The new Star Wars Episode VII Trailer dropped this morning and I have since watched it a few times. Overall my impression is quite good and I am now excited for Episode VII.

That said I had a few thoughts after the trailer.


  • Is John Boyega a Storm Trooper? The idea of a main character being a Storm Trooper seems really interesting to me.

  • I hope the whole movie isn't on Tatooine.

  • People have mentioned JJ is using a lot of practical effects but this trailer is pretty loaded up with CG. With that, I liked all the shots I saw.

  • The Rebel alliance is still around and flying X-Wings.

  • The Empire has altered the appearance of Storm Troopers. I pray they don't alter them any further as I really like th new design. That said, did the empire pay a design specialist to do this after the Rebel Alliance blew up the Death Star? Out of all the things to spend time on, I am not sure that would be a priority for me.



Let's keep the discussion about the trailer and spoiler free, so if you know anything NOT included in this trailer then please try and keep it out of the discussion.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/28/2014 at 10:10pm

To your points:

* Agreed, I'd love to see a main character being a rogue storm trooper.
* It looks like the sith with the light-broadsaber is on a forest planet, so not Tatooine.
* The CG is used well, the practical stuff (like the pod racer parts in the background, etc) is really well done.
* Are they still the rebel alliance though, or are they the new government? And those X wings flying near the water, OMG.
* I'd assume there are more pressing reasons for the redesign. I mean obviously the real reason is that Abrams/Disney wanted them to look better, but it could be an upgraded model with advanced protection or a HUD or something. And is it the empire or is it the remnants, like in a lot of expanded universe stuff.

But seriously, that light-saber broadsword. OMG. I'm assuming this is either ancient sith or insane sith.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/28/2014 at 10:19pm

Also, soccer-ball-droid is cute as hell!

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 11/28/2014 at 10:20pm

Wow! I like that lightsaber sword!

Zach_Foster wrote on 11/28/2014 at 11:23pm

Definitely a huge improvement from the "teaser" i saw sometime last week. Basically the title of the movie, and a few select screenshots pertaining to Star Wars.

Looks like it would make for one hell of a movie. Bummed out that i have to wait another year to see it though. In the meantime i'll be sure to watch every past movie, entire series of clone wars, and play the crap out of Jedi Power Battles for PlayStation!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/29/2014 at 02:36am

Zach: Last weeks "teaser" was terrible. I was fooled into thinking it was the real trailer and my honest thought was "This looks like someone put Star Wars in a can and shook it up." My significant other said it was the worst trailer she has seen. So yeah, this one, HUGE improvement. +1

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/29/2014 at 02:37am

The new cross lightsaber looks interesting, not the direction i'd have gone but it's interesting. Some have said it looks really dumb, not sure I’d go there but I am interested in how it fits with the character overall. TOTAL GUESS: The way that character moves, my thought is it's played by Andy Serkis.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/29/2014 at 02:40am

"Travis: I'd assume there are more pressing reasons for the redesign. I mean obviously the real reason is that Abrams/Disney wanted them to look better, but it could be an upgraded model with advanced protection or a HUD or something. And is it the empire or is it the remnants, like in a lot of expanded universe stuff."

Hahahah yeah, I mean obviously it's the new reboot redesign happening, but from a world perspective, I mean how does the Empire explain a redesign? I guess it's been 30 years after the Death Star exploded and if they are still around and have some strength it makes some sense.

My S.O. and I were talking in the car and I brought this up and said one possible reason is that the Empire is tired of Stormtroopers being such terrible shots. So they redesign the helmet with some tactical elements making them good at hitting everyone OTHER than the target? One can only assume and I image the movie won't cover it, but my nerd side will ponder it anyway.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 11/29/2014 at 03:38am

Addressing your points from the original post:
-I'm hoping for a Storm Trooper turn-coat for a main character too. That sounds like an awesome idea. Not to mention I'm excited to see someone in Storm Trooper armor that doesn't look like the actor that played Jango Fett.
-The leading "rumor" going around is that this isn't even Tattooine. I doubt that is true though. As Travis said, there's the scene with the Sith (well, what else is he?) in a snowy forest area. And forgive me if this is considered a spoiler, but we know the filming took place in Abu Dhabi, Iceland, and Ireland. So probably at least three planets, assuming they stick to the usual one climate per planet. :P
-Yeah there was a lot of CG, but compared to the prequels there was a lot of practical stuff there too. Those looked like real locations and those Storm Troopers looked like real people in real plastic!
-Gotta have X-wings. :) Also it looks like this is a bit of a redesign, the wings look a little different.
-I love the original Storm Trooper design, but the new design is pretty awesome too. I imagine there were two very practical reasons for the redesign: Merchandising and the original helmets were notoriously difficult for the actors to work in. These seem like they have larger eye slits and might be a little easier to see out of. On a related note, the googles that Daisy Ridley's character has appear to be repurposed from an old Storm Trooper helmet!

