How to be One with the Force: On the Importance of Star Wars and Becoming a Real World Jedi (plus a Jedi Workout)


It’s here it’s here its HERE.

After a long wait, a movie that has always seemed to be far, far away is upon us.

If for some reason my clever allusions have not made it clear, I’m talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the JJ Abrams-helmed seventh entry into the epic space opera that began nearly 40 years ago.

To say that my love of Star Wars is life-long is not an understatement. True story: Return of the Jedi was the first film I ever saw in theaters. Despite being shy of 2-years old, my parents took me to see the movie when it came out in 1983 1.

Anyway. I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan my entire life. I’ve seen the movies. I played the games. While Knights of the Old Republic probably absorbed more hours of my late teenage years than any other game, there’s still a place in my heart for the SNES version of Empire. Great game.

I even read most of the books in the expanded Universe, and can give you a pretty specific breakdown of the Skywalker family tree, starting with Anakin and ending with Cade, along with some highlights of their adventures.

For fuck’s sake favorite episodes of Muppet Babies were the ones where they played out their Star Wars fantasies.

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What do you think?