May The Fourth Be With You

Today is an exciting day for Star Wars fans. Amidst the chaos and panic wrought by fears of the Coronavirus, now more than ever, fans of Star Wars would be happy to escape to a galaxy far, far, away. And this May fourth that wish is about to be granted.

In honor of this unofficial Star Wars holiday, Disney has planned a number of Star Wars themed releases to its new streaming service Disney+.  These include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and the long awaited finale to Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final installment of the Skywalker Saga and concludes Disney’s (sometimes controversial) sequel trilogy. The movie was originally supposed to be released two months from now but, given the closure of movie theaters following the spread of the Coronavirus, Disney decided to make the release early. 

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is a documentary featuring the behind the scenes work on the streaming service’s first hit series: The Mandalorian. The show, which was a major success with Star Wars fans and newcomers alike, originally premiered on Disney+ in November of 2019. This series will take a dive into the show’s production work back in 2018 and will cover the process of directing, acting, designing the set and special effects and all the other components that went into bringing everyone’s new favorite sci-fi epic to life.

The final piece of Star Wars media being released this May fourth, and the one most highly anticipated by myself, is the grand finale to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars was an animated TV series that aired on Cartoon Network in 2008. Set between the events in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the show followed the stories of various characters throughout the Galactic Civil War. 

The Clone Wars is told through a series of short arcs ranging from one to four episodes in length. Each arc added depth and dimension to already established characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala or introduced new characters such as Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, and Asajj Ventress. These arcs gradually built upon each other as the war progressed, ultimately culminating in the Revenge of the Sith… or at least that was the plan. 

Unfortunately for Star Wars fans, The Clone Wars, although running strong for six seasons, was cancelled and never completed… until now. Given the program’s immense popularity, Disney decided to renew The Clone Wars for one final season. Composed of three quasi-independent arcs, the final season will itself have its finale on May fourth. 

The finale, which comprises the last four episodes of the season, features the story of Ahsoka Tano, former Jedi and padawan of Anakin Skywalker, as she joins forces with Madalorian dissident Bo Katan to launch a Republic invasion of Mandalore and free it from the clutches of Darth Maul. The events of the finale coincide with those of Revenge of the Sith and fans of the show desperately await to see what will become of their beloved characters. For fans of Star Wars, this finale, and the show in general, is a must see. 

So this May fourth take a break from solitary confinement and instead let’s travel together on an exotic journey to a galaxy far, far, away…

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