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What is Starwars?
September 13, 2011 6:05PM
Starwars is a science-fiction series of movies that was created by George Lucas. There are currently 7 Starwars films (if you include the animated film "The Clone Wars").
In chronological order of the Starwars timeline they are
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
- The Clone Wars.
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
- Episode IV: A New Hope.
- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
- Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The Starwars films focus mainly on two characters. Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) and his son Luke Skywalker. Though Anakin becomes the series' big time villain... George Lucas has stated that Anakin is really the main subject and character of the Starwars movies.
The first Starwars film (A New Hope) was made in 1977, on a 11 million dollar budget. This was practically a handout. George Lucas originally intended for Starwars to be a "children's movie". Starwars has since become a worldwide phenomenon and now is as popular if not more popular than the Star Trek series. It is quite possibly the most popular movie series of all time.
Although, the movies is what draws most people to Starwars, there is also a plethora of books, comics, and video games about it as well. There is also a series "The Clone Wars" which is based on the animated film of the same name. On top of that there will be a new (still unnamed) live-action Starwars television series set between Episode III and Episode IV. It will be about many different characters such as Boba Fett, and Galen Marek (Darth Vader's Apprentice.) Mostly though, it will be about the less known characters from the expanded universe.
As for the books there are literally hundreds of books set in so many different time periods of Starwars that it just isn't right. On some occasions information in these contradict each other because there are so many different books and writers of them.
Video games, since they are projects of Lucasarts and since there are far fewer games than books (though there is at least 100+ Starwars games) they tend to not have conflicting information as much.
Some of the most popular Starwars video games include Knights of the Old Republic (which won 2003 Game of the Year), The Jedi Knight Series (which follows the life of mercenary and Jedi Knight Kyle Katarn). The Battlefront series (which allows you to play most of the classic and newer Starwars battles anyway you want... from any side.) And of course there's the newest installment The Force Unleashed (set between episodes III and IV, it tells the tale of Vader's Secret Apprentice and the birth of the Rebel Alliance).
Those are just a few of the best Starwars game titles.
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