It’s entirely possible that I am the biggest Star Wars fan on the Techgage staff.
Would you believe it, though, if I said that I’ve steadfastly tried to avoid seeing any of the released footage (trailers, mostly) of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens? Most fans of the epic story just cannot wait for the latest film to visit their theaters, but I’ve taken the opposite tact.
To avoid the phantom menace of spoilers to the story.
Well, last night, despite my best attempts, I gave it to temptation and got cajoled into watching the new trailer to The Force Awakens. The trailer actually aired on Monday Night Football, but because I’m a bit indifferent to the NFL this season (you can blame that indifference on the boobs who run my beloved San Francisco 49ers), I didn’t bother watching the game and therefore missed the broadcast. But thanks to social media and my fellow Star Wars-loving circle of friends, I did see it later on in the evening.
The trailer is two minutes long and heavily features the trio of new characters: Rey, the young lady played by Daisy Ridley; Finn, portrayed by John Boyega; and the masked Kylo Ren. Updated iterations of well-loved vehicles such as the TIE Fighter and the X-Wing Fighter also made appearances in the trailer.
As exciting as all this is, seeing the good ol’ Millennium Falcon is also a huge thrill. Seeing old favorites such as Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca and R2-D2 is also awesome. And whose cold heart doesn’t skip a beat whenever you see and hear the ignition of lightsabers?
Having said all this, the trailer is still a bit enigmatic. For instance, how does that melted mask of Darth Vader fit into the story?
Even better, although it’s been long known that Mark Hamill is part of the cast, why did we not see him at all during the trailer?
Nevertheless, seeing the latest trailer has given me a new hope that the Star Wars film legacy is in good hands.