Well we are counting down the days (or at least I am) till the next installment of the STAR WARS legacy. As we get closer to the premier, I’d like to mention some of my comments on the official trailer and some theories my friends and I have about some of the greater mysteries of the movie.
Here’s the link for the official trailer. I’d also like to include the Japanese trailer mostly because I think it’s more comprehensive than the U.S. one. To me, it lays out more of a story, introducing the characters (by name) and including possible leads to what the conflict will be: Kylo Ren wanting to finish what Vader started and the Jedi there as always to prevent him. It also lends us to learn about the characters, particularly Rey; how there was some complicated history with her family. A major differing trait between the trailers is how Finn is introduced. In the U.S. one, I was under the impression Finn was a member of the empire or what’s left of it. But the Japanese one doesn’t even show him in a Storm Trooper uniform and my outside intelligence telling me he’s supposed to be Lando’s son.
But what’s really itching at me, what I think will be the start of Abrams’ deviation from original cannon, is how the Civil War, the Sith, the Jedi, the Force as a whole seems to have been forgotten by the galaxy. They make it seem like it’s been decades since the Battle of Endor. I was under the impression this was going to take place after Luke had established the Jedi Academy and become a grandmaster. . . . Apparently not.
This is what bothers me about being at Disney and seeing all the promotion for it. I don’t like how we’re shown these characters we have no idea about and build up all these expectations that might come short. I understand that they want to prim the viewers till the film comes out, and everyone will buy all of it but still.
As to theories about what will happen:
– Luke isn’t pictured on the movie poster. . . . Even if he only plays a small part in the film, how is he not depicted but Han and Leia are? Some people have chattered that he might be Kylo Ren. I find this a little hard to believe that Abrams would toss everything that’s been established about Luke out the window and turn him Sith. However, he did say I want to finish what “you” started to Vader’s helmet, and Vader was his father. I don’t know.
– One possibility I do really like is the main villain. Kylo Ren is likely not the big baddie; he seems too much like a Vader-Sidious lapdog. What me and a friend have discussed (at length) is the possibility of Darth Plagueis being Andy Serkis (a master when it comes to motion-capture acting). I know his character is called Supreme Leader Snoke, but that doesn’t rule out the Plagueis of it all. It would tie in with the title of the movie. The Force awakening could be an allusion to Plagueis being resurrected thanks to his proficiency with midichlorian manipulation. I mean, it’s pretty clear he probably created Anakin. Why not re-create himself after “being killed” by his apprentice, Darth Sidious?
– Finally, and I don’t really follow this but thought I should mention it, is the theory that Kylo Ren and Finn aren’t Force sensitive. Yes, Kylo Ren may be hunting for Sith relics, but the relics usually are used to enhance Force abilities that are already there. It is possible he is hunting relics to help Plagueis’ resurrection. Normal people don’t really have much talent when it comes to lightsaber wielding to my knowledge. We may have seen the occasional non-Force sensitive take a swing (even the Mandalorian Death Watch leader using a black saber, which, to his credit, he was very good at); however, it still takes quite a bit of skill to handle a lightsaber. The Force guides the user and enhances their skill in fencing. Also, Finn could have chosen any other weapon to take on Kylo Ren; why would he have chosen a lightsaber?
All in all these are some fun discussion topics to tame us till next week. Let’s not get too comfy with what we think, until we’ve seen it for ourselves. Expect a post about my reaction to come.
May the Force be with You.