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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Trailer Impressions

A New Hope

As a fan of the Original Star Wars Trilogy, I was cautiously optimistic when I first learned of the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney.  George Lucas had decided that he was retiring from making movies for profit and wanted to focus on passion projects.  I have always respected George for the spirit and imagination he has demonstrated over more than thirty years of film-making, but longed for the day when he would allow someone else to play in his sandbox.  That day has finally come, and J.J. Abrams has been hard at work on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, releasing December 2015.  My cautious optimism for the film has turned to outright elation with the release of the first trailer.

“There Has Been an Awakening”

As the trailer opens, we see a familiar desert landscape and ominous voiceover telling us the Force has awakened.  We see lots of different images in quick succession.  First is John Boyega, a newcomer to Star Wars but was great in Attack the Block a few years ago (look for my review of that film in a future post).  He is in stormtrooper armor minus the helmet and looks distressed.

Practical Magic

Next we see a spherical droid that resembles a soccer ball.  This droid is named BB-8, and like a lot of the effects in the new film, he is at least partially practical.  This means that rather than allow computer graphics to fill in all the gaps, the filmmakers have actually built many of the props and alien creatures in the film in real life.  This is a welcome change from the Star Wars Prequels, where Lucas basically stuck the actors alone in a giant blue room and asked them to imagine everything while looking at a tennis ball on a stick.  In this film, J.J. Abrams is having the sets be real places so that the actors have something to act against, as well as giving the finished product that indefinable weight that only real props and effects can have.

The Dark and the Light

In the next scenes we see a stormtrooper squad in a sequence reminiscent of the D-Day landings, newcomer Daisy Ridley riding a speeder bike of some kind, Oscar Isaac in the cockpit of an X-Wing fighter as his squadron kicks up water over a lake as they scream past, and a hulking, cloaked figure igniting a unique red lightsaber with a cross guard in a snow-covered forest.  The trailer ends with the iconic starship the Millennium Falcon blasting over the Tatooine desert sands in a backflip to face a pair of TIE fighters as the camera barely keeps up.

Final Thoughts

Though it is short at only a minute and a half, the trailer has confirmed a lot of my hopes for what to expect from J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and December 2015 can’t come soon enough.

A Wretched Hive

What I Will Write About

I will write about Star Wars on my blog that I’ve named Wretched Hive on WordPress.

Who Reads About It

Fans of the Star Wars films, toys, games, and books will be my target audience.

Why They Read It

They search for content about Star Wars because of the sense of imagination and wonder at a world so distant and alien, but still so real and lived in.  People love the Star Wars Universe because it represents the eternal struggle of good versus evil by using characters that hold to Joseph Campbell’s Heroic Journey or “monomyth.”  These themes and archetypes make the story instantly recognizable and relatable, no matter how strange or foreign the locales and creatures may be.

Why Read My Content

Fans of the series will read what I write because I am a life-long fan of the franchise, having seen all the films many times, read many of the Expanded Universe books and comics, owned almost all of the countless action figures, and I’ve never lost my passion for the source material.  I have also been an actor and writer for decades, with a unique perspective on the material.

With a new series of films on the way, who better to guide people through that universe than a dork as big as me?