Like every other Star Wars fan on the planet, I watched thewhen it debuted Monday night. Some important things happen in the trailer. Rey shows off cool lightsaber moves. There's a bunch of drama. But, OMG PORGS!!! There's a porg screaming its head off along with Chewbacca.
So what exactly is a porg? It looks like a cross between a harbor seal and a nuthatch with a touch of penguin thrown in. We know they're("gesundheit!"), where Luke Skywalker and Rey hang out.
Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo describes porgs as the "Star Wars version of puffins." They nest and their babies are called "porglets." Freakin' porglets! Let me catch my breath here.
I've been conditioned from childhood to love furry things in Star Wars. I had a guinea pig named Chewbacca. I had a stuffed Ewok toy that I hugged, carried around and dressed up. I may (arguably) be an adult now, but the porgs push all of my "awww" buttons. Seeing a porg hanging out with my favorite Wookiee transports me into a realm of sci-fi ecstasy.
I'm not the only person with the good sense to embrace the porgness. Plenty of people on Twitter are on my side:
I am sensing one disturbance in the porg force and it's the opposite of what happened with the Ewoks from "Return of the Jedi."
The Ewoks on screen are frightening creatures with scary teeth who wear the bones of their conquered foes. The Ewok merchandise, however, was absolutely adorable, the stuffed animals cute as heck. But here's a look at an electronic porg toy from Hasbro:
Clearly, this rolling, wiggling, wrinkly porg toy is coming to eat your soul, but you will welcome it. Yes, you will.
Plenty of porg merchandise is already on the market ahead of the movie's Dec. 15 debut date, but most of it doesn't capture the sheer I-want-to-cuddle-it charm of the CGI creations we've seen in teasers and trailers so far.
To be fair, I'm looking forward to the entirety of "The Last Jedi," but I'm already browsing for porg plushes and rooting for a spin-off movie. The Ewoks got " ," so maybe the porgs could get "Cavalcade of Cuteness." I would watch it.
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