Trailer Talk - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

It is finally here.  After years of wondering whether or not there'd ever be another Star Wars film, a historic purchase of the franchise by Disney, and the announcement that J.J. Abrams would helm an Episode VII, we finally have the first look at The Force Awakens!

I've always loved Star Wars.  But at the same time, I've never been such a fanatic that I would get in great debates over the tiniest details.  Just like most people my age, I believe that Episodes IV, V, and VI comprise one of the best trilogies I've ever seen (if not the best) and, while I can see some good in Episodes I, II, and III, I generally look down on them as having not lived up to the originals.

I have also enjoyed most things J.J. Abrams has been involved in that I've seen.  I can't help but be encouraged by his recent revival of another Sci-Fi franchise: Star Trek.  At this point, the only thing that sucks is that Abrams is known for being secretive and not revealing too much in his trailers.  On one hand, I really appreciate that.  I hate going into a movie having already seen the key points in a trailer.  On the other hand, I really really want to see what he has planned for everyone's favorite galaxy far, far away.  Abrams has said that he wanted to get back to working with models and practical effects (much like the original trilogy) and if the looks of the Millennium Falcon in this trailer are any indication, the results were successful.  Episode VII takes place thirty years after the original trilogy and Abrams has put together a cast consisting of new and old characters that ties this film directly to the original story.

This first teaser trailer is exactly what I expected for an Abrams film: a trailer that looks amazing but reveals nothing.  It is only an 88 second dose of what will assuredly be a two hour film, but my anticipation level has skyrocketed in the last twenty four hours.  I am very excited and a little leery, but more than anything I'm hopeful that Episode VII - The Force Awakens will provide us with a new chapter in the Star Wars franchise that is worthy of the lofty standards set by A New Hope more than thirty five years ago.

What are your thoughts?  Are you as excited for Episode VII as I am?


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