It’s finally here! “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” delivers a teaser trailer worthy of fandom deduction and criticism.
Here are some notable Pros and Cons. Click “More” to keep reading.
– The Millennium Falcon. The Millennium fucking Falcon!!!
– John Williams’ score. While the second half of the trailer was a retread of a familiar theme, the early half of the trailer was the work of legendary composer John Williams, who composed all the previous installments. A welcome edition for the new trilogy.
– The rolling droid. This droid running across the screen could be a sign that Abrams and his production design team are working to honor the original franchise, while adding a much-needed touch of creativity in character design.
– John Boyega as a stormtrooper, Daisy Ridley riding a speeder bike, Oscar Isaac as a X-Wing Starfighter. Everyone was perplexed by what role each new cast-member would have, now we have an idea and it is perfect. Each character has such a different role, which should help expand our understanding of this universe.
– The Voice-over. Andy Serkis was creepy, and solid here.
– The Lightsaber scene. This could go either way, seeing what is potentially our main villain stumble into the snowy woods as he unveils his lightsaber with… two small nubs by the handle?
This looks a lot like a medieval sword which contained a “crossguard” on the handle which protected the user from a rival blade that was deliberately slid down the length of the blade to cut off or injure the hand.
Which as we know from Star Wars history, the hands can be pretty vulnerable in a lightsaber battle, however the blades never really slid against each other; they stuck.
This only falls under the “con” category because it feels more like an effort to stylize the villain, but the same method was used in Phantom Menace with Darth Maul and it worked, he was arguably the best part of that movie.
Overall, this was an effective teaser trailer. Solid work by the marketing team to grab our attention, introduce new characters, and leave us wanting more.