Watch: 'The Galactic Civil War' Doc - A Ken Burns 'Star Wars' Recap

December 21, 2015
Source: Washington Post

The Galactic Civil War

Star Wars meets Ken Burns in this new mash-up video from the Washington Post. This video was initially posted on Friday when Star Wars: The Force Awakens first hit theaters, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's a fun recap of the original trilogy. Their pitch: "Like Ken Burns's "The Civil War," Star Wars depicts an epic conflict. So we mashed them up." Ken Burns is the documentarian whose techniques have become so iconic they're literally named after him. Burns is not involved in this, they just wanted to make a short doc about Star Wars in his style. It's a fun way to keep the Star Wars buzz going and review all the major events of the original three before seeing The Force Awakens for a fifth time. Watch "The Galactic Civil War" below.

Description from Washington Post (thanks to GeekTyrant for the tip): "As anyone who follows this blog in even a cursory fashion knows, two of the things I love most are Ken Burns documentaries and the Star Wars franchise. What can I say? I love epic struggles with compelling characters on both sides that raise ongoing questions about what makes for a just society. So to honor the release of The Force Awakens, I recruited PostEverything’s Dan Drezner, Act Four columnist Sonny Bunch and Digital Opinions Editor James Downie to work with me and genius video editor Thomas LeGro to remake [Ken Burns'] 'The Civil War' Star Wars-style." Great work guys. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now showing in theaters - Sound Off.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


That was pretty good, made me laugh.

Higgens on Dec 21, 2015


This is a great idea but it was very poorly put together in almost every way.

davidshaw on Dec 21, 2015


I agree. Referring to Jar Jar was a bad idea, and the narration was terrible.

kitano0 on Dec 22, 2015


The Jar Jar mention was hilarious.

Lar Rackell on Dec 22, 2015


Well, I thought the reference didn't really fit, since they were primarily using the first trilogy as talking points. Bringing a Jar Jar quote in was....jarring.

kitano0 on Dec 22, 2015


Ba dum tss

Lar Rackell on Dec 22, 2015


This is not the parody you are looking for.

DAVIDPD on Dec 22, 2015

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