Before Coffee: Star Wars Day
May 4, 2016 § Leave a comment
It’s Star Wars Day. I remember when “May the Fourth be with you” was joke contained among us geeks. Now it’s spread into the general populace and become an unofficial holiday.
Stores put out Star Wars merchandise and have sales. Businesses have special events and promotions around it. At the software company where I work, we wear our Star Wars shirts and have Cantina Trivia at lunch.
Google does a doodle for it, which almost makes it an official holiday. (EDIT: Oh, fine, Google, make a liar out of me. They’ve always done them in the past, anyway.)
I’m trying to think of another movie that has a widely-celebrated holiday associated with it, and I’m drawing a blank. There was Back to the Future Day last year, but that was a one-off. We had Alien Day this year, but it didn’t hug many faces—and again, it was a one-off.
The only recurring TV show/movie-inspired holiday I can think of is Unification Day, or U Day—September 20th—which is the day Firefly debuted back in 2002, with the episode “Train Job.” As a die-hard Browncoat, I consider it a High Holy Day. But there are far more Star Wars fans than there are Browncoats.
(And now I’m hearing Mal saying, “This is why we lost, you know. Superior numbers.” But we didn’t lose, really, because most Browncoats are Star Wars fans, too. It’s not an either/or proposition. I’m firmly rooted in both fandoms, and several others—Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, etc.)
Star Wars still finds new fans every day, especially with the power of the Mouse behind it now. In their own ways, The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels are both excellent additions to the galaxy far, far way. Rogue One will be hitting the theaters in December, and will likely result in another new wave of fans.
People are finding ways to make Star Wars a reality, or at least the technology of it. You can build an Ewok or a Wookie (among other things) at Build-A-Bear now. You can be a stormtrooper. We have droids in space. I’m sure if you think about it for ten seconds, you can come up with a laundry list of other ways Star Wars has impacted our society.
Say what you will about the madness of King George, but Lucas made his mark on the world. No, scratch that; he made his mark on the galaxy.