pop culture memory lane

How a Return of the Jedi Speeder-Bike Fantasy Failed a Young Boy

Many a young American has at one time or another harbored Jedi Knight fantasies. When B.C. Edwards, author of the upcoming short-story collection The Aversive Clause, was 9 years old, he channeled the Return of the Jedi to win a bike race against his rival/friend, envisioning himself steering one of the speeder bikes, flying through the Redwood Forest. The Force is real, the Force is real! he thought … until the Force failed him. In this latest installment of Vulture and the UCB’s “Pop Culture Memory Lane” video series, watch the moment when a young boy had to face the reality that movies were not in fact real, and he would never own a light saber.

How a Star Wars Speeder-Bike Fantasy Failed