Let me get this out of the way; I was somewhat underwhelmed by the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I know it was only a teaser. But I was hoping for a little more than some disconnected images. What can I say? I love Star Wars and I’m greedy.
That said, I’ve watched it a few times now and I’m cautiously optimistic. It looks like some of my wishes for Star Wars Episode VII have been granted but, alas, not all of them. So how did I do?
Bring Back the Original Cast
Well, none of them are in the teaser. I think that’s a bit of a shame; it suggests they’ve only got minor roles, which I think misses some great opportunities.
That said, we got lots of original props: X-Wings, the Millenium Falcon, TIE fighters and stormtroopers. Great to see the latter; the Empire wouldn’t roll over and disappear the moment Palpatine was gone. And it’s always good to see the Falcon. But it’s been thirty years. While I love X-wings and TIE fighters, surely they’d have invented some new ships?
Don’t Rehash the Originals
I think this wish has been granted, if only for the stormtrooper without a helmet. You know someone deserves support in Star Wars if you can see their face, so I’m hoping this guy is our hero. A sympathetic stormtrooper is definitely new ground.
But that’s Tatooine, isn’t it? Why is this desert backwater so important to this universe?
Tell the Saga of the Skywalker Family
The teaser neither confirms nor rules this out, but something tells me neither of these new characters are related to Luke. Again, a shame, but understandable. The “episode” moniker is noticeably absent from the title, so I don’t think this is a trilogy. If you’re opening up the films Marvel-style then they can’t all be about Skywalker sprogs.
Make Use of Those Force Ghosts
Again, no sign. With Luke in a supporting role, I don’t think Abrams is going to bother. Except maybe for Yoda. Because it’s a Star Wars film and Yoda sells toys.
Lay Off the CGI
Partially granted. All the ships and the speeder look CG, but there were no evidence of green screens; those were real locations. Huzzah!
Don’t Resurrect the Sith
Well that was always a long shot. And what’s going on with that new lightsaber?
Have More Female Characters
Well we got two characters and one was female. And the other was black. So I’m claiming this one as granted. Yay for diversity!
Was the teaser strong in the Force? Or was it a polarised power coupling? Let me know in the comments!