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One of the many things that Return of the Jedi introduced to the Star Wars mythology was speeder bikes, those incredibly-fast vehicles that you can hop aboard in an instant. Sadly, due to hover technology not being nearly as advanced on Earth as it is in a galaxy far, far away, we're not close to replicating speeder bikes exactly. Fortunately, a couple who are Star Wars fans put together the next best thing for Halloween, and you can see how their well their working speeder bikes handle below.
It's one thing to simply create a few cool-looking speeder bikes, using reflective panels to hide the wheels underneath to play along with the idea that these are hovering a couple inches above the ground. However, this is the Halloween season, so YouTubers Jesse Wellens and Carmella Rose get bonus points for dressing up just like Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa were when they arrived on Endor. But wait, it gets better! Eventually these two are followed by an Imperial scout trooper (who had been enjoying some KFC while off-duty), making this an even more faithful recreation of Return of the Jedi's famous chase sequence. For those interested in how these vehicles were put together, check out the behind-the-scenes video.
Judging by the reactions from bystanders, these speeder bike/costume combos were a huge hit. One guy even called up his friend to tell them how "kickass" and "original" this display was, declaring that they earned 20 points of originality. But alas, all good things must come to an end. Towards the end of the video, "Luke", "Leia", the scout trooper and an Imperial pilot who hitched a ride with her cohort are pulled over by the police. Evidently speeder bikes aren't considered lawful motor vehicles in a major metropolitan area. The officer proceeds to pat them down as they're facing, but then the scout trooper jumps aboard his speeder bike and wishes everyone a happy Halloween as he races away and leaves the cop in his dust. Of course, this arrest is just the staged conclusion of the intergalactic fun, primarily because fleeing from the authorities is not worth doing time just for a YouTube video.
The Star Wars saga will continue with The Last Jedi's release on December 15, and the next standalone movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, follows on May 25, 2018. Whether or not those movies will include their own speeder bike chase sequences remains to be seen, but if they do, here's hoping that we can get a similarly-faithful recreation like the Return of the Jedi-style one we got this Halloween.