My route to Star Wars fandom is likely a very non-traditional one.
Usually, when it comes to fans of this sort of content, you assume they grew up with it — that they found it when they were a kid and kept it with them all these years. Similar to how you start rooting for a sports team, Star Wars fandom usually begins in childhood.
Not for this guy. Because I was born in the early 90s, the first Star Wars projects to be released during my lifetime were the prequels, and, well, their shortcomings have been well-documented. Long story short, the allure of the galaxy far, far away failed to coax me in.
Then, fast forward to my post-college career, and everywhere I turn, Disney is releasing some sort of Star Wars project. And those fuckers got me. The Force Awakens is okay, The Last Jedi was solid, and The Rise of Skywalker was a mess, so it wasn’t necessarily the main films that got me into the franchise.
The one that hooked me? Rogue One. That movie absolutely blew me away and I finally understood why decades of people had become obsessed with these stories. Then Disney dragged their nuts with The Mandalorian and I was sold — I became a Star Wars guy.
Now, these days, before going to bed and after ripping a bowl, The Clone Wars is my nighttime TV show of choice. Look how far we’ve come.
And yet, despite the fact that I now consider myself a starter-level Star Wars fan, I still find myself occasionally confused by its narrative timeline, which is why I appreciate Disney releasing an updated version ahead of the release of the new season of The Clone Wars.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him email@example.com