The latest adventure continues in the “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” movie. This time around, Luke Skywalker (stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher), along with a new batch of recruits are sent on a secret mission to track down and recruit a new member of the Skywalker clan, a boy named Ben Solo (LES FARRELL). Meanwhile, Princess Leia (Saying no more), Luke and Han Solo (HM Banks and ED BENES) continue their mission to destroy the Death Star and rescue the Emperor's new line of Star Wars weapons from the Emperor's newly created Imperial Guard.
The story lines are as exciting as ever, especially now that The Empire is on the verge of complete power. In the first installment, Luke was basically just a lowly Stormtrooper sent on a simple assignment to infiltrate the Rebel base on Yavin 4. The whole mission was scoped out by the Empire because they were afraid that if Luke got discovered, he might turn against the Empire. This time around, Luke is given a much bigger chance to turn bad and turn his affiliation to the Rebel side in the wrong direction. If the rebellion cannot defeat the Empire at the end of this movie, the Emperor will have no choice but to bring down the full grown Emperor himself.
What many movie-goers are not aware of is that much of the film's pacing and contentions actually takes place off-screen. That means some of the film's memorable moments are cut out, which many diehard fans find upsetting. But what fans are not aware of is that the pacing and story developments happen to fit the timing of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which came out a few months later. So what exactly took place just prior to The Force Awakens? Well, let us count the ways…
First of all, just before the events of The Force Awakens, Luke (Carrie Fisher) had just broken up with Daisy (Emma Stone), the woman he had been secretly dating since the end of Return of the Jedi. When the news gets out, Princess Leia (actress Daisy Ridley) goes to see her friend Leia (Natalie Portman) in Imperial prison where she is shocked to find out that her old flame has turned to the dark side. Meanwhile, back on the planet of Bespin, Han (Harrison Ford) and Luke reunite. The two droids enter a cave where they encounter an enormous presence of Dark Ones. This being the inhabitants of the planet Bespin, the two are instantly transformed into robots and are taken to the Emperor's castle where the Emperor tortures Luke, hoping to use the Force to turn him to the Dark Side.
The first half of The Force Awakens is devoted to the story of the Resistance, a group of Resistance fighters who have been hiding on the planet Bespin since the first battle of The Galactic Republic. In this movie we learn that the rebellion was a front for a bigger scheme which would save the Galactic Republic from destruction. When the Death Star plans are completed, the Emperor sends a group of TIE Fighters to destroy the rebellion, but they are turned against their base by Princess Leia. After a massive fight, the TIE's are destroyed and the Emperor flees in his ship. Luke and Solo then make their way into a mysterious cave where they meet Princess Leia, who gives them the plans of the Death Star. The Death Star turns out to be a highly secret weapon which destroys the first Death Star and a main element of the movie Star Wars: The Ultimate Collector.
It seems that The Force Awakens just got fans even more excited about the original trilogy. Although, the original movies have some huge mysteries, as well as some obvious continuity errors that really get fans wanting more. The special anniversary issues of Star Wars Insider will be able to provide lots of inside information on The Force Awakens. This should be a huge advantage for the movie, as it should raise awareness for the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.