That lightsaber looks cool but has got to be a pain in the butt to use. You figure it's hard enough not to accidentally chop off one of your own limbs with a regular lightsaber, let alone one that has two little blades pointed towards you!

Oh, and Zach, I loved Jedi Power Battles! That was a fun game. Not too many people I know of have heard of that one. Unfortunately my copy got stolen a long time ago. :(

Zach_Foster wrote on 11/29/2014 at 04:36am

WhiteBoySlim: i'm sure handling a lightsaber of that caliber is no problem for a person who has completely mastered the Force! hah!

and similar thing happened to me, i had an original copy when i was a kid, shared it with a friend and got it back in three pieces. I ended up buying a new copy on amazon for right around ten bucks with shipping and it's in pristine working order. i'd suggest browsing the internets for a new copy of that fine gem of a game, and i suggest the same for anyone else who hasn't played it.

Also reminder, although i'm sure you all know, but GOG.com has X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and Knights of the Old Republic for $10, $10, and $13 respectively.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 11/29/2014 at 05:13pm

Just a complete guess, but since John Boyega's character pops up right after the "There has been an awaking" voice over, I'm thinking he's one of the people within whom the force awakens and the Millennium Falcon is there to pick him up, since Luke feels his presence? Maybe alone the lines of X Men First Class where Charles Xavier tracks down the first mutants?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/29/2014 at 08:31pm

Adam: Not a bad thought, that may be. I was thinking(I have read no spoilers on this) that he has to do something he doesn't like and feels horrible about it. In Star Wars IV Storm Troopers burn Lukes adopted parents alive and leave the smoldering corpses outside. Maybe he has to do something similar and turns against the Empire about it?

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 11/29/2014 at 09:05pm

I feel like I have to share this now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Kor78QPNw

Blue_Element wrote on 11/29/2014 at 09:09pm

Being really young the last time I watched any Star Wars movie, I never really understood or got into the story, but I'll probably re-watch the movies with my dad before seeing the new one. I'm also really excited for the special effects. I feel like some people might get motion sick though, because the scene with the millennium falcon made me a little uneasy. And I've never gotten motion sick from anything on a screen before.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/30/2014 at 08:09pm

WhiteboySlim: Hahahaha, it's as if they found deleted scenes from the original film!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/30/2014 at 08:45pm

Here is a pretty exhaustive tear down from the trailer frame by frame.

Warning, super nerdy.

http://www.slashfilm.com/star-wars-the-force-awakens-photos/

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/01/2014 at 01:35am

AAAAND Plinkett reacts to the new Force Awakens trailer: http://youtu.be/yBEdgPFoBjY

I heart RedLetterMedia.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/01/2014 at 04:16am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v93Jh6JNBng

The trailer already has a George Lucas Special Edition version!

Travis   Admin wrote on 12/01/2014 at 04:56am

You've shared a couple of RedLetterMedia videos in the past, but this is the first I actually watched. Well, tried to. That humor just really wasn't working for me. 2 minutes in and he was still feigning ignorance about what the movie trailer even was, when it was coming out, etc, and the fake voice was annoying.

I'll check the next one you post, I assume they aren't all like that.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/01/2014 at 05:31am

All RedLetterMedia Plinkett reviews are in that style. Mr Plinkett is an old, crippled homicidal moron that shows up as the reviewer in Plinkett Reviews and as a character in RedLetter films and shows like Half in the Bag.

I have a Plinkett documentary and have seen all the stuff he's been in they released. Kind of a fan.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/01/2014 at 05:36am

If you want a good into to the Plinkett-verse I'd recommend the Phantom Menace Review. The Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. If you liked those, then head back to the Star Trek reviews and the try Half in the Bag.

That said, the style isn't for everyone.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/02/2014 at 08:18pm

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/umsrnb/lightsaber-controversy

Stephen Colbert defends the new sith lightsaber.

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 12/02/2014 at 09:40pm

Awesome, Adam! Stephen's explanation makes sense! Also, check out this awesome meme I saw: http://i.imgur.com/TohfhUC.jpg

Speaking of Star Wars, I heard something funny on the radio today, something like, "do you ever notice that when a woman says, 'we need to talk,' that it's never about Star Wars?" The other guy said, "that's why I don't have a girlfriend." LOL

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/02/2014 at 11:08pm

+1

Travis   Admin wrote on 12/03/2014 at 04:46am

Today at work I geeked out over the new trailer with a 40ish year old woman who's the biggest Star Wars fan I know. She's going to be a Jawa in an area Christmas parade.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/03/2014 at 06:37pm

That sounds great. Does she belong to the local 501st?

Travis   Admin wrote on 12/04/2014 at 01:45am

I had no idea what the 501st even was until a few minutes ago, but yep!

http://www.501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=17094&costumeID=59

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/04/2014 at 02:22am

Hey cool. Something I would do if I had more time.

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 12/04/2014 at 02:37am

I didn't know about the 501st until I watched the extras on my Star Wars Blu-Ray box set.

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