Soooooo….now we have a couple of episodes of Rebels on public display, my excitement has not dimmed one bit. In fact, I’m even MORE excited about it now than I was before the premier. We seem to have been given an accurate representation of what the show will be from all the promos we were given prior to the show’s debut. The humor is there, the action is there, the characters are there, the FUN is there. As of this writing, I’ve seen Spark of Rebellion and Droids in Distress, and I cannot WAIT for the 3rd episode. Or 2nd, depending on which website’s counter you’re looking at. This IS “my Star Wars” and I can’t wait for more. But I WILL wait. Patience is a virtue that I’ve had to work hard to possess, but I find it’s worth the wait more often than not. Which brings me to my topic for this month: Episode 7 rumors.
Ok, so yeah, I know we’re all excited about the new movie. Nobody more than me, I promise you. I’m sure there are millions who are AS excited as me, but nobody is MORE excited. Just trust me on this. I can’t wait to see what J.J. Abrams does with the film, I predict it will be a thrill ride of epic proportions, and it will feel like “my Star Wars” in the same way that Rebels does. December 18, 2015 cannot get here fast enough. HOWEVER, as anxious and as excited as I am, I CAN wait. If I had my way, we would learn the title of the movie, get a teaser, then a trailer, and that would be ALL we would know about it before the premier. But, thanks to the internet, we have weekly, sometimes daily updates from the set, and rumor upon rumor about who’s playing who, which character does what, what the plot will be, etc. Why do we need it? I’ve honestly never understood the compulsion to learn as much as possible about a film before you see it. I even hate trailers that give away too much of the plot.
I assume I think this way because of when I grew up. The early 80s were a time where we all speculated, but we never had any concrete news to go on when it came to movies and tv shows. It was fun to sit around and talk about what we THOUGHT would happen, only to go to the movie and find out that we were WAY off (at least I always was). The movie still felt like an event because you hadn’t seen 40% of it already from clips “leaked” online and 37 different trailers that were released in theaters, on tv, and on the internet. It was a simpler time. It was a better time. (I hope you read those last 2 sentences in the voice of Peter Griffin from “Family Guy” because that’s how I heard them in my head.)
Why would you want to know everything about Episode 7 before it premiers? Wouldn’t it just make the experience seem less revelatory? Or, on the flipside, if the information you got was incorrect, wouldn’t it make the movie less satisfying because you didn’t get what you were expecting? I understand the excitement around casting announcements, and I even get Abrams showing us some of the vehicles in teases from the set, those are designed to entice and excite without giving much away about the actual plot. But rumors I just don’t get. On the latest Assembly of Geeks podcast (www.assemblyofgeeks.com) we discussed some of the crazier rumors surrounding the prequels before they were released, and it just goes to show that we can rarely trust rumors, so why bother? There was one rumor that involved Yoda farting. Yoda. Farting. And someone was probably disappointed when it didn’t happen. Seriously, isn’t it a lot more fun to sit down in a darkened cinema and let the images envelop you, to let the story pull you along like a strong current on a river? Or is it just me?
What say you, dear reader? Are you one of the crowd who scours the internet looking for every speck of info you can find in the hopes of learning more about the movie? If so, please tell me what you get out of it, I would love to see it from your perspective. Because honestly, I just don’t get it. If you’re like me and you actively avoid any kind of spoiler or rumor, please share with us your method of avoiding it all, because I’m always looking for new ways to stay in the dark about these things. Mostly, I’m just glad we’re all excited about the new movie, and I can’t wait until we can all watch it and discuss what we saw, and speculate on what it all means. That’s the magic of Star Wars to me.
As always, thank you for reading, and May The Force Be With You.
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Jeff can be heard on several shows on the MarvinDog Media podcast network at www.MarvinDogMedia.com, including Bantha Banter: A Star Wars Chat Show, and on Assembly of Geeks (www.assemblyofgeeks.com).
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