Star Wars has been on a little hiatus since You-Know-Who had his hallway scene about a year ago. Naturally then, Star Wars has fallen out of conversations a little.

Since that hallway scene, we’ve had Bad Batch and Visions, the latter of which I haven’t actually watched yet. We’ll chalk it up to a lack of time — it’s 100% on my must-watch list. Bad Batch was a little slow at times, though it began and ended very, very well.

I had a chance to talk Star Wars in-person with two younger gentlemen the other day who I would have never guessed were Star Wars people. One talked about how he read all the Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan Jedi Apprentice books from the late ‘90s and the other talked about the follow-up Jedi Quest saga with Anakin being trained by Obi-Wan. This particular young man even recognized Yaddle and the sacrifice Yaddle made to save a young Anakin between Episodes I and II.

It’s not every day that I can share a Yaddle experience with someone younger than me.

I read every word of those Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest books two times over. I was always first in line at the school library for when a new book debuted.

Star Wars has just been my thing. For so long. And it was so much fun to talk about a young Obi-Wan leaving the Jedi Order with someone 10 years younger than me. It was like being a kid again.

I get a little hairy on the Star Wars lore post-Episode VI and pre-Disney — I don’t know much about the stories of Mara Jade Skywalker, Thrawn, or Jacen and Jaina Solo. These types of stories were more my Dad’s teenage years.

But Yaddle? Xanatos? Bruck Chun? Darth Maul — the truly greatest Star Wars villain ever created? Or Ahsoka?

These are the Star Wars characters I remember. These are the characters I can’t get enough of. The Ahsoka series can’t come soon enough.

This header image in Disney Plus recently gave me the shivers.

Something about this jump to hyperspace threw me back into a much younger Josh with a much more vivid imagination.

It reminded me of that old Star Wars I grew up with. It gave a glimpse at the new Star Wars we have today. I could have scrolled to the right to reveal Clone Wars Season 7, with four of the greatest pieces of Star Wars storytelling you’ve ever seen.

The Book of Boba Fest debuts in a few weeks. Obi-Wan debuts in 2022. Ahsoka is destined for screens at some point thereafter.

With Filoni at the helm, this is the greatest time ever to be a Star Wars fan.

I’m so glad the sequel saga didn’t rob me of those childish Yaddle memories.