I was sitting at home streaming live the Star Wars Celebration Event in Anaheim, wishing I was there. Feeling my inner dark side rage as my jealousy fumed towards the fans that could attend, I kept hoping against hope that the they would show off a new Trailer for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” Still, all the reports kept saying that we wouldn’t see one until “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” got it’s release. I saw some “leaked” art work that revealed the first full look at the newest Sith Kylo Ren. I hoped it wasn’t fake because it looked badass and could hint towards some “Old Republic” influence with a look very similar to Darth Revan . Then as the conference came to an end , J.J. Abrams asked the crowd, “how would you like to see a new teaser?” The crowd went wild as we all got our next look at the newest Star Wars. My brain was in mad fury trying to make sense of every new image that was getting thrown at me. Thankfully they posted the trailer right onto youtube where the repeat button would be hit many more times for me so I could better grasp what I was seeing. I can’t tell you how thrilled and excited I am with the look of this trailer.
Still very much a teaser, this newest preview doesn’t tell too much about the plot but feeds us small little tidbits to give us an idea of what direction the series is going. We get a voice over from Luke Skywalker talking about his family, his father, his sister and refers to someone as “you”. This is definitely hinting towards Luke possibly having a son or a daughter (which begs the question of who the mother is? Mara Jade?). Whomever that offspring turns out to be, could become our new titular hero (seeing as the past two trilogies have featured a Skywalker in a main role). However it could be a child of Leia and Han Solo as well (so much speculation to be had). The Empire looks like they are still very much in power with a large amount of Stormtrooper armies. Killing the Emperor might be just the tip of the ice berg. I expect that the new novel “Star Wars: Aftermath” by Chuck Wendig will give us a great understanding of what’s going on in the Star Wars Universe around the time of “The Force Awakens” (due out this September).
There are some great shots in this trailer. From the opening with the Star Destroyer laying in ruin in the desert, to the burned up Darth Vader mask, to the incredible battle sequences; Kylo Ren swinging his cross bladed lightsaber, the X-Wings flying over the water, to the fight going on in the hanger bay; there is so much to feast your eyes in this trailer. Even after re-watching it several times I keep finding something new to pause the screen and take a closer look at. Director J.J. Abrams appears to be handling the franchise with the upmost care. Not only is he paying homage to the past but he is also pushing forward to the future, a future we have not yet experienced yet. Even the cinematography looks a little different than what we’re use to seeing in a Star Wars film. But, it also has plenty in here to fall in love with and get nostalgic about.
The new cast looks fantastic alongside the returning members. There is honestly so much to dissect in this trailer (which some you know some Star Wars fans will watch frame by frame and see what they can find). There is so many questions and I more than likely forget to mention something that I wanted to say in all this excitement. The first teaser was a good first look, but this is one of the best trailer the franchise has come up throughout it’s great history. December can’t come fast enough!