The Force Awakens (no spoilers)

  • They did not resurrect Mr. Spock
  • Jar-Jar Binks played a pivotal role which redeemed him for his crimes against the galaxy in previous films
  • Highlights from The Life Day celebration featured in the 1978 CBS Star Wars Special are included in the end credits

OK, maybe not. I was kind of holding out hope for Jar-Jar to return though.

Anyway I had the opportunity to see the movie last night and it was WAY better than I would have expected. I’d been avoiding news, spoilers, and even trailers for this, so my expectations were pretty much based on knowing Lucas is doesn’t make the best judgement calls, and Abrams was pretty roundly criticized by fans of the Star Trek franchise for straying so far from canon. My only thought was that straying from the prequels would probably be a good thing. I still haven’t even seen episodes 2 and 3, but I guess I will have to give them a fair shake.

Anyway The force awakens was pretty terrific. Does it owe a lot, in terms of plot, to episode 4? Sure it does. That actually didn’t bother me too much because after all the franchise itself is an homage to old serials that were themselves very derivative and repetitive. Does treat the old characters with reasonable respect? Yes. Does it introduce new characters that are as engaging as the old characters? Yes, pretty much so. Presumably they’ll more of a chance to develop in sequels with less involvement of the older characters. Maybe the best thing about the movie was that it was slightly darker. My brother commented that the action seemed pretty consistent with the old d6 Star Wars RPG, and I think he’s right about that, so that’s another plus. Overall, a good sci-fi/fantasy film, a really good action film, and one of the better Star Wars films — I’d rank it right up there with episodes 4-6, especially considering that as an adult I know I’ll never experience any movie the way I did the original Star Wars as a child.

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  1. “he action seemed pretty consistent with the old d6 Star Wars RPG”

    This is amusing to me for all the wrong reasons. I more or less avoided this system because the groups that played at the local game store when I was growing up seemed to focus all of their adventures around fighting light-saber ninjas in brothels.

    • Well at risk of giving spoilage, someone who’d have high Strength in the game survived a blaster hit, and someone else was carrying around a force pike, and another minor character used a melee weapon against a light sabre, and someone not a jedi or force-trained wielded a light sabre briefly, and someone’s bowcaster was depicted as more powerful than a regular blaster, that sort of thing. Stuff you’d likely see in a game.

      • I heard that there was blood from blaster wounds. Which is strange, because to me ‘bloodless’ star wars made sense as laser wounds would be self cauterizing.

        I vaguely remember that anyone could use light sabers, but there was a pretty decent chance you’d screw up and maim yourself with one. The one time I did play, we were in a location where they were somewhat common side-arms and “missing limbs were something of a fashion statement”.

        • Yeah, there was blood from blasters. It actually becomes a small plot point.

    • BTW Would it be a spoiler to confirm or deny the ninja brothel sequence?

      • I can see Abrams putting that in there.

  2. The light-saber duel between Jar Jar and C-3PO was particularly awesome. Also the fist fight between Darth Vader’s force ghost and that of Emperor Palpatine.

    • Gandalf’s quidditch fight with all those cylons blew me away.

  3. Can’t wait to see it all stat’d up on Holocron

  4. The prequels aren’t bad movies, they just aren’t very good “Star Wars” movies. You should absolutely watch them.


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