This weekend, my friend Preeti Chhibber and I went to the geek holy land—Star Wars Celebration—and met one of our heroes, Mark Hamill. Preeti joined me to give you an oral history of our #Lukeing4Luke quest, and how we finally found him.
Preeti: The full Force Awakens trailer dropped in October 2015. It was the biggest Star Wars bombshell in recent history. Swapna and I were ready.
Swapna: We went down a bit of a rabbit hole when it came to theories and trying to figure out where our favorite character, Luke Skywalker, was in the movie.
Preeti: WHERE WAS LUKE. WE WERE LUKEING4LUKE. We realized we had a mutual love and adoration for Mark Hamill’s iconic character. I think we both felt like Luke sometimes didn’t get his due (even though he’s our precious lil bebe Jedi puppy).
Swapna: This quickly devolved into a hashtag and cemented our friendship forever.
— Swapna Krishna (@skrishna) October 27, 2015
— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) March 16, 2016
Episode IV: A New Con
Swapna: On May 4, 2016, (May the fourth be with you!) I had a bright idea.
Preeti: And I was fully on board.
Swapna: We had almost a year to get excited about it. Mark Hamill was finally announced as a guest about two weeks before the con, and we were pretty much first in line to buy photo ops.
Preeti: I was in a meeting when Mark’s photo ops were announced and got several texts from Swapna in a row. My reaction was typed under a table. Because we are both responsible adults.
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Episode V: The Staff Strikes Back
Swapna: We finally got to Celebration after SO MUCH PLANNING AND ANTICIPATION.
Preeti: A YEAR’S WORTH. We waited. A. Year.
Swapna: It seems as though the con organizers… underestimated the fervor and love and enthusiasm of Star Wars fans because when we arrived for our Mark photo, things were confusing.
Preeti: Let’s set the scene: 400 people. Troopers. Leias. Hans. All crowding together in a small space and a mass of confusion. But no Luke. Where was Luke?
Swapna: We decided to start asking the crowd. #Lukeing4Luke
Had Luke seen Luke?
Preeti: Maybe Rey or Finn knew where he was? (Behind them?)
Swapna: Did Han, Leia, or young Luke know where to find Luke?
Preeti: Kylo Ren? R2? His dad???? Could no one find Luke????
Swapna: We’d been #Lukeing4Luke in Alderaan places! [Editor’s Note: I am extremely mad at Swapna for this pun]
Episode VI: Return of the Sweater
Preeti: Before we get right into it, a moment of explanation. Mark Hamill has owned the same sweater for 40 years. We didn’t know it at the time, but today was the Return of the Sweater.
Swapna: We’d come through a year of anticipation and defeated our con organizer stormtrooper foes and WE WERE READY.
Episode VII: #Lukeing4Luke
Swapna: We are reporting to you now from beyond the grave.
Preeti: We came, we Luked, we became one with the Force.
Swapna: We’re not #Lukeing4Luke anymore, we found him.
Preeti: To hear an actual audio clip of us meeting Mark Hamill, check out the Celebration episode of our podcast Desi Geek Girls, out Wednesday, April 19!