I can't tell you the first time I watched Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, or Return of the Jedi. The series started the year I was born, and Episode Six premiered four days before my sixth birthday. Nevertheless, they were burned into my childhood, like most other kids of the '80s, and as much as we could giggle over the Ewoks, Star Wars was a being of mass-love. Fast-forward some years, and we get the first three episodes -- the story of how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader -- and the series became something to deride, from Jar Jar Binks to Skywalker's fall to the Dark Side.

When I think back on the series, two things always pop into mind -- one good, one bad -- hence, this post. Even back in the late '80s and '90s, whether I'd seen the films recently or it'd been a few years, I always remembered the trash compactor of A New Hope (aka Star Wars). I'm not sure why. It isn't as thrilling as Han getting solidified, for example, but something about the ridiculousness of the situation, the engagingly angry banter, and the creepy trash monster made it the go-to memory in my head, the one that always made me smile.

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categories Cinematical