just turned it on and declared the weekend’s beginning.
And then I watched A New Hope again for the first time in a really long while. It’s sad to say that I haven’t watched it nearly as much as I should’ve. It’s been like a year. Ugh. And the last time I watched it was the first time I’d watched it since I first saw it. May I just remind you guys that I didn’t get obsessed over SW until 2011? I saw Episode IV for the first time in 2006 and it didn’t grab me the way it oughta have then. So considering this was probably my third viewing period, my mind got blown all. over. again. I was literally crying at the end. Oh, gosh it’s such a beautiful, fun, exciting, dramatic, heartfelt, amazingly incredible movie! #HoldingBackTears #StarWarsObsessed
But you knew that, didn’t you?
Soooo since I hadn’t seen it in so long, I saw a lot that surprised me. For example, I said things like:
“It’s one of those adorable little binoculars-on-a-stick-on-wheels droids! I didn’t know they hung around the Homestead!” (I admit I’m not even sure what they’re technically called)
“Whoa, I can hardly believe how much Ewan McGregor really looks and sounds like a younger Obi-Wan! Dang!” (This should’ve been obvious, but give me some cred, I’m a ginormous Obi-Wan fangirl and rewatching this further solidified it for me)
“OHMYGOSH THERE’S A DUROS IN THE CATINA!! JUST LIKE CAD BANE!!!” (Yeah, I kinda really like Cad Bane for some reason…)
“Oh so that’s where that line came from. Dang it, Twilight, how could you forget?!” (This happened a lot with a pretty embarrassing number of lines)
But all in all, what an experience! I feel a little smarter in the Star Wars fandom now. Made my day about a billion times more awesome.
So I didn’t end up watching all the films, mostly because timing a nearly twelve-hour moviethon is extremely difficult for me. Maybe next year, but Episode IV is the classic that started it all! And now I just want to go and insert “May the Force be with you… always” and “Sometimes I even impress myself” into every conversation XD
And after watching that, I thought a perfect capper would be Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, since it takes place immediately after A New Hope. It’s short, but it’s downright hilarious! And where else can you see Darth Vader being sold as a droid by Jawas to Watto? Talk about an awkward moment… 😆
By this time in the day, the suns– er, sun, was setting (I so wish I could’ve started earlier!). So I decided to cap this epic Star Wars Day by reading the next chapter in Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince series, the never-before-read-by-me Mission From Mount Yoda! That. Was awesome. Rather than reveal spoilers about it now, I think, when I get the chance, I’ll write my little commentary and thoughts on the entire series book by book. And if I didn’t already made it clear, the book is epic! 😀
Now as today, as some may know, is Star Wars Day II, aka Revenge Of The Fifth. I’ve decided to refer to it as “Sith-o De Mayo” 🙂 My original plans were to celebrate SW Day with mostly the Original Trilogy, and to celebrate SW Day II with mostly the Prequels, but today has been busy and difficult to cram it in. In my spare time I’ve been looking at page after page of action figures on Amazon.com. Definitely a nearly infinite list of cool stuff! I think I’ll probably close the day out on some Clone Wars if I can. And I did watch a couple of episodes on SW Day itself; it ended up being Brain Invaders and Grievous Intrigue. Of course that reminds me I seriously need to start writing some posts on the episodes… but now that the Star Wars Holiday Weekend is coming to a close, I don’t have to have all of my posts filled with SW Day-related ramblings and instead can start trying out some topical blog posts! Sweet, right? Can’t wait to get started!
So yeah, it was an awesome, but all-too-short weekend, filled to the brim with what I consider to be one of the all-time greatest movie series/franchises around. I leave you with a little greeting straight from the SW website.

