Star Wars has me more worried than a Year 12 reunion
The new Star Wars trailer dropped this week, bringing with it equal amounts of delight and trepidation — somewhat akin to a middle-aged man receiving an invitation to a Year 12 reunion.
Sure, you could fall for the old high school crush but, equally, you could end up being given an atomic wedgie and slinking back home with your tail between your legs.
The mishmash that was The Last Jedi and, of course, the outcry at the ending of Game Of Thrones has fans worrying that this pop-culture phenomenon, part of my life since 1977, will end badly.
Or worse, not end at all and we will be forced to watch a bunch of mediocre Star Wars TV shows on the new Disney streaming service to find out what really happened.
Things weren’t helped by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy coming out and saying the film would be “an incredibly good time”.
For who? The marketers who can expect to sell a gazillion toys for Christmas? People who like to dress up as Stormtroopers and Wookiees and for a few short weeks can get away with it in daylight hours? Or the fans who have been wanting to see this chapter closed in the right way?
Avengers: Endgame was a brilliant finish to that saga. So it can be done. But there’s a lot to get through.
The Last Jedi advanced the story no further than The Force Awakens so now The Rise Of Skywalker lker has to fit in a lot of plot. ot. Not to mention a dead ead Carrie Fisher as s a live Princess Leia and a live Mark Hamill as a dead Luke Skywalker.
Director J.J. Abrams did a good job with The Force Awakens, s, even if it was pretty much a remake of the original Star Wars. I hope he can finish the tale of the Skywalkers well.
Although if I see Ewoks in the next trailer, I’m going to be very suspicious that’s he’s just remade Return Of The Jedi. This week’s wee trailer also revealed reveale Daisy Ridley’s Ridl Rey both fig fighting the b baddie Kylo Ren and a also whipping w out a n new doubleb bladed lightsaber lig in red, the Star Wars colour colou of evil.
This was similar to the weapon used by Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace and seems to indicate that the heroic Rey has gone to the Dark Side.
Yet obviously that is not the case. You don’t reveal the main plot twist in the trailer.
So is it a dream sequence, a signal that The Force is finally in balance so anyone can use any colour of lightsaber (you shouldn’t assume people’s preference based on how they whip out their lightsaber) or even a sign that roles have swapped, Kylo Ren has become the hero and started calling himself Ben Solo again?
I hope it’s a sign of The Force being in balance. That would be a good ending.
I just hope it’s not designed to sell a new range of toys for Christmas. That would make me angrier than a Wookiee who’s just lost three games of holo-chess in a row. To Jar Jar Binks.
Mark Hamill in The Last Jedi.