Does the “Star Wars” Saga Deserve an Honorary Oscar for Revolutionizing Mass Media?

On the eve of “The Rise of Skywalker,” following years of an increasingly polarized fanbase, we’re reminded what a valid question this is when you recall what brought us here.

The Beginning

It is difficult to explain the impact of “Star Wars” when it was released. 1977 saw Jimmy Carter as President, the resignation of Gandhi, and the death of Elvis.

The “Thrawn” Trilogy

The franchise remained dormant following “Jedi’s” release, until 1991. With no new films on the horizon (and years after two Ewok made-for-television movies), author Timothy Zahn rebooted the saga with 1991’s “Heir to the Empire,” and it’s followups, “Dark Force Rising,” and “The Last Command.”

Today

Hitting the cultural zeitgeist is one thing and yes, Jedi temples have formed around the world as something slightly more than fringe.

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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