As any card-carrying Star Wars fan knows, May the 4th is traditionally known as Star Wars Day. If you’re confused, try saying “May the 4th” to yourself in a deep, James Earl Jones-esque voice.
Before we go any further, we must acknowledge the passing of Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca. He was much beloved and will be missed, not least for the work he did with The Peter Mayhew Foundation, which was dedicated to spreading awareness of and fundraising for pediatric cancer.
The Star Wars fandom will either be celebrating or lamenting the impending release of the third movie in the Star Wars sequel saga which drops December 20, 2019. But today, we honor a few choice moments from the movies we’ve loved for the last three decades.
A New Hope
Premiere date: 1977
Luke sees this cutie (which turns about to be a little weird later) and is entranced.
He turns to desert hermit Obiwan Kenobi.
And then he’s off on an adventure!
The Empire Strikes Back
Premiere date: 1980
These two have NO idea how disturbing this is going to be in the next movie.
That awkward moment when your bro totally narcs on you.
Or when you get some bad news about your dad.
Return of the Jedi
Premiere date: 1983
When you rescue/defrost your boyfriend but he doesn’t know who you are.
But then he totes recognizes your voice and you give him some sugar.
Oh, and your buddy is now a badass Jedi (more or less).
And he’s feelin’ optimistic about his dad.
Anyway, it all pretty much works out.
The Phantom Menace
Premiere date: 1999
Before Darth Vader was Darth Vader, he was this little chubby-cheeked kiddo.
And then he was a teenager who went through kind of a hair phase.
Feelin’ cute, might fight a Sith later, IDK
The queen approves.
Attack of the Clones
Premiere date: 2002
What that guy won’t stop staring at you.
But then he wins you over.
When the squad gotta whoop some ass. And you know you look cute in your crop top.
And now you’re at war with a bunch of clones.
Revenge of the Sith
Premiere date: 2005
They are so gonna regret saving this Palpatine guy.
When you find out your girl is pregnant.
When you’re tiny but you can fight.
When your man won’t listen to you, so you gotta be dramatic.
When you have some “work” done and it doesn’t turn out well.
The Force Awakens
Premiere date: 2015
That face you make when you find out they don’t want to include your character in the merch, even though you’re the heroine.
Oh no, he’s hot.
Would legit watch these two in a buddy cop show.
When you already saved the galaxy but now you gotta do it again.
When you see your ex and you still got feels.
Still crying over this.
When you go out of your way to return someone’s lost light saber and he won’t take the damn thing.
The Last Jedi
Premiere date: 2017
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of fanboys suddenly cried out in terror.
Was anyone else scared one of these little guys was going to get barbecued?
When you’re super committed to your new workout.
THE SACRED TEXTS
When he fights his buds for you.
Excited yet? Here is the official trailer for The Rise of Skywalker:
And here’s a super geeky breakdown of said trailer:
And here’s a hilarious video of Kylo Ren analyzing the trailer: