Lucasfilm and Disney’s new digital series Science and Star Wars debuted today with its first episode focusing on the pop culture phenomena of lightsabers. The 10-episode series hosted by Anthony Carboni, which can be viewed exclusively on the Star Wars Facebook page, explores the science behind the galaxy far, far away, how close real-world scientists are coming to emulate the technology, and how the franchise has inspired some of science’s greatest innovations.
The premiere episode features Star Wars Rebels voice actor Taylor Gray, who voices young force-user Ezra Bridger in the animated series. He and Carboni discuss the mythology behind lightsabers and real-world related science. In the episode, supercomputer Watson breaks down each component of the lightsaber and we learn that the closest real-life thing we could compare a lightsaber to is plasma. The episode also covers how various research facilities are manipulating plasma to create super-powered lasers and shows Gray making his own “lightsaber” by creating an extremely hot plasma blade – which was able to cut a hole through a steel door just like in the films.
In a press release distributed by Lucasfilm and Disney, Mickey Capoferri, Senior Director of Content and Programming at Lucasfilm, and Andrew Sugerman, EVP of Publishing and Digital Media at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, both commented on how the new series is blending fantasy and science in an educational and entertaining way highlighting STEM topics while capturing the attention of Star Wars fans. Here is what they said:
“For more than 40 years, the science fantasy of Star Wars has pushed the limits of science fact in the real world,” said Mickey Capoferri. “We know that there’s a strong overlap between Star Wars fans and people who are interested in science. ‘Science and Star Wars’ explores this inspiration and overlap.
‘Our goal is to extend the world of Star Wars to all digital platforms – from video to messaging – to draw in new generations of fans and to create daily Star Wars experiences for this audience,” said Andrew Sugerman.“‘Science and Star Wars’ give us a unique opportunity to explore a new angle to the Star Wars universe while highlighting STEM topics in an entertaining way.”
With Star Wars taking control over every media outlet you can think of including phone games, video games, music, television and, of course, film, it’s no surprise that the franchise is branching out into the world of education and web series. Next week’s episode is going to be all about Star Wars’ droids like fan-favorite characters C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8, who are already practically real thanks to the pricey, new interactive miniature toys from Sphero.
As for future episodes of Science and Star Wars, we can totally see other sci-fi and fantasy aspects of the Star Wars universe being bought to life by Carboni and his guests, like hover vehicles, bacta tanks, carbon freezing, the ever-popular artificial limbs, space travel and hyper-space travel, Force powers and more. A new episode will debut each week with ancillary content available on the @StarWars Instagram account.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all Science and Star Wars news.
Source: Lucasfilm and Disney
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