Day 105: May The Force Be With You

The passage of the American Health Care Act yesterday dampened one of the best holidays we celebrate: Star Wars Day.

Celebrated annually on May 4th (May the fourth be with you…get it?), it is a chance for all lovers of the iconic franchise to get together and celebrate the joy it brings. And what’s not to like? The movie(s) are beautifully shot, push boundaries with special effects and are scored to perfection. They transport the viewer to a galaxy far, far away.

“Rogue One” is the most recent addition to the space opera family, dropping in December 2016. This movie chronicles the story of the theft of the Death Star plans, a heist that ultimately leads to the destruction of the Death Star and the weakening of the Empire in the original film. It explores a darker, and yet more hopeful side of the rebellion. A group of mercenaries band together to pull off the data breach. (SPOILER ALERT). The plans are stolen but none of the characters make it off of the planet alive.

What stuck out the most in Rogue One, as opposed to other Star Wars movies, is the value that the characters put in their cause. No individual was looked at as a savior (Luke Skywalker, or for that matter, Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy). Each character was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice with nothing more than a hope that their small action would amount to a greater change and more freedom for everyone in the Galaxy: The robot held off storm troopers long enough so that the plans could be retrieved. Jyn Erso stayed on an exploding planet to transmit the Death Star plans. An entire squadron of rebels was mowed down by Vader, but delayed him long enough so that Leia could attempt to make a safe getaway.

It showed that the beating heart of a movement isn’t the actions taken by leadership, but the incredible small acts of courage shown every day by people who, at one point or another, didn’t even think they were capable of doing so. Those leaps of faith and sacrifices build a “Resistance” to fear, selfishness and apathy.

Though the need for the struggle is sad and something I wish we could wish away, the response is a beautiful thing to watch, on screen and in real life.

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