Day 7. 28 pages, 10,989 words.
So I did actually get Star Wars tickets in the end, thanks to the inestimable dreameling, and so I feel I can finally afford to begin to get excited about this new movie, which has indeed been a long time coming (even right here on this blog). And I will do my best to not be a dick about the fact that I’ll be going to see it on the 16th of December, not the 18th like most other muggles.
So sure, let’s talk about it. Not that I haven’t talked about this quite a lot before, but okay. Now I actually have tickets printed, shit is getting real. More real than it was at, say, this time three years ago.
Three years ago? Really? Shit.
I don’t remember feeling this positive about the prequel trailers. I remember being excited by the idea of the Episode I trailer, and thinking that it had a lot of BSTs and other pretty stuff, but … enh, it’s hard to say. I can’t trust my recollections, because they have been coloured by moderate-to-strong disappointment and general disinterest in the prequel trilogy.
But this movie, on a gut-reaction level, has me feeling way more hopeful about this being a good movie. And a lot of that is obviously to do with the success of the Star Trek reboot.
This isn’t a reboot, though. It’s important to note that this is straight-up sequel, and very much in the style of the originals. It’s not fixing anything that ain’t broke. At least as far as the approximately five minutes of footage I have seen in the various teasers and trailers. This is Star Wars, and it makes me wish I was a bigger Star Wars fanboy. Still, what I have will have to do.
As to deeper frame-by-frame, what can I say? I am intrigued by what I’m seeing here and have no idea how it will fit together. Bad guy planning on rebuilding Darth Vader’s legacy. One character facing a story arc leading him from Stormtrooper to Rebel / New Republic fighter and possibly Jedi. Another character arcing from desert scavenger to … uh, something else. Han and Leia and Chewie and R2-D2, and that new droid who sits on a ball. Hooray!
 Although think about how Vader died. Depending on who is talking, or what he knows, “finishing what Vader started” could mean rebuilding the Empire or throwing the Emperor down a big metal space-hole. It could even just mean “Sith apprentice killing his Lord”.
 I have it on good authority that this isn’t Tatooine, but some other desert planet.
Well, there’s nothing much I can say about any of this that wasn’t already said in this great analysis:
So. That video actually draws on way more insider Star Wars knowledge than I have, talking about groups and ships and planets and characters and events I know nothing about. I’m coming at this from a position of casual knowledge of Episodes IV, V and VI, single-time-viewed knowledge of Episodes I, II and III, and a Zahn sequel trilogy I have read a few times but which I don’t think is going to be a part of this. I don’t know much about the Expanded Universe and I think all that stuff was dropped anyway.
Amusingly, I seem to start all those blog posts by saying “I don’t have much to say about this”. Maybe I should stop saying that. It’s clearly a lie, every time I say I don’t have much to say I end up saying quite a lot.
Yes, I have basically lowest-common-denominator knowledge of the story and characters. Somehow, though, I have faith that this time, Star Wars will have my back.