Remember when we reached the end of 2016 and hoped that 2017 would be better? Yeah, joke was on us – this year has, if anything, been worse than the last.
But if this calendar year has one saving grace, it’s gotta be porgs. 2017 is the first year in human history that porgs have been a thing, and we’re so happy we’re alive to see them.
We first met these adorable bird … mammal … whatever-they-ares over the summer, when one appeared in a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel from Lucasfilm. And, well, it was love at first sight.
The porgs instantly became a sensation, in the same way that BB-8 had in the run-up to The Force Awakens. And every new bit of information just endeared them to us further. They’re basically space puffins! They hang out with Luke and Rey and Chewie! They’re watched over by fish-bird nun creatures! Their young are called porglets!
Excuse us a moment while we squee.
Plus, since porgs aren’t people, they don’t come with all the attendant baggage. Rey might be too powerful for her own good, Poe might be flirting with the dark side, and Kylo Ren is the definition of a problematic fave.
But porgs? They’ve got no stake in the Star War. They’re neither First Order nor Resistance. They’re just cute little creatures who want to hang out on their cute little island, making cute little noises and having cute little porg parties.
(If they want to invite some of those ice fox animals to their porg parties, I wouldn’t mind one bit.)
If there’s one thing I have against the porgs, it’s that they don’t seem to be in The Last Jedi nearly enough. This right here should have been the poster, tbh.
Yes, I know some of my colleagues believe that the porgs are food, not friends, based on a single photo of Chewbacca with what looks like a feather in his mouth. But I refuse to believe it. If only because, guys, I repeat: 2017 has been really, really awful. I need this not to be true. I could not handle it if the only good thing about this year got eaten alive.
… Then again, that would be the most 2017 thing ever, wouldn’t it? Aw, crap. Those porgs might be dead meat after all.