Awwwwww am I the only person who thinks this is so crazy sweet?! I love this part at the end of Return Of The Jedi when Luke gets a little visit from Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin!! Sorry sorry I’m spazzing again. But you gotta love it!
Keep The Peace and May The Fourth Be With You… Always,
– Twilight

Star Wars Day Is Coming…

OK, so it’s now May! The most Star Wars-y month of the year! And you know what that means, don’t you?? Star Wars Day! Now, some of you who are new to the fandom may not realize that such a holiday actually exists. Well, it’s not on any calendars yet that I’m aware of, but it oughta be! I didn’t find this out until recently, but it’s been celebrated since 1978! Why May 4th? It’s a pun, “May The Fourth Be With You”, get it? There’s also a Star Wars Day II if you can believe it (that would be “Revenge Of The Fifth”). I know this is second nature to the Jedi Masters of the Star Wars fandom, but I literally didn’t find out about SW Day II until a couple months ago. And I found out about Star Wars Day itself only two years ago! You guys want to know what I did for my first May The Fourth? I saw Phantom Menace for the first time ever! Not in a conventional way, though… I watched my brother’s newly-obtained Japanese imported laserdisc (he owns like four versions of all the films… I honestly don’t remember why I chose his version that’s a precursor to the DVD). It was an incredible experience. I was so blissfully unaware as to how much I didn’t know before hand! It was so easy to love these characters… my respect for Qui-Gon went up like 200% that day! Everything just made more sense in my then-limited knowledge about Star Wars! Plus, it’s an amazing amazing film. Really, if I had to say what my fave Prequel Trilogy film was, I’m tempted to say it’s this one, but then I always backtrack and remind myself that I love them all equally honestly and truly. Dude, it was nothing short of love X3 Was it different watching the Japanese laserdisc? A little, considering that I had to flip the disc over halfway through the film and there were Japanese subtitles through the whole thing (which made it really difficult whenever someone spoke Huttese and what should’ve been Huttese-to-English subtitles were now Huttese-to-Japanese subtiles… hence why I stick to the Blu-Ray and DVD when I watch it these days), but it didn’t change my feelings for the films. I loved it… Jar Jar and all! (There, I admitted it; I don’t have anything against Jar Jar Binks! I’ll explain why he’s so awesome on another blog…) And thus, I began watching the entirety of the Prequels, rewatching the Originals, and watching the Clone Wars series! Ah, memories…
What did I do last year? Not much… it was a slow day and I wasn’t able do much of anything Star Wars-y for some reason. But this year’s gonna be different! I now know more about SW Day’s origins, and my Star Wars obsession has peaked more this past year. What do I have planned, you ask?
First, I’m going to watch some Clone Wars episodes. Gotta rewatch more of Season 2 fo’ sho 🙂 Secondly, I definitely want to watch Episode IV again. Thirdly, I really want to read one of my new SW books (Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince series for the win!). I have no idea what else’ll happen that day, but I’ll most certainly update you guys. I also have intentions to finally see the TCW movie on Revenge Of The Fifth (IDK why I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet, so this year I’m finally finally going to see it for realz! So excited!!). Like say, I’ll totes update you all.
Oh, and here’s a weird little tip for you Star Wars fans out there. Did you know that when you mix Double Chocolate Krave cereal with skim milk, the milk turns blueish? I found this out when I ended up having to use skim milk in my cereal instead of my usual whole milk. It was so freaky! If you’re a Padawan SW fan, you probably have no idea what blue milk has to do with anything. Well, it’s apparently a big deal if you grew up around Aunt Beru! I have fond memories of eating Krave while watching TCW during Season 5… so now it’s officially a SW cereal! Of course, perhaps you’re more hardcore a SW fan… if so, you might want a legit SW cereal for breakfast…
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I remember eating this stuff… yum yum… anybody else want to enjoy a delicious 11-year-old bowl of Attack Of The Clones cereal? Nothing personal, but I think I’m going to just eat pancakes (Though the boxes are really cool… they had one box that had Obi-Wan and Jango Fett on it! #GottaLoveObiWan).
So naturally, I’m super hyped. It certainly doesn’t help to have rewatched bits of Phantom Menace yesterday and to have reread Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge (of the series I mentioned earlier) today. Bottom line, I’ve got a feeling that this year’s Star Wars Day and Star Wars Day II will be the best Star Wars Days yet!
Keep The Peace and May The Fourth Be With You,
– Twilight