Back near the end of January, I went with a couple of my sisters to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I hadn't been in a big rush to see this film, because I'm not really a big fan of the series. I have fond childhood memories of watching the original Star Wars movies- especially A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back- with my brothers and sisters on our old VHS tapes, but until recently hadn't viewed them in years, and didn't feel compelled to do so. The weekend before we went to watch The Force Awakens, one of the sisters in question hosted a Star Wars marathon of episodes IV- VI (no one wanted to see episodes I- III) and we used the old tapes so we wouldn't have to see Lucas' upgrades to the originals. It was a good time with family and friends, and re-watching the original three with a critical eye gave me the opportunity to think through exactly what I liked- and didn't like- about the series. So over the next little while, I'm going to examine each of the films, up to and including The Force Awakens.