Celebrating Star Wars Day

star-wars-logoForget Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July – even your birthday. Star Wars Day eclipses them all for truly devoted fans, and this year is no exception. LucasFilms celebrated the holiday with a sneak peak at extended footage to be released with the Blu-ray editions this September. But the excitement doesn’t end there: Here are the best ways to embrace your inner Jedi, stormtrooper, or bounty hunter. Just remember, hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

star wars on dvd“It’ll be like old times, Luke. They’ll never stop  us.”

Get comfortable – you’re about to revel in the majesty that is the entire Star Wars saga. That means you’ve got about six and a half hours of the Force in front of you. But that’s only if you stop at the original trilogy (and no one would blame you for quitting there). If you’re up to completing the series, get ready for an additional seven hours.

Of course if you’re celebrating the holiday, it’s safe to assume you’ve seen the films once or twice. Add a little intrigue and try to spot these Meta-Star Wars moments:

  • In Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke calls out “Carrie” instead of “Leia” after the demise of the Death Star.
  • In Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Han Solo gets…a little friendly with Leia. Let’s just say he misses her shoulder in an attempt to help her.
  • The very first shot of the Millennium Falcon reveals it’s missing a very important feature.
  • In Episode IV: A New Hope, During the Sandpeople attack, C-3PO’s head is dented. The dent makes inconsistent appearances throughout the rest of the movie.

Wookie Cookies“You’re lucky you don’t taste very good.”

There is no shortage of Star Wars themed cookbooks available for the holiday. Wookiee Cookies: And other Galactic Recipes is one of our favorites and includes Mos Eisley Morsels, Hoth Chocolate, and Han-burgers. If that’s a little too gimmicky for you, you can get traditional with some Blue milk – also known as Bantha or Tatooine milk.

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”

Star Wars CCGThe Star Wars Customizable Card Game has been labeled one of the most complicated games in existence and in the mid-90s was a top-selling CCG, bested only by Magic: The Gathering. If you can get your hands on a couple decks, decide who will be the Light Side and who will be the Dark Side, then let the games begin. First timers, be forewarned: It’s not a quick learn. But those with in-depth knowledge of the saga (better yet, anyone who’s read the books) will be rewarded for their obsession. Looking for something a little less in-depth? There are also Star Wars editions of Risk, Trivial Pursuit, and BattleShip.

If you prefer to celebrate alone, you’re in luck. Star Wars and comic book fans alike have something to celebrate Saturday, May 7 as it just so happens to be free comic book day. In honor of both holidays Dark Horse Comics is releasing a special Star Wars comic.

Leias“You certainly have a way with people…”

Are you the only one in your group of friends who knew what today was? Does no one else understand why you say “I thought they smelled bad on the outside”? We know – it can be an isolating feeling. Being alone during the holidays is tough, there are various Star Wars meetups to be found. Disclaimer: Use your own discretion. If someone sounds like he wants to chain you to the ground in a metal bikini, run for the hills. Of course, you can always open your own chapter of the Church of the Jedi, and then you and your brethren can worship unto Skywalker together.

Home Theater

Now-canceled ‘Daredevil’ was one of Netflix’s most popular shows

Netflix recently canceled Marvel's Daredevil just a month after the premiere of the show's third season, despite reports indicating that it was one of the service's most popular shows.

The most common Xbox One X problems, and how to fix them

The Xbox One X is a brilliant console, but it's not without its issues, ranging from simple annoyances to severe hardware problems. Here are common Xbox One X problems and how to fix them.

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Movies & TV

'Star Wars: Episode IX' rumors tease Lando's daughter and the Knights of Ren

Disney and Lucasfilm are bringing back Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to direct and co-write Star Wars: Episode IX. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.

'Avengers: Endgame' trailer chills, 'Game of Thrones' teaser, $100M 'Friends'

This week on Between the Streams, we'll talk about the Avengers 4 trailer (aka Avengers: Endgame), the latest nothing of a Game of Thrones teaser, Netflix's $100 million barter to keep Friends, and much more!
Emerging Tech

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

Want to see something totally mesmerizing? Check out several of the best Rube Goldberg machines from across the internet, including one that serves cake and other that do ... nothing particularly useful.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Home Theater

Sling TV ramps up its base programming with Discovery Networks for free

Sling TV has grown a great deal since its launch. Now there are more channels and more packages to chose from, with prices to match, and more is being added all the time. Everything you need to know is right here.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

The best Christmas TV episodes and specials

To help get you in the spirit of the season, we've compiled a list of the best Christmas TV episodes and specials. Whether it's free episodes on your favorite streaming service, or stop-motion classics, look no further.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Bumblebee,’ ‘Alita,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, as well as new trailers for Alita: Battle Angel and Bumblebee.