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A Star Wars Recap

if you have been confused about the current state of affairs in the galaxy, take a minute to refresh your memory. This is excluding the prequel trilogies and focusing on the six movies (first three, and newest trilogy) in chronological order.

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A New Hope (1977)


A new hope: A young man named Luke Skywalker joins the Rebellion against the Empire, under the guidance of Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, He learns that his father was once a Jedi knight but had been killed by the horrific Darth Vader.
They go on to save a princess by the name of Leia.

Obi-Wan dies — becoming one with the Force — after a battle with Darth Vader.

Luke destroys the Death Star, the ultimate weapon, with the help of renegade smuggler Han Solo.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Luke learns from the force spirit of Obi-Wan that Yoda, a Jedi Master, Will teach him in the ways of the Jedi and warns about fear, anger, and aggression leading to the dark side.

Darth Vader and the Emperor learn of Luke Skywalker, they concoct a plan to turn him to the dark side of the Force.

“I am your father.” Luke discovers that Darth Vader is his father, and Vader – after defeating him in a lightsaber duel as well as taking his hand – tells him that together they can rule the galaxy. Luke refuses and escapes with his people.

Return of the Jedi (1983)

Luke learns that Leia is his twin sister.

Luke battles and defeats Darth Vader but refuses to kill his enemy and father, embracing the true Jedi way. The emperor begins killing luke but Darth Vader throws the Emperor to his death and redeems himself in the name of his son.

The Death Star is destroyed, and the Empire is overthrown, as the universe celebrates.

The Force Awakens (2015)

Years after the Empire’s fall, a militia group made up of empire supporters known as the First Order, is ruthlessly seizing control of the galaxy.

Rey emerges, an orphan who is strangely powerful with the Force meets a stormtrooper who has defected from the first order due to their brutality.

Leia and Han Solo’s son, Ben, was seduced by the dark side, under the tutelage of a mysterious figure known as Snoke. He cements that fall by killing his father, before battling Rey in an inconclusive lightsaber duel.

The Last Jedi (2017)

Luke Skywalker damaged by the actions of his nephew Kylo reluctantly teaches Rey. Eventually, he sacrifices himself – and becomes one with the Force – so he can save the Resistance, which is reeling under assault by the First Order.

Kylo Ren kills Snoke, asking Rey to rule with him, saying, “It’s time to let old things die.”

Kylo Ren informs Rey to remember that her parents were no one of importance – telling her “you come from nothing” – blowing up countless fan theories about her lineage. This assumes that was the truth and not a cover for a greater twist.

The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A final chapter in a large and expansive story. Rey and Kylo Ren must face off once and for all and old enemies return to wreak havoc.