With six blockbuster movies, and countless books, video games, and comic books over a 30 year span, Star Wars is one of the most enduring sci-fi franchises in all of pop culture. Created by writer-director George Lucas, Star Wars takes place “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”, and features a vast array of alien creatures and worlds alongside the human race. The advent of space travel in the Star Wars universe has allowed interplanetary travel, with many planets in the galaxy joining to form the Galactic Empire. The first Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was released in 1977. The surprise hit reasonated with the general populace and became a global phenomenon, spawning two additional movies to complete the epic saga. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi were released a few years later, and along with Episode IV were recognized by fans as the Original Trilogy. The Original Trilogy focused on a young farm boy named Luke Skywalker who leaves home and joins a rebel alliance to rescue Princess Leia from Darth Vader and the evil Empire. Other notable characters include the suave Han Solo and his trusty sidekick Chewbacca, a hairy Wookiee alien. Along the way, Luke learns about the Force, an energy that can be used by trained Jedis to perform incredible acts of telekinesis, clairvoyance, and even mind control. Three additional Star Wars movies were released, collectively referred to as the Prequel Trilogy. The prequels were composed of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The story focused on the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and his pupil Anakin Skywalker, and culminates with the creation of Darth Vader, the most feared man in the galaxy. The franchise was originally envisioned as a nine-part series, with episodes VI to IX yet to be produced. A live-action television series is also being considered. If you are searching for thebest Star Wars tees on the internet you can get them at t-shirt insight.