May the Fourth Be With You 😉
Oh my, Jedi! Oren, we're finally in the Ten News studio. Oh, look at this megaphone. Tracy said we can take over the show today, so I think we can do whatever we want!
Ryan Willard 0:14
You do not realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me and I will complete your training with our combined strength. We can make this podcast amazing and bring order to the Ten News. But you know, I am your head writer! No, really, I'm Ryan Willard, the head writer here so you guys are supposed to listen to what I say.
Oh, hey, Ryan. Okay, fine. But can we use lightsabers?
Ryan Willard 1:01
Obviously. May the Fourth be with you. Now, do the intro so we can start the show.
What up Ten'ers? Judah here.
And, we're taking over for Star Wars Day. It's Wednesday, May 4th, and this is the Ten News.
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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Star Wars day is like Christmas for fans of Star Wars.
Why is Star Wars Day on May 4th? Is it because of the line, May the Fourth be with you!
That's exactly right, Oren. Fans started saying May the Fourth be with you and the day became a holiday.
So the whole holiday started with fans?
Yep, Star Wars is one of the most successful film series ever made. There are nine main films and a few spin offs. They're also Star Wars TV shows, books, video games, toys, and LEGO sets. Want to watch all 9 main movies, pace yourself. It's going to take about 20 hours. Holy moly, and you have to decide in which order to watch them in. If you haven't seen any Star Wars movies, you should check them out. But check with your grownups first to see which ones are right for you. Hey, Tessa, what are you doing?
Tessa Flannery 2:12
Hi, Judah and Oren. Just fixing a few things on R2. There we go.
What's your favorite Star Wars movie?
Tessa Flannery 2:21
I'd say mine is Return of the Jedi. I know I know. Everyone says Empire Strikes Back is supposedly the best one but I have a special place in my heart for those Ewoks.
Awesome choice. My favorite movies also return a Jedi. It's just those fuzzy little ewoks, they're so cute.
Tessa Flannery 2:41
Right? What's that baby eight. You need me to plug you in. Okay, I'm coming back in a bit boys.
Star wars has so many cool characters. My favorite is Yoda.
There are Jedi Knights, evil Sith Lords, droids cool creatures and of course Yoda. Help you I can, yes. This year, fans are celebrating Star Wars Day with special treats and crafts, wearing costumes and drinking blue milk. You can get a recipe to make your own blue milk in the shownotes or by visiting thetennews.com. According to the dictionary, a fan is a person who has a strong interest in a particular person or thing. Star Wars fans take it to the next level. We've got five fans who took their love of Star Wars to hyperspace. Take it away Ryan.
Ryan Willard 3:37
First, the fan with a Guinness world record for the biggest Star Wars collection is Steve Sansweet, the owner of Rancho ObiWan a museum of Star Wars collectibles in California. The museum has around 500,000 items. Next in our list, the fan who built the world's first retractable lightsaber, and it's not a plastic toy, it's real. Earlier this year Alex Birkin a YouTuber and Star Wars fan built a retractable three-foot plasma blade that can cut through steel. Cosplay is when people dress up as their favorite characters and Julian Checkley took it to the next level with his world record for tallest Star Wars cosplay costume depicting a character from The Force Awakens named Grom gar the costume is almost nine feet tall and took 100 days to build. And in February 12-year-old Star Wars fans had in haste set a Guinness world record for the fastest build time have a Lego micro Millennium Falcon. He finished the 101-piece build in one minute and 59 seconds never heard of the millennium fall. It's a ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. This year, a new world record might be set. Brack Lee from Colorado has worn a different Star Wars shirt every day since May 2021. If you're worried about how much laundry he has to do, you can relax he owns over 400 Star Wars shirts.
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The force is with you, young skywalker.
Hey Tessa, you have any fun facts about Star Wars?
Tessa Flannery 5:07
Hi, Oren. I do indeed have a fun fact from behind the scenes. Did you know that Jabba the Hutt The villain from Return of the Jedi was originally going to be? Human? You're kidding me. It's true in Star Wars A New Hope we first meet Java, but that's actually an old deleted scene that had a CGI Java added in. Why? In the original scene, Java was a human actor. Not nearly as scary as a slimy worm dude.
He's like a big nasty Frog. Yuck! Back to you, Judah.
We know Ten'ers are big fans of Star Wars, so we worked hard to come up with a super trivia, trivia question. When did Boba Fett make his Star Wars debut? Was it a) Star Wars A New Hope? b) Star Wars The Holiday Special or c) the Mandalorian? Did you get it? The answer is B. The Star Wars Holiday Special is kind of a joke to Star Wars fans but it's the first time we see the iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett.
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The ship you seek is nearby. Are the Imperial troops near this planet? They are here friends and growing more powerful.
So for that reason, and probably that reason alone. The Star Wars Holiday Special is an important part of the Star Wars universe. Whatever.
That's our show for you today. But, before we go, we have a quick note for the grown-ups.
Ryan Willard 6:45
Thanks for listening to the Ten News. Look out for new episodes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and extras on Saturdays. The Ten News is a coproduction of Small But Mighty Media and Next Chapter Podcasts and is distributed by iHeaertRadio. The Ten News creative team is having a lightsaber battle and includes Tracey Crooks, Pete Musto, Ryan Willard, Adam Barnard, and Tessa Flannery. Our production director is Jeremiah Tittle and our executive producers are Donald Albright and show creator Tracy Leeds Kaplan.
And, I'm Jedi Master Judah, and thanks for listening to the Ten News. And of course, May the fourth be with you!