Apparently, not everyone in this galaxy is familiar with the galaxy far, far away. Thankfully, they have Stephen Colbert to instruct them in the ways of the Force.
On Friday’s The Late Show, Colbert pointed out that when the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, Western media was suppressed in China. So the late-night host decided to help anyone not familiar with the franchise get up to speed.
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In the same vein as the #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly hashtag on Twitter, the late-night show host described the original Star Wars trilogy to all those unfamilar with its legacy. “Star Wars is the story of a simple farm boy who buys two robots. One looks like a garbage can, the other is programmed to be scared all the time for some reason,” he began. “The robots lead the farm boy to an elderly shut-in, who tells them they must defeat a handicapped man who needs a full-body respirator to stay alive.”
Colbert went on to introduce “a criminal” (Han Solo), “his screaming dog friend” (Chewbacca), and “a muppet” (Yoda), before skipping to Return of the Jedi and talking about “a dance party with a bunch of teddy bears and ghosts.”
If anyone’s going to educate the uninitiated, it might as well be the man who interviewed Star Wars creator George Lucas, rocked a Darth Vader helmet lathered with lipstick, and fought the good fight against spoilers leaking from The Force Awakens screenings.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now.