10.20.2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Trailer

Another Star Wars: Episode VII trailer released today.

I continue to be mildly impressed, and given reason for cautious optimism. The look still looks basically in keeping with the "good" Star Wars of the 70s and 80s, but with a tolerable dash of modern update and very J.J. Abrams action sequences. I like that the trailer shows enough to tantilize without giving anything away. After watching this I'm left wondering what in the 'verse is this going to be about?



Some speculation here, it seems like this future is not going to be a continuation of the fairy-tale ending of Episode VI or the expanded universe novels that followed where a New Republic starts up and brings peace to the galaxy. The whole bit where Han is saying that the stuff about Jedi and the Dark Side being "real" leads me to believe that possibly after the collapse of the Empire galaxy-wide anarchy ensued. Which would be an excellent and unexpected trajectory and one I fully endorse!

One thing I really do not like is the whole Storm Trooper-turned-good guy thing that is clearly a part of this film. Ugh. A Storm Trooper would never betray the empire, they're the crème de la crème of the Imperial military, and politically they are true believers. It's a stupid, unnecessary plot device. But if the rest of the movie is good it might be tolerated.

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