Why The Excruciating Wait For Star Wars Episode VII Makes Me Happy
The Franchise Awakens!
Star Wars is coming back! For decades fans have been clamoring for sequels to the George Lucas’ legendary trilogy. Say what you will about the prequel trilogy, they were still Star Wars movies and people lined up. You simply can’t deny the hype this franchise is capable of commanding. But I don’t think anyone was prepared for October 30th, 2012. The day Disney purchased Lucasfilm and made every Star Wars fan’s dream come true.
I’m a Star Wars kid. I may not have been born when the original trilogy was released but their popularity soared while I was growing up. Like millions of people around the world, I created my own Star Wars stories, crafted my own lightsabers and imagined the possibilities for future films.
I can see how people were let down by the prequel trilogy. They were cute and colorful and featured stories about trade routes and political maneuvering. Yet still, there were lightsabers, space battles and characters fans adored. Looking back, I don’t consider them a disappointment. They were immensely popular films that came along at the birth of DVD home video. They ushered in a new era of visual effects and set a high standard for future science fiction films to measure up to.
Different audiences liked, or disliked The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones & Revenge of the Sith for many different reasons. I enjoy them for what they were at the time but I’m also aware of what they were NOT. They were not sequels to THE trilogy.
The internet broke the day Disney announced their multi billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilm. If that announcement broke the internet, revealing plans for a sequel trilogy starring the original cast shattered the internet into a billion star like pieces.
It was unbelievable day. My favorite day spent on the internet. Blogs posted theories, speculation, breakdowns, predictions and more. Every letter of the announcement was scrutinized, praised and questioned.
The hype had begun. Star Wars had returned. Finally, thanks to Disney’s ambition, we would get an answer to a question fans have asked collectively for over 30 years:
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Star Wars Episode VII is the film we’ve all been dreaming about. The film that provides answers to all of our questions. What happens after the second Death Star explodes? What happens to Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie? What remains of the Jedi? Of the Empire?
What happens next in a galaxy far far away?
As new details emerged, the hype continued to grow. The return of the original cast was confirmed. New faces joined the Star Wars universe. J.J Abrams was handed the keys to a franchise. I can’t speak for every fan but I believe they handed the keys to one of us. Someone who grew up with Star Wars. Someone who loved the original trilogy with relentless passion and commitment.
This picture was posted and the internet broke again. I can’t even imagine the impact it had on the people in the room that day. They faced a monumental and historic challenge. Create the next chapter in one of the most popular sagas in the history of fiction.
The hype was already boiling over without seeing an official image or trailer. Then, after a long period of silence, the internet broke again.
CHEWIE... WE'RE HOME...
Star Wars is coming back! In two trailers, we are only shown one good shot of the original cast and what a shot it was. Han Solo and Chewbacca, back on the Millenium Falcon. I watched both trailers at LEAST 847 times each when they were released.
The team behind the film embraced practical effects yet mixed them beautifully with state of the art technology. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens looks like it’s everything fans have ever wanted in a Star Wars sequel.
A breathtaking mix of old and new to create something original and exciting.
The wait has been excruciating because it means so much to fans. There are days I can’t stand it. I just want to know what happens next. I want to see the actors on the screen. I want to see where the story will take us. I want to see a new Star Wars movie.
On the other hand… I find myself embracing the long wait for December 18th, 2015. I mentioned earlier that I wasn’t alive when Return of the Jedi premiered. The prequel trilogy gave us new adventures but they could not compare to the promise of a true sequel.
Honestly, I can’t compare the excitement I feel with any other film because I’ve never felt anything like it. I’m a Star Wars fan and a new movie is on the horizon. That’s only the beginning. There will be a new Star Wars film every year for the next six years and that’s just the initial slate of new releases.
However, I don’t think future projects will ever match the hype that surrounds The Force Awakens. Right now, in this moment, we don’t know what to expect from the sequel trilogy. We’ve only seen select images and sounds from a much larger vision.
It’s unbearable at times but I’m okay with that. Who knows when another project will come along that captures the attention of the entire world. I may be putting a little too much pressure on the filmmakers behind the project but that’s why I respect them. They took on an impossible challenge because they love Star Wars and what it means to fans.
The hype is real. The film is coming. I can’t wait until that magical score fills the theater around me. Until then, I’m simply enjoying the ride and what an incredibly inspiring adventure it’s been.