Normally Star Wars Day is a day we spend saying “May the 4th be with you” to anyone who we think will tolerate the pun without giving us the finger or dislocating an eyeball from severe eye-rolling. Star Wars Day tends to be the day we get excited for May 5th so we can say things like “Revenge of the 5th” to people who have even less tolerance now and might be wearing an eyepatch. Star Wars Day tends to be a day where Amazon has a bunch of great sales on Star Wars products allowing you to spend some adult dollars on some cool swag. Star Wars Day tends not to be a day with a great deal of new Star Wars content though… until this year that is.
It seems that we’re poised to have one of the best Star Wars Days in recent memory which is a Yoda lifting an X-Wing out of the swamp sized pick me up we could use right about now. The fortune of the gods has smiled upon us and this year we have a whole bunch of stuff to look forward to coming May 4th. For starters, The Rise of Skywalker will be arriving on Disney+ two whole months early giving us access to all nine of the Skywalker Saga films on the streaming platform. You also have Rogue One in there as we patiently wait for Solo to free itself from Netflix thus completing the live-action films. Depending on where you fall on the scale of “I hated this movie with the burning of two Tatooine suns” to “I loved this movie with fire of two Tatooine suns” this may or may not be as exciting for you. I am very much on record for my enjoyment of the film and am very much looking forward to watching it again. The release of Episode IX seems like an entire lifetime ago. Most things do actually.
If that wasn’t enough to make your Star Wars Day how about the fact that we’ll be getting the last episode of The Clone Wars as well. This final arc, the Siege of Mandalore, has more than lived up to the hype. I almost would have been okay if this final season had been these four episodes only. Some of the best storytelling in the Star Wars universe comes from the animated shows, and the way that the Siege of Mandalore is pulling the events of Revenge of the Sith together is heartbreaking and chill-inducing. We know what’s playing out in the background and the storytelling from Dave Filoni is breathtaking and awe-inspiring. We’ve already seen Ahsoka and Maul interact in Rebels yet their first encounter here in The Clone Wars resonates with tremendous impact and provided one of the greatest lightsaber battles in all of Star Wars. I’m sad to see this end but dying to know how Order 66 plays out and what happens to both Maul and Ahsoka as the series wraps. And once it ends I plan on watching the episodes again immediately as the movie they are intended to be.
And while you recover from all the emotion that The Clone Wars punches you in the face with, you can turn on the first episode, of eight, of a behind the scenes documentary of The Mandalorian. Now, I’m sure some of you believe that Tiger King is the only documentary for you this year and to some degree, you’d be correct. Nothing is going to top that crazy but that’s not the point here. The point is to see how the first live-action Star Wars television series was made aaaaaaand give us a whole bunch of fun Baby Yoda puppet footage. Who doesn’t want more little Baby Yods in their life? That’s something I think we all can agree on.
I don’t know, maybe it’s the quarantine but this feels like it could be the best Star Wars Day yet. There will be so much content to watch come Monday that maybe we won’t even care about the Revenge of the 5th. What are you looking forward to the most Geekling? Be sure to sound off in the comments below or throw me a line over on Twitter @iamgeek32. In the meantime, May the 4th be with you… on Monday. That doesn’t really apply right now.