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'The Goldbergs' attempt to retell 'Star Wars' story in 43 seconds


Thu, May 3rd 2018 11:35 am
In honor of Star Wars Day, ABC's hit comedy reveals details of 'Spaceballs' episode
In recognition of Star Wars Day (May 4,), "The Goldbergs" announced a new episode titled "Spaceballs," which pays respect to both the "Star Wars" series and the famous Mel Brooks parody of the aforementioned iconic sci-fi franchise.
In this all-new episode airing Wednesday, May 9 on ABC (8 p.m. EST), Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) becomes desperate to impress the parents of his girlfriend, Jackie (Rowan Blanchard). While at dinner, Adam mistakes a political debate about then-President Ronald Reagan's Star Wars defense system for a conversation about the movie. Adam then delivers an endless monologue about the film franchise, complete with impressions and plot summaries.
He's humiliated in the process.
"The Goldbergs" is an autobiography of executive producer Adam F. Goldberg's experiences of growing up in a suburban family in the 1980s. Identical to real life, both the character and creator are lifelong "Star Wars" fanatics.
"My insane 'Star Wars' obsession has been featured heavily in everything I've ever written," Goldberg said. "In fact, I owe my entire career to George Lucas. My first script, 'Fanboys,' is what put me on the map. I just wrote about people like me who grew up on 'Star Wars' and have it flowing through our veins. I had no idea there were so many other people out there like me."
Star Wars Day, which occurs annually on May 4, sounds like the iconic "Star Wars" phrase "May the Force be with you" when said aloud. It has become an international phenomenon where fans celebrate the franchise with costume contests, tributes and screenings, among other events.
The timing of this episode coincides with the major motion picture release of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on Friday, May 25. In this newest release, Han Solo meets his future copilot, Chewbacca, and encounters Lando Calrissian during an adventure into a dark criminal underworld years before joining the Rebellion.
This is not the first time "The Goldbergs" have worked with Lucas' production company - the company behind the "Star Wars" franchise. "Star Wars" has been featured countless times on "The Goldbergs," which has also recreated the opening day of "Return of the Jedi" in season one and featured Adam's childhood "Star Wars"-themed birthday party with eight Boba Fetts in attendance.
Goldberg has also had a longstanding partnership with Lucasfilm, who supported his the cult "Star Wars"-themed movie "Fanboys," as well as letting him recreate the Death Star set on his first show, "Breaking In," and produce the documentary "Elsetree 1976" about the bit players from "A New Hope."
"The Goldbergs" airs on ABC, a Disney company that acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2013.

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