Not surprisingly, there has obviously been a major uptick in star-wars-related activity as there is renewed interest and presumably as people have been rewatching the Star Wars movies leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
There has been an awakening1.
I'm using star-trek as a baseline, because they're my graphs and I want to.
The above graph shows question growth in absolute numbers. Star Wars questions (blue line) have been growing more-or-less constantly since July 2012, and slightly slower (at least recently) than Star Trek (red line) questions. There is, however, a very slight uptick in the last few days. In the interests of exploring that better, I modified my query slightly
You can see the Star Wars line (now the yellow line, not blue) begin to grow fairly significantly starting on December 17.
The above graph shows the change in percentage of Star Wars questions. There has been an uptick, beginning in about August, that got suddenly very large near the end of December. Looking just for the month of December, we can see that this very closely resembles the previous graph:
This one is going to be less scientific.
Compare to my graph from last week:
And to an analysis I did in November:
We can see that views on Star Wars questions have gone up a fair amount in the intervening period, but other statistics have grown only a small bit. Average answer score has actually gone down, which I can only attribute to a sudden influx of low-quality but not-deleteable answers from new users.
There are, of course, always exceptions; all of my numbers here are averages. A particularly extreme example2 is In what order should the Star Wars movies be watched?, which has gone from 341K views and +167 score in April 2015 to 787K views and +190 score at time of writing.
1 Disclaimer: at time of writing, SEDE was last updated December 20, so these stats are a few days out of date. I'll revisit this after SEDE updates on December 27, subject to my own schedule
2 Nod to CreationEdge for pointing out this edge case
Just look at the tag statistics (as of today, 22 Dec at around 18:30 UTC):
story-identification: 36 asked this week, 121 this month
harry-potter: 13 asked this week, 74 this month
star-wars: 33 asked today, 194 this week
star-trek: 11 asked this week, 74 this month
lord-of-the-rings: 15 asked this week, 49 this month
movie: 11 asked this week, 23 this month
short-stories: 16 asked this month, 357 this year
doctor-who: 7 asked this week, 65 this month
marvel-comics: 22 asked this month, 300 this year
star-trek-tng: 9 asked this week, 36 this month
tolkien: 19 asked this week, 34 this month
books: 5 asked this week, 14 this month
marvel-cinematic-universe: 27 asked this month, 392 this year
game-of-thrones: 7 asked this month, 159 this year
comics: 7 asked this month, 95 this year
a-song-of-ice-and-fire: 10 asked this month, 137 this year
There have been more Star Wars questions in the last 7 days than in all the rest of the top 12 tags put together.
Now that's what I call a disturbance in the