STAR WARS Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Dear Sam,

Have you seen the trailer; have YOU SEEN IT?????

Here’s the link:

If you’re a noobler who hasn’t seen it yet, GO WATCH IT!

I know it’s been over a week since it came out, but I’ve been a little busy and haven’t had the chance to express my excitement about the upcoming seventh installment of the STAR WARS film series.

Before, when Lucas sold Lucasarts and the rights to Disney, I was uneasy. Disney, the infamous company who transformed a lot of Grimm Tales into sissy stories to reflect the United States’ cultural habit of pulling the wool over the eyes over our children?! (In Germany they still read the traditional tales; you know the ones where Aschenputel -Cinderella- weeps frequently by her dead mother’s grave, and where the stepsisters cut off their toes in order to fit into the glass slipper. At least they have more confidence with their youth to know they won’t be scared by reading a fairy tale and know what to expect out of life, instead of children trotting along until something terrible happens and not know how to cope with it. But I digress.) Upon second thoughts, I realized Disney inherited Marvel before the films Iron Man II & III, Thor I & II, the Avengers, Captain America I & II, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and those films were fantastically done, bringing out a new era of entertainment for this century. So I thought: “if Marvel did really great even under Disney, then maybe Episode VII won’t be too bad.” In addition, J. J. Abrams, champion of the recent STAR TREK films, was going to be taking the wheel of the next trilogy. I enjoyed the TREK films, even with Abrams’ tendency to not follow cannon, and, despite the better judgement of the Purist side of me, I am looking forward to Episode VII even with the potential to have some inconsistencies with traditional story.

I will say from the teaser, the effects are more practical, hailing from the Trilogy (4, 5, and 6), which gives the franchise’s mastery of CGI aVII-640px more pleasing look. The X-Wings cruising over the water looked like they actually built the spacecraft and flew them over a lake. It was incredible to see the effects not look overly done like they did in the prequels. They looked too shiny, too fake; they took me out of the world and were a distraction from the story. But now, from the looks of it, the studio and crew have used a simpler method of presenting the spacecraft and universe in a way that is more convincing and enforces the experience of the audience into the story, like what occurred in the Trilogy. Can I also just say that after the pause when the old theme blasted our ears and the Millennium Falcon swooped in a loop and a barrel roll to come skidding over the sand dunes and at some TIE fighters was AMAZING! That’s what I mean, keeping the same quality of effects, an improvement visually on the Trilogy, but folding over the techniques used in the Trilogy, like making the Falcon all beat up BUT realistic, in order to persuade the audience that this ship COULD be really flying over the Moroccan desert about to kick of TIE fighter ass.

Needless to say, I am excited about what is to come and will report back with new opinions and predictions when 2015 arrives.

I will say in addition that the Sith’s saber, despite much criticism, looked pretty dope, and I can’t wait to see Andy Serkis restore the Dark Side to the galaxy.


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