No doubt there will be a myriad of blog posts, forum posts, tweets and tumblr’s highlighting the new teaser trailer that was released today for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. I suppose this will be just one more added to the pile. Ignored by all but maybe a couple of people. Lost in the ever-advancing data stream of the internet.
I consider myself lucky enough to belong to that group of people who were of the young age of 7 when the original Star Wars film was released. I have been a fan ever since. It was… magical. I’d lie outside at night, waiting to see starships glistening among the stars. I’d pretend that satellites were Star Destroyers chasing down Rebel blockade runners.
I had all of the toys and played with them every chance I had. I simply lived Star Wars. To this day, there is nothing that compares to it and I still look up into the night sky every so often, remembering those days almost 40 years ago.
What I’m having a problem with is the absolute hate. The vitriol that is spewed all over the internet about the new films. Folks who hate J.J. Abrams – hate what he did with Star Trek (which I happened to enjoy very much). Hate him so much that they have simply refused to acknowledge the new films. I just don’t get it. I certainly don’t idolize the man, but I have enjoyed pretty much everything he has been involved with. The fact that he went out of his way to emulate the original Ralph McQuarrie sketches and concentrate on physical creature effects rather than CGI. Undoubtedly this is a huge bonus to us fans of the original trilogy.
Perhaps they resist change. I know I do. Can’t stand things changing. I refused to watch the new Battlestar Galactica because it was change. Starbuck and Boomer are women? Cylons were created by humans? What?! There are movies I’ve refused to have anything to do with because they were different than those I grew up with. What I didn’t do was get online and spew hatred everywhere. It’s fine to disagree, we all do, but to be so hateful and lack maturity – that’s rather silly.
This new Star Wars? I don’t consider it so much as change, but rather a new chapter. A new chapter that takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. It will be very interesting to see what has happened to everyone in that time.
Perhaps I’ve reached an age where hate and negativity are simply a waste of time. I tend to think that folks who are filled with this much distaste for something lead lives that are fairly, well… distasteful. They thrive on hate. They sustain themselves on negativity. They’re not happy unless they are absolutely miserable and letting everyone around them know just how miserable they are. They’re not happy unless they are bashing this and that – spreading their discontent all over the internet. Maybe they consider themselves “true fans” somehow. Maybe they consider themselves “better” than others. I don’t consider any fan of anything more “true” than any other. Either you’re a fan or not. You may have more stuff than others… you may know more about it than others, but that does not make you any better than those who simply enjoy it. Sorry to burst your bubble.
The magic of nostalgia has been sparked once again by this promising teaser. I will enjoy these new movies immensely – perhaps not as much as the original as nothing can replace the feeling a seven year old kid has when first hearing the fanfare and seeing the opening crawl of the original movie back in 1977 – but I have a feeling that they will get as close as one can. I also have the added bonus of experiencing it with my wife. It will be our first time seeing a theatrical release of a Star Wars film together. Our two young boys will be experiencing their first Star Wars films in the theater as well. I have hope that they will have the same jaw-dropping, awestruck gleam in their eye I did.