Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode 7 Teaser Premiere Report

Just in case you missed it, (and really how could you?) the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens appeared online over Thanksgiving weekend. We all knew it was going to be big. But seeing it for the first time and seeing the phenomenal reaction to it has really been confirmation of how much its debut would invigorate the online speculation and excitement.

As of time of writing, between the two or three official YouTube channels it has appeared on, the teaser has over nearly 50 million views. It’s undoubtedly going to be the most viral short entertainment piece of the year. It’s almost made me forget that the first trailer for Avengers Age of Ultron came out a month ago. But that’s Star Wars for you.

So how has the unpleasable Star Wars Fandom taken its first glimpse of footage from the new movie? Honestly, not too bad. For my part, the special and practical affects look great and I’m glad the first trailer for the movie focused on new characters. With the abundance of recognizable locals and iconography, it seemed to strike a good balance between fresh appeal and nostalgia.

And that new light saber. Holy moly has it taken some heat. I’m going to reserve judgment until I see it being used. And some fans have pointed out, plenty of people thought Maul’s saberstaff looked weird and impractical, but it grew on Star Wars quick enough. Hopefully the cross guard saber, the cru-saber, whatever you want to call it, will be another surprise hit.

I’ll admit though, some fans have already come up with designs that look like improvements on the hilt’s guard functionality.

But for now we can keep enjoying jokes like this one! Happy Holidays, folks.


Cross Saber vs Jesus

I’m going to spend as much time discussing the objections to John Boyega being a storm trooper as the reaction deserves. If you’re objecting to his casting because of canonical reasons, get over yourself. It’s not so farfetched and really, canon shouldn’t stand in the way of Star Wars becoming a more diverse inclusive franchise.

We do in fact have a new development related to the trailer to report. The UK’s Absolute Radio interviewed Andy Serkis about the suspicion that he might be the voice over actor who spoke all of 15 words in the trailer. Many fans had speculated that it was Benedict Cumberbatch, even though his casting in the film has not been confirmed. But Andy Serkis confirmed that it was in fact himself.

Interesting. It would make one wonder about the role he will play. Since Serkis has been most famous for his performance capture roles as pseudo human characters, I at least assumed that he’s be playing a similar character. Perhaps a current movie wizardry successor to Yoda’s puppet character. But perhaps Serkis’s role is even more mysterious and ominous.

There will undoubtedly be plenty more speculation and fanfare surrounding this long awaited trailer. We’ll be there every step of the way. Though if you’re interested in a more definite, closer milestone than NEXT Holiday season for the actual film, The Verge reports that the next trailer for Episode 7 will be attached to Avengers Age of Ultron in theaters May 1st, 2015. Makes sense to me!

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