Friday, December 25, 2015

The New Generation: StarWars Is Back ~ The Fan Experience

starwars 7 premiere night images

  I finally know what it's like to sit in theater full of ardent fans clapping and cheering at shared loves. It is one of the most AWESOME sensations in the world. Whoo! My friends and I had reserved our tickets early, (they on the night of the release, mine a couple evenings after). We got the premiere early, although we weren't not the first ones there--and I was tickled that we were the first seated. That was interesting, walking into an empty theater looking for our labeled seats. Then waiting for the place to fill up with other costumed dandies and the lights to dim.
  When they did and the lettering stretched across the screen a cheer went up and quickly quieted down, as we all just watched. And I realized that I didn't remember feeling so in the moment when watching the prequels at the theater. Except for the first, but I was so young that I don't remember watching the intro roll at that point either. But this--this was different.
  The camera panned to the side and the silhouette of a ship showed against the backdrop of a gleaming planet in stark tones. Well, I thought. This is starting off properly.

  The movie was spectacular. It had the feel of the originals, the cinemagraphic tone, and the pace and excitement that has become a byword of the stories. The characters easily won my heart.

  I had a few expectations that did not happen to take place. I had expected Rey to be Han and Leia's daughter. I had expected there to be a feeling of the old gang, with a lot more involvement on the part of Leia, Han, and Chewie. I had pictured Leia and Han still together, Rey was their daughter probably making off with the Millenium Falcon, and she gets in trouble and they have to jump in and they're all led on a merry chase and adventure.

  Once I realized she was not, it didn't take long for me to suspect that she was Skywalker's daughter. does led me to wonder (as are thousands of other people) why she was abandoned on Jakku. What I had thought was Tattooine in the trailer is actually Jakku, and I'm really rather relieved, even if they look a lot alike. It's a good turn to start the new adventures on a new planet.

  There were only two disappoints that I had. First, that Harrison Ford got his wish. Really ticked off. Months ago I heard a rumor that he was going to, and I immediately shut the page and just never looked up another bit of StarWars news. I was terrified that I'd hear anything else. And my longest crush ever dying? No thanks. Didn't need to hear it, much less see it happen. Han Solo had a lot more to offer in my opinion, but still--his death still served a purpose. And I know Ford really wanted this for his character. So. I'll get over it. Eventually.
  Secondly, that there wasn't that major involvement, that old gang feel. But it was not so big in the face of all the excitement and my satisfaction with the story. I was sad that Leia didn't yell at least once. I was looking forward to hearing her bark orders, and run the place with the fiery passion that I loved. Didn't get to see that. So...yes, I was a bit disappointed. Everything was so sedate compared to what I was used to regarding the characters. Yes, people change with time but their essence often remains the same. It could be argued that such painful experiences have changed them, but I still expected more fire. More sparks. A little bit of clash between her and Solo. But still, it wasn't so big that I dwell too much on it.

  Overall the movie was fun, I'm thoroughly excited, I loved the new characters, the new storyline. I'm thoroughly revved for more. And I'll never forget the big cheer that followed when we saw that a piece of junk referenced was actually The Millenium Falcon. Never forget the love.

  Oh, and keep in mind that more spoilers will be coming. Bwhahaha. Come on I can't help it it's STARWARS!



  1. It's an interesting experience, going into a movie that you're super excited for, yet don't know much about, isn't it? I had some preconceived notions that I had to get over too, (like, I totally thought Finn was gonna be the Jedi, not Rey) but with the second viewing for me, it was easy to move on and enjoy what was actually there. :D

    Sorry you were disappointed that Han died! I never heard that rumor, so it surprised me a little, but I also saw it coming when they were on that bridge... It's good though, because it adds so much depth to Kylo Ren!

    Personally, I was more pleased to feel the old feeling I used to have watching Star Wars than I really was to see all the references to the old Star Wars. I'm glad they were included, but I'm even more excited for Ep 8 being even more of it's own thing.

    I love the new characters too -- Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo are all very high on my current favorite characters, which is awesome, cause usually I'll only really love one or maybe two characters per movie, but I just adore all four of them so much! Poe's my favorite though. :D Do you have a favorite new character? I'm glad you liked it Elora! It's gonna be a long wait for episode 8!

    1. Oh it was definitely coming--the moment when he wanted his father/son moment and he was walking towards that bridge, I was like, "Honestly? You turds aren't doing this to me. And please don't do it this way. On the bridge? Really? Cute, but very much used at this point and WAY TOO MUCH Vader/Luke-ish. Too much no you're not doing this NNNOOOOOOOOOO!" (Just picture a Vader cry at that moment). Yeah. Not happy. Fangirl is crushed.

      The new characters are awesome! Well, there's a bit wanting in my opinion with Kylo Ren. I'm not "scared" of him, in the way I like to have that sort of respect for a character's darkness. He does cut an impressive figure with his costume, and I like the way he carries himself. And I do like that he looks just like a normal person, but at the same time when I listen to him and see his expressions, I'm not scared in a delicious way like I am with some villains that I just love. But Poe, Rey, and Finn are AWESOME!

      And BB8 is so darn cute!!!!

  2. I loved it. And I even cried when Han died. I can't wait for more -- I really love the young gang they have going on. And I look forward to seeing if Kylo Ren descends into darkness or continues struggling with the light. Good stuff, all around.

    I didn't get to go until Monday, but our showing was STILL packed -- and the audience applauded at the end.

    1. Oh I loved the excitment of the audience, the cheering and clapping. Awesome. And I'm surprised that I didn't cry at Han's death--honestly he was my biggest crush--but there you go. I was just upset. Granted I rarely cry ever...bust still, for the love of my life? You'd think I would. Haha!
      I am curious how Kylo Ren's story arc will play out.

  3. I thought Han's death was inevitable and worked in the story, but I wish it had been handled differently. Gut-wrenching, yes. But I wish he hadn't thrown his life away so recklessly. No matter how much he loved his son, I can't see Han believing he could simply talk him out of his genocidal career. Luke is the type of idealist who would try that - not Han.

    And Carrie Fisher did seem to be somewhat sleepwalking through the movie, didn't she?

    I'm like you, though - the Millennium Falcon brought back all the nostalgia.

    1. YES! Exactly! I did not think that it perfectly fit--it served a purpose yes but not in the best way. They should have done it differently, definitely. It could have been more realistic and fitting for the character, more anger and bluster on Han's part (would have felt more real, for some of his passionate irritation at the stupid fallacies of some people, ha). Totally agree with you on the difference between Luke and Han. Point made exactly. Perhaps we should write JJAbrams. :D

      And if I ever get a ship--I'm naming it The Falcon. :D

    2. You have a point there. I thought Han was pretty naive in trying to reach his son through that tactic -- particularly alone, unarmed, on a narrow ledge over an abyss. The novelization has him simply decide that it's worth the risk, because Leia would never forgive him for not trying. He decides to let Ben decide his fate.

      Which is... stupid. But whatever.

    3. Sadly I've been able to get my hands on very few Star Wars books. I thought about his worry about Leia's belief that they could save their son, but yep still far-fetched.