For some, last Friday was a day to recover from their Thanksgiving feast. For others, it was a day to splurge on football or get crazy at the mall with Black Friday sales. And for some of us, it was a day that had long been coming.
Last Friday, Star Wars came back to life.
Many people by now have seen, documented, commented, and critiqued the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of the long-awaited sequel trilogy. For many fans of the original trilogy, watching this was like being catapulted back into our childhood, when seeing a beat-up Millennium Falcon race across the screen gave us more joy than the overdone CGI aliens and space battles of the prequel trilogy ever could.
What this trailer shows us is a continuation of the epic battle between the heroes of the Rebellion and the remnants of the Empire. We get to see stormtroopers gearing up for battle, young heroes trekking through the deserts of Tatooine, and familiar ships like X-wings and the Falcon herself going toe-to-toe with TIE fighters and Star Destroyers in beautiful detail. And through it all, we get a voiceover from an as-yet unknown actor:
“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light…”
Here are just a few glimpses of the best shots from the trailer, the ones that really make me sit up and grin with delight.
I’m sure we’ll see a full-length trailer in a few months’ time, at which point we’ll probably get a clearer view of the film’s plot and some cameo shots of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. But even then, this teaser will be enough for me. It’s a reminder of what Star Wars was and can be again: that headlong rush into a magical universe of danger and wonder.
The official release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been confirmed for December 18, 2015.