I've loved Star Wars ever since I was a kid....even though I am now no longer a fan of anything. From the Original Trilogy (both regular and extra crispy) to the Prequel Trilogy to The Clone Wars, I've mostly loved Star Wars. (Those Ewok movies are rather cringeworthy, though.)
I remember all the talk through the years, back in the 80s, when it was announced on TBS that there were supposed to be some 13 Star Wars movies, up through almost fairly recent history where George Lucas declared that Return of the Jedi was absolutely the end of the saga.
I remember all the hubbub about the Expanded Universe, and how the official SW stuff ignores it. The levels of "canon" and "fanon" and who accepts what so readily as the "official" part of their Star Wars universe.
I remember the nerd rage over how JJ Abrams basically took Star Trek and turned it into Star Wars (his favorite).
Then there came the announcements that Disney bought Lucasfilm, and that as a result of that purchase, there will be new Star Wars movies, including a new trilogy that takes place beyond Return of the Jedi. And that JJ Abrams will be directing the first one. Given their (Disney/Marvel Studios) success with the recent Marvel movies, I had every reason to be excited about this prospect under the auspices of Disney.
The teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has gone pandemic over the internet. I'm sure there are equal parts fangasms and nerd rages in response to it.
I guess, for now, you can count me among the latter.
This teaser trailer, to me, screams "fanfilm"!
From the lone black guy stormtrooper suddenly appearing on the screen in the middle of the desert in a seemingly broken stormtrooper outfit, looking like "How in the fuck did I get here?!", to the supposedly mysterious Sith lord/apprentice with the lightsaber with light-hand guards, to the chick riding on some super bulky version of what I guess is supposed to be a speeder bike. That all just screams elaborate fanfilm to me. It just looks like something that a bunch of fans who seem to have a lot of disposable income would throw together.
And then there's the astromech head on a beachball. Right there, I had to stop watching, because all of a sudden, it screamed: "Ok, so this teaser trailer is actually for a fanfilm parody of something that we were apparently supposed to accept initially as the official teaser for the upcoming Star Wars movie. So, it's just another internet joke." Ultimately, I did watch the trailer in its entirety, but nothing happened to convince me otherwise that this was a fanfilm parody of what was supposed to be the upcoming Star Wars movie.
But apparently, no, this is the real thing.
The only thing I saw in this trailer that has me remotely excited or even morbidly curious about Star Wars VII is the brief Millennium Falcon/TIE Fighter footage.
I don't care for the new X-wing design. It may probably grow on me, but for now, I don't care for it. And it's funny, and rather ironic too. I remember how so many internet nerds berated me for loving the new design for the Enterprise in JJ Abrams' two new Star Trek movies, and yet here I am not liking the new X-wing design.
And throughout all this trailer, not one bit of in-space footage. Since when were all these ships relegated to strictly land-based applications? Especially the X-wings skimming along the water?!
I realize this is all supposed to be reflecting a time of some 15-20 years or so passing in the Star Wars universe since Return of the Jedi, but a lot of these designs seem like a step backward rather than forward.
Another thing that screamed "fanfilm" about this, to me, was that there was no use of the Lucasfilm or even Disney logos to herald this. Understandable since no fan wants to get sued or have legal action taken over their labors of love....and supposedly Disney has a very mean-assed legal department.
But, I digress...
If this is indeed supposed to be the teaser for Episode VII, well, my expectations have been lowered considerably. However, I will try to keep an open mind.
I remember when I saw the teaser trailers for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. I was so put off by them...especially the way I heard Der Schwarzenegger say: "John Connor, it is time." I was fully ready for T3 to just suck donkey yarbles. And I knew who the director was: it was the same director for U-571, a movie I enjoyed tremendously. I felt so let down with that teaser for T3 though. But then, new trailers started rolling out, and I started to feel a bit more at ease, and eager to go see that new movie. Then I went to see it, and I was pleasantly surprised. Terminator 3 was an enjoyable movie, certainly better than I expected.
And I have to say now that I am more excited about the trailers for Terminator: Genisys than I am about Star Wars VII: The Fanfilm Awakens.
Given my history with Terminator 3, I will try to give Episode VII the same benefit of the doubt. I am hoping that future trailers will give me something to actually get excited about, and that when I go see the new movie, I will be blown away, or at least, genuinely entertained.