At the end of the European premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega announced one final big surprise. Then Nelson's Column, a monument in London's Trafalgar Square, lit up like a lightsaber activating.
The spectacle does look a lot like a lightsaber from far away.
Disney reportedly paid £24,000 for the stunt according to The Telegraph. A few alleged suggestions for publicity stunts that were turned down include strapping lightsabers to Tower Bridge and stationing a stormtrooper outside the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.
We know not everyone is able to duck out of work early today to wait in line for the midnight release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens, but in just a few hours we're all at risk for seeing real, plot-affecting spoilers. Luckily for those of us who can't make it to a theater any time soon, there's Force Block, the Star Wars spoiler blocking extension for Google Chrome.
Force Block will help you avoid spoilers by alerting you to that a page you're about to visit may contain spoilers. From there, you can bail or proceed at your own risk.
May the Force Block be with all of you between now and whenever you get to see the movie.
I hope you didn't need to get anything done for the rest of the day, because you're about to be too busy fighting Stormtroopers.
Lightsaber Escape is a new game/experience built by Google that turns your smartphone, in combination with Chrome on your computer, into a lightsaber. Once you pair and calibrate your device, you're off on a quest to escape a Star Destroyer filled with Stormtroopers. They're surprisingly good shots.
Melissa Harris Perry has a lot of feelings about Star Wars, primarily that it's racist, because Darth Vader was voiced by a black guy but played by a white guy.
The part where he was totally a black guy whose name was basically James Earl Jones...but while he was black he was terrible and bad and awful and used to cut off white men's hands, and didn't, you know, actually claim his son, but as soon as he claims his son and goes over to the good he takes off his mask and he's white.
Maybe she doesn't acknowledge the prequels as being real, and who can blame her for that, but Anakin/Vader is a white guy in those and he kills so many younglings. He also first "claims his son" while he's still "a black guy" (a whole movie before he takes off his mask) and, well, if you've ever heard Darth Vader's on-set voice, you'd understand why they dubbed over it with James Earl Jones: