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Celebrate Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

The challenges of the pandemic make a deep dive into the fantasy universe of Star Wars just right. And, thanks to the efforts of fans and the movie machine behind the series, May 4 marks the annual holiday for true believers.

Born in 1977, the "Star Wars" series of live-action films — 11 of them to date — has long been enshrined in popular culture.

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, it appropriated the holiday, using it in 2020 to mark the finale of the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" on Disney+.

This year, the channel is debuting the series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" on the holiday.

One favorite Star Wars Day pastime is to hold forth on which film of the series and its spin-offs is the worst — and, it has to be admitted, there are a couple of stinkers.

I try to leave the room whenever the plangent Hayden Christensen, playing Anakin Skywalker, tremulously complains overmuch — which is often — to whomever will listen in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. "

Altman' forthcoming book "Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars," "I more or less knew what the reaction to 'Attack of the Clones' was going to be when I first read the script, because Anakin was a petulant, sometimes whiny teenager.

The most famous covered-face figure in the "Star Wars" canon is, of course, Darth Vader, so you might expect to see plenty of dark lords abroad in the land Tuesday.

by summa-bot

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