Why I Could Miss “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

SW-THE-FORCE-AWAKENSOkay, I think that we all know that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is coming this week. I suppose this is the landmark movie release of the year, and it will make a whole lot of money.

To me, I don’t know if I wanted it. I’ve probably said this before a year ago, and if I missed it, I’m not certain if I would be too upset. Granted, it won’t look as good on the little screen as on the big screen, and if it is in 3D, that would be kind of cool too.

The issue is it shows how big Star Wars is as a franchise. The original trilogy were all landmark films, and it was something that audiences had never seen before. The original Star Wars was epic science fiction like nothing before, The Empire Strikes Back took the story to another level but to a darker degree, and Return of the Jedi put a big cherry on top of it. In fact, it was such great closure, that you didn’t need more. When the prequel movies came out, everyone was excited because we were going to see Star Wars movies again. Not only that, these prequel movies were canon, making the story great again with a large six-part story.

Yeah, those first three parts were good, but just not great. When I think Star Wars, I don’t really consider these prequel movies as part of the greatness. I think of them as derivative of the greatness. I cannot imagine that another Star Wars film could be great, and so my expectations are so low because I know the original films can’t be topped.

So here is the thing, I’ll probably see Star Wars: The Force Awakens because I’m curious. I don’t trust J.J. Abrams as a filmmaker, because the man has made shows like Lost and Fringe that started good, and then go nowhere. This is the man who can make some only decent Star Trek films, so how can he revive Star Wars to what it once was.

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