As we head into the final weeks before the release of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158), the fandom is up to its knees in speculation and excitement. But sometimes, it's better to just slow down, look back, and appreciate the beginning of it all. Here's a great collection of Star Wars photos to get you through your day—and, if you want, the dialogue-free version of the music from the latest Force Awakens trailer.
First, a look at the opening crawl for Empire Strikes Back -- as it was originally filmed:
George Lucas with the plethora of props from Star Wars.
The best prom photo ever:
Remember that first cast reading picture from The Force Awakens? Here's where it all started:
Harrison Ford reminds us why Han Solo is so beloved:
The AT-AT models get ready for battle. Cat-sized, they're basically my kind of pet:
Carrie Fisher takes a break from being a straight-up boss on Hoth:
Threepio might have annoyed Han, but our favorite scoundrel still helped him out:
Mark Hamill gets ready to jump "on to an AT-AT":
... and then "lands" on Jabba's barge cruiser in the next film!
Han was supposed to fix the hyperdrive, but he just goofed off instead:
Leia consoles Luke and gives Threepio some people pants:
As a short person, I feel for C-3PO here. People do this to me all the time!
Tarkin being far more kind to Luke than he was to Leia:
We call them the Big Three:
A kind man provides C-3PO with an oil straw:
One from the Skywalker Family Album:
Leia NEVER misses her target. Except maybe this time:
Remember how all of the Clone Troopers in the prequels were CGI? Well...
12 year old Warwick Davis was ready for a role in Top Gun:
Running a rebellion is tiring...
... but when you've got a team like this, the job will get done no matter what.
May the Force be with You!