In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is today’s entry:

#81: Star Wars: the original radio drama

This was great. Beyond the story of Star Wars cassette was the original radio drama. Originally airing in 1981 on NPR, this 13 part serial included music and sound effects from the movie. It also included a few original cast members from the movie Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels. It also featured some other known actors like Perry King, Brock Peters and also helped start the career of David Alan Grier. There were a lot of extra scenes not in the movie, mainly featuring Luke on Tatooine. Some of these scenes were filmed, but never made the final cut of the film. It’s a lot of fun to revisit.