Looking Back at Star Wars, Looking Ahead to “The Force Awakens”

Star Wars is, arguably, one of the most successful and beloved film franchises of all time, as well as a game changer in pop culture everywhere. It made science fiction more accessible to the general public, rather than just science fiction fans, and it made major advances in cinematic technology, sound design and visual effects.


Now, as we settle in for the month’s wait for the newest film in the series, The Force Awakens (set to premiere December 18), we should take time to look back over the franchise, its triumphs and failings, and where we hope that this new film will take us as plans are made for a new trilogy.


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