The last week has been a very fun one indeed. I was sent out to San Francisco to Lucas Films to learn some top secret information regarding the upcoming roll out for the Star Wars universe and I have to say, being that I grew up on this stuff, I'm incredibly excited to say... I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW!! But that's not what this post is about. We're here to discuss Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens!
32 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi hit the big screen, movie lovers, geeks, fanboys/girls, and whatever other names you want to give us; can finally rejoice with the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Officially opening December 18th in the US, the buzz, media presence, and product features have been almost nauseating, but that will not stop the force from pulling us all in the theaters to see whether or not J.J. Abrams has finally revived the franchise that we all know and love.
As many know, unfortunately George Lucas' attempt to convey the stories told in Episodes I - III, were not accepted very well. I don't know if it was the non-stop use of CG, making events which took place in the past (pre-Luke Skywalker), look more futuristic than events taking place in the time where Luke Skywalker was an adult. It could have been that certain actors, which will remain unnamed did not create believable performances, or possibly the terrible idea of incorporating universally despised and insulting character, Jar Jar Binks (SMH).
With that being said, J.J. Abrams has proven himself an incredibly creative and hard working visionary, with work such as TV series "Lost" and "Alias", and the "Star Trek" reboots. Ever since hearing he would revive the series, I was confident it was in good and capable hands. In addition, the news that the original cast would be paired with up and coming actors, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega, it will be very difficult to dislike.
The most exciting part of it all is the speculation. Since this essentially takes place 30 years after Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) defeats his Sith Lord father, Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine was killed; and Han (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) all did their part to destroy the newly constructed death star. So it prompts the question....what happens next? The movie ended on a fairly happy note, with essentially all evil being destroyed and goodness prevails.
And a very long shot, but would be a super cool twist.......
Obviously, in a few days the answers will be revealed... well at least some. But I'm really wondering what surprises are ahead to explain the lack of appearance of Episodes' IV - VI main character, Luke Skywalker. I'm hoping there is a huge twist to all of this and I do have a theory based on the information studied from the trailers. There is a piece of the trailer where you hear new villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) state very clearly, "I will finish what you have started," while the camera pans to the mangled and melted helmet of his assumed idol, Darth Vader. Well, as revealed in Return of the Jedi, Luke and Leia were twins separated at birth to hide them from their father, Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. I'm wondering if in the years after Return of the Jedi, Leia and Han had a family which included (assumed daughter) Rey, and possibly brother, Kylo Ren? Since the force is strong in their family, I'm wondering if Luke tried to train Kylo in the ways of the force, but due to Luke's own struggle with the good and dark sides (as seen in Return of the Jedi), he wasn't able to control Kylo's own struggle and guide him properly. Luke may have abandoned Kylo and rather than follow in the footsteps of his uncle Luke, he decides to follow the ways of his late grandfather, Darth Vader. This may explain the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Luke Skywalker, at least from being in any of the trailers. The image below is supposedly a cut screenshot from a trailer edit, but it's authenticity is unknown. Luke looks an awful lot like his mentor and ghostly guide, Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi.
I'm really hoping that there may be a cameo appearance from "ghost-force" Yoda, an aged Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, or some huge out of left field event. Being that there is always two Sith, one master and one apprentice, I'm going to throw it out there, that it could very well be possible that Luke Skywalker after killing his own father, fought his own demons, but ended up becoming a Sith Lord and is Kylo Ren's shrouded master. The same way that Chancellor Palpatine ended up being the Sith that the Jedi were looking for in Episodes I - III, and eventually turning Anakin to the dark side in Episode III. That would definitely be a twist to leave fans counting down the days to Episode VIII.
I don't know about you, but living in NYC, one of the most densely populated places in the country; I had to buy my tickets about a month ago. Unfortunately, tickets for opening night would have been in the neck breaker rows, so I'll be attending Saturday night, but opening weekend nonetheless! My thoughts and scenarios are speculation, but I'm hoping at least one of the assumptions are correct in some way. I can't wait to continue a story from my childhood, now as an adult!
May the force be with you all.