Having only seen the prequels, I didn’t really get Star Wars—so in preparation for The Force Awakens (and beyond), I finally watched the original trilogy.
When it came time to forge ahead, I thought what if this is just a repeat of the disappointing prequels? The opening theme to did not reassure me, nor did the opening crawl. I’d seen them before, after all, attached to movies I loathed. And I didn’t trust J. J. Abrams to do the job right, either.
But with the original trilogy fresh in my head, I came to (mostly) love The Force Awakens.