They Fly Now

They Fly Now

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Updated Nov 28, 2019 at 04:10AM EST by andcallmeshirley.

Added Nov 26, 2019 at 11:20AM EST by Matt.

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"They Fly Now" is a memorable quote uttered by several characters in the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The line has become the subject of numerous jokes, image macros and criticisms from fans and detractors of Star Wars.


On November 25th, 2019, the official Star Wars social media accounts released a clip of the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In the clip, several characters are chased by antagonist Stormtroopers, who take flight. Upon liftoff, three characters, C-3PO, Finn and Poe (portrayed by Anthony Daniels, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, respectively) say, "They fly now." On YouTube, the clip received more than 1.2 million views in 24 hours (shown below).


Following the release of the clip, many online began making jokes about the line. For example, Twitter [1] user @ImMikeMcP posted the line as Seinfeld parody. Within 24 hours, the tweet received more than 9,100 likes and 1,600 retweets (shown below, left).

Some used the line as a way to criticize the film, claiming that bounty hunters and clone troopers within the Star Wars universe have jetpacks. Twitter[2] user @UpToTASK tweeted a confused black girl reaction as if it were a reaction by the bounty hunter the Mandalorian (shown below, center).

Others made jokes about the line, using it as a reaction image. Redditor _Dredex_ [3] posted an image edit replacing the characters' heads with birds, reacting to the first airplane (shown below, right).

Twitter published a Moments page on the use of the line.[4]

McР @lmMikeMcP George: They fly now. Jerry: They fly now? Kramer: *zip hand motion* Oh, they're flyin, Jerry ARKStar Wars @starwars Nov 25 Check out this clip from #StarWarsX: #TheRiseOfSkywalker. See it in theaters December 20. Get your tickets: Rise OfS kywa... 0:30 2M views 11:20 AM Nov 25, 2019 Twitter for iPhone TASK the Ol' Nerdy Bastard @UPTOTASK C3PO: They fly now!!! Finn: They fly now??? Poe: They fly now. Mandalorians: GIF EMECENTER.CON 7:44 AM Nov 25, 2019 Twitter for iPhone anthropocene man Birds after December 17, 1903: They fly now?!! They fly new.

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heath @heathdwilliams (_) <)they ( (> fly (_ <) > now 6:35 AM Nov 25, 2019 TweetDeck Nedi is crying abt Frozen @nedi_nerfherder That moment when they fly now 6:05 AM- Nov 25, 2019 Twitter for iPhone THEY FLY NOW? THIS IS THE WAY
F--- BOB IGER @mikedallape They actually say "they fly now" 4 times because that's what chewbacca is saying too RStar Wars Check out this clip from #StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker. See it in theaters December 20. Get your tickets: Rise OfS kywa... @starwars Nov 25 0:30 2.1M views 9:20 AM Nov 25, 2019 Twitter for Android Seth Blurrgowitz @lordsoftheseth Ihave spoken, this is the way, they fly now, bitch take some lessons in quotability from a master WILL YOU DEFER YOUR MOTION TO ALLOW A COMMISSION TO EXPLORE THE VALIDITY OF YOUR ACCUSATIONS ng 6:55 AM- Nov 25, 2019 Twitter for Android When the cockroach you're trying to kill starts flying They fly now!

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Do they not have history books in the Sequel Trilogy? Poe Dameron, a seasoned and experience fighter as portrayed by the films, does not know that plenty of past armies including the recent Galactic Empire have all had some form of flying ground troops?

I hate to sound like one those people that complains all the time, but why?


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