The last time I watched the trilogy, I was in college. Adding the hobbit trilogy (edited) in the morning was new, and it was a good addition- I never finished the hobbit trilogy before (I found its pacing too slow, and the expanded stuff too boring). Let me tell you, it’s good to watch that every decade or so. Epics like that have a way of helping you frame your own life in a way that’s larger than life. I may not adventure against earth-ending baddies, but I have friends and that’s pretty epic when you think about it.
Space is so cool, both the science fiction/fantasy and the real deal are so inspiring and awesome. When I got to go to NASA in Houston, it was such a cool experience, seeing all the rockets and space suits. I was really sick and a bit delirious, but walking into the hangar with the Saturn v rocket on its side and seeing how massive it was (even in its state of deterioration) it was inspiring. Of course, seeing an x wing pull an e-break turn to kill some tie fighters is pretty inspiring too. I’m equally inspired by both, because I’m what you’d call “easy to amuse.”
I will say this though: space failures are way more impressive in reality than they are in fantasy. When a Sci fi movie fails, nobody’s happy. When a billion dollar mission fails because somebody missed a decimal point, well, that’ll make you ponder existence. space is hard.