With some early estimates predicting a record-smashing $300 million opening weekend for the long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there will likely be an unprecedented number of people seeing the film when it’s finally unveiled on December 18th. Those hoping to experience the movie untainted by spoilers will be at the mercy of millions and millions of jubilant filmgoers who will be buzzing about the juicy plot twists and earth-shattering new revelations in the hotly-anticipated film.
Maintaining the secrecy of a little unexpected paternal news involving Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back was difficult enough when that film was released back in 1980. Considering that we now live in the Information Age, where everything is shared instantly and nothing stays private online, it’s going to be damn near impossible to keep the coveted details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens under wraps for very long.
If you didn’t have the forethought to preorder the now sold out tickets for the film’s December 18th midnight release, you can probably forget about getting a seat for an opening night screening. The lucky ones who see the movie that night will then flock to the internet to analyze the film’s every frame, which will render venturing online a harrowing experience for the millions of Star Wars fans who still haven't seen it.
However, thanks to a Google Chrome extension, there is a New Hope. As a line of defense against internet spoilers, this downloadable feature automatically warns you if you open any webpage containing references to the upcoming Star Wars film.
You can find this essential new extension in the Chrome Web Store here. Once downloaded, just click the small stormtrooper icon to enable and disable the function. While the extension’s censorship may be a little heavy-handed, blocking every single Star Wars reference regardless of whether it’s a spoiler or not, it is certainly an effective way to browse the internet worry free until you see the new movie.
Unfortunately, the extension doesn't appear to protect you from social media spoilers. For that, we recommend freezing your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds in carbonite until you can make it to a theater. You might also try avoiding all human contact, just to be on the safe side.