Sometimes, it’s easy to forget exactly what made the Star Wars movies so special in the first place. Aside from the pure spectacle of it all, and all those wonderful droids, one of the greatest aspects of the saga was the intense mystery and curiosity that it evoked in fans. What happened to Luke’s father? Who was Darth Vader? Where did Obi-Wan’s body disappear to? Will Chewbacca ever find true love? These questions and more kept fans theorizing and arguing for years (sometimes coming up with some really awful stuff), until the (often less-than-satisfactory) answers were revealed in subsequent films. Although the fans were temporarily pleased to gain the much-desired knowledge, it also helped to take some of the sheen off the beloved franchise.
This is a major part of why audiences have responded so positively to the new generation of Star Wars films, including The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Finally, the Star Wars universe once again has more questions than answers surrounding it, and the fans are much better off for it. Who are Rey’s parents? Why did Luke Skywalker go into hiding? What’s the deal with Snoke? Why is Kylo Ren so sad and angry all the time? Seriously, what is the deal with Chewie's love life? The answers to these questions (and more) will undoubtedly be answered in future films, but for now, the fans are experiencing the thrill and excitement of wild, rampant speculation. But the truth, as they say, is out there. Pretty sure that's the wrong franchise, but whatever, nerds.
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