The tale of laser wielding knights, bounty hunters, royalty, monsters, and villains has, so far, spawned six more movies, weekly cartoons, novels, comic books, toys, games, t-shirts, posters, buttons, and other bobbles. The franchise's fictional Jedi Order even inspired the formation of The Temple Of The Jedi Order: Church Of Jediism in Texas.
While most fans haven't adopted the saga as a replacement for their personal God concept, the franchise has made an indelible mark on pop culture and, arguably, society in general. Besides being entrenched within "nerd culture," the franchise has wormed its way into unexpected parts of civilization.
- On March 8th, 1983 President Reagan referred to the USSR as "The Evil Empire."
- The same president named his ill-conceived missile defense system "Star Wars."
- On 4 May 1995 during a defense debate, UK MP Harry Cohen referred to a the date as "Star Wars Day: May the forth be with you."
- Star Wars also made its mark in the 2001 census, when over 390,000 UK respondents entered their religion as Jedi.
- On March 1, 2013, President Barack Obama spoke, saying that some people expected him to do a "Jedi mind meld*" on the Republicans who refused to make a deal.
- To wish someone good luck, many of us say, "May The Force Be With You."
Epilogue Added 11/17/2015:
I’ll be taking a break from blogging. During the next 6 weeks I’m going to; design & send this year’s Christmas card, design next year’s calendar, rewrite a few chapters of my book, and look into raising money for a copyright lawyer so I can self publish “Murder According To Hoyle.”
* = President Obama actually confused the "Jedi Mind Trick" with the "Vulcan Mind Meld."