If you wanted to see a full-grown man almost come to tears at the sight of some new “Star Wars,” you should have been at the Bemidji Pioneer’s office Monday night as I watched the new trailer for “Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” And unlike with the prequels, these were tears of joy.
We still do not have many solid plot points (which isn’t the point of trailers anyway), but we do see enough to make our geek gaskets burst. We see what looks like the Empire still rebuilding 30 years after the destruction of the second Death Star and the loss of the Emperor and Darth Vader. We see Rey and BB-8 on the desert planet of Jakku (there can be more than one desert planet people, and to be honest: We have seen enough of Tatooine).
We see Vader’s burnt helmet as Rylo Ken declares he wants to finish was Anakin had started (he also seems to be torturing Poe Dameron). We see Finn as a former Stormtrooper and now a lightsaber wielding enemy of Rylo (it is easy to assume Finn is the Jedi in this saga, but there are also rumors that Rey is the Jedi. Or they both can be).
We also see a Han Solo saying the tales of the Jedi and Dark Side are real (this was the guy who once claimed that was all “hokey religions and ancient weapons“).
One thing missing from both the trailer (maybe that’s his hand on R2?) and new poster is Luke Skywalker — who is rumored to be hiding out like Yoda before him. Probably not in a dirty bog on Dagobah, but probably something close to that.
Here is the official poster for the film:
Of course in this day and age, there can’t be anything that isn’t politicized by worthless trolls. So of course, they took to Twitter to bemoan “white genocide” with this sequel to a science fiction film franchise. Seemingly having never seen the original films that featured women lead characters (Princess Leia and Padmé Naberrie) and people of color as characters (Lando Calrissian and Mace Windu), they seem extremely butthurt over the fact that there is diversity a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It is times like these I am thankful for the trusty “block account” options on social media.
I can’t explain how pumped I am for this film. It opens Dec. 18.