J.J. Abrams: A New Hope?

So, last week it was confirmed that J.J. Abrams has been hired by Disney to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII". I really enjoyed his work on Star Trek, and if he has as much respect for the lore of "A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Away" as he did for the 23rd century, there is some hope that Episode VII will be pretty good.

That said, I have some misgivings. First and foremost among them is that George Lucas is apparently happy about it. I'd personally prefer Lucas was livid about the choice, given what his thoughts on what a Star Wars film should be (as evidence, Episodes I, II, and III). Also, the humour and banter in Star Trek worked for that setting (especially given the precedent of Bill Shatner's ham acting), so I hope that isn't an Abrams trademark. He seems to like the over-the-top action so that has me slightly worried also.

Yet on the other hand, Abrams, being not a lot older than me, grew up with the original trilogy and has said "As a kid, 'Star Wars' was much more my thing than 'Star Trek' was." So in that context, if he was able to "nail" Star Trek the way he did, he just might knock Episode VII out of the park. As the owner of my local hobby store wisely wrote "despite being the "visionary" behind them, I don't think George Lucas actually likes Star Wars. If he does, then he doesn't know why. He doesn't understand what people like about it. He doesn't understand what makes it good. If he did, he wouldn't have done [anything he's done in the past two decades]." Whereas a guy like Abrams who grew up with Star Wars KNOWS what people like about it and can therefore deliver same.

I thought the glory days of Star Wars were over. I have new hope. My oldest son will be 9 in 2015 so maybe we can go see Episode VII in the cinema together.

P.S. Check out this review of Episode III: http://redlettermedia.com/plinkett/star-wars/star-wars-episode-iii-revenge-of-the-sith/


Sophia's Favorite said...

Humor and banter? There's more humor and banter in Star Wars than there was in Abrams' Trek; Han Solo even banters as he's being frozen in carbonite or fed to the Sarlacc.

RE: Lucas not getting Star Wars, it's important to recall that, aside from the very broad vision, everything people liked about Star Wars was the work of other people. Similarly, the only part of any Star Trek where Roddenberry was unfettered in the realization of his vision, without interference from the network, is the first season of The Next Generation—which the fair-minded acknowledge as being worse than Voyager and Enterprise combined.

Nicholas D.C. Wansbutter said...

Good point. How could I forget the snarky back-and-forth between Han Solo and Princess Leia? So that's another point in favour of J.J. Abrams.

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