YouTuber Introduces Cousin To Star Wars Episodes 1-9

Luke, I am your father. An iconic phrase spanning through multiple generations of pop culture. The Star Wars universe, created by George Lucas back in the late 1970’s has grown, evolved and thrilled fans for decades. Released in three different trilogies, YouTubers Mack and Jeremy from the channel EverySingleMonday watch and react to each film for the first time in chronological order. Being an avid fan himself, Mack introduces the world of Star Wars to his cousin Jeremy for the first time as they start their journey through the galaxy with Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999).

So this guy is going to be the freakin’ sith lord?

Jeremy, surprised and unimpressed by young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) who he suspects will become a powerful dark figure, is still left questioning who this character is and the role he plays in the story. When it came down to the final battle between the two powerful Jedi, Jeremy has little reaction if not any reaction to the death of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) or Darth Maul (Ray Park), claiming the film didn’t give enough time to develop an emotional attachment to any of the characters. The YouTuber enjoys the film and found parts of it to be quite comedic with the infamous Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best), but is still left with a lot of unanswered questions.

In the next film Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Jeremy is still somewhat confused by who Anakin is. In the scene where Anakin (now played by actor Hayden Christensen) gets his hand cut off, Jeremy exclaims “what the fuck, how the hell did I not know that, he got his fucking arm cut off!” and refers to the character as Luke Skywalker, who he does know from pop culture references. However, he is quickly corrected by Mack, who reiterates that the character is Anakin Skywalker and not Luke Skywalker:

I can’t believe we’re almost two movies in and you don’t know who Anakin Skywalker is yet!

The film begins to develop a love story between Anakin and Padmé (Natalie Portman), in which Jeremy, finds extremely awkward and at times creepy. The YouTuber tries to make sense of the situation logically because the character’s age difference was so apparent in the first film compared to the second film, 10 years later, where they now seem to be around the same age. In the end, he's still confused and unsure of where this relationship will lead to.

Ranked as his most favorite film of the entire Star Wars saga, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Jeremy feels this film is definitely an emotional rollercoaster. There were definitely intense moments that catch the YouTuber off guard leaving him shocked and somewhat upset. Some examples include when Anakin kills off the last of the Jedi children in training and in the last battle between Anakin and Obi-Won (Ewan McGregor), where Anakin has an arm and both legs cut off and is burning alive:

That’s a fucking horrible death.

With the revelation of Senator Palpatine as Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid), Anakin’s eventual transition to the dark side being renamed as Darth Vader and Padmé giving birth to twins Luke and Leia, the YouTuber is overwhelmed with questions finally being answered.

Excited to finally see Darth Vader as the evil villain we all know from pop culture history, the YouTubers dive into the original trilogy released back in the late 70’s and early 80’s with Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Jeremy is now invested in the story and build up that has led to this moment to the introduction of the original characters, especially Darth Vader, who is now his favorite character in the franchise.

I like the whole build up … Anakin turning into Darth Vader … I feel like it’s a really cool transition to a Sith lord and then the power that he has.

Despite being a film of the 70’s, the YouTubers note the CGI and special effects weren’t as bad as they expected, saying the visuals were still engaging and kept them in that Star Wars realm. Although, Jeremy did notice the difference in costume details compared to the previous trilogy.

With a new storyline, comes new questions. Why doesn’t Obi-Won train Luke in the ways of the force? Why would you kiss your own brother? Does Vader know that Leia is his daughter? All these are questions Jeremy ponders throughout the film hoping to find answers to.

In one scene were Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han (Harrison Ford) are trapped in a compactor, Jeremy has an immediate sense of dread reflecting on his own fears of being in that sticky situation:

Now that would be more scary to me. That’s been like a fear, me being stuck inside a trash compactor. Holly fuck dude, there’s nothing you can do … I can’t imagine what it would feel like being squished to death either.

Ultimately, the YouTuber can feel the drastic transition from the more modern trilogy of episodes 1-3, to the more dated original trilogy of episodes 4-6, but feels by watching the films in chronological order of the storyline, it is the better way to introduce someone to the Star Wars franchise.

In Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the infamous theme music of The Empire immediately brings Jeremy to his “Ah ha” moment as he recognizes the tune through various pop culture references. The YouTuber also enjoys seeing the development of Han and Leia’s romantic relationship claiming Leia is just playing hard to get and Han is just a “bad ass” when he didn’t reciprocate the “I love you” back to Leia before he is condemned into carbon freeze.

When it came time for the iconic film line: Luke I am your father, Jeremy has almost no reaction and seems more confused and in anticipation for what is going to happen next. He begins to question Vader’s darkness because of the characters little hesitations and wonders if Vader felt hurt that his own son didn’t want to join him in ruling the galaxy.

Darth Vader is such a cool character. A very cool villain. He’s got a really high presence.

