‘Extreme Makeover: Star Wars Edition’ — Why Are Stormtroopers Building Houses?
Hopefully this doesn't come as a shock to you -- Disney now owns 'Star Wars'! That is, the company owns Lucasfilm and therefore owns the 'Star Wars' franchise. While this is probably one of the most exciting bits of news to happen in the past decade or so, some fans of the once George Lucas-led sci-fi universe are worried this move will somehow ruin the essence of 'Star Wars.' This feeling was then recently magnified when 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' viewers were sitting down to watch Monday night's episode and saw a true sight for sore eyes -- Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers.
The episode centered around the Zdrojs family who lost their home to a wildfire earlier the same year. Viewers at home were expecting the usual rounds of special guests to come in and spearhead rebuilding their home, but in the opening minutes, they instead say 'Star Wars' characters and immediately sounded off on Twitter under the assumption Disney was further corrupting the franchise.
Well, fans shouldn't worry themselves because it turns out the whole thing was just a coincidence. First and foremost, Deadline reports that this episode of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' was filmed more than a year before Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. Secondly, Chris Zdrojs and his two twin boys are 'Star Wars' fans and have been collecting memorabilia for years. And thirdly, the characters seen on the episode were actually members of the Central Texas 501st Legion (aka Vader's Fist). Here's their mission statement:
The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in 'Star Wars' through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for 'Star Wars'-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work...
So no harm, no foul. Check out the video tour of the Zdrojs' new 'Star Wars'-themed room below!