6 Things We Want To See In 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (GALLERY)
Since Disney announced both their purchase of Lucasfilm and their plan to release Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015 -- the first chapter in a new trilogy – the internet has been speculating non-stop about possible story details.
While specifics have yet to materialize, it’s safe to assume that elements from the original trilogy will crossover into the new one.
Here are 6 things Celebuzz wants to see in Episode VII.
1. A Lack of Trade Federation Anything
The only thing “Trade Federation this” and “space tariffs that” did to the Star Wars prequels was get in the way of the things fans love about Star Wars.
Audiences don’t travel to that galaxy, far, far away for an intergalactic version of CSPAN. They go to watch space opera in all its four quadrant-pleasing glory; to see lightsabers clash and underdog heroes take down larger-than-life villains.
A good Star Wars movie aims to make its audience feel like a kid again. Let’s hope Episode VII has that sense of wonderment in its sights.
In the wake of The Dark Knight’s success, every cinematic tentpole based on an intellectual property must be “gritty.” As a result, Hollywood has confused an aesthetic choice with being the thing that can propel a story forward. There’s something off about that way of thinking, and if any movie can restore the balance there, it’s Star Wars.
Less Jar Jar-esque antics and more Empire Strikes Back undertones; make the drama personal, and therefore the stakes all the more compelling. Kick off this new trilogy by doing what Episodes IV-VII did best: Ground the action and drama with the characters. That way, every victory and defeat feels like one of our own.
If Disney can do that, then they have already begun to pave the way for a potential classic.
Specifically, C3P0 and R2D2.
These two characters and a certain asthmatic Sith Lord acted as a bridge between the original trilogy and the prequels. Celebuzz would bet Jabba’s third chin that these droids will most likely service a similar function in Episode VII.
Vader is more than just an iconic sci-fi villain, he represents the thematic fulcrum by which every Star Wars movie thus far hinges upon.
Aside from the aforementioned droids and space, Vader is the one constant Star Wars movies – and their fans – can’t seem to live without. Yeah, we know – Vader died and became a “Force Ghost” in Return of the Jedi. It’s the job of the filmmakers to figure out an organic way to resurrect the character in the new film, not ours.
We just hope they do it in a way that feels earned; in a way that preserves the character’s redemptive struggle while enhancing it in the presence of whatever drama Episode VII has in store.
5. New Heroes and Villains
The shadows of Skywalker and Vader will be all over this film, which means it will have to create characters – good and evil – that can weather the inevitable comparison to those that came before.
It’s not an easy task, but it is nonetheless a vital one. The prequels lacked any real characters for viewers to latch on to, in the way that they did with Han Solo, Boba Fett or Darth Vader. If this new trilogy wants to thrive, it has to start with the people in it.
Don’t worry about making them iconic, Disney. Just make them likable and flawed; audiences will take care of the rest.
Episode VII’s story is rumored to take place at least 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. If true, that would mean two things: The Sith have fallen – maybe even for good – and that the Jedi have risen.
Celebuzz would like to see this new Jedi order in its prime, maybe even Luke Skywalker serving a more Obi-Wan role this time around. Then show us a threat that puts The Force off balance and the Jedi on alert, as a new enemy emerges that tests them in ways the prequels never quite pulled off.
And if this new threat has ties to the Sith, even better. Make it happen, Disney. You are our only hope!
You’ve read Celebuzz’ picks, now it’s time for yours. What do you want to see in Episode VII? Drop some fan-fic in the comments below! And before Episode VII hits theaters, take a look back at where it all began and watch the trailer for Episode I: The Phantom Menace.