As a Star Wars junkie, I'm sure you know that the title of episode seven was announced earlier this month. The title left me feeling cautiously optimistic.
Just to back up a few steps -after the last three films (episodes/debacles 1-3), I was left disheartened with the franchise (see my rants HERE ). When Lucasfilm sold to Disney, I was excited. No more George Lucas (sorry, bro, everyone's time comes eventually), no more crappy casting and vomit-inducing love scene dialogue. I was even more excited when I found out that JJ Abrams was slated to direct.
He did an amazing job resurrecting the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek and Into Darkness, directed Super 8 (awesome movie) and Lost (best TV show EVER). Then they released information about the casting…including casting some of the originals, which horrified me (see THIS blog post for more on that).
Then, primary casting was announced and I was slightly relieved. Good potential -especially with Abrams at the helm.
Okay now we are current.
The name releases. Star Wars, The Force Awakens. This could be good, right?
My first thoughts are negative (unfortunately -damn you, George Lucas for making me so pessimistic!)
Can the force sleep?
Are all those little Midi-chlorians taking a cozy little nap?
Who/how are they going to be woken from their comfy beds?
At the end of episode VI (Return of the Jedi) Luke is the reigning bad-ass when it comes to the force (possibly the only one) and his sister, Leia has ‘the force’ in a very fledgling state. The end.
So 30 years later what has happened to the dynamic duo (Luke & Leia) to cause the force to fall into obscurity?
Here is where the positive thinking comes in. Something bad had to happen, right? Something dark and very JJ Abrams-esque. Perhaps the collapse of the Rebellion, the banishment of Luke and Leia, the destruction of Endor, Naboo and every other annoying character, species and storyline Lucas created?
See 'ya later, Jar Jar.
Things are looking up for sure.
According to THIS ARTICLE from IGN, Disney may debut a trailer within the next 4-5 weeks. Sweet! (fingers crossed)
So, with any luck, the galaxy is in ruin, the original cast is banished and occupies about twelve seconds of screen time and an awesome re-booted franchise is birthed.
Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens, is scheduled to release December 18th, 2015
There is a GREAT ARTICLE with several fan-made Star Wars VII posters worth checking out. Two of the coolest (and two of the funniest) are below.