November 30, 2014

Star Wars - The Force Awakens: My thoughts thus far

If you weren't aware of the release of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then I'm pretty surprised you're reading this blog post.

I won't bother linking directly to the trailer itself, since social media has pretty much been bombarded with links aplenty.

There's also been a lot of folks giving their two bullet's worth* on the trailer and dissecting it like a frog in a high school biology class.

Frankly, though he was a bit salty language-wise about it, I think that Kevin Smith generally has the right idea in regards to the teaser trailer: Shut the F*&$ up and rejoice at the fact we're getting brand new Star Wars movies!

I remember seeing the teaser trailer for The Phantom Menace, and when it ended with the iconic Vader breath I was pretty darn excited.  Granted, said movie had it's flaws (overuse of Jar Jar Binks and Jake Lloyd's horrific acting**), but I thought that for the most part, it delivered the goods, particularly the big lightsaber battle at the end.  Which, with be being a major league fan of most things Jedi, should surprise nobody.  I was the guy in a Star Wars RPG group that typically played a Force user, getting to the point that with one group, anytime we started up a new WEG campaign I was the guy designated to be the token Jedi given how well I knew the rules on the Force (sometimes even better than the GM did).  My first PC in each new Star Wars RPG had been a Jedi, with FFG's system only bucking that trend due to not having Jedi rules; wound up playing a Force Exile though.

I've seen some folks whine and kavitch about the cross-hilt lightaber we see in the trailer, and how "it's not realistic!" or "it's not practical!"  First, realism in Star Wars is at best a happy accident; those movies break the laws of physics faster than I can rip into a bag of gummy bears (and I freaking love gummy bears, especially the ones made in Germany with actual fruit juice instead of fruit flavoring).  Secondly, there were similar complaints when the trailers spoiled the fact that Darth Maul had a double-bladed lightsaber, and about the one point that most fans agree upon is that the battle sequence of Maul vs. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan was the highlight of the film, particularly the Obi-Wan vs. Maul sequence after Qui-Gon is mortally injured.  I've got a clip of just that whole fight sequence that I ripped from YouTube, and have watched it plenty of times.

The rolling ball droid doesn't bother me on bit, nor does the blocky speeder design that one girl is riding.  And maybe there was a bit of lens flare while the Falcon is flying about, but it wasn't horrific (not nearly as bad as it got in the New!Trek films at least), and frankly that last sequence was what made the trailer for me.

So in short, I enjoyed the teaser trailer, and if there'd been a theater in my area showing it, I may well have gone to that theater to see it on the big screen.  I'd probably also stay for the movie, as given the price of movie tickets if I'm going to shell out that much cash then I'm going to stay for the entire freaking movie.

Now, the question that really needs addressing is: Can December 2015 get here fast enough?

Oh, a few of fan-made parody trailers that I've come across and enjoyed...

Disney Version:

George Lucas "Revised" Version:

George Lucas Special Edition Version:

LEGO Version:

*I blame the old Deadlands Mailing List for that one, since that's where I picked it up.
**Yes, I know he was a kid but there are child actors around his age that can actually freaking act.  I don't know whose grandkid he was, but he makes Hayden's turn as Anakin in Episode II almost tolerable by comparison.


  1. Have to say, the teaser trailer did little for me, though it was great seeing the falcon flying again. What really got me excited about the Force Awakes was watching the international teaser. Seeing an older bearded Luke, portions of the space battles, and the destruction of the Mon Cal Star Cruiser. If you haven't seen it, take a look -

    1. Only problem is that said "international trailer" is a fake, and has been publicly denounced by Disney and LucasFilm as such.