42 Questions From a Star Wars Newbie

Some thoughts from watching the nine movies for the first time.

Taru Anniina Liikanen

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Photo by Ben Lei on Unsplash

A couple of years ago, I watched the Star Wars movies for the first time. I had watched the original trilogy as a kid but really had no recollection of them, so now that all nine were out I decided to go through them all, as a fun project.

It was December 2019 and I spent the whole Christmas that year home alone, watching movies 1–8. (I might not have done it had I known I was going to spend the entire following year home alone, but at that moment I needed the space.) On Christmas Eve, I went to a movie theater to finish with 9.

And I’m not going to lie, I had some questions. I typed them into my Notes app and forgot all about it. As it happens, I just found the note, so now you get to enjoy them.

So here they are, edited a bit for clarity. If you want to provide explanations for a Star Wars newbie or tell me I’ve been sacrilegious with your heroes, please do so in the comments.

A Couple of Things

The order I picked to watch the movies was beginning with the original trilogy, then moving on to the prequels and then the sequels: episodes 4–6, 1–3, 7–9. You might notice this order in my observations.

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Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.