In George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, the rebels go at Darth Vader and his cronies in a variety of ways. There are full-frontal assaults, sneak attacks, they even send his secret son after him. One thing they never tried, however, was to take a baseball bat to him. That could have worked. That’s essentially what looks to be happening in this first photo from tonight’s episode of the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang theory, which reunites Princess Leia’s Carrie Fisher with the voice of Vader himself, James Earl Jones.
The premise of the episode is that the Big Bang gang, for the first time ever, is unable to procure tickets to Comic-Con. We’ve all been there. In a fit of bitterness, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to hell with that noise and starts his own competing convention. When you tackle a project like that you need some star power to make people stand up and take notice, so Sheldon sets his sights on procuring Jones as a guest. This, as you probably imagined, leads to some mild shenanigans, and at some point, their crazy night involves winding up on Carrie Fisher’s doorstep.
That’s all we know. There’s no word if Fisher is playing herself or some other character, but as you can see in this photo from EW, the two sci-fi icons are definitely in each other’s orbits. One producer called it an “interesting” cameo, so my guess is that she’s someone else — I want to imagine she’s Jones’ ex and that he’s stalking her. If she is playing herself, maybe Jones and Sheldon get all crazy, maybe hopped up on cough syrup, and show up on her doorstep in the middle of the night.
It’s also probably safe to assume that there will be at least one joke about Fisher’s choice of weapon, though we all know Leia is more prone to using a blaster than a lightsaber. It isn’t hard to imagine her swinging a bat, or some other handy club-like implement at some point, if that’s all that was convenient. I’m also pretty sure that before the end of the episode you’ll see someone in a Princess Leia bikini too.
These guest spots are right up Big Bang’s alley. Over the course of seven seasons, the sitcom has put together an all-star lineup of nerdy celebrity guests. Not only are there actors from a variety of genre shows, like Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Katee Sackhoff, and many more, but from other geeky realms as well. Most of the main characters are scientists, not just comic book fans, so they’ve also had visits from the likes of Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking, as well as astronaut Mike Massimino and many more.
See how this all plays out when The Big Bang Theory airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.