A New Hope

I want to tell Star Wars fans (and anyone else who geeked-out over the latest Force Awakens trailer) to calm down. It’s a commercial. I know we call them “trailers” now but it’s still just a commercial. Disney wants your money, and this is all a well-funded marketing campaign designed to separate you from $13.50. I want to mount my hipster soapbox and call you all slaves to yet another soulless Hollywood retread.

But I can’t.

The truth is, I’ve never been this excited to see a movie in my entire life. The original trilogy meant everything to me as a child. It fueled my imagination and triggered an interest in science and science fiction that I still have to this very day. Of course I know now that those 3 movies are far from perfect (and the less said about the awful prequels the better), but I don’t care. Like a lot of people, I thought I would never see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or Han Solo ever again. Now after 32 years, the idea fills me with an inexplicable giddiness. I realize that The Force Awakens will likely be an epilogue for these old characters, but I still can’t wait to find out what became of my childhood movie heroes.

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