The Ed Zone
Issue 268 Jan 2016
It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be writing this editorial if it wasn’t for Star Wars. As for many people born in the ’70s and ’80s, it was the formative cultural experience of my childhood, my gateway into sci-fi and fantasy. For a long time I think I loved the idea of Star Wars as much as the movies themselves – I know I saw the original movie on TV when I was very small (that image of C-3PO and R2-D2 in the desert made an indelible impression on my young mind), but I was just as captivated by the action figures, the spaceships and my Return Of The Jedi duvet cover.
When I was old enough to actually get the movies, I was even more besotted. I watched my off-the-telly recording of The Empire Strikes Back so many times that I knew where the ad breaks would come. Even now when I watch the film I expect the skeleton from the Scotch ads to pop up during the Cloud City sequence and tell me to “re-record not fade away”.
If you were bitten by the Star Wars bug as a kid, I don’t think you ever really grow out of it – and why should you? There’s a reason adults shed tears when Han Solo told Chewbacca they were home. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Lando, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest are part of our collective consciousness in a way few other fictional characters can match. So the arrival of The Force Awakens – the biggest movie of SFX’s lifetime – is definitely something to celebrate. Set your nav computer to p46.