“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” Anticipation and Speculation

So, I can already tell what you’re probably wondering right now. “Cade! Fallout 4 came out this week! Are you going to review it? It’s by Bethesda Softworks, it’s an open world RPG, buy it and review it as soon as freaking possible!” Well, I’ve been busy, but I promise I’ll have the game before Christmas, but it could take me at least two weeks to finish it and write a review. In the mean time, however, two more trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens have dropped like an Internet bomb. The first one premiered during halftime on Monday Night Football in mid-October, the same night advanced tickets officially went up for sale and caused numerous theater websites to crash from the overwhelming crowd. There was second trailer in Japanese subtitles released last week, conveniently placed on the same day that the first Warcraft movie trailer also was unveiled.(I may also do an analysis on that trailer as well.) Now before you go off on a rant on how stupid the bastard lightsaber is or whether or not Star Trek is the superior franchise: No. YOU LISTEN TO ME, PAL! This is the most iconic science-fiction film franchise of all time, my childhood favorite; I REFUSE to let it be tainted by fanboys moaning about Kylo Ren’s new weapon or Star Trek fanatics calling out their rivals as underlings. So if you’re within that crowd, you are allowed to please leave the room. Everyone else who stays will get an honest look at the trailers and my speculation on certain plot points and characters. Now let’s begin. Full disclosure: I could not be more excited for the release of The Force Awakens after these two trailers. While some fans are disappointed to hear that almost none of the Extended Universe will carry over into this new trilogy, I argue that it’s an advantage to tell an original story that can surprise fans and newcomers alike. Here’s what we know so far: A year after Return of the Jedi, a battle took place on the desert planet of Jakku in an effort to stop the Rebellion. The Empire lost, but both sides suffered massive casualties. 29 years later, The Alliance has grown and spawned multiple different branches, including pilot Poe Dameron’s group The Resistance. Meanwhile, The Empire seems like it has become smaller, but a more technologically advanced army call The First Order. Kylo Ren is the member of a Sith-like group called the Knights of Ren, who seem to be Force-sensitive beings allied with the First Order. From what the trailers and T.V. spots have implicated, it can be assumed that this is going to be Rey and Finn’s story. There is a strong fan theory that Rey is the offspring of Leia and Han Solo, and I actually believe that. Speaking of Han Solo, I love how he finally believes in the Force, which shows pure character development between now and return of the Jedi. However… I can’t get through this post without discussing Luke Skywalker’s absence. He has yet to make a full appearance in both the trailers and the impressive theatrical poster. This has lead fans to spread a fan theory all across the Internet, saying that the true identity of Kylo Ren is actually Luke Skywalker, who has turned to the dark side. I detest this theory, as it goes against everything that he stood for. Then again, so did his father, Anakin Skywalker, so it’s a low hanging fruit. There’s also a strong theory that started on Reddit that Jar Jar Binks was meant to be the Sith mastermind behind everything in the prequels. It actually makes sense, considering that he was the only one who gave Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers to control the new Clone Army, managed to conveniently move his lips when other characters were speaking, and became a representative in the Galactic Senate. However, J.J. Abrams has explicitly stated that he placed Jar Jar’s skeleton in the desert of Tatooine. I feel the need to make this abundantly clear, but if you’re in the audiences and you enjoyed watching the prequels movies, that’s fine; I’m not trying to make you feel like garbage for liking them. But I’m just letting you know that certain shots in the trailer, such as when it swings around to get a look at Finn and Poe Dameron, would never come in the mind of George Lucas when he was making the prequels. Overall, I think the trailers are fantastic, and have got me even more hyped. I really don’t care if it sucks or not, but I’m just glad that the series is back in full swing.

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