Happy Star Wars Day! Just in case you don't have a Star Wars fan in your life (which is an uncommon occurence these days), it's an unofficial celebration by fans of the Star Wars movies, books, TV shows and characters. May 4th was chosen because it's a play on words on the famous line, "May the Force (Fourth) be with you".
I've been a fan since I was a little knee-high DJ. I never got to see the first film in theatres. I read the Marvel Comics adaptation and I was hooked. By the time I got to see "The Empire Strikes Back", I was a fan for life. You can imagine how excited I was to hear that new films were coming, especially after seeing this trailer.
It's Han Solo! HAN SOLO!!!! I saw the last two seconds of that trailer, and it took me beack to being 12 years old, scarfing popcorn and keeping my eyes glued to the screen for 90 minutes of wonder, fun and excitement.
Some still say Star Wars, and stories like it, are kid stuff. Some of it is. However, I view Star Wars as part of our modern mythology, like Star Trek, Harry Potter and the seemingly never-ending stream of superheroes. In a world that seems like it's getting worse all the time, we need an escape sometimes. We need a reminder that it can be possible to triumph over apparently hopeless odds.
More than ever, we need heroes.
May the Fourth be with you.
(P.S. "Star Wars" also gave us this. It's one of my guilty pleasure songs.)