Star Wars: Empire Celebrates The Skywalker Saga

Star Wars: Empire Celebrates The Skywalker Saga

By James Dyer Posted 12 days ago

With The Rise Of Skywalker upon us and Empire’s special Star Wars issue hitting newsstands, we take a look back at the entire star-spanning saga. Read on for a selection of some of Empire’s best Star Wars articles, spanning the entire Star Wars saga from start to finish.

Star Wars: The Perfect Viewing Order

With a grand total of eleven films now in circulation, the best way to experience the Star Wars saga has become a rather tricky path to navigate. For stalwart fans looking for the optimum viewing order, newcomers in search of the ideal introduction and parents about to instruct their children in the ways of The Force, we present the principal schools of thought on the subject. And, dare we say it, the definitive answer you’re looking for.

Discover The Perfect Star Wars Viewing Order

The Ultimate Star Wars Quizzes

For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before Empire’s ludicrously difficult Star Wars quizzes. That’s right, you may have aced the Kessel Run, you might be fluent in over six million forms of communication but you’ll still have your work cut out for you with these gruelling test of Star Wars knowledge. Try the quiz, use The Force and take your first step into a larger world. Beware: Imperial operatives will change the questions with every try.

Take The Star Wars Quiz

Take The Empire Strikes Back Quiz

Take The Return Of The Jedi Quiz

Simon Pegg On Star Wars

The actor and screenwriter writes exclusively for Empire, telling us all in his own words exactly what Star Wars means to him.

Read Simon Pegg On Star Wars

Star Wars Spoiler Special Podcasts

No stone is left unturned in our deep-dive spoiler special podcasts where not only does the team get into the weeds discussing the films but we enlist the help of the filmmakers as well. Hear Lawrence Kasdan talk about killing Han Solo in The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson on upsetting the apple cart in The Last Jedi.

Listen To The Force Awakens Spoiler Special Podcast

Listen To The Last Jedi Spoiler Special Podcast

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes

Like a very rich schoolboy picking at a scab, George Lucas became famous for tinkering with the Star Wars saga. Over the years he made innumerable visits to the Skywalker Ranch editing room to refine and revise all six films, from the addition of modern CG effects in the original trilogy to Greedo shooting first. Twenty years after the original Special Editions were first released, we’ve charted the complete history of Star Wars alterations, from the major to the almost unnoticeable.

Read The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes

Harrison Ford Career Interview

From Star Wars to Blade Runner and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford sat down with Empire’s interviewer for a rare, career-spanning conversation.

Read The Harrison Ford Career Interview

The Greatest Star Wars Characters

From the moment the Jedi Order was first conceived, the Star Wars galaxy has rarely been an underpopulated universe. You can’t move for Gungans, Corellians, Twi’leks, Imperial badmen, bounty hunters, droids and whatever the hell Admiral Ackbar is. Yet everyone’s sure about which of those denizens is their favourite. Sure, the Han fans outnumber the Luke-lovers, and the Fett-followers think they’re way cooler than the Vader ravers, but even the likes of Wicket the ewok have their yay-sayers. Read on for our list of the best Star Wars characters, from cruel Imperial footsoliders right up to the number one slot

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The Emperor Speaks: Ian McDiarmid Interview

The senator from Naboo, the Supreme Chancellor of The Republic, Sith Lord, Ruler Of The Galactic Empire: Sheev Palpatine’s CV is impressive by anyone’s measure and we met up with the man himself, Ian McDiarmid, to talk all things Palpatine.

Read The Ian McDiarmid Interview

The Secret History Of Star Wars

Exposed! The truth behind the most famous myths of Star Wars - with testimony from those who were there.

Read The Secret History Of Star Wars

71 Awesome Behind-The-Scenes Star Wars Photos

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes photos from the ‘77 original, right up to Rogue One.

View The Behind-The-Scenes Gallery

Mark Hamill Answers Your Questions

From comparisons with Harrison Ford to Phantom Menace quality control, Mark Hamill answers questions from the Empire readers.

Read The Mark Hamill Interview

Kevin Smith, Simon Pegg And Edgar Wright Nerd Out on Star Wars

Empire loves Star Wars. Kevin Smith loves Star Wars (it’s a legal requirement that every Smith flick features a reference to George Lucas’ space saga). Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the brains behind Shaun Of The Dead, love Star Wars (at least, the original trilogy). So it was a bit of a no-brainer to get us all together recently in a top London hotel for a dedicated discussion of all things Starry and, indeed, Warsy. What resulted, though, was far from a no-brainer, being instead a passionate,insightful and very funny debate taking in everything from prequels to fandom, and the excitement that geeks can feel when they see a man in a helmet.

Read The Smith, Wright And Pegg Intervie

The Star Wars Holiday Special: A Retrospective

We investigate the full sordid story behind Star Wars’ most demented dirty secret: the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Read on to discover how it happened and re-live the experience minute by painful minute.

Read The History Of The Star Wars Holiday Special

On Set Of The Phantom Menace

There had never been a shoot like it. The technological breakthroughs, the precise detail, the boundless expectation. And a director who had been absent for 20 years. Empire visits the set of a galaxy far, far away (near Leavesden, Herts.) and charts the full story of the creation of Episode I.

Read Empire’s Phantom Menace On-Set Report

George Lucas: The Star Wars Prequels Interview

In 1999, shortly after The Phantom Menace debuted to a mixed reception from both critics and fans, Empire sat down with Star Wars creator George Lucas. We discuss the response to Episode I, his plans for the prequels to follow, Jar Jar Binks and much more.

Read The George Lucas Prequel Interview

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