It’s here! The bestestest day of the year! May the Fourth- aka STAR WARS DAY!
As you might be able to tell, I am a bit of a fan of Star Wars. It all started in the early 80’s thanks to my father. It was Christmas of 1981. We got a VHS VCR for Christmas. With it, my father had somehow rented 3 videos over the holidays. One of which was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Five and a half year old me was blown away by it. This was- and still is- my favorite film of the series over the past forty years. I watched the movie at least a half dozen times over Christmas. A couple of years later, my mother took me to see Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in the theater. Shortly after that were a couple of TV movies made of The Ewoks. I remember recording them on videotape and watching repeatedly with my younger sister.
Over the years I have picked up artwork, mugs, movies, and toys that celebrate Star Wars. I never got into the action figures, even though I had bought a bunch in the mid-90’s from that run. I had them still in packages for years and ended up donating them one Christmas to a toy drive. I did keep a couple for my kids to play with. No need to keep things in a box when it’s meant to be enjoyed!
Nearly twenty years ago, I picked up my first replica lightsaber. The joy it has brought me is immeasurable. So I got more and started a collection- just like General Grievous. They are now on display in my son’s room. Passing on a love of Star Wars to my kids has also brought me joy.
My son has taken over my moniker for video games as well. Deathstar1138 was my PlayStation 3 name. He has since used it for his Instagram and other accounts. Our oldest has also grown very fond of Star Wars (and movies in general) because of my passion for it.
At one point in my life I was working at a multiplex cinema which opened the day Episode One came out in 1999. Admittedly, that isn’t one of the best movies in the universe of Star Wars, but it does have a place in my heart. Just like those Ewok films…
Over the next couple of days, I will rewatch many of the films. By the end of the weekend I will have my fill of everything Star Wars for a few months. Then it will be the excitement of visiting Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland that will start it all over again.
Until then, Happy Star Wars Day! And May The Fourth Be With You!
Star Wars Day began a few years ago. “May The Fourth be with you.” Star Wars fans expanded it to include a few more days. I suspect that’s because the SW universe keeps expanding and there is so much Star Wars entertainment to enjoy now.
Today is “Revenge of the Sixth” and yesterday was “Revenge of the Fifth.” Sounds silly to some folks. But fans of the series know this to be true because of what Yoda said when speaking about the Sith (the bad guys for those not following Star Wars lore).
“Always two, there are. No more. No less. A Master and an apprentice.“
I enjoy my fandom and the fun we have. Every one of us expresses our love of Star Wars in many different ways. From quoting movies to tattoos to costuming and prop making. Whatever the case may be- Star Wars is a lifestyle that many of us live.
What is your way of showing your love of Star Wars? How many days do you celebrate the franchise?
Today is Star Wars Day. One of my favorite non-holiday dates. I generally like to celebrate with a viewing of a few of the Star Wars Universe films. Plus Star Wars related food stuff.
Later today I will be watching the first episode of the animated series, “The Bad Batch” that is released on Disney+. My son is excited about the show, so I want to share in his enthusiasm. I have not watched much in the way of any Star Wars animated shows, so this will be a good father/son bonding moment.
Like Darth and Luke joining forces to rule the universe as Father and Son…
What are your plans for Star Wars Day? What is your favorite Star Wars film/show? Let me know in the comments.
It’s May 4th. That means Star Wars Day! (You know, “May the Fourth be with you.”). Since many of you are in isolation, the next few days would be a perfect time to marathon all of the Star Wars movies.
Since I was working the night shift, my son wanted me to wake him up when I got home so we can watch “Rise of Skywalker” before I go to bed. I think I’ll make it through this film, but no others today.
Personally, my favorite is “Empire Strikes Back”. Previously I’ve marathoned the first six films in one sitting. I’m going to do all nine one day. Maybe one of my friends or readers are going to try and stay awake watching the Skywalker Saga films consecutively.
Until tomorrow- (Revenge of the Fifth) May The Fourth Be With You.
Star Wars has been a big part of my life growing up and growing older. Here is a brief timeline of my memories of such an iconic film series:
1981: We got our first VCR for Christmas and watched Empire Strikes Back as our first ever video. It was also the first Star Wars film that I remember seeing at age 5.
1984: I saw Return of the Jedi in the theater & was C-3PO for Halloween. We lived in Edmonton at the time and I wore the cheap plastic costume because it had to go over my winter clothes. I remember vividly that the mask had a very distinct odor when my hot breath went on it.
1989: Rode Star Tours at Disneyland 7 times in a row. Still my favorite ride in Disneyland!
From my childhood and up until 1997, every time one of the movies was on tv, I had to watch it. (I have since bought the films on VHS, DVD and then blu-ray.)
1997: I watched the special editions in the theaters. I know that Han shot first!
1998: I re-enacted the trash compactor scene at Zellers where I worked briefly.
1999: I started work at Famous Players Colossus movie theater in May about a week before episode 1 was released. (May 19th: Colossus officially opened on the same day as Star Wars Ep.1)
2006: My son’s first Christmas, both he and I received Lightsabers from Santa. His was Anakin’s, mine was Vader’s.
2008: I built an AT-ST in my backyard. This winter it collapsed. We will rebuild!
As the years went on, so has our collection. We have Star Wars cookbooks and my car has been subtly shown its Darkside. We have a BB-8 Sphero and a few Airhog remote control ships. I have most of the original Star Wars Lego sets from almost 20 years ago. Every time we are Conventions I am drawn to the Star Wars fan art and t-shirts. I have a large collection of both now. The last thing I want in my collection is a full size costume of a Storm Trooper or Darth Vader to go on display. Or perhaps a few movie replica helmets.
I guess it’s a little obsession of mine. Even my family loves Star Wars.
Today is dubbed “Star Wars Day” as in “May the 4th be with you.” Cute, fun, and somehow marketing everything Star Wars! I have no idea where this idea came from, but it is quite clever, albeit annoying at times. I’m a fan of Star Wars on any given day, so today is more a celebration for the regular folks who enjoy the films, but don’t necessarily share in the fandom. I love Star Wars and the story lines that have been created.
Size Matters Not.
My childhood was filled with multiple watchings of the original three films, a couple of Ewok TV movies, The Ewoks cartoon, pretending every stick I picked up was a lightsaber (and making the sounds as I swung it around). I think it’s a great way to bring out the imagination of a child. My children have watched the films, shared in the experience of a galaxy far, far away & made up their own adventures.
So it surprised me yesterday when I spoke with a mother who has two boys, ages 5&7, who refuses to show Star Wars to her sons. She fears it to be too scary for them. I also have a friend who’s daughter by age two was in love with Chewbacca and R2D2. This little girl probably knows more about those characters than I ever will.
Star Wars is life…
As parents, we choose what to expose our children to- from movies to religion and everything in between. My kids are excited about Wookiee Cookies and watching The Force Awakens today. My wife is planning on crocheting some Star Wars characters while relaxing from our post-convention run.
However you spend your day:
May the 4th be with you!
Here’s a recipe for you as well:
I hope these cookies don’t turn out a little Chewy.