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Our Reaction to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

by • 11/28/2014 • All, Featured, Geek APP-rovedComments (0)2580

Hey guys, if you don’t want to read the article… here’s the trailer.

I’m no stranger to Star Wars hype. As a kid in the 80s, before VCRs, I remember being lured into the movie theater with one of my childhood BFFs for a repeat viewing of Star Wars: A New Hope… the hook was that if you showed up early enough they were going to show you a trailer for the newest Star Wars flick, then titled Revenge of the Jedi. I entered adolescence when Return of the Jedi released and George Lucas announced that the Star Wars series had come to the end so he could focus on more personal films.

17 years later I remember being one of those Star Wars nerds who ponied up the dough for a ticket to see Meet Joe Black, simply because it was rumored that the trailer for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was playing in front of it. Then the prequels happened… and once again we we were led to believe that the Star Wars series had come to a close… Lucas said, “Seriously guys, I’m done… no more Star Wars movies. For realzies… I’m going to go off and do those personal films I’ve always wanted to do.”

Then, after not really making any of those personal movies he always talked about, George Lucas decided to sell the Star Wars brand to Disney for 500 bajillion dollars, and to sweeten the deal he said he had ideas for Star Wars 7-9. Fans went nuts as it was announced that Disney was “putting the band back together”, the original characters played by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had another set of adventures in store for them co-written by Lawrence Kasdan (who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi).

I relay all this to you, because there are three key points to summarize:

1st – One can’t really believe anything George Lucas says about Star Wars.

2nd – Never underestimate the persuasive power of offering someone a bajillion dollars to get them to do something they didn’t ever want to do again (I’m looking at you Harrison Ford).

3rd – I’ve never seen a Star Wars trailer I didn’t like.

This morning Apple just released the trailer to Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens (TFA), to be scrutinized and theorized by fans worlwide. This marks the first official release of any images from the film, which has seen more than its share of rumors and plot leaks during production. I just watched the TFA trailer about a dozen times and here’s I think, with screen caps so you guys don’t have to hit that little pause button in your movie player and obsess over the little details.

The Good

John Boyega, dressed as a stormtrooper and looking scurred.

John Boyega, dressed as a stormtrooper… looking sweaty and scurred. Did he just realize he forgot his helmet?

Lots of rumors have spread about John Boyega’s character in The Force Awakens. He might be a Stormtrooper, he might be a Rebel spy. Once things for sure, he ends up pretty sweaty on a desert planet at some point in the movie. He is also rumored to play a pretty major role in the film as one of the new “trio” of lead characters. Maybe Boyega is on some type of mission disguised as a Stormtrooper (ask Luke and Han, that armor is a pretty sweet disguise) and he’s on the run, to be rescued by the other lead characters?

 

This little robot is one of the stars of The Force Awakens. When R2D2 found out about this, he rolled into his dressing room and beeped plaintively for several hours.

This little robot is one of the stars of The Force Awakens. When R2D2 found out about this, he rolled into his dressing room and beeped plaintively for several hours. C-3P0 could not be reached for comment.

This new robot is apparently pretty critical to the plot of the film. And by critical I mean that Disney is hoping to be able to sell a lot of orange robot toys. The rumored plot of the movie seems to center around the search for Luke Skywalker, who’s gone missing, this robot might have some information as to his whereabouts. What’s up with Star Wars movies always hiding things in robots? After the first Death Star was blown up why isn’t the Empire like, “check all robots to make sure they aren’t hiding stuff!”

Daisy Ridley plays some sort of junk dealer who gets caught up in the events of the film, and probably meets up with a sweaty John Boyega.

Daisy Ridley plays some sort of junk dealer, or smuggler, who gets caught up in the events of the film.

Ridley’s character is the second lead of the new trio, she plays a sort of mechanic/smuggler character (maybe Han Solo’s daughter?). Her character is introduced on a desert planet, who probably runs across a cute orange rolling robot and a really sweaty dude in stormtrooper armor played by John Boyega.

It looks like Oscar Isaac plays some kind of hotshot Rebel pilot. Very little info has surfaced on his character so it was cool to see him in the trailer.

