Top Star Wars Moments Of 2019
For those of us who enjoy frequent trips to a galaxy far, far away, 2019 represented a watershed moment; 365 days of breakneck bliss. Whether you loved each and every offering, or if you were more discerning, Lucasfilm delivered more Star Wars than you could shake a saber at.
Thankfully, the helpful folks at StarWars.com compiled a comprehensive list of their favorite moments of 2019.
In no particular order, here are three of the best:
The Rise of Skywalker
There are three generations of Star Wars fans now: those who grew up with the original trilogy, those who discovered the saga through the prequels, and those who met Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren in the current series of films and fell in love with a galaxy far, far away. No matter what category you might fall into, and whatever era of Star Wars is your favorite, the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is significant. It’s a movie that closes out not just one trilogy, but three — the end to a series of films that changed the world and filmmaking itself… Dan Brooks
Two words: the Child.
The Mandalorian delivered so much more than we could have anticipated. From the gritty, Western-inspired frontier landscapes to the world-weary characters, exhausted and worn down by the Galactic Civil War, the new Disney+ series has shined a light on a corner of the galaxy previously unexplored in live-action. And we’re loving every minute of it so far.
Mando and his constant companion, the Child, are a perfectly balanced pair — one stoic and battle-hardened while the other is exuberant and curious about the galaxy. And this duo, plus an incredibly talented cast and crew all working in concert under the guidance of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, have captured everything that makes Star Wars so enduring… Kristin Baver
This year marked the debut of a new world in the Star Wars galaxy — one that you can physically travel to yourself. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida lets you set foot on the backwater planet of Batuu, where the battle between the First Order and the Resistance is playing out. Since Black Spire Outpost opened to offworlders in the spring, we’ve been blown away by the otherworldly wares available from trader Dok Ondar, been moved to tears by the lightsaber ceremony in Savi’s Workshop, and — lest we forget — stunned by our first encounter with the Millennium Falcon in all its glory. We’ve smuggled, scanned, sipped, and munched our way through Batuu and were left wanting more… Brendan Nystedt