Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away I was born. Now I can honestly say that I've had a good childhood but there were many things that went wrong with it. I was born on a morning with a horrible blizzard when my mom met my step-dad. My step-dad was a huge comic-book geek but was a die hard Star Wars fan. It was 2000 and he and I watched the Phantom Menace on VHS, and he hated it but I was just about 3 years old, and I loved it for all the effects and the lightsaber duels. Now throughout my life, my dad wasn't around that much because he had problems with drug addictions. When he was out of prison, he always made time for me, and he and I would always watch the Empire Strikes Back since that was his favorite movie.
When Attack of the Clones came out, he and I of course went to see it. Now this was when he thought that the franchise was going to be degraded to almost nothing. He told me that he remembered the sight of my face when the Clones and Jedi fought the Separatist Droids. What can I say, explosion, guns, and lightsabers were the things that made movies good to me when I was a kid and not the story. After Attack of the Clones came out, I remember the animated Clone Wars came on to Cartoon Network and he and I loved it. It was something great seeing what happened in between Episode II and III. Then there was a year that I know I will never forget 2005. This was the year when Revenge of the Sith came out and the saga was complete. I remember sitting in the theater and finally seeing my dad smiling during a Star Wars movie. There was one scene that I won't forget and that was when Order 66 was commencing and the Clones killed the Jedi. This was when my dad had to pull me out of the theater because of my passion for the Jedi Order and seeing them die was something I wasn't ready to see. After the year 2007, the Dark Side finally hit my dad, and my mom and myself had to leave my dad. This tore me up inside and my mom and I never had that big relationship like my dad and I had. The year 2008 had hit its toll and I went to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars and I hated it. I've never fully understood why I hated it, but I knew that one of the reasons is Ahsoka. Now I loved Ahsoka, but I didn't like the fact that Anakin was basically a master but that is my opinion.
In my time without my dad, my life was rough. I started to not be myself and leave my love for Star Wars inside of me. I was introduced to Knights of the Old Republic by my second step-dad's best friend. I was amazed that I could customize my own character and that I could choose between the Light Side and the Dark Side. I always chose the Dark Side because I was always angry and KOTOR was the way I took my anger out. I watched the Clones Wars t.v. show and throughout the series the seasons got stronger stories. Seasons 3 aired and was when I wasn't afraid to show my friends my inner geekiness. It was when Savage Opress made his appearance when I knew that something was stirring up with the series. Then there was the scene with Darth Maul that I started writing stories and drawing characters. Throughout that time though, my dad was facing some serious problems and was going back to prison. When he got out, he made some choices that weren't the best and he ran into a state of depression. One day his depression got to him, and he shot himself. My mom kept it from me for the best of reasons but then I had to go to the funeral and give a speech. I went and I remember ever word that I said that day.
It went "Star Wars was the biggest thing that ever happened to my dad and of all the fans of the world he and I are the biggest ones of them all. For those that don't know Anakin Skywalker, he is a hero who is called the Chosen One who will bring balance to the force but ultimately falls to the Dark Side. My dad was Anakin Skywalker and he was a hero to many people whether they were family, friends, or strangers he helped out. There was a time were he hit that point were he was afraid of losing the one he loved, and he had fell to the Dark Side of life. Throughout all that time when he was doing bad things, I always was able to get to see the good side of life. I realize now that I am Luke Skywalker and my dad was once Anakin Skywalker who fell to the Dark Side and became the evil Darth Vader. In those final days of his life, he gave his life in order to save my galaxy from being corrupted as his life was."
Because of those events that had happened, Disney bought Star Wars and that it was the first Star Wars film that I would see without him on opening night. The reason I write articles on Moviepilot is because of his death. He always wanted to be a Journalist for movies. The saddest thing that happened to me is the original cast coming back to the series because of what they mean'd to my dad. My family held a special ceremony when he was cremated by setting up my grandma's house with his favorite thing in the world. We had his ashes sitting on a mantle with a picture of Harrison Ford as Han Solo with was signed, his early bird Star Wars action figure box, and a picture of him and his friend dressed up as Han and Chewie.
After everything that had happened, Star Wars has given me the greatest gift of all; imagination. It has made me want to become a writer and actor in my future. Star Wars has always been there in my life and I'm ecstatic that more films will be made. I will always remember that final words I told my dad and they were something like this