“The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. My sister has it. You have that power too.”
I watched the Star Wars Episode 7 trailer (the 2nd teaser), for the first time four hours ago and the goosebumps still linger!!! The release date is MONTHS away, but my friend Noah and I want to know where the line for the movie is, so we can go stand in it. When is the new star wars movie coming out? December 18, 2015!
I’m not going to lie to you, the following post is a raw, immediate fan reaction. I am a forty-year-old married woman, with a non-geek husband, a preschooler, a podcast, a “big girl career”—and yes, dang it—I am a Star Wars Fan and have been since I was three years old. My son soon will be too, despite the fact he doesn’t understand the concept of a movie trailer or any commercial for that matter. His reaction after watching it with me for the first time was: “that was short.” I assure you, he was very interested though. But I digress.
My excitement for this film just jumped into hyperspace and I am shouting “Yeeehaaaaawww!” inside my heart after watching the trailer. Not aloud because I was still at work, and that would be frowned upon by the “normal people”. Why am I so pumped? Well despite the obvious fact that I’m a fan girl, these trailers are a promise that the film is going to be THE Star Wars we’ve been wanting for decades. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be compelling. Emotional. EPIC.
After hearing that there would be a new movie, have tried to remain cautiously optimistic about. I didn’t want to get too excited, because…you know… the trailers for the prequels looked pretty awesome too. I don’t despise them, they’re just not MY Star Wars. But that’s not the only reason I was keeping it at arms length. It was because of J.J. Abrams.
I am also a diehard fan of the Star Trek franchise and he is the man who made the last two Trek films. While they were very entertaining, full of great special effects, loaded with very pretty people, great actors and awesome costumes… The tone was wrong. Why? He doesn’t know Star Trek. He was never a fan of that franchise.
He is, however a Star Wars fan. He’s one of us.
I have remained hopeful about The Force Awakens because of that; reassuring Anomaly Podcast listeners that it will all be okay and that they shouldn’t get too picky about silly things like cross guard lightsaber hilts and what the male to female ratio is in the cast. I suggested they wait to make those sorts of judgements until they’ve seen the movie…all of it. J.J. is passionate about the original films and his goal is to make the spirit of the original trilogy the essence of The Force Awakens. And the latest teaser trailer just convinced of this fact.
You might say, “but Jen, if you are telling your listeners not to judge the movie based on the trailers, why are YOU getting so excited? We were disappointed by the prequels and THOSE trailers were just as exciting.” I guess that’s is true. The trailers were cool, but not emotionally compelling. People cried during this teaser trailer. Even non-nerds. I don’t remember that being the case during the prequels.
With regards to those films, there was such a backlash from fans about doo-doo and poo-doo jokes, crappy dialogue, wooden acting (I blame the directing) and various other problems that George Lucas started commenting about the fans’ rants. He noticed. Since then someone else has taken over the franchise. I’m pretty sure they noticed too. And the big three of the original trilogy are now apart of the Star Wars episode 7 cast. They didn’t have to come back… but they did. Why? I’m sure they didn’t need the money. I think they liked the plot…they liked the story. They liked what J.J.’s ideas. I trust their judgment. This film will be different than the prequels.
I have this feeling—call it the Force, call it crazy fan excitement. It’s telling me that J.J. will do for Star Wars what he could not do for Star Trek. He will bring balance to the universe that Uncle George created. And we will be in awe of it!
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