Cool facts about the Star Wars franchise

The Star Wars franchise is arguably one of the most popular and famous sci-fi franchises of all time. There’s nine main films, three spin-off films, three TV series, over 300 novels and stories, and an untold fortune of merchandise. It’s easy to see why this story of a galaxy far far away has captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world. Read on below for some fascinating facts and secrets from the Star Wars films.

The phrase “I have a bad feeling about this” appears in every single Star Wars film – except one

Every Star Wars fan knows the line “I have  a bad feeling about this”. This line seems to appear in every movie. It even appears twice in episodes four and six- A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Fans were left quite confused when they noticed that it seemed to be missing from episode eight, the Last Jedi. Writers quickly cleared this mystery up by pointing out that just because the line wasn’t said in English, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It actually shows itself in the opening sequence, when the droid BB8 beeps something to fighter pilot Poe, who responds with, “Positive beeps only”. The writers have shared that the beeps were in fact, the famous line that was thought to be absent.

Cool facts about the Star Wars franchise

George Lucas’ wife, Marcia Lucas, was the only Lucas to win an Oscar

It can often be quite a sore point for fans when the fact that George Lucas did not win any Oscars, despite being nominated for five is mentioned. However, did you know that his first wife, Marcia, won the academy award for best film editing in 1978 for Episode four, a New Hope? This just goes to show how important a role Marca played in the Star Wars saga, despite George refusing to speak of her after their divorce in 1983.

Episodes 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3 or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6?

The Skywalker Saga comprises three trilogies, the Original Trilogy, the Prequels, and the Sequels. The original trilogy, which consists of episodes 4, 5 and 6, were the first films to be released back in 1977 and they follow Luke Skywalker’s journey to defeat Darth Vader and his evil empire. The prequel trilogy, which was released almost 16 years after the original trilogy, provides a backstory to the rise of Darth Vader.  Ever since the release of the so-called ‘prequels’, there has been much debate and controversy over the order in which the films should be watched, especially for those who are watching for the first time. Some people say that the only way to truly appreciate the saga is to watch the films in the order of their release, starting with episodes four, five, and six and then moving to episodes one, two, and three. Other’s say that in order to fully understand what is going on and to follow the story properly, you should watch the films in chronological order, starting with the prequels and then the originals. If you’re unsure of who to follow, the safest bet is to follow the advice of George Lucus, the creator of the Star Wars Universe. In an interview following the release of Episode 7, Lucas was quoted as saying “Start with one. That’s the way to do it right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. That’s the way they’re supposed to be done. Just because it took a long time to film it doesn’t mean you don’t do it in order.”

Cool facts about the Star Wars franchise