Star Wars: 10 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up The Original Trilogy

And just five years before A New Hope, there’s never been a better time to celebrate George Lucas’ original trilogy and how much it changed not just the science fiction genre, but cinema in general. . This era of Lucas’ Star Wars universe remains sacred to all fans, and each new series set in this galaxy far, far away on Disney+ owes its inspiration to his vision.

Its memorable characters and dialogue have been a springboard for memes that perfectly capture its classic hero’s journey against the backdrop of dazzling visuals, cementing it as a timeless group of films with plenty of inspiration.

Obi-Wan Kenobi teaches Luke Skywalker the Force

When inexperienced peasant Luke Skywalker learns that he is the son of one of the galaxy’s most famous Jedi, he learns the ways of the Force from his father’s closest friend and mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan doesn’t have much time to teach him, keeping his lessons rather vague and cryptic before quickly leaving the physical plane.

Luke, with barely days of preparation, does not benefit from the Jedi Council, let alone a consistent tutor. This meme may poke fun at online learning, but it also captures the frustrations Luke went through trying to understand the power of a man who spent the last years of his life as a sad hermit.

Luke Skywalker embarks on his hero’s journey after losing his aunt and uncle

As fascinated as Luke is with Force concepts, he’s not ready to leave his only family and run away to become a Jedi. Even the promise of rescuing Princess Leia isn’t enough to turn heads until, by fate, or even destiny, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru are killed by Imperial stormtroopers.

As this meme suggests, Obi-Wan wastes no time in pointing out that Luke has no choice but to go with him. Narrative imperative aside, Obi-Wan is completely transparent about his goals and doesn’t seem at all shocked that two people he’s interacted with on multiple occasions were killed in particularly gruesome ways.

The Empire loses a Death Star and builds another

Luke manages to destroy the Empire’s superweapon, but it’s not long before the Empire builds another one, hoping that this time it can finally be used as intended; strike fear into the hearts of galactic citizens by blowing up more and more planets.

Something that took decades to build in the first place now only takes a few months, and the Emperor shows incredible pride in believing that the rebels will no longer be able to destroy it. In his myopia, he again underestimates his opponent, and the same thing happens.

Darth Vader is established as a fearsome villain

Not only does Darth Vader make one of the best villain introductions in any Star Wars film, but he also remains the main antagonist of the original trilogy, going so far as to kill his own men for their disobedience. Regardless of their rank, no one is safe from Vader’s fist

Establishing Vader’s dominance wasn’t difficult given his towering stature and intimidating aesthetic, but seeing the people who were supposed to be on his side also act like nervous children around him only added to his power.

Luke and Leia discover that Darth Vader is their father.

In one of the best plot twists in the Star Wars movies, Luke discovers that Darth Vader was once known as Anakin Skywalker, his father. This reveal isn’t quite as shocking to anyone who’s seen the prequel trilogy, but it was an incredible reveal in the early 80s.

Luke and Leia aren’t exactly thrilled about this, as Vader represents the totalitarian regime they’ve vowed to fight against, but it leads to an incredible family reunion and an opportunity for redemption for the good man trapped inside the mechanical monstrosity.

Empire Strikes Back is the best film in the original trilogy

While A New Hope faithfully followed a story of good triumphing over evil, The Empire Strikes Back presented the opposite. Due to its more mature melodrama, the introduction of fun new characters like Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett, and the fact that it has a more realistic (and less adventurous) ending, it is considered the best film of the trilogy.

Although not usually challenged by fans, this meme uses a popular debate from the movie Clerks, questioning the superiority of the original trilogy’s second act. It is still presented in theaters as an equally good, if not better, sequel to its predecessor, and as a result, it was a very difficult act to follow.

A princess fell in love with a villain

Romance isn’t exactly the main focus of the original trilogy, but the love story between Princess Leia and Han Solo certainly has its admirers. Sticking to the “opposites attract” trope, they seem ill-suited for each other since she’s Alderaan royalty and he’s a ferryman, but that’s why their interactions are so fun to watch. Sarcastic humor is what makes Han and Leia such a close bond.

Neither enjoys having feelings for each other, which keeps their exchanges heated. Leigh Bracket, who wrote the screenplay, also worked on The Big Sleep, so it’s no surprise that the quick banter between Leia and Han is reminiscent of the sly exchanges between Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bacall in this film noir.

Luke must kill Vader to become a Jedi and save the galaxy

To save the galaxy and complete his Jedi training, Luke must confront Darth Vader. Despite not wanting to kill his own father, Master Yoda and Obi-Wan push him to do so with a not-so-subtle sense of guilt like “So the Empire has already won.”

Both Jedi Masters directly contributed to Anakin’s downfall, but neither was able to kill Vader before he died, making Luke their last hope. Despite the incredible burden placed upon him, Luke does what needs to be done, but on his own terms.

Emperor Palpatine tried to knock Luke to the dark side

As if facing Vader wasn’t enough, Luke had to face the Emperor and in a last ditch effort to win, the Sith Lord tried to turn him to the dark side. The Emperor underestimated not only Luke’s resilience, but Vader’s love for his son. In the end, Vader had to choose between serving his master and saving Luke’s life.

The nature of the Sith dictated that Palpatine’s arrogance would somehow lead to his downfall, and it did; he thought he was strong enough to turn Luke and that his grip on his father was just as strong, which wasn’t true.

Luke has completed his hero’s journey

By the end of Return of the Jedi, not only had the Emperor been destroyed and Vader redeemed, but Luke had also become the Jedi he intended to be in A New Hope. He had faced the necessary trials and was changed by his journey, an inexperienced peasant transformed into a triumphant hero.

Whether the anecdote in this meme is true, a wardrobe malfunction, or a “happy accident,” it nonetheless represents the conflict Luke had to go through to become a Jedi. The symbolism of the original trilogy highlights the themes that make even a blockbuster with space wizards and lightsabers inspiring for decades.

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