From “The Phantom Menace” to “The Rise of Skywalker”, a look back at the major events of the “Star Wars” saga, very often lit by the rays of a setting sun. Beware, spoilers!
1. The Phantom Menace (episode I)
As the sun sets over Coruscant, Anakin Skywalker – whom Qui-Gon Jinn already sees as the Chosen One supposed to restore balance in the Force – becomes acquainted with the prestigious Jedi Council. A particularly important meeting for the young boy, and the first step of a tortuous journey which will lead him to the Dark Side, then to redemption.
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A young Jedi who looks towards his destiny, a tormented hero about to pass to the Dark Side, an incredible revelation on the origins of a character …
When we take a closer look at the 9 episodes that make up the legendary Star Wars saga, we can see that the most crucial moments of their plots – or the most symbolic moments for their protagonists – very often seem unfold in front of a sunset.
Indeed, from The Phantom Menace In The Rise of Skywalker, each of the episodes directed by George Lucas and his heirs seems to feature at least one sequence bathed in the red light of one (or two) setting sun. A scene that almost always represents a high point, a real crossroads for the characters.
The main theme of Star Wars being the struggle between Good and Evil, what could be more evocative than a sunset – this moment suspended between day and night – to symbolize the sometimes fierce inner conflict between the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force that rages on heroes?
Through 9 setting suns, a look back at the key moments of the saga …