Breaking Down The Force Awakens Trailer

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In a word: breathtaking.

The excruciatingly long wait was certainly worth it, and more than ever it appears as though the Star Wars universe is in great hands. The closer we got to seeing the first full trailer from The Force Awakens, the harder it was to pass the time, but patience has paid sweet dividends and now comes the extremely painful 50 day slog until December 18th.

I was not sure what to expect, but to say I’m impressed is an understatement. Everything looks, sounds and feels right on. They still haven’t revealed anything from the plot, which makes this trailer more of an extended teaser but I’m perfectly okay with that. Some fans may be a little aggravated that we still don’t really know what the movie is about, but we got some fluid action shots, some dialogue, and some utterly fantastic new music from John Williams.

We hear the voices of Rey, Maz, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Han, who carries the load of the narration. What I find exceptional about what we hear from Han is how he explains to Rey and Finn that the Jedi and the dark side were in fact real. What this tells us is that the Jedi have seemingly passed from a mainstay in the galaxy, to almost a figment of imagination. It speaks to how effective Order 66 was, and how the galaxy as a whole rejected and forgot about the Jedi. It also raises questions about the paths of the two lead protagonists. Will they revive a religion that they’ve only heard about? Or do they take a different path? A standout moment is watching Finn’s reaction to Kylo Ren bearing down on him, about to engage in combat. It’s the face of a guy clearly engulfed in fear, knowing he’s in over his head. How he gets out of that mess is anyone’s guess.

What will certainly rub some fans the wrong way is the continued exclusion of Luke Skywalker from any promotional material leading up the film’s release. Yes, we see him (or what we believe to be him) in a recycled shot from the first teaser but no glimpse of the beard, no dialogue, nothing. Again, it speaks to the size of his role in the movie and as much as I had hoped to see him in a bigger role, what we do know of the story makes it necessary for him to be…away.

Nicely preserved are the full identities of Finn and Rey, and their lineage. Fan theories will continue to pour in until we learn for sure who they are and what their origins are.

No matter what you were expecting from this trailer, there’s no denying that Disney, Lucasfilm and Abrams went to extraordinary lengths to get this right, and it certainly appears they’ve done the job. Many feel like this film and trilogy will be a giant make-up-call for the prequels; in fact many fans have relegated the prequels to a collection of story beats that do nothing but inform Episodes 4-6. Lucasfilm also seems to have made a point of staying away from any prequel material or mentions in all of their marketing, in a pretty clear attempt to rebuild the trust of the casual fan who felt slighted by Episodes 1-3.

It’s been a great day for Star Wars fans. It’s exhilarating to see dog fights, lightsabers and stormtroopers on the big screen again while freshly rearranged John Williams music fills our ears. How it all comes together remains to be seen but every single sign is extremely encouraging. There are no more planned trailers until December 18th but I’m sure we’ll see clips, images and other various media that will keep the carrot dangling just beyond our reach.

It’s going to be a tough jaunt until December 18th but we’ll remember this period of our Star Wars fandom forever, which is quite something considering just a decade ago we thought it was all over and done with.

Oh Canada! Tickets for The Force Awakes On Sale Tomorrow!

By now you might be aware that in the moments after the trailer for The Force Awakens airs during haltime tomorrow on Monday Night Football, tickets for the actual movie will go on sale, two months before the movie’s release.

This news was obviously relating to American theaters, but what about Canadian theaters? It would be a safe bet that they’d follow suit, but when asked, Cineplex only said they’d give details when ready.

This morning they sent me a tweet (more than one actually), confirming that tickets will indeed go on sale for The Force Awakens tomorrow.

Fantastic news! I’ve never been so excited to watch a game between the Giants and Eagles!

Star Wars Rebels: The Lost Commanders Review

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Star Wars season two resumes with a fairly quiet but somewhat nostalgic turn in The Lost Commanders. The crew of the Ghost follow up on some advice from a coy Ahsoka about the whereabouts of some “help” in their struggle against the Empire.

It’s spoilers from here on in, so if you still haven’t seen the episode, it’s time to stop reading.

So who were these “mysterious” friends of Ahsoka? None other than Captain Rex, who has been holed up in an old Republic tank with fellow clones Wolffe and Gregor. How they finally located the former clones was a clever bit of old meets new, something Filoni is doing a masterful job of with Clone Wars and Rebels. Using the severed head of an old separatist droid, they followed homed in on “7567”, better known as Rex’ birth number.

The standout part of this episode was seeing how Kanan reacted to being confronted with three Clone Wars-era soldiers, in the flesh, right in front of him. After all, these are the same troops that suddenly and abruptly turned on their Jedi Generals. Of course, we wouldn’t have had this moment had Ahsoka not been so secretive about who she was sending them to meet in the first place, but that would have ruined the moment for a lot of viewers.

Not a lot happens in this episode, to be frank. Aside from an old fan favorite rejoining the fray (and all of the implications you want to glean from that) there’s not much here to chew on. Of course, we’re just getting started, and so it’s appropriate that the episode ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, as it’s clear that the Imperial probe droid did its job in reporting the Rebels’ location to the Empire. Star Wars fans know all too well that once a probe droid does its job, what follows isn’t all that pleasant.

The Force Awakens – First Official Poster!

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The avalanche of all things Star Wars is just about underway. We’ve just been given our first look at the official poster, and it looks glorious.

