Twelve new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” pics were released today, and the excitement is building for me. I have not earned the right to call myself a Star Wars geek, but I’m excited nonetheless. I’ll leave it to the true geeks to break down the pics for us.
Like many of my generation, I saw “Star Wars” (Episode IV) in the theater. In fact I saw it in a drive-in theater in the back of a Ford Fairmont station wagon at a very young age. Also, like many of you, I collected as many Star Wars toys as I could afford…not much. I often played with Walrus Man in the bathtub.
Unlike many of you, I more or less enjoyed the prequels. The main parts that I were not happy with were Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen, and I don’t need to get into that. The pod races were so exciting to me. When Yoda faced off with Count Dooku, I freaked out. I got the excited giggles, which I’ve only had a few times in my entire life. The very last scene of III, when Darth Vader takes is place on the bridge linking all the films together, was thrilling.
So here I am, awaiting the start of what I hope will be a new journey in the Star Wars saga, but it’s a different feeling than the anticipation of Episode I. Then, it was a fever. I watched the trailer dozens of times, and that was in the day when watching a video on the internet required 10-15 minutes of download. I geeked out over the same line every time. Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) says ” I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war.” She was young, beautiful and fierce.
With this film, I’m excited and hopeful, but I’ve been around the block a few times, and I know to be a little wary. I’m hopeful because George Lucas will not be directing or writing. Star Wars needs better than that now. We are more sophisticated movie goers, and expect a higher standard than the prequels. But I’m not pinning all of my hopes on this film. It’s also different than the anticipation of the prequels because we’ve all been speculating for decades over what would happen after “Return of the Jedi”. What would happen to Luke and Leiya? Solo and Chewbacca? Would Leiya become a Jedi? Would Han and Leiya have a baby? Would Luke, having fulfilled his destiny, rise to the level of a Yoda? This class reunion is a fantasy that will be fulfilled for millions.
So yeah, I’m not exactly a geek with this. I have not earned that level of fandom. I will not likely camp out dressed as a Jedi for the premiere. I will wait a few days, and I will see it several times. And you can BET I’ll have something to say about it!
Until then, may the Force be with you.