Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that I enjoy Star Wars. If you've been reading recently, you know that I was pretty excited for the opening of the newest installment of Star Wars.
My excitement started when I found out that George Lucas sold Lucasfilms to Disney. While was a little leery that Disney would be a good destination, I was happy that it meant it was going somewhere where someone would probably tell George Lucas no on occasion. While I have enjoyed all of the Star Wars movies, my two favorites were Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The thing that both of those had in come was that George Lucas was neither the director or the writer. He had some say in the direction but he had other people doing the work. I think that was the best of both worlds, he was still providing the ideas but someone else was carrying them out.
I did enjoy the prequels quite a bit. While I don't think they hold up against the original movies, I felt that they had some parts with merit. My biggest complaint was that the ending of Revenge of the Sith seemed rushed. It almost seemed like George Lucas got about halfway into it and realized that Anakin needed to turn into Darth Vader. So the part that fans had been waiting almost 20 years for felt hurried along. One minute Anakin was an okay guy and the next minute he was hacking up young Jedi and there didn't seem to be a big impetus for him to do so. And then there was the iconic scene where he dons the armor for the first time and he shouts out a comical, "NOOOOOOOooo!". But for the most part I enjoyed it.
Now we get to the Force Awakens. First Lucas announced that he was selling Lucasfilm and then Disney announced they were doing Episode VII (and others). Then they announced JJ Abrams was going to direct it. I was happy with that choice because I actually enjoyed the Star Trek reboots. My only complaint there was that I wish they would have set it in the universe and used different characters but I guess I appreciate whey they used the familiar characters. I didn't get really excited until I saw the first trailer....that hooked me.
Anyway, there are probably spoilers in here....so if you haven't seen it...don't read.
Apparently there is a group protesting because the main character is female and the other main character is black. It is the opinion of this author that they are stupid. They are both cool characters.
I will have to say that this particular series has been set up pretty well.