Star Wars Thoughts

Star Wars logoWarning: Spoilers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Duh)

In no particular order…

  1. Man, oh, man, did I love this.
  2. I managed to stay spoiler-free, which wasn’t easy, but I went into it not even knowing any of the new characters’ names. I knew there was a dude named Kylo Ren, but didn’t know who he was.
  3. I thought I was prepared, but when I saw the crawl begin and the words “Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” I felt my heart hammer in my chest. I realized that since I was 10 years old, I’ve been waiting for this moment on some level…and on that same level, I figured it would never come. But holy crap — there it was, up on the screen!
  4. Love Rey.
  5. Love Finn.
  6. Love Poe.
  7. Basically, they did a great job with the new characters. Mega-impressed. It would have been easy to fall back on the old favorites, but they put in the time and the effort to make me fall in love with the new kids.
  8. Speaking of which… Since they’re going to use these new characters for future movies, it seems like the obvious move is to kill Leia in Episode VIII and then bump of Luke in Episode IX. Man, that’s gonna hurt. I can’t lie.
  9. Looks like Harrison Ford finally got his wish to die in a Star Wars movie.
  10. I bet when Kylo Ren threw Solo’s body into the pit, Chewie was thinking, “I should have strangled that little fucker in his crib.”
  11. I was weirdly waiting for a moment where Kylo Ren would bump into Chewbacca. “Uncle Chewie!”
  12. Am I the only one who thought of the Throat of the World as Rey was walking up those steps to meet Luke Skywalker?
  13. I am doubly happy to have the remote-controlled BB-8 now that I’ve seen “him” in action.
  14. My only quibble with the movie: I wish Threepio had continued his standard intro into “Human-cyborg relations. I am fluent in over six million forms of communication.” Because there’s nothing more awkward than a droid that won’t shut the hell up.
  15. Sorry, Ken Leung and Greg Grunberg are terrific actors, but they totally yanked me out of the movie when they showed up.
  16. So…the new super-weapon destroys two systems, then, right? The one it fires on and the one of which it eats the sun. Yikes. Good riddance.
  17. I hate the name “Snoke.” But that’s OK.
  18. Gotta say it again: So impressed with the new characters. They found just the perfect balance between “These people are cool” and “These people are newbies.”
  19. Please tell me Max von Sydow wasn’t just there for the hell of it. There’s got to be more to his character. Right?
  20. Ditto for Captain Phasma. Did she somehow survive?
  21. Not being a fan of Girls, I don’t know enough about Adam Driver to be a fan of his or not, but damn was he perfect casting for Kylo Ren! He’s got the voice of a badass villain, but when he takes off that mask, he looks like a scared little boy…which is just what the role needs. Awesome.
  22. How the hell did Maz end up with Luke/Anakin’s lightsaber? That went flying off to eternity when Vader hacked off Luke’s hand in Empire.
  23. Bring on Episode VIII!


  1. Shani Petroff says:

    Loved the movie. And while I’m a fan of the actors, number 15 pulled me out the moment too!

    • Right??? It was like, “Oh, there’s Miles! And the pilot! Oh, of course, J.J. Abrams. They’re– Oh, wait, what did I just miss?”

      • Shani Petroff says:

        And after the movie, I kept asking everyone, didn’t you think seeing Greg Grunberg was jarring?!! But they didn’t know who he was — so when I saw your post, I was like — finally!! Someone who understands! (Although one friend did have that reaction to seeing Adam Driver, but I haven’t watched Girls yet, so that one didn’t bother me)

  2. Tim Richards says:

    NCHS Alumni! I was the same way, Barry. I was excited for this movie but it really hammered home right before the movie started.

    Kylo was a great villain and you can see how conflicted he was throughout the movie. He’s strong but not as strong as he wants to be and it’s frustrating him. I just hope they send him firmly down the dark side and don’t redeem him. He needs to become incredibly strong, possibly surpassing his master. Stopping that blaster bolt in mid-air was fantastic.

    My only problem with the movie was the Starkiller base. First of all, how many suns can it possibly drain? If it used some power from the sun, then problem solved but it left them lifeless and that’s just stupid. Second, the mega-planet weapon is too easy and we’ve basically seen that twice. The “plan” to attack it and the ridiculous ease of getting the shields down was something I had to overlook.

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