Welcome Back, future fans, for Part III of my Force Awakens coverage!
I sort of have a secret hobby inside my brain when I watch movies or read certain books where I like to daydream what I might have done different. Just for fun. You know, because I'm a writer and stuff and sometimes I have to rework my own stories in this same fashion. It's like practice. It starts out with a phone call from someone really important like JJ Abrams. He calls me in to view the finished script of The Force Awakens and he asks my advice as a well-respected and acclaimed script-doctor to help him make it even better...
So in that scenario, these are the things I might suggest to promising young upstart filmmaker JJ Abrams for Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens (The Perkins Edition)...
Welcome Back Future Fans for Part II of my positive reflections on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the first part focused on the memorable lines of the movie, here I will focus on the memorable moments.
Original and Memorable Moments:
Despite claims of riffing on old ideas and reveling in nostalgia, there are enough unique ideas to cement The Force Awakens as a key episode in the series. Though there are carryovers of course and recurring elements, every installment of the series has always prided itself on providing at least something new and unique that you'll never see anywhere else, sometimes not even in another Star Wars film. Remember the garbage compactor in the first film, or the first time we saw AT-AT walkers slowly creep up on the Rebel base in the snow? Return of the Jedi is the only place you can see the Sarlac Pit or those cute Ewoks. Even from the prequels you had the Pod Race sequence in Phantom Menace and the gladiator's arena in Attack of the Clones. My nephew won't shut up about General Grievous, as if he's the heart and soul of Star Wars, but he can only be found in Episode III (thank god). Like all those films, I think we will one day look back on The Force Awakens with a little more appreciation for what it did in fact add to our favorite galaxy, far, far away. Some of these may turn out to be the beginning of recurring concepts, like Jabba the Hutt, or Yoda, who were both original and unique but later appeared repeatedly, while others may be one-offs, never to be seen again no matter how popular, like Cloud City, Darth Maul's double lightsaber, or Jengo Fett.