WASHINGTON, November 30, 2014 — Has Disney played a Jedi mind trick on fans anticipating a true teaser for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII for those keeping count) or given them an early Christmas gift?
The latter may have been true as they sent fans to the scant 30 theaters where it was released, leaving millions of others watching the 1:28 trailer on iTunes:
Or you can watch it here:
And therein lies the mind trick. It is, of course, exciting with that classic John Williams soundtrack, and the sound of the slick lightsaber powering up.
There seems to some excitement about the “new” being anticipated. Only not much seems new: Stormtrooper – check; Jedi on a bit of a clunky looking speeder – check; lots of sand – check; X-Wing – check.
And then there is a triumphant Millennium Falcon shooting vertically in to a crisp blue sky in an almost hyper-sexualized representation of the triumphs of young men (yes, I went there).
But at the end of the day, other than the mysterious dark cloaked figure (who carries the newly enhanced red lightsaber) we have seen it all before.
Let’s hope the film, directed by J.J. Abrams slated for a year from now is more original than this advertisement. That it has more story than CGI. And that it eclipses the utter boredom of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Lots to anticipate as we thrill to seeing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), Chewabacca (Peter Mayhew), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and our hero Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) back in our favorite space odyssey nearly 40 years after we first cheered for the Force.
We have J.J. Abrams writing and directing with Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
The story takes place after the defeat of the Empire and the demise of Darth Vader as a new trio of heroes pick up the light sabers and hearts from our heroes of yore.
Online rumors set the storyline as about 17-year-old twins, a girl, Jacen Solo and a boy, Jaina Solo, who are trained by their uncle Luke to be the greatest Jedis in the galaxy.
Only problems arise when the male twin turns to the dark side. Jacen is a loner who is constantly struggling with the idea of what’s right and what’s wrong and he will eventually become Darth Caedus.
Which is a good thing. Because we need new heroes and villains to keep this franchise alive, particularly as director Rian Johnson confirmed in August 2014 that he would direct Episode VIII and that he is writing a treatment for IX.