Re: What We Learned From The Second Star Wars Trailer
Thomas' point is spot on. This trailer is making quite a splash online, and while I suppose that was to be expected, I think the penetration to people that haven't given a crap about Star Wars for a very, very long time is quite high. It just seems to hit all the right notes, and I think that the music has a lot to do with that. Thanks for pointing out the robot hand, Dave; I hadn't noticed it myself even after three rewatches. I did consider that Luke's speech (by the way, big ups to Mark Hamill's voicing talents) could just as easily be a peptalk for someone (still likely someone in his family) who already knows they're a Jedi. They're sitting around a fire or what-have-you, "I don't know if I can really do this" comes up, and then he goes into that whole spiel. The possibilities definitely have me excited. I even like the rolly droid.
One of the things lots of uber-fans are wondering about is whether Disney's new trilogy will take into account the 'extended universe' of comic books, novels, video games, and more that are already out there. These include plenty of events after Episode VI, and not just one-offs that can easily be ignored; sequels upon sequels building off one another, featuring the major characters. So far, it looks like a bit of both. The crashed Star Destroyer and X-wing seem to suggest yes; as might be expected, the empire doesn't simply roll over and accept defeat when the Death Star is blown up and the emperor is killed. There's a long and bloody war where both sides suffer many casualties. As for our villain, Mr. Armored Sith? I asked my friend the Star Wars nut, who's basically read everything that's out there cover-to-cover. He shrugged; "he's no-one I've ever heard of." Looks like we won't get it all spoiled after all.