How to get over your Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker letdown now that the saga is over
You've seen The Rise of Skywalker, and you want more Star Wars. Here's what to do and watch now.
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What will we fans do without the steady drip of Star Wars trailers? The chill we get from watching the opening crawl and hearing John Williams' score?
Over nine movies and 42 years, Star Wars saw us through seven presidents, multiple oil crises, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the rise of the internet, the invention of
, the Red Sox winning the World Series, the Great Recession and the Impossible Burger.
So if you're understandably starting to panic about the end of the one constant in your life, here are 13 ideas to help you honor, mourn and move on from the end of the Skywalker saga.
Explore the Star Wars galaxy on Disney Plus
Getting a Disney Plus subscription ($6.99 or AU$8.99 a month) is the least you can do to keep your Star Wars lamp lit. You can watch seven of the nine Skywalker saga movies on
streaming service right now -- with The Last Jedi coming Dec. 26.
For an immersive post-saga recovery, visit Disney's Galaxy's Edge Star Wars theme parks, either in California or Florida. Discuss the trilogies over drinks -- for adults and children -- in Oga's Cantina; pilot the Millennium Falcon; build a droid; craft your own lightsaber; and go adventuring in the new Rise of the Resistance ride that opened in Florida this month and comes to the California park in January.
If a piece of Star Wars art is a better choice for you than clothing, you can buy a poster -- or a collection representing all nine movies -- that's good enough for framing. Etsy is a good starting place. For something more practical, Star Wars-themed drinking glasses might be a welcome addition at your next viewing party. Or, you know, breakfast.
Make Star Wars viewing parties an event
Create your own Trilogy Time tradition, where you and some friends periodically get together to watch Star Wars films -- just like the main characters do in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. We suggest starting with the original trio of Star Wars movies and making it special with themed food and drinks. Discuss where you'll all be the next time you watch them, schedule your viewing party in a few years and repeat.
To fill in some of the story between the movies, check out one of the new Star Wars games. CNET's Scott Stein calls the recent Oculus Vader Immortal a "perfect virtual midnight snack," and our friends at GameSpot say the new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the most compelling additions to the Star Wars franchise in years.
Find other movies and TV series with that Star Wars feel
If you're looking for other stories of sci-fi adventure to fill the Skywalker void, the critically acclaimed 2004 version of Battlestar Galactica is a binge-worthy option that reimagines the original 1978 TV series as a darker story of war, religion and politics.
You can also jump into Star Trek (either the original series or the recent addition, Discovery).
Go outside, take a deep breath and think about your life outside of the saga. You might be surprised, like Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: "I didn't know there was so much green in the whole galaxy."
Mark your calendar
Christmas 2022 seems like the right time for the start of the next Star Wars trilogy, because there is no way Disney is going to let this cash cow die.