If you don’t know the Star Wars Movies, you’ve been living under a very large rock. Enjoyed by millions, the franchise has spawned products in every conceivable medium, and is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The six feature films paint a vivid portrait of fantastical adventure amongst the stars, from the sweltering sands of Tatooine, where Luke begins his journey, to the looming Death Star, where Darth Vader spreads terror. Just the name Star Wars instantly conjures countless iconic images.
With the seventh installment in the series coming out next year, and with more on the way, it seems like the perfect time to cover some Star Wars details that often go overlooked. Yes, anything and everything Star Wars has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb by the fan community, but we’re offering a fresh take by looking at the food in Star Wars, and the pivotal scenes that it accompanies.
Food is important in any culture, and that holds true in the Star Wars universe, as well. While a lot of the food is (appropriately) alien in nature, a lot is familiar, as well. The blue milk that Luke drinks in the original film is definitely alien, thankfully.
Here’s something to look out for the next time you re-watch the movies: almost every time food is present in a scene, the characters are either discussing their future, or their lives are about to change. For instance, in the original film, Luke discusses plans to leave the farm during the family dinner, shortly before his aunt and uncle are murdered by the empire, and he leaves his home to join the rebel alliance.
In 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is again eating right before Yoda agrees to train him in the ways of the force, and in The Return of the Jedi, the corpulent gangster Jabba Hutt eats a live animal a few minutes before Princess Leila chokes him to death. Life changing indeed!
This article was originally published July 29, 2014.