For some fans who have griped and moaned about Luke’s reported role in the movie, this poster will unfortunately fail to please them, and they’re now going to have to accept the reality that the rumors about Skywalker’s involvement in the film are most likely true.

Other notable inclusions are the first look at the Starkiller weapon, as well as what is likely our first real look at Maz Kanata, the character played by Lupita Nyong’o.

In all, it’s a great looking poster, but it does look like a fan-art collage. I’m sure there will be plenty of other posters and artwork surrounding this film so if it doesn’t tickle your fancy, don’t worry. More is to come.

And don’t forget to watch Monday Night Football during halftime tomorrow night to catch the full trailer. Yeah, like I said, the avalanche is in full effect!

Rebels Season Two – Hopes and Expectations

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Potential Season Two spoilers below!

When we first started seeing the first images of Lucasfilm’s latest animated venture, Star Wars: Rebels, I wasn’t totally invested. At least not at the start. I was intrigued by the premise of the show, but the first visuals of the cast of characters left me lukewarm. I was going to watch the show regardless, but that’s because the Star Wars logo was attached, and it was canon. Even the short vignettes of each character didn’t fully grab me. That all changed in a hurry once I saw Spark of Rebellion. From the first moments, I thought it legit, and worthy of being an official part of Star Wars lore. I wanted the scope of the show to expand to beyond being a thorn in the Empire’s side, and in due time, it did. By the season one finale, the stakes were sufficiently raised that I was anticipating the conclusion with very baited breath.

Now that season 2 is just a couple days away, I am, like most Star Wars fans, anxiously awaiting the season two premiere. The trailers have been intense, and speculation over what can/will/must happen has been intense. Once fan favorite Ahsoka Tano made her long-theorized and hotly anticipated return to the show, the show’s stakes went off the charts. Now there was strong connective tissue between the prequels and the original trilogy era and suddenly *everyone* cared that much more. Now, there’s the feeling that Ahsoka’s storyline could overshadow everyone else’s, and I’m not sure if anyone would object to that. Of course, showrunner Dave Filoni runs a tightly focused ship and he will keep the spotlight on the crew of the Ghost while Ahsoka’s story unfolds (concludes?) as a thunderous undercurrent.

We’ve seen images of old faces, new faces, and new(ish) vehicles as a part of the season two trailer, and there’s just two more days to go until the second season kicks off for real. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves and think that season two will be a episode after episode of Ahsoka vs Vader. With new Inquisitors involved, chances are we’ll see much more of them than we will of Vader, and we ought to be ok with that. Despite the return of James Earl Jones, and his amazing McQuarrie-esque design, Darth Vader is a villain best taken in smaller doses in this series if he is to be received as the galaxy’s most intimidating figure in Episodes four, five and six.

Season two is sure to crank up the intensity and cut closer to the core of the Star Wars universe that we all know and love, and if the direction of season one is any indication, future seasons are going to excite us in ways we didn’t think possible from an animated series.

UPDATED! Where’s Our The Force Awakens Trailer?

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The first teaser whet the appetite, and the second teaser rang the dinner bell. But if you’re like most fanatical Star Wars fans, you want the full four-course meal. What I’m talking about, of course, is the full The Force Awakens Trailer, decked out with dialogue, new music, new characters, vehicles, locations and some not-so-subtle hints about the plot of the movie.

FuriousFanBoys.net posted this entry late last week and it does a good job of deciphering when we might see the trailer. What we do know for sure is that with each passing day we draw one day closer to not only the trailer, but the release of the movie itself. And on the week where the highly anticipated second season to Rebels kicks off, it’s pretty clear that soon things will be all Star Wars, all the time. With so many opportunities and platforms to promote itself, Star Wars is going to dominate headlines for weeks and months to come.

Also not to be missed is the date by which movie tickets go on sale for the Force Awakens. Apparently this is happening on the 19th, and that has been confirmed, so be sure to have your credit cards handy. Whether or not this is also applicable to Canada remains to be seen.

Stay tuned, because according to those in the know, more is coming very soon:

The first teaser whet the appetite, and the second teaser rang the dinner bell. But if you’re like most fanatical Star Wars, you want the full four-course meal. What I’m talking about, of course, is the full The Force Awakens Trailer, decked out with dialogue, new music, new characters, vehicles, locations and some not-so-subtle hints about the plot of the movie.

FuriousFanBoys.net posted this entry late last week and it does a good job of deciphering when we might see the trailer. What we do know for sure is that with each passing day we draw one day closer to not only the trailer, but the release of the movie itself. And on the week where the highly anticipated second season to Rebels kicks off, it’s pretty clear that soon things will be all Star Wars, all the time. With so many opportunities and platforms to promote itself, Star Wars is going to dominate headlines for weeks and months to come.

Also not to be missed is the date by which movie tickets go on sale for the Force Awakens. Apparently this is happening on the 19th, and that has been confirmed, so be sure to have your credit cards handy. Whether or not this is also applicable to Canada remains to be seen.

Stay tuned, because according to those in the know, more is coming very soon:

Edit: It appears that we now have our answer! The guys over at makingstarwars.net have confirmed that the trailer will be released some time on Monday, October 19th, the same day tickets go on sale. What an unforgettable day to be a Star Wars fan!

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