Star Wars: The Force Awakens will air this Monday, August 30 on TMC at 9:15 p.m. What should you know before watching the first episode of “postlogy”? Summary.
When tackling a titan like Star Wars, it’s easy to get tangled up. Between the various trilogies, spin-offs, books and animated series, it can be difficult to know where you stand when embarking on watching a film from the saga. If you’ve decided to watch The Force Awakens, here’s a quick rundown.
First thing to know, The Force Awakens takes place several decades after Return of the Jedi. 30 years to be precise. So the Empire was officially defeated quite a while ago. But is it really a thing of the past? Things may be more complicated than that …
This is not a spoiler (or so, it is an older spoiler than the author of this article): Darth Vader died on the second Dark Star. If you were expecting to hear the Dark Lord of the Sith’s wheezing breathing, we’d rather warn you. In fact, his former master, Darth Sidious, also lost his life during these events.
Good news, however: Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are well and truly in the game. Without going into the indecent spoiler, know that they are present as secondary characters, JJ Abrams having decided to put forward a new trinity of heroes (for better or for worse, but that’s another story ).
Although it was released long after The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian series takes place 25 years before the events of the seventh episode of Star Wars. So both the movie and the series take place after the fall of the Empire and show us different stages if you are very (but then really very) attentive, you may even find some connections between The Mandalorian and the new trilogy.
Finally, you should know that the atmosphere of The Force Awakens is more like that of the original trilogy (Star Wars IV to VI) than that of the prelogy (Star Wars I to III). With this film, J.J. Abrams sought to pay tribute to the films that inspired him, even if it means coming close to the remake at many times. If you’re looking for a big dose of nostalgic thrill, you’re going to be served. If you are looking to explore an unexplored part of Star Wars, turn to the latest Disney original series …