Why Star Wars is the perfect comfort watch right now

Star Wars: The Force Awakens.. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) ©2016 Lucas Film Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens.. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) ©2016 Lucas Film Ltd. All Rights Reserved. /

Whether you’re new to Star Wars, or a longtime fan, now is the perfect time to dive into the franchise and enjoy its many comforts.

In times like these (unprecedented unemployment, global pandemic, you name it), it can be hard to slow down your brain thanks to the onslaught of anxiety from any and all sources. We’re living in a state of flux and uncertainty and despair. It can be hard to know where to turn.

For those of us who have the luxury, pop culture can be a great way to relieve some tension and escape for a brief period of time. If you’re new to the Star Wars franchise, now is a great time to dive in. Though many of its fans take it seriously, it doesn’t have to be serious at all.

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All you need to know is that Star Wars is a space opera about how good prevails over evil and hope can carry you through the day. If that isn’t enough, there are also lots of space fights, a plethora of adorable puppets, and some pretty good jokes.

Of course, I’m boiling Star Wars down to its simplest level. At its best, Star Wars is a commentary on class and capitalism. The Last JediThe Phantom Menace, and Solo all explore the Empire’s exploitation of the working class in depth.

Considering we are living through an unprecedented economic downturn, Star Wars can provide both an escape and a catharsis.

More than anything, though, Star Wars is a story of resistance and hope. Rogue One is a story entirely about how hope can live on in the face of despair and loss. (It’s a bit too depressing for me to watch right now, but it may be up your alley.)

A New Hope, while a bit slow, is a great place to start, as it explores the rebuilding of a rebellion while The Empire Strikes Back showcases resilience and unity.

And, of course, if you’re already a Star Wars fan and haven’t already turned to the films, allow yourself to take a moment, put on your favorite, and let it wrap you up like a blanket.

We’re being asked by our governments to self-quarantine and remove ourselves from society. Those of us who are able to stay home likely haven’t seen our friends or loved ones in a few weeks now, and won’t for at least a few more weeks. Even if you don’t live alone, you may feel incredibly lonely right now.

So let Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the rest of the Star Wars universe take you on a ride. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and feel the Force. Our universe will be waiting for you when you’re ready to rejoin us.

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How do you plan to unwind with Star Wars at home? Share in the comments below.