Updated Count for “I Have a Bad Feeling About This”

January 6, 2016 – Thank God for tradition! We love that all seven Star Wars films can be counted on to have:

● The opening line: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” ALongTimeAgo ● An opening narrative crawl, set against the backdrop of space, with the majestic Star Wars theme blaring you awake


● Lots of droids, lightsabers and a good-versus-evil, Jedi-versus-Sith clash to feast your eyes on

But our favorite tradition is the spoken line (“I have a bad feeling about this” or a close variant), which is heard in all seven Star Wars films. The phrase has become a running gag, spoken by various characters at least once in each film (and twice each in Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).

Often times, the “bad” is emphasized and stretched out to sound like “baaaad”.

So here, in reverse timeline order, are the phrases, starting with the sequel (Ep. VII), then the original trilogy (Eps. IV-VI), and finally the prequels (Eps. I-III):

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
“I have a bad feeling about this.”
―Han Solo, upon realizing that the Rathtars have been set loose on his freighter.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
“I have a really bad feeling about this.”
―Han Solo, about to be spitfire-roasted, after the Ewoks capture him and his strike team
IHaveABadFeeling-Han-EpV

“Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this.”
―C-3PO, upon entering Jabba the Hutt’s palace
IHaveABadFeeling-C3PO-EpIII

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
“I have a bad feeling about this.”
―Princess Leia, walking inside the belly of the space slug, just before the mynocks appear
IHaveABadFeeling-Leia

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
“I have a very bad feeling about this.”
―Luke Skywalker, as the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star
IHaveABadFeeling-Luke

“I got a bad feeling about this.”
―Han Solo, before the walls of the trash compactor start to close in
IHaveABadFeeling-Han-EpIV

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
“Oh, I have a bad feeling about this.”
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, talking to Anakin Skywalker via his headset as their starfighters approach a large, closing blast door on Invisible Hand, the dreadnought ship commanded by General Grievous
IHaveABadFeeling-ObiWan-EpIII

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
―Anakin Skywalker, held captive at Geonosis in the arena
IHaveABadFeeling-Anakin-EpII

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
“I have a bad feeling about this.”
― Obi-Wan Kenobi’s first line to Qui-Gon Jinn onboard the Trade Federation cargo freighter, Saak’ak, which orbits the planet Naboo
IHaveABadFeeling-ObiWan-EpI

Ironically, the least Force-sensitive character, Han Solo, manages to say the “bad feeling” phrase the most of all characters (i.e., three times over three movies – Eps. IV, VI and VII). The young Obi-Wan utters his misgivings twice, once each in Eps. I and III. And only once has a droid (C-3PO in Ep. VI) parroted the phrase.

Watch the 30-second clip below for the first six episodes’ “bad feeling” lines:

If you find a video clip of Han Solo in The Force Awakens saying our favorite line, feel free to post the video or the link.

[Animated GIF credits: hexzell.tumblr.com]

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