Friday, April 4, 2014

‘Big Bang Theory’ To Do ‘Star Wars’ Day Themed Episode

The Big Bang Theory and Lucasfilm are teaming up for a special episode.

The episode is scheduled to air on May 1st, and tie into Star Wars Day, which is May 4th.

Star Wars Day is recognized with the traditional greeting being “May the fourth be with you” — a play on the famous quote “May the Force be with you“. Fans come together and celebrate the Star Wars franchise with special events, parties, and screenings.

In the episode, entitled “The Proton Transmogrification“, the gang gets together to celebrate the annual geek-themed holiday. Meanwhile, Sheldon(Jim Parsons) is guided by visions of his childhood idol, Professor Proton (guest star Bob Newhart), who appears as his own personal Jedi master.

The episode will see the swamp world ofDagobah from The Empire Strikes Backrecreated, thanks to the technicians atIndustrial Light & Magic, who will oversee the final touches to the episode. Lucasfilm consulted on the episode, and will provide props, including the iconically elegant weapon of a Jedi, alightsaber.

The collaboration first came forth when Lucasfilm approached the show with the idea to do something special. From there, ideas came forth, including the recreation of Dagobah – and idea which came from the shows writers and producers.

Showrunner Steve Molaro said “They’re excited about everything we’re doing, and they’re going to help us with the special effects. Bob is going to be swinging a light saber around and they sent us a real one to use. They’re going to help make it look and sound right. It’s an amazing crossover for us.”

But as to which iconic character Newhart is going to portray, that’s being kept as secret as the plans for the Death Star for now, according to Molaro: “Chuck and I called Bob and let him know what we were thinking about. We had to give him a quick primer on the Star Wars mythology … he picked it up pretty quickly and was very excited about it.”

And the people on The Big Bang Theory are not the only ones excited and willing to undertake this fantastic episode, as echoed by Lucasfilm VFX artist EddiePasquarello:

We at ILM were very excited to do the effects for it. Everyone loves the show there and to have the tie-in to May the Fourth felt like a good synergy and marriage. We jumped at it. We did talk about what the set would look like and they sent us pictures of the light saber hilt and the Dagobah set and we were impressed. We talked about the interactive lighting for the light saber and some of the ideas that were there. They did an amazing job of getting it together.


In addition to the ambitious recreation of Dagobah, the shows set and wardrobe will be appropriately themed with Star Wars decorations, as well as the characters wearing star Wars themed t-shirts and clothing.

When May arrives, it should be a very eventful episode to behold for fans of both The Big Bang Theory and Star Wars.

Author: Christopher on April 4, 2014.

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