The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 29 – Too Much Is Not Enough

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Don’t call it a comeback! Because….it’s really not. Sorry I missed the last couple of blogs, but I hope you’ll forgive my absence. To paraphrase Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way…to get in the way.” I won’t bore you with the details, but I would like to thank all my Coffee With Kenobi family for their kind words and support. And now….the main event.

So the final Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer has come out. I saw it, did you? Of course you did. What did you think? Wait, hold that thought. First, let me tell you what I think: I wish I hadn’t seen it.

“WHAT?!?!?!” I can hear you exclaiming. “But Jeff, it was wonderful, so much action, so much promise of a great film!” And you know what? You’re right. It was amazing. We got lots of moments with each character, and we got the low-down on several plot points that were heretofore under wraps. And THAT is why I wish I hadn’t seen it. With the trailers for The Force Awakens, we got a feel for what the movie would be like, we saw our favorite characters, but we didn’t have much idea of what the story would be. Now, granted, we already knew more about the plot to Rogue One just based on the premise, but we didn’t know the nuts and bolts machinations of said plot. And that stayed true through the first two trailers. Now, we have the final preview. We know that Mads Mikkelsen is playing Jyn Erso’s father, and we know he has a hand in the creation of the Death Star. Too much! At least for me. There are other things that seem to be indicated, but I don’t want to speculate too heavily.

I’ve written before about my feelings on spoilers. I loathe them. Detest, even. HATE isn’t too strong of a word in this case. I ALMOST didn’t watch the new spot, because I was afraid of learning too much. Next time, I’ll listen to my gut. Don’t get me wrong, the film hasn’t been truly SPOILED for me, and my experience of it will still be fresh and enjoyable. Mostly because I will do my best to avoid the trailer between now and then. I just wish I had skipped it.

Let me say that I DO understand the need for a trailer like this. The widely held assumption is that the general public either is or will be confused by this film. Some will expect a sequel to The Force Awakens and may be extremely confused by the timeline. I expect there will be a crawl explaining it to the audience, but let’s face it, a lot of people don’t like to read. So, that means the savvy marketers at Disney felt the need to give us a little more story to try to sell the product. I get it, and I respect it.  There’s a lot riding on this film, and there’s more uncertainty about it than there was The Force Awakens. The film has to be amazing to justify the plan that Disney has put into place for the Expanded Cinematic Universe. I just put those words together, I don’t think that’s really what it’s called. Whatever you call it, it’s a bit of a gamble. Everyone wants to be Marvel, and Star Wars is no different. And Star Wars has a GREAT chance at recreating that magic, but they have to hit the ground running. Based on what I’ve seen, I think Rogue One will be a tremendous start to the series, but I also think it may not be to everyone’s taste the way the rest of the Star Wars films are. Maybe I’m just tempering expectations. Not expectations for the film, because there’s a real chance it will end up being my favorite Star Wars film to date (that’s right, I said it!), but expectations for the reception by the public. How will people react to a dark-ish story that doesn’t feature any of the main characters.  Hopefully, this latest trailer will sufficiently educate the masses about what they’re getting with the new film, and hopefully it didn’t give away SO much of the plot that nothing surprises me. I predict that both of my hopes are true.

The bottom line is this: Sure, I’d rather be going in a little more blind, but nothing has been spoiled, so the new trailer made me even more excited about the film, which is what a good trailer is supposed to do.

So, with that being said, I suppose I should stop complaining and just keep basking in the glow of an annual Star Wars film, right? Right. So, I think I’ll do that. Viva La Star Wars!!!!

Until next time, May The Force of Others Be With Us All.

Jeff can be heard weekly on Assembly of Geeks (www.assemblyofgeeks.com) and on his own podcast network, MarvinDog Media (www.MarvinDogMedia.com) where he hostsThe Pilot EpisodeTalking Toys with Taylor and Jeff, and Bantha Banter: A Star Wars Chat Show. He is also co-host of Comics With Kenobi with fellow CWK blogger Matt Moore, on CoffeeWithKenobi.com, which you have already found if you’re reading this blog. You can contact Jeff at jeffm@coffeewithkenobi.com.

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3 thoughts on “The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 29 – Too Much Is Not Enough”

  1. Welcome back Sir! Life happens, so no worries on missing a few.

    I think I may be stoked for this movie even more then TFA. I was beyond excited for TFA, I mean the first new Star Wars movie in almost over a decade and one that nobody thought would actually ever happen. It had the excitement built into it.

    This movie has a completely different excitement for me. Maybe it’s the fact that it feels like we are stepping back into the world of ANH or that it looks like a more gritty experience which the adult me really enjoys.

    As amazing as it is getting to go see these new movies for the first time, there is something special about the build up that moment. I love how my excitement for each of the two new movies has been completely different. I can only hope that the excitement changes and never dies for all the ones to come.

    Love the blog and the bajillion or so podcasts that you do. Keep up the great work!

  2. Thanks Jared! I’m right there with you, I’m actually looking forward to this MORE than The Force Awakens, for all the reasons you mentioned. It will be interesting to see how the general public reacts

  3. My husband and I got to see the newest “Rogue One” trailer on the big screen last weekend, Jeff, and I have to say — it was pretty amazing. Putting together trailers is a dicey game — too little, and there’s the risk that the snippets put together will not intrigue moviegoers enough to go to the theater, and shell out their $$$; too much, and there’s the risk of turning off potential moviegoers because they think they have seen the best of what a movie has to offer, know the plot(s) so why bother shelling out their $$$.

    Yes, it can be a hard call.

    You know what I REFUSE to do? Listen to/read critics’ reviews of films. Case in point: my husband and I enjoy watching “CBS Sunday Morning” on — would you believe — Sunday morning. Whenever the movie reviewer is featured, whether to give his opinion of one or a multiple of upcoming films, we ALWAYS mute the volume. Why? He gives the entire premise of the film! Why go see it then? It doesn’t make any difference if it’s a film we want to see, maybe just are thinking about seeing or is one in which we have absolutely no interest. It galls me to listen to him prattle on. As soon as he begins speaking, he has ruined *whatever* film for the potential audience! When the picture changes — even for a series of commercials — the volume comes back.

    Regarding “Rogue One” — I am well aware that some folk, like you, think the latest version offered just a tad too much information. Quite honestly, I had forgotten all about the tidbit about Jyn Erso’s father (in my defense, I have not re-watched the trailer). I was more taken with the visuals than any piece of character information.

    “Rogue One” does have the distinction of possibly appealing to non-Star Wars fans (yes, there are some out there 😉 ) who might be inclined to go see it. At the grocery store yesterday, I happened to have a brief conversation with the cashier about Star Wars (I was wearing one of my SW t-shirts 🙂 ). He mentioned that he never has seen a single Star Wars film (believe it or not, I know a few such individuals. I have one dear friend who wears that claim like a badge of honor. 😉 Yes, we still are friends. 🙂 ). He asked if I thought the upcoming film would be good. Based on everything I have seen to date, I answered honestly: “Yes!” I suggested he might consider going to see “Rogue One” because it is a stand-alone film, and he wouldn’t have to get as invested in Star Wars as so many of us are … if he was inclined to go see it. It makes sense since even those who have never set foot in a theater or settled back at home to watch any of the films to date know the basic premise of SW, know there was a rebellion, and what the Force is. So embedded in our culture has that little galaxy far, far away been for a very long time. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    MTFBWY 🙂

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