Star Wars, fans will tell you, has never been just another sci-fi movie: It’s a postmodern masterpiece that weaves references to countless films and movie genres into one “hero’s journey.”
But who, exactly, is the hero? Depending on which movies you’ve watched—or at least which you’re willing to acknowledge—the answers might vary. But if you really watch the movies again with a critical eye—and more importantly a sense of humor—you might arrive at the same strange answer I did. The real hero of Star Wars is not Luke or Anakin Skywalker. It’s C-3PO.