A couple of months ago, I decided that I was going to break from my annual tradition of posting something on every day of December. I figured that I barely have enough time to write something once a week, so if I attempted to post every day, I was just setting myself up for failure.
Long time readers will recognize that I write something similar every year on December 1st. A week or so later, I realized that if I could go 31-for-31 during last year’s hectic days, there was really little excuse for not being able to do it again this year. And so, for the fifth straight year, we begin The 31 Days of Blogging!
Every year I discuss something Star Wars related on the first of the month. This year, that task is made somewhat easier as a new Star Wars movie will be released this month. (You might have heard about it?) Last year, I discussed the first teaser trailer. This year, thanks to new trailers and plenty of rumors, there’s more to debate.
While some readers out there might not be fans of his, I think J.J. Abrams, Disney, and whoever else is responsible for this movie have been rather clever in their handling of Luke Skywalker.
Although he is the main protagonist of the original trilogy, in terms of popularity, I’d say Luke ranks behind Han Solo, Darth Vader, and maybe even Chewbacca. People like Luke well enough – heck, some of us even dress our children in his costume for Halloween – but he has never carried the same fanboy love as the others.
So naturally, Luke has been completely absent from the marketing. We know that (unless Disney is playing an elaborate prank on Mark Hamill) he’s in the new movie, but he hasn’t appeared in any of the trailers or on the poster. This has led to quite a bit of speculation about his role. Do the new heroes have to find him? Has he gone evil? Is he dead and will only appear in ghost form ala Obi Wan?
It’s created quite a buzz. Now, instead of, “Oh good, Luke’s back. That’s nice I suppose,” people are saying, “Where is Luke? Why isn’t Luke being shown? DEAR GOD, WHERE IS LUKE????”
I think some long-time fans are going to be a little disappointed with the new movies since I’m getting somewhat of a “90210 reboot” vibe. Remember when the CW brought back 90210 about ten years ago? Sure, Brenda and Kelly were there, but that was mostly to provide a tenuous link to the original show. The new show was really about a group of high schoolers who had little connection to the old cast.
Based on the The Force Awakens trailers, we know that Han and Leia are going to be in the movie, but it’s also clear that new characters like Finn and Rey are going to be the real stars. It wouldn’t shock me if one – or more – of the old group meets his demise in this one.
It’s not like that’s going to keep me from seeing it though. I saw Episode I in the theater three (!) times, and that movie was not very good at all.
Of course, that’s with the benefit of hindsight. When I first saw Episode I, I thought it was okay. It was disappointing, but considering the immense expectations, we were bound to be at least a little disappointed by it. But time has not been kind to the film, especially with all the people who have pointed out just how insanely flawed the movie was.
Will the new movie leave fans feeling similarly disappointed? Or will Abrams and Disney revive the franchise? We’ll find out in just a few weeks. (Chances are that one of the posts this month will be a review of the movie.)
As for the Cutter Rambles, will I be able to live up to expectations and go 31 for 31? Will the pressure of writing something every day detract from the quality of each post? I hope you stop by every day to find out!