Podcast: ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ Retrospective Review

With only 3 days to go until the premiere of The Force Awakens, our countdown marathon continues into the original trilogy with our retrospective review of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

19 years have passed from Revenge of the Sith, and the Galactic Empire is at its height, but they are facing a threat viewed by Darth Vader and the Imperial army as nothing more than a fly to be swatted away. However, the Rebellion against the Empire proves that determination and a desire for freedom throughout the galaxy can make even the impossible a reality as they race to destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. In our podcast, we discuss the staying power of the 1977 technological and storytelling marvel that is A New Hope, as well as how it flows from the prequel trilogy into a galaxy of their own. Introducing us to Mark Hamill’s adventure seeking farmboy Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford’s swaggering scoundrel with a good heart Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher’s strong willed, intelligent Princess Leia Organa, A New Hope is a fun space adventure that continues to be enjoyable no matter how old it is because of the quality of the simple storytelling.

Luke Leia Han

Darth Vader

Luke Obi-Wan

Luke

Tarkin Vader

Han Chewie

Obi-Wan Vader

Medal Ceremony

A New Hope also stars Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Kenny Baker as R2D2, David Prowse as Darth Vader with voice by James Earl Jones, Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles, and Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin.

4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

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