The Force is still strong

To mark May the 4th, we asked Luke Bligh and Matt Hudson from the Star Wars Sessions (‘Britain’s greatest Star Wars podcast’) to create a guide to celebrate Star Wars Day 2022

Laser focused: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac PICTURE: REX

What is May the 4th?

Luke: It became officially known as Star Wars Day because it sounds like ‘May the Force be with you…’

Matt: It’s a day where fans celebrate all the Star Wars stuff we love. So expect to see social media flooded with fan art, photos of toy collections, cosplays and memories.

What’s the best way to celebrate May the 4th?

Matt: Well, the day would be a bust if a blue milk isn’t sunk with breakfast, surely? Followed by some light comic book reading and a Star Wars film marathon — or at least a double bill. Luke suggests Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi [1983] and Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker [2019] to compare the two bookends of their own respective trilogies. The idea of rocking up to work dressed as the Mandalorian is tempting.

Luke: This year, I have the absolute pleasure of spending May the 4th at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. I’ll be going on the Star Wars rides, including Rise Of The Resistance, one of the most expensive and immersive theme park rides ever built, drinking a beverage or three at Oga’s Cantina and, hopefully, building a lightsaber.

Cute: Grogu in The Book Of Boba Fett

What new content might drop on Star Wars Day?

Luke: I’m predicting a trailer drop for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the upcoming Disney+ series out on May 27. Starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, it’s set to be one of the biggest Star Wars releases for years.

Matt: The Book Of Boba Fett Gallery, a behind-the-scenes look at the recently completed series of Disney+. Plus our Star Wars Sessions special drops at 8pm, featuring an awesome chat with Max Lloyd-Jones, the man behind Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian season two.

Slick: The recently released Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Is there too much new content these days?

Matt: Never! Particularly as we haven’t had a new movie for three years. However, this year sees the release of potentially four series [The Book Of Boba Fett, Kenobi, Andor and The Mandalorian series three], two video games [Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, out now, and Jedi: Fallen Order 2], an animated series [The Bad Batch series two], countless comic runs, the second phase of the acclaimed High Republic Publishing Initiative and potentially more unannounced material. I’ll eat it all up.

Luke: As long as Lucasfilm concentrates on quality instead of quantity then I’m happy! I think it’s important that every generation of youngsters has their Star Wars. For me, that was the Prequel Trilogy [1999 to 2005]. Did everyone love them? Nope! But I adored them and they’re the reason I’m a Star Wars mega geek today.

Forceful: Mark Hamill as Luke

Where should a newbie start with Star Wars?

Matt: The million-dollar question. Best to start with the original trilogy, prefaced by Rogue One.

Luke: Honestly? The Mandalorian on Disney+. It’s become one of the largest streaming series shows in the world for a reason. Mando was designed so you could watch it without knowing much about the rest of Star Wars universe.

Dark moods: Darth Vader

Any mythical ‘lost’ content out there?

Matt: The George Lucas treatments from Episode VII to IX will always be a source of mystery and wonder. What would the Maker himself have done with the story and its culmination?

Luke: The Star Wars Holiday Special — YouTube it. I apologise in advance.

10 QUESTIONS ONLY A STAR WARS SUPER FAN CAN ANSWER:

1. Who was the first character to say ‘May the Force be with you’?

2. What is the first word spoken in Star Wars: A New Hope?

3. What is the model of the gorilla walkers seen in The Last Jedi?

4. What is the name of Padmé’s decoy, who was killed at the start of Attack Of The Clones?

5. How many lines does Jar Jar Binks have in Revenge Of The Sith?

6. What moon did the Death Star wreckage land on, as seen in The Rise Of Skywalker?

7. What species was the Grand Inquisitor as seen in Star Wars Rebels and the upcoming Kenobi series?

8. What is the number of the first Imperial Shuttle seen in Return Of The Jedi?

9. During Rey’s Force vision in The Force Awakens, how many Knights of Ren were present?

10. In the earliest outlines for The Empire Strikes Back, what was Yoda originally called?

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No excuses: Jah Jah Binks

ANSWERS: 1. Jan Dodonna 2.‘Did’ spoken by C3PO 3. All Terrain Megacaliber Six 4. Cordé 5. One. ‘Excuse me’ 6. Kef Bir 7. Pau’an 8. ST-321 9. Seven 10. Buffy

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