A Giant Lightsaber Was Floating Over Sydney Harbour Last Night

I skipped dinner for this.

So you already know that The Last Jedi trailer was released yesterday and that the internet went a little crazy over Porgs, right?

Well, I caught wind that there was going to be a super secret Star Wars event on Sydney Harbour, by the Fleet Steps, at around 7:30pm last night. Buoyed by the excitement from viewing the first trailer (more times than I am willing to admit), I decided I would head down and see what the big secret was.

So, at about 7pm I wandered past the Opera House and through the Botanic Gardens, across to the Fleet Steps, because I was so ready for more Star Wars.

I mean, I was tearing up at the trailer. I wanted more.

I needed more.

As I approached Fleet Steps, I could see a barge out on the water. Orange lights intermittently punctured the darkness but I couldn’t focus on what was hiding on that barge.

Was it an X-Wing ready to take full flight?

Was it Oscar Isaac, ready to fly over to us on a water jetpack, for hugs and high fives?

Surely it couldn't be John Boyega, cross-promoting Pacific Rim 2, rising out of the ocean in a giant robot?

My excitement levels were skyrocketing.

When I reached Farm Cove, Star Wars characters, from the 501st Legion, milled about on the banks for photo opportunities with passers-by. A small crowd was gathered and continuing to build. 50, maybe 60, people, some wearing Star Wars gear, others wearing faces of confusion and emptiness.

My stomach rumbled. I skipped dinner to be here.

I snapped an Ewok with an R2 unit and an out-of-era clone trooper.

Excitement continued to build. A Kylo Ren and several First Order Stormtroopers practiced walking in formation along the harbour’s edge. Back and forth. Like a military drill.

I thought “This would piss Kylo off so much” but he seemed content. Happy, even.

Then, a distant rumbling.

It wasn’t my stomach.

Over the trees from the south, a pounding cut through the middling conversation. The crowd was startled. People began to look up. You could see the excitement they'd stashed into the creases of their face come pouring out. There were hushed whispers behind me:

“That’s a helicopter...”

Indeed it was.

It hovered in the air, above the barge, for a short period of time. Who knows how long? Time became abstract, forgettable -– such was the excitement.

Then, at about 8pm. It happened.

A crossguard lightsaber, the favoured lightsaber of Kylo Ren, illuminated the harbour.

The beacon was lit.

People flocked to the site like spicy meme-makers to a Porg.

This is how you market a film in 2017.

#viral


Comments

    I read the title as "A Giant Lobster was Floating Over Sydney Harbour Last Night"...

    My hopes were dashed.

    I really wish people would stop writing their propaganda in the sky. Stop trying to force your beliefs on me.

      At 0.37% of the Ausralian population, Jedi are amongst the most persecuted minorities in Australia.

      What's more, the Australian government has sought to maginalise us by not even acknowledging our numbers, instead relegating us to the category of, "non-religious" in the census.

      And don't think think that antisith with their, "give a shit, punch a sith campaign" necessarily represent us. We are a peaceful people.

    See a fiery red upside down cross floating through the sky... might mistake it for a symbol of a dark religious zealotry wishing to wipe out all life. Then find out its just an emo kid crying about grand-dad.

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