What with the quasi-holiday May the Fourth approaching, the website Reviews.org did a little digging as to which “Star Wars” movie was most popular (or at least most searched for) in each state. And the results are striking.
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The number of things about which you can say, “Oh, Texas, what are you thinking?” is, let’s admit it, pretty vast, but here is a factoid that ... well, one really doesn’t know what to say other than to say it:
Reviews.org found that the most popular “Star Wars” movie in Texas is “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”
Yeah. We understand if you need a moment.
Other “Menace” states include Louisiana, Arizona, Connecticut and Delaware, so thank the Maker it’s not a red state/ blue state thing.
Reviews.org said: “We collected Google Trends data on each of the nine full-length Star Wars movies for the last 12 months to see which is the most-searched-for film in each state. Using a window of one year allowed us to minimize any recency bias, since ‘The Last Jedi’ was released only a few months ago.”
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Most states chose “The Empire Strikes Back.” Check out the full story here.
As Reviews.org puts it: “For such a widely reviled movie, ‘The Phantom Menace’ racks up an impressive eleven top slots. (Perhaps they’re just trying to decide whether they still hate it or not?).”
This is, of course, the most positive spin to put on it. But it also raises an important question: Perhaps Texans, and others, are googling the movie to fact check things (did midichlorians actually happen, or was that some weird collective nightmare?) or get a plot summary without actually having to watch the thing.
After all, this is the only cool thing that happens (search your feelings, you know it to be true):]]