If you have somehow avoided the Star Wars series over the last 38 years, these are the basics you need to know.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is due out on 16 December 2015 and is the seventh addition to be added to the Star Wars film franchise.
The release sequence of the first six films is backwards. The first three films to be made by Star Wars creator George Lucus (Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) are in effect, episodes four, five and six of the story.
Parts one, two and three, known as the prequels, (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith), were made afterwards.
What is The Force?
To understand anything Star Wars you need to understand The Force. This is energy field that connects all living things in the galaxy. The power of the Force can be used by individuals who are sensitive to it. It’s partly hereditary, but to access The Force’s full potential (and achieve heightened control, senses and force-altering abilities), young Jedi – or padawan – must train.
Note: saying “may The Force be with you” to any Star Wars fan is an acceptable farewell – and even better on 4 May (May the fourth… oh my goodness!).
Star War weapons: the Lightsaber
Although there are plenty of stylish weapons in Star Wars, the lightsaber, with its blade of pure plasma, is the Jedi (and Sith’s) weapon of choice. If you’re struggling to tell the difference between the good and bad guys, the people/aliens/things with blue, green and purple light saber beams are the ones you want to win, the ones with hot-coloured lightsaber beams (red, orange, yellow), not so much.
Know your spaceships
- The Millenium Falcon: The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy and the coolest looking.
- Death Stars: The size of a moon with the ability to blow up a planet
- TIE Fighters: Iconic one man fighters
- X-Wing Starfighters: One up from TIE Fighters with lasers and torpedos
- Jedi Starfighters: Swift and lethal piloted by Jedi
Don’t muddle up Star Wars and Star Trek
Star Trek is an enduring and successful TV and movie science fiction franchises . The original series and overall concept and universe was created by a man called Gene Roddenberry. The original Star Trek series ran for 3 seasons in the 1960s on NBC in the U.S., and was about a starship called the U.S.S. Enterprise, led by Captain James T. Kirk.
Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkies or Trekkers.
If our guide has raised more questions than answers, you can watch all six movies, all you need is about 15 hours to spare between now and 17 December?