After weeks of speculation, the new teaser for Episode VII was debuted before a packed auditorium in Anaheim today at the Star Wars celebration; let me say it did not disappoint. One of the things that was immediately noticeable was the inclusion of a real environment. Gone are the completely CGI environments of Episodes 1,2, & 3. They have been replaced with real people interacting with real things, which gives the film a sense of gravity. In other words, yes, the audience understands what they are seeing isn’t real, but at least they have tangible things exploding and tangible items that actors are interacting with. This gives the audience something they can relate to. Unlike episodes 1,2,&3 where you knew you were watching something fake and the environment looked fake. It simply did not allow for the audience to suspend belief.
That being said, this trailer looks incredible. From the shots of X-Wing flying to the familiar faces and voices, it brought back a sense of nostalgia that George Lucas nearly destroyed. Of course the trailer brings up a couple of key questions: Why does Luke say that his father “has” the force instead of “had”? Who is Luke talking to in the trailer? My guess is his son. And for those of you who are video game fans, why does Kylo Ren’s (the bad guy) mask resemble so strongly Darth Revan’s from Knights of the Old Republic? I guess we will have to wait until December to find out. You can view the trailer for yourself below.