Today is May 4th, which may seem like a normal day to all of you “normies”, but in reality May 4th is like nerd Christmas. Why you ask? Because today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day! Even non-fans of Star Wars have heard the famous phrase “may the force be with you.” Well, you can expect to hear a lot of people saying “May the fourth be with you” today. If you don’t know much about Star Wars, today is your perfect chance to give the space opera a shot! I have compiled a list of the 5 things you need to know about Star Wars if you’ve never seen it before.

1) Before Disney started making new Star Wars movies there were two trilogies. There is the original trilogy and the prequels. The original trilogy was released between 1977 and 1983. They are Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The prequels were released between 1999 and 2005. They are Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

2) Many Star Wars fans cringe at the prequels (but will defend them if you trash talk them): 

One of the biggest complaints about the Star Wars saga is that the prequels were overdone and poorly written at the hand of creator George Lucas. He wrote and directed the prequels and it is obvious that maybe complete creative control isn’t always a good idea. If you don’t know what I mean you’ll understand when you meet the character Jar Jar Binks. Having said that, die-hard Star Wars fans will always defend the prequels since they still play an important part in the saga. And, also, they have a soft spot in their heart for the quirks.

3) Darth Vader NEVER said, “Luke, I am your father:”

This is perhaps one of the most iconic quotes in movie history….that never happened. In that famous scene from The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader reveals to Luke that he is, in fact, his father; however, the line is actually “no, I am your Father.” Sorry to ruin the fun.

4) Rogue One takes place between episodes 3 and 4:

While the newest installment in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One, is an official part of the story, it is not considered an episode. The official title is Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. Because of this, all you new-comers might get confused about where it fits chronologically-speaking. It takes place right before Episode IV. It is the perfect setup to A New Hope and, although it might not have flashy light saber battles, its possibly one of my favorite Star Wars movies.

5) HAN SHOT FIRST:

One of the biggest (and most meaningless) debates in the Star Wars fan world is who shot first between Han Solo and the bounty hunter “Greedo.” This is an extremely insignificant scene in the grand scheme of things, but it’s an important debate for Star Wars fans (and a bit of an inside joke). In the original edit of Episode IV, it looks like Han Solo shoots Greedo from under the table at the cantina. However, George Lucas is infamous for going back and re-editing his movies to the point of insanity. One of the edits that he made was that he made it look like Greedo shot at Han and that Han was just shooting back. Any true fan will tell you that Han shot first though, so don’t even try to argue.

In conclusion, Star Wars is a massive part of Sci-Fi culture that is loved by millions of people around the world. If you haven’t watched the movies yet, set aside an entire day to watch them and then thank me later. Although the films are not perfect, you just can’t help but love them. If you take one thing away from this blog post, always remember that Han shot first.

Farewell and May the fourth be with you!

 

Written by guest blogger: Mike Rosenfeldt ‘18