May the fourth be with you!
A nerdy pub trivia company is hosting a cutthroat “Star Wars” quiz night at physics-themed Park Slope bar Supercollider on May 4 — known as “Star Wars Day” amongst many fans for the date’s phonetic similarities to the film franchise’s famous catchphrase.
A representative from Denver outfit Geeks Who Drink said the group has previously tried to be more up-to-date with its trivia nights — hosting “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”-centric quizzes — but ultimately surrendered to the legions of lightsaber lovers who rallied for a night dedicated to stormtroopers and starfighters.
“We don’t want to be obvious, but at a certain point you have to say, ‘Well, it’s what people want,’” said John Smith, marketing director for Geeks Who Drink. “So far it’s getting the most buzz of everything we’ve done.”
The trivia night, dubbed “Let the Wookiee Win,” will test diehard fans on “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi” — the first three films of the saga that critics almost universally prefer to the follow-up trilogy exploring Anakin Skywalker’s tragic transformation into Darth Vader, or supplemental films such as “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure.” Limiting the quiz to the classic films should also make things easier for super-fans, who tend to take detailed notes on the material they will be tested on, Smith said.
“It was a matter of giving those people some borders and some restrictions,” Smith said. “Those are undoubtedly the better ones.”
Entry to the contest will cost $5 per person, and the winning team will take home the whole kitty.
The challenge, which will simultaneously take place at bars in 28 other cities, will feature 64 questions divided into eight rounds, including two with audio elements, and one with visual components such as screengrabs from the movies. Potential players should be sure to re-watch the films and brush up on basic facts such as the name of Chewbacca’s home planet, Kashyyyk — which is apparently standard knowledge for even low-level “Star Wars” nerds, according to Smith.
“It’s going to be a tough quiz, I won’t lie,” he said.
“Let the Wookiee Win” at Supercollider [609 Fourth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in Park Slope, (347) 725–3419, www.superc