By Mike Audette
The Star Wars saga has an uncanny ability to instantly create connections and memories within its own storytelling and with those who are consuming it at the same time. One of my favorite things is exploring the connections and memories that I have with Star Wars and hearing other peoples experience's as well.
One of my biggest remembrances with a Star Wars moment is the famous line:
Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
I was watching Episode IV: A New Hope one night during my last winter break of college, right before I was about to head back for my final semester before graduation. Something about that line and that moment hit me. I paused the movie and just put in my school name to replace Mos Eisley spaceport. "UMass Dartmouth: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." Saying that back a few times back brought back a whole flood of memories and moments and events that happened over the course of my college career, good and bad. Classes, projects, late night partying, playing rugby, and friends. Everything from the past four years of college hit me and I began to understand the importance of it. Much like Luke needed to be taught and molded into becoming the Jedi he was destined to be, as did I need to be taught and molded into the business professional to begin my working career.
As always the inverse works just as well. Something from our daily lives can remind us of a certain moment or moments in Star Wars that you will always remember.
Last June I binge watched all 6 seasons of The Clone Wars in the span of a week and a half. I was in between leaving one job and starting a new one and had the month off. Around the same time the album VOID by Boston hardcore band Vanna was released and I played that album non-stop when I wasn't watching The Clone Wars or listening to any podcasts that were episode discussions. Now that it's been almost a year since then every time I listen to that album I'm reminded of watching the series. All the awesome story arcs; The Citadel, Mortis, Darth Maul on Mandalore, the finale Yoda arc and the new characters that will have lasting impressions; Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, Asajj Ventress, and Hondo Ohnaka.
So what about you? What are your Star Wars connections that remind you of something from your life or the inverse that bring you back to something from Star Wars?
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And as always, May The Force Be With You!