Moving into the last installment of the original trilogy with Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), the YouTubers are pleasantly surprised by how much their channel has grown since the first reaction video. One element of the film Jeremy felt was extremely anticlimactic was the way Yoda, a powerful master Jedi dies, “He just dies of old age?” It almost seems like an injustice to kill off such an inspirational character like Yoda with old age.

In another unexpected plot twist, as Vader turns on Darth Sidious to save Luke, Jeremy is left in shock, but then slowly begins to realize the light in Vader was there all along, and he just couldn’t see it at first. Especially after the hesitation to kill Luke and instead asking Luke to join forces with him.

I feel like Vader wasn’t giving it his all … Vader fights out of anger…a lot of the time he fights out of emotion and I feel like when he was fighting Luke he was very hesitant on his emotions so he wasn’t actually putting in all the effort that he could … he didn’t want to fight him deep down inside.

The end of the film leaves you with a feel-good moment and the biggest surprise, according to Jeremy. YouTuber Mack explains to Jeremy that in the original film, Obi-Won, Yoda and Anakin show up as a force ghost at the end of the film with the original actor playing Darth Vader as the force ghost. However, after the release of the prequels, the film changed the new ending to portray a force ghost of the Anakin Skywalker from the prequel stories, played by Hayden Christensen in order to bring more cohesion to the plotline.

The very very end which I think is the most biggest surprise obviously was the fact that Anakin was able to force ghost and as his younger self … that was actually really cool to see.

In Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) part of the newest Disney trilogies of Star Wars films released in 2015, the YouTuber immediately recognize the dramatic difference in visual effects compared to the older films. After being introduced to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Jeremy makes note of the characters power and how he uses them differently and in a unique way compared to the traditional Sith lords who often relied on brute physical power.

Unlike in the past films, where many of the characters familial backgrounds were kept secret from each other, Jeremy is surprised by the fact that Kylo Ren is very aware of his family history with the Jedi and unforgivingly kills his own father Han:

It’s weird, everybody knows now, who’s whose dad … I don’t know what to believe anymore. I don’t know who knows what … does he know he’s his dad?

When Rey (Daisy Ridley) is introduced into the story as a seemingly random girl, who happens to posses powers of a Jedi, the YouTuber is again taken back by how powerful she had become and how quickly it happened compared to Kylo Ren, who had been formally trained for years to learn and control such power.

Oh shit! She’s stronger in the force than he is. What the hell!

In the words of Jeremy and his reaction to the return of Luke Skywalker: “It’s about goddamn time!” Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) is not one of Jeremy’s favorite films in the franchise. By now the YouTuber is fully invested, has developed a connection to the story and characters, and yet the film failed to fill in the blanks of so many plot holes in the storyline, according to Jeremy.

I kind of feel like I’ve developed an emotional connection for Star Wars … and I don’t know if I like this movie all that much because things weren’t lining up … it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t good … nothing really made sense.

One of the biggest gripes of the film was the portrayal of Luke Skywalker, says the YouTuber. Luke almost feels like a completely different character. In a flashback scene where Kylo Ren recounts that night that Luke tries to kill him in his sleep, Jeremy is confused by why Luke Skywalker, a legendary Jedi and force of good, would take such heinous actions.

He was not scared to go up against Darth Vader, but somehow he’s afraid of going up against Kylo Ren. He doesn’t want to face Kylo Ren … where was that burning passion for the light side, being a Jedi, protecting … he just gave up.

Who is Rey? Where does she fit in and why does she have the force? All questions still lingering across the YouTubers mind. In the final installment of the Star War saga, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Jeremy is very anxious to finally learn of Rey’s origins. In a scene where both Kylo Ren and Rey are using the force against each other to maneuver a space ship, the YouTuber praises the film for the portrayal of how strong Rey has become in the force and it also leaves him a bit confused as to how she was able to produce electricity, a trait that is not very common. Up until this point, it is still unclear if she is actually a Jedi or not.

Doesn’t make any sense. She’s mastered all forms of the force now?

When it is finally revealed that Rey is in fact the granddaughter of Palpatine, the explanation gives Jeremy goosebumps as well as a feeling of irony over the fact that the granddaughter of a powerful Sith lord is now fighting for the Jedi side.

Isn’t it such a weird flip … Darth Vader’s grandson is fighting for the dark side … Palpatine’s granddaughter is now working for the Jedi force and they are fighting against each other.

The other plot twist that shocked the YouTuber was the fact that Darth Sidious was still alive, “is this Sidious? How the fuck is he still alive?!”

At the end of their journey through the Star War saga, YouTuber Jeremy is left with a new excitement and appreciation for the franchise and claims that Darth Vader is still his most favorite character.

YouTubers Mack and Jeremy from the channel EverySingleMonday, react to and rate movies regularly.