Want to celebrate “Revenge of the Fifth” this May? Whether you’re into high-tech gadgetry, computers, or science fiction, one thing’s assured: almost everyone is a fan of the Star Wars movie saga.
Some fans are more into it than others, however, and some like to take any occasion they can to celebrate these classic films.
Did you know there are a few significant days in which celebrating Star Wars isn’t just the norm, but also encouraged?
Gather round, Star Wars fans. If you’re a true fan, you’ll be interested to know about a Star Wars-centric holiday known as “Revenge of the Fifth.”
What Is Revenge of the Fifth?
Revenge of the Fifth is an opportunity for Star Wars fans to celebrate the entire series. The name of the “holiday” is a pun based on the title of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
That film is the final movie of the Star Wars prequel trilogy centering on the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Darth Vader.
In the Revenge of the Sith, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine) manipulates Anakin Skywalker as he and his friend and fellow Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi attempt to end the Clone Wars.
Palpatine enacts his plan for galaxy-wide domination, turning the once heroic Skywalker evil.
Star Wars fans took the opportunity to crown May 5th as “Revenge of the Fifth” though some extend it to two days for “Revenge of the Sixth” as well. But what’s the significance of May 5th?
Revenge of the Fifth (or May 5th) began as an extension of the phrase “May the Fourth be with you”.
But where does that phrase come from, and how does “May the Fourth be with you” tie into one of Star Wars’ trademark phrases?
The phrase “May the Force be with you” is one of the most iconic lines from the original Star Wars film.
In the original series, we follow the rise of Anakin’s son Luke as he rises from a simple farm boy to a Jedi Knight tasked with saving the galaxy alongside his sister, Princess Leia and the smuggler Han Solo. “May the Force be with you” is the phrase Jedi use as a greeting.
Star Wars fans capitalized on this to make another holiday: “May the Fourth be with you,” also known as “Star Wars Day.”
This is based on the fact that May 4, 1977 was the release date of the original Star Wars. It also coincides nicely with the series’ most recognizable catchphrase.
Real Star Wars fans understand that the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a common one for anyone familiar with the Star Wars universe.
In the course of your “Revenge of the Fifth” celebrations, you may encounter someone who says it to you. Are you wondering what to say after “May the Force be with you”?
Consider responding with some of the following responses:
- “May the Force be with you!”
- “And with you!”
Revenge of the Fifth Day
So what does “Revenge of the Fifth” really mean? Of course, it involves celebrating the film “Revenge of the Sith.” But look at it as an opportunity to enjoy the whole series while you’re at it.
Just make sure you watch the films in the right order. Some people prefer to watch them in numerical order. Others have suggested watching it in a sequence known as “The Machete Order.” This is a theory that for maximum impact, you should watch the Star Wars films in order of the episodes:
- A New Hope
- The Empire Strikes Back
- The Phantom Menace
- Attack of the Clones
- Revenge of the Sith
- Return of the Jedi
This allows you to start with the original, classic films, but it allows first-time viewers to put Anakin Skywalker’s journey into greater context.
Celebrating the Sith
If you’re a Star Wars fanatic, you may find yourself now wondering how to celebrate Revenge of the Fifth. It all depends on your specific fandom and how you want to honor and enjoy the movies. Certainly, the first step is to watch all the films. That includes the prequels, the original trilogy, and the sequel trilogy produced after Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 from creator George Lucas. Those films include Episodes VII-IX.
These films all differ stylistically due to being produced in different eras. The original trilogy came out from 1977-1983, the prequels between 1999-2005, and the sequel trilogy from 2015-2019. Each one is uniquely “Star Wars” in its own way, however — there’s something all Star Wars fans can enjoy in each one.
Watching Star Wars movies is always more fun in a group, so why not throw a Star Wars themed party? You can have trivia contests, give out Star Wars themed prizes, and of course, screen the films. Revenge of the Sith is a great starting point for your Revenge of the Fifth party.
Happy Revenge of the Fifth
Whether you want to watch the Star Wars movies or throw a Star Wars event, there’s no wrong way to have a happy Revenge of the Fifth. The important thing is finding joy in these great movies that have delighted fans all over the world. One of the coolest things about Star Wars is its message of hope. Star Wars is more than a movie — it’s a unifying force that transcends age and brings wonder and inspiration to many.
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