On the Magic and Mystique of Star Wars
Once upon a time, my children, we once dismissed Star Wars as a so-called "science-fiction comedy." How little did we know in those days! We did not know at the time, as we know now, that the Star Wars Saga, like our own rise and fall of the Roman Empire, had not one cause, but many; and was not merely an event, but, rather, a process, spread out over countless millennia. Why, then, would we need to journey through six major motion pictures to understand and appreciate that simple truth?
Because, ultimately, what set Star Wars apart from other entertainment entities is the fact that it was a tale of, in the words of Walt Disney, "good and evil, the antagonists of all great drama in some guise." How wondrous and incredible, then, that, some three decades onward, we have others on this Earth who dare to appreciate it more and more. For such is the Star Wars magic and mystique that allows it to endure, as all great franchises inevitably must.
Still, I don't think I would not be inspired by the Star Wars mystery were it not for the incredible imagination of George Lucas himself. More than any other human, he and he alone has single-handedly given the world a Quest that I'm no longer sure will ever reach the end. Frankly, I'm not exactly sure about the to be continued part, either, but there you go. Anyway, The History Channel is devoting a prime-time special, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed!, to the 30th Birthday milestone; I urge you to tune in on Memorial Day, starting @ 9 PM (ET) to explore it for yourselves!