For the past seven years, May 4 has been sacred to “Star Wars” fans and pun enthusiasts alike. As the famed quote, “May the Force be with you” turns to “May the fourth be with you,” a simple switch-up and somewhat cringy dad joke gives us a reason to watch one of the greatest film sagas ever made.
As another “Star Wars” film blasts into theatres at the end of the month, we think today is a day for you to sit back, put on your best Jedi apparel and strap in to watch four of the best lightsaber scenes shown on-screen:
1. Luke vs. Vader in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’
This scene has everything — great dialogue, the iconic tension between the hero and villain and of course, the line that everyone gets wrong and may actually be proof that we’re living in a Mandela Effect. The line is, “No, I am your father,” just so we’re on the same page. You’ve probably been saying it wrong forever.
2. Yoda vs. Count Dooku in ‘Attack of the Clones’
Searching through the prequels for anything that resembles gold can often be a struggle, but any glimmers of hope appear in Episode II. This battle comes as more of a surprise because the fight before it was a bit one-sided as Count Dooku overpowered both Obi-Wan and Anakin. When Yoda comes to save the day, he shows them all who the true wielder of both the lightsaber and the Force is.
3. Darth Vader vs. the Rebels in ‘Rogue One’
It feels more like a horror movie than a sci-fi flick as the room goes dark and we hear the breathing from the monster in the shadows. Then, a lightsaber glows red and we know that whatever happens next can’t be good for the rebels. Boy, did we ever undershoot that.
This has to be one of the coolest scenes in a modern film. It has it all and then some. Evil has never been personified on the screen so well, and the sacrifice of a mission has never been so clear. The rebels gave it their all but were absolutely no match for the most badass Sith of all time.
4. Kylo Ren and Rey vs. the Praetorian Guard in ‘The Last Jedi’
Very few films split audiences and critics like the 2017 movie, “The Last Jedi,” from the shirtless Kylo memes to the quirky new characters nobody was quite sure if they liked or disliked. It was a strange reaction from a usually loyal fan base and a usually less-than-hopeful community of internet critics.
One thing fans and critics did agree on was the epic lightsaber battle that teamed up the frenemies against Snoke’s loyal guards. With sabers and saber-like weapons clashing in the dark-crimson room, the battle brought about a fight we’ve always dreamed about and wish we could get more of.
“Star Wars” fans far and wide, we wish you the best on this day. Binge your “Clone Wars” episodes on Netflix, read your graphic novels while in a Darth Vader onesie and most importantly, share this with your friends so they know what they’re missing.
Honorable Mention: Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul in ‘The Phantom Menace’
What’s your favorite lightsaber battle? Let us know in the comments below…