I haven’t said anything about the new trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens yet, so a few thoughts.
:: First, here’s the trailer, just in case you somehow missed it.
:: A Star Destroyer and an X-Wing fighter, both wrecked on the desert planet which we’re being told is not Tatooine. OK.
:: Voiceover from Luke Skywalker. Interesting. I wonder who he’s talking to.
:: Vader’s melted helmet, distorted to the point of looking skull-like. Again, interesting.
:: Lots of quick visuals. X-Wings in a combat configuration, but on a planet surface. Lots of new-ish stormtroopers standing beneath a flag we haven’t seen before. Quick glimpses of the red lightsaber in action.
:: My favorite shot in this trailer? What looks like a TIE fighter just hovering above a landing bay, blasting everything in sight.
:: “Chewie, we’re home.” Oh yeah, babe. That helps a lot.
I’ve seen some commentary to the effect that “This trailer makes us feel like we’re eight years old again!” I don’t know about that, and even so, I’m not sure being transported back to that age is really possible. I think it’s that expectation that partially caused people to elevate their desires to levels no film could match, not the least of which would be the three Prequel Trilogy movies. Besides, I don’t want to be transported back to when I was eight.
And, as usual, any new bit of Star Wars news seems to bring out all the folks who want to sharpen their anti-Lucas axe at every opportunity. I almost dread new Star Wars stuff for that very reason.
But anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing this in December. It feels a bit odd, really, having new Star Wars on the way for which I have virtually no investment in terms of the characters or idea of what the story is doing. This is almost virgin territory for me!