Star Wars Fan Film Asks: 'Dude, Where's My Empire?'

Still: Vimeo
Still: Vimeo

The war between the Empire and the rebellion may have been at the forefront of Star Wars, but those on the outer edges of the galaxy probably weren’t paying much attention. At least, according to one fan film.


Outer Rim, written and directed by Thomas R. Wood, is all about a couple of outskirts doofuses who aren’t all that invested in the war that’s unfolding all around them. While the short is designed to be funny, it actually left me sadder than I thought I would be. It kind of represents normalization in times of war, ignoring death and tragedy when it doesn’t affect your daily life.

In the wake of so much shit going on in this galaxy, sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that just because we don’t see something bad, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Then again, these guys literally see the battle in front of them like two seconds later... so they might just be stupid.


Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.


First they came for the Jedi, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jedi.

Then they came for the Senate, and I did not speak out because I was not a Senator.

Then they came for the nerf herders, and I did not speak out because I was not a nerf herder.

Then the came for the ‘vaporator repairmen, and we kicked their asses.