“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Teaser Brings Back Han, Chewie, Luke — And A Whole Lot Of Geeky Pleasure
To paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi, that sound you heard was 1 million geeky voices crying out in joy.
The terrific, goose- pimple-making, five-star- worthy trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” debuted to raptures from fans Thursday online and at the opening of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration,a convention in Anaheim, Calif.
In just two short minutes, director J.J. Abrams — who has been called in to reboot “Star Wars” after successfully doing the same for the “Star Trek” franchise — tapped into everything we loved about the original trilogy from 1977-83.
Indeed, he and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back”) seem to know their job is to jettison the bad feelings left over from creator George Lucas’ three prequels, which were released between 1999 and 2005 and elicited many groans from fans.
The teaser opens quietly with a cruiser moving across a desert filled with battle debris — including a massive, downed star destroyer.
Then Luke Skywalker (a returning Mark Hamill) speaks lines familiar from “Return of the Jedi,” the previous chapter in the saga.
“The Force is strong in my family,” Skywalker intones, as we see Darth Vader’s charred helmet. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it.” Then he passes a Jedi lightsaber to someone and adds, “You have it, too.”
Then we’re thrown into the action. New hero Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) screams in joy as he pilots an X-wing fighter; an unknown villain shows up in a mask and shroud while toting an ominous red saber; there are explosions; there are Stormtroopers; there’s heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) aiding Finn (John Boyega) after a crash; there are Imperial TIE fighters; and, most important, there is a chase scene featuring the Millennium Falcon, the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
That sets up the money shot — a slightly older, but no less devilish Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and a crossbow-wielding Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) stepping inside the Falcon.
“Chewie,” Han says with a small grin, “we’re home.”
Can’t stop these geek tears!
Source: NY Daily News