May the Fourth Be With You

In our house, May 4th is a pretty big event.  It’s not officially a holiday we take off from work, but it’s a pretty great reason to have a party.

Are you not familiar with May 4th parties? Don’t feel bad, everytime I explain this to someone who isn’t a nerd or in love with a nerd, I get a few strange looks.  Try saying it out loud a few times…May the 4th.

Still not getting it?  Think Star Wars and try again. (Maybe drag it out or try saying it with a lisp if that helps).

Maay the Fourthhh Be With Yoooou

May the 4th be with you

You got it.

It’s an all day celebration of Star Wars.  (And you thought we weren’t nerds.) I may not be well versed in the entire Star Wars cannon, but I love hosting a May the Fourth party.  Throughout the day everyone says, “May the 4th be with you.” And if you happen to be around Lutherans you respond with a quick “And also with you.”

We started hosting the Star Wars party in 2013 have been continuing ever since.  I make a bunch of themed food, people come over, and we watch all of the movies.  “All of the movies??” you’re asking incredulously.

Yes all of the movies.

We start the party at 10am and go until about 8 or 9pm.  The first movie usually starts around 10:30am.  We watch them in Machete Order, which is the only way to watch all of the Original Star Wars films plus the Prequels.  The article linked above gives you a detailed explanation to the whole things but the jest of it is this:  4, 5, 2, 3, 6 done. 1 never happened.

We watch Star Wars – A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and THEN Return of the Jedi.  Flipping back after Empire allows for a nice flashback to fill in a lot of details and back story, before continuing onto Jedi for the redemption story. Again, Star Wars Episode 1 never happened.

I do want to find a copy of the whispered Phantom Edit and add it to the party queue sometime, but we have yet to do it.  The Librarian insists it must be screened first before subjecting our guests to anything related to the Phantom Menace. Apparently it is available on YouTube but I doubt the low quality of the upload will meet The Librarian’s cinema standards.  There is also the Star Wars 3:1 Turn to the Dark Side which edits all of the Prequels into one movie (which is 3 hours long).  It was done following the edit done by Topher Grace who was the first to edit all three of the films together.  Neither the 3:1 version or the Topher Grace version is available online for obvious reasons.  Too bad for the sake of our parties, it would be great to condense those movies a bit.

What are we going to do when Episode 7 comes out?  I have no idea.

Here’s what we did for our first Star Wars party in 2013.

The 2014 Marathon was a bit easier since we had done all of the planning, though there were a few challenges.


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