Probably because I grew up with Star Wars for fiction video, it holds a place in my heart.
The battle of good and evil, the wins and defeats portrayed through several films. It's been an amazing journey.
What we thought was the first of many was actually the fifth in what George Lucas has envisioned at that time, no one really wondered why and this format of jumping forward and past in a franchise has become industry standard since. The Rise of Skywalker is the 11th film in the franchise that Disney bought from Lucas Film (who owned 100% of the company) for $4.05 billion (who cares about the £0.05b ?
The idea Lucas had was turned down multiple times before a studio piled in with enough cash ($11m for the whole film) to get it to screen. It had a 70.5 times return on investment grossing $775.4 million dollars. I guess it proves to be worthwhile to be persistent.....
I've often wondered whether someone with a lisp said 'May the Force be with you', sometime early in May to a friend and the penny dropped. It will likely be a phrase used every 4th May until I get promoted to heaven.
Anyway, when Disney bought the franchise they loved it and produced way too many films in too short release time. It was always nice to meander through life bumping into Starwars again every couple of years. Latterly there seemed to be one every 6 months or so. For me adding Rogue One into number five in the series and bumping A New Hope forward by one was a masterstroke, of course I'm ignoring Solo, which didn't do anything for me. The film was all about sacrifice, the stars paying the ultimate price and this 2016 film setting a perfect opening for the 1977 release of 'A New Hope' - a crazy world isn't it.
Anyway, there are so many now and the list has been revised with additions etc. Here is the current list of what to watch in which order.
1. A Phantom Menace (1999)
2. Attack of the Clones (2002)
3. Revenge of the Sith (2005)
4. Solo - A Star Wars Story (2018)
5. Rogue One - A Star Wars Story (2016)
6. A New Hope - Originally called 'Star Wars' (1977)
7. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
8. Return of the Jedi (1983)
9. The Force Awakens (2015)
10. The Last Jedi (2017)
11. The Rise of SkyWalker (2019)
Although the VIII was declared the last of franchise, there is no way with a $4.05 price tag Disney will be able to resist spin off's, series etc. They have already built a new theme park in Florida and that will likely roll around to other Disney Parks, Ships even before we find the original characters had kids and Palatine had enough 'force' in a sperm bank somewhere to start the whole thing over again.....