Just shy of a day and a half, approximately 34 hours time, we had a plethora of new Star Wars imagery to explode our wildest of geeked-out imaginations. As if the Official Movie Poster reveal wasn’t enough, we now have words, actual phrases, to pair with our newest Star Wars characters. Those snippets of dialogue are momentous to every Star Wars fan worldwide. In fact, the impact they’ve made in just this short amount of time has been a fan-moment in the making, for over thirty-some years. And yes, the force is indeed, calling …
Where were you when all of this Star Wars Goodness happened? I’m sure each and every one of you can answer that question without a blink of hesitation. But of course you should, we the fans, we’re making history. Think about it, the internet server went down the moment that poster dropped and let’s not even discuss what happened with the Fandango website. In other words, we are a force in our own right, to be reckoned with. I mean, come on! What other fandom blows up the internet in a matter of seconds?
That said, I was home, in my pajamas, waiting to purchase my tickets via Fandango — with the foosball game playing in the background. Yes, that’s right, I said foosball. Ok, moving on.
The instant the website crashed and continued to repeat the ‘Server Error’ message, my son booked upstairs with these words trailing behind him, “Watch out! She’s gonna blow like the Death Star.” Yeah, he knows his momma too well.
Frustrated, anxious, and my anxiety boiling over – I gave in and called my local theater (mind you, this was about 9:30p.m.). The manager assured me that I could purchase my advanced tickets on site, but I had to be there by 10:00p.m. After many sighs and multiple deep breaths, I swallowed my pride and grabbed my car keys – garbed in my flannel pajamas I did what anyone of us would’ve done, right? Needless to say, I reserved my 7p.m. spot for December 17th and matinee tickets for the following day.
So, tickets bought and stowed away, I was ready for the new trailer to grace my T.V., or so I thought. Like a five-year-old, I sat cross-legged on the floor in front of my flat screen and BAM! The feels hit me like a laser beam and suddenly, my eyes welled up with tears – it’s all a blur. Visually, yes, but the emotions are carved upon my fandom soul and that will resonate with me forever.
Every character and every phrase they say, well, I can relate to it in my own way. That’s nothing new for me when it comes to Star Wars. For as long as I can remember, it’s always been that way, not just for me, but for all of us. We all walk a different path in life and these characters are no different. Each of them, like us are on their own life’s journey and yet, somehow, they all connect. One claims to be nobody, while another feels there’s nothing left to fight for, and in the interim, an ominous being wants to continue what has been started, so very long ago — all the while, there is a story to be told.
Star Wars has never been short of ambiguity and that is why it has carried on as long as it has, for generations upon generations. No, we do not know what paths we will follow these characters on, but we do know this, we will be compelled to share their journey for many years to come.
Already there are parallels laid before us, we can see that just from this two minute footage. Rey, though it’s more of an alternate parallel, it’s still notable. She claims to be “no one,” while young Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace boldly states, “I’m a person.” Another example is between Finn and Luke Skywalker. Finn mentions how “he’s got nothing left to fight for” and our young Luke from Star Wars: A New Hope sadly explains to Ben, “There’s nothing left for me now.” And perhaps, the most impressive parallelism was that of Han Solo in comparison to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Trust me, I’m as shocked and moved by this, as the rest of you.
“It’s true, all of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They’re real.”
The second I heard this, I could hear Ben telling the stories to Luke, the dark times, the Clone Wars. I’m looking forward to this emotional ride and to the tale that is yet to be told. A story of great significance, one that will indeed, impact them all. In other words, the circle is not yet complete. The force is calling you … just let it in.
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