As it turns out, some find passion for all things Star Wars a bit silly.
The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already a global smash hit, with moviegoers the world over lining up en masse for impeccably choreographed action sequences and stunning visuals. But if you strip away all the spectacle and nostalgia isn't it just grownups in rubber space suits striking each other with over-sized flashlights? And I never really got what Chewbacca was supposed to be.
As Star Wars mania sweeps the globe, audiences in China are scratching their heads. Seeing that they were still in the grip of Communism during the release of the original series, they never really caught on to our mythos of Siths and clone troopers. When one Chinese man was asked about the original film, he told The Wall Street Journal, “I can’t remember the plot at all. Is there a sword or something that can suddenly light up and turn off for some reason?"
Luckily, master explainer Stephen Colbert was on hand Friday night to give Chinese moviegoers the full rundown of the Star Wars saga thus far. Below, watch Colbert explain to the Chinese why America’s beloved Star Wars series is definitely not ridiculous: