Star Wars, the Skywalker saga: One dramatic moment from each of the nine films

Posted on May 4, 2020

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Come for the dogfights, stay for the drama. This might well have been the franchise’s motto. For all the many flaws, the strength of the underlying emotions is undeniable.

Search your feelings’ isn’t just a Star Wars catchphrase. The franchise may have been increasingly driven by eye-popping technology (and even for its time, the very first film that came out was driven by eye-popping technology). But all those battles in space would mean nothing if they weren’t anchored by the feelings in these films, the emotional beats between men and women, or even machines. I searched my feelings for a list of favourite such moments, one per episode. Here goes.

Luke’s just not a farmer, Owen. He has too much of his father in him.

When we first met Luke Skywalker, in A New Hope, he was a frustrated kid. He whined about his home. (“Well, if there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.”) He whined about his uncle, who won’t let him join “the academy” like his friends. And we get to the first major emotional undercurrent of the saga. At the dinner table, Luke tells his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru that the droid he’s been trying to clean up might have been stolen. “He says he belongs to someone called Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

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