Lots of time and words could be spent soaring down memory lane with the Star Wars saga, but with a new trailer for Episode VII just released I’d rather stick to some initial impressions and hopes for what J. J. Abrams and the original trilogy gang (along with several new faces) will get up to this Christmas.
First, I loved seeing the Lucasfilm Ltd. title screen is still in place, and wonder whether or not new Disney opening titles will throw me after seeing 20th Century Fox there backed by it’s iconic drumming for so long. Next is that Mark Hamill voice over, which sounded very sage-like hailing back to Obi Wan, but also with a spooky whispered undertone that can’t be good.
Next, seeing the Empire Strikes Back Luke lightsaber was pretty sweet, sort of like the passing of an old, revered war relic down to a new generation. When the action kicks in I was struck by the energy caught in-camera. The cast and visual style really showcased a revitalized energy that seemed missing in a lot of the prequel trilogy. There’s an immediacy to the characters, blaster hits, and locales that lends that fast-paced, swashbuckling feeling back to the saga.
I also really liked seeing that this galaxy has continued on well after the events of Return of the Jedi. Whether it’s a downed Imperial Cruiser, updated Stormtrooper suits, a seemingly new Sith, or cavalcade of sleek Tie Fighters, the technology of the universe was refreshingly dusted-off hopefully to some surprising effect in the final film that jives a bit with our own modern technology in some fun ways.
Finally: Han and Chewie. It really was great to see this pair back in the saddle again. Hopefully both make it through this latest chapter unscathed, but if I were a betting Corellian smuggler I’d expect this to be Han’s swan song given he was originally set to be sacrificed way back at the end of ESB. Either way, the Star Wars team looks like it’s in great form here, and it makes the next 8 months of waiting that much more difficult.
May the Force be with you!