It looks like Oscar Isaac plays some kind of hotshot Rebel pilot. Very little info has surfaced on his character so it was cool to catch a glimpse of him in the teaser trailer.

Oscar Isaac (who was awesome in Inside Llweyn Davis) probably plays the third lead character, shown here flying one of the new souped up X-Wing fighters. Our guess is he rounds out the “new” trio of main characters, since they are showing him in this teaser trailer. Very little has leaked about his role or the character he is playing, so we’re excited to hear more about who he is… and why he likes to fly X-Wing fighters so low to the ground.

The latest versions of the X-Wing fighter have a more streamlined look while keeping the classic vibe from the original movies.

The latest versions of the X-Wing fighter have a more streamlined look while keeping the classic vibe that we remember from the original Star Wars movies.

The Bad

The new bad guy of Star Wars: TFA sports a pretty creepy lightsaber that looks almost like a medival broadsword. Yikes.

The new bad guy of Star Wars: TFA sports a pretty creepy lightsaber that looks almost like a medival broadsword. Yikes.

We got our first look at the bad guy from Episode 7. We know he’s bad because he’s wearing black robes and wielding a crazy new red lightsaber. Fans seem to be pretty divided on the look of the new saber with about half saying, “That’s a pretty sweet lightsaber!” and the other half saying, “What’s up with those side things? That’s an accident waiting to happen.”  Rumor has it that this is the character being played by Adam Driver and his character is on the lookout for relics from older Sith (that means bad guys).

Our first glimpse of the new Stormtroopers of Episode 7, looking like they were designed by Apple.

Our first glimpse of the new Stormtroopers of Episode 7, available soon at your local Mac store.

The Force Awakens also features an updated design of  the classic stormtrooper design that has a more fluid and stylized look that feels less like armor and more like something Apple might produce. There, I said it, Apple is the Empire. It’s an interesting design, but since troopers are pretty much just the cannon fodder of the Star Wars universe, we will wait and see how bad ass it looks on screen.

The Falcon

The new Millennium Falcon features an updated radar dish, after Lando knocked the last one off at the end of ROTJ.<br />(image has been flipped for clarity)

This ship needs no introduction, but the trailer confirms that the Falcon flies again in Ep 7.
(Trailer image has been flipped for clarity)

TIE fighters, the red shirts of spaceships, also make their return in The Force Awakens.

TIE fighters also make their return in The Force Awakens, keeping the classic retro look from the original movies.

The “money” shot of The Force Awakens trailer is the an ending tease of the Millennium Falcon, flying above a desert planet and getting shot at (as always) by TIE fighters. While the TFA trailer doesn’t show any of the “big three” characters of Luke, Han or Leia… seeing a shot of the Falcon in flight is one of the best reveals that fans could have hoped for. It retains the classic look from the original trilogy, but has an updated radar dish replacing the one that was knocked off at the end of Return of the Jedi. Whatever happened to, “Not a scratch” buddy? Han must have been so pissed.

Our Thoughts

Overall, I thought this teaser trailer was pretty cool! The Force Awakens marks the first Star Wars movie made without direct contribution from creator George Lucas. As such, it “feels” different. The camera moves a lot more, and thing seem a little more dynamic than the more editor-friendly setups that Lucas used for the majority of the Star Wars movies he directed.

As a teaser, this trailer is great, it gives us just enough to whet the appetite for more. It seems to be communicating, “Hey guys, Star Wars is back!” but at the same time saying, “Don’t worry, we’ve still got lightsabers and robots and the Millennium Falcon.” without really giving anything away about the story or the characters involved.

No reveals of Adam Driver or Domhall Gleeson lead me to speculate that they are bad guys in the new movie, and I guess we will have to wait for a proper trailer to catch a glimpse of Luke, Han and Chewie again.
Our guess is that the big media blitz for this movie will begin around San Diego Comic Con in May 2015, but hopefully we will get some more trailers and info before then.

This teaser is different, but it still feels Star Warsy… and we’re excited to see what is coming next!
Let us know your thoughts!

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