As you may have noticed, every single thing on this planet seems to have been marinated in Star Wars lore in one capacity or another and that even extends to a certain PBS doc mastermind. Yes, even beloved filmmaking nerd Ken Burns has been swallowed up by the hysteria. (Kind of.)
The Washington Post has put together a super charming video that presents events from the classic Episode IV-VI era in a style befitting Burns. An homage to Burns’ much fussed-over 1990 work The Civil War, The Galactic Civil War offers up a retelling of this seminal sci-fi tale as filtered through a splash of sepia and eggheady historical analysis. It’s the sort of framing that has Han Solo pegged as a “a disillusioned smuggler from the Corellian system who had gone underground to escape a crippling debt, who in just a few years would become a decorated war hero and to his own surprise, a political idealist.” It’s Star Wars but a version of Star Wars that feels in danger of being interrupted by a pledge drive at any moment.
There’s loads to love in this roughly 4-minute video that you can watch on a steady loop while waiting in line for your fourth viewing of The Force Awakens. How can you turn down something that features a stormtrooper’s letter to his wife synced with Ewoks whomping the hell out of their foes. You can’t. You mustn’t. Still hankering for another Star Wars history lesson? Let Stephen Colbert lend a hand.