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Nim
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The new thing here finally now.

What a bad choice for a first scene, having a black stormtrooper jump up into frame as if this was Shaun Of The Dead. I thought it was a spoof for a split second.

The Light-claymore, it feels like they invented it just for the trailer, so they could try and recapture the "coolness" factor of Maul's dualsaber reveal in the TPM-trailer. It feels very fanmade and "Expanded Universe"-like, I don't like it. The only thing it can do is hurt the wielder more.

X-wing design is fresh, but the new Trooper helmets look like 90's sporting gear.

Will be interesting what kind of Sith freak they've invented for this movie, I'm sure it's nothing we've seen before, as is the tradition. I hope Harrison Ford doesn't bungle the movie with his anemic, phoned-in, tired acting as was seen in Indy 4, Ender's Game, and everything since.

I suspect this movie will be as PG-13 and sterile (limbs turn immediately into ash when severed, only droids and insectoids are killed overtly). I hope I'm wrong, but judging by Star Trek Into Darkness I have little hope of a movie with the same balls as ANH and TESB.

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That droid model is beyond stupid. Admittedly, this trailer looks better than the Jurassic World trailer, which looks like a movie by The Asylum made for the SyFy channel.
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Nim
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It's worth adding that they never use the finished CGI fx in the trailer, it's still being worked on. The JW gate, for instance, is low-poly animated, but will be solid wood in the final cut iirc.


Example of trailer vs final product...


Remember also how Amidala's trailer voice register ("get to your ships") dropped four notes in the actual movie.

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Look, ma, no clones.

Loved the Falcon maneuver. Was very JJ-Trek but still awesome.

Also, square dish. And fat TIE. And crappy looking blaster. And silly saber.

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For the most part, I liked it! Viva la Star Wars!

Now: is the Empire still around? Or are those troopers under the authority of the (presumably) New Republic?

If the Empire is still around, is John Boyega's character a Stormtrooper gone good, a good guy disguised as a Stormtrooper, or a Stormtrooper who is bad and stays bad?

For one -- and I realize I'm in the minority here -- but I'm pretty excited! Only thirteen more months to go!

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Well, that didn't take long at all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU

What's the internet rule where if it exists, there is pr0n of it? Well, add a rule that if it exists, there is Lego of it.

As for the Empire, despite the fact that it was dead at the end of RotJ in both SE version and the canon novelization, apparently they're doing a little retcon action and the Empire survives quite nicely, maintaining shiny new toys while the Rebels still drive around in beaters.

I don't like that. I mean, I don't mind some Imperial remnant sort of thing, or some Moff not getting the memo and having a whole area he tries to keep to himself, but if the Empire basically kept doing Empirey things for decades, RotJ seems like an abysmal failure.

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Malnurtured Snay
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Well, but the Empire wasn't dead at the end of ROTJ -- the Emperor was -- but the Empire still had a lot of star destroyers, and rioting on Coruscant doesn't necessarily prove anything. For all we know, as soon as the cameras panned away, Imperial Stormtroopers arrived on the scene and mowed down the crowds.

Also, those X-Wings don't look like beaters to me ...

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One other thing - that opening narration? At first I thought it was Liam Neeson.

Anyway, George Lucas has already made his Special Edition Episode VII trailer ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v93Jh6JNBng

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Well, I'd say the teaser did its job: I wouldn't say that I'm "hyped" for Episode VII, but my curiosity has definitely been piqued.

I don't really have a problem with the Empire still being around after all this time. I wasn't really big into the now-noncanon EU, but from what I understand, the Empire stuck around for a good long while there, too.

Silly Sith lightsabre is silly. Got a really good laugh out of the "Special Edition" version of it.

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Nim
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Snay: The dark trailer voice is actually Andy Serkis. This has some implications: either Serkis voices a mainly CGI-driven Sith, which could mean his face is so outre that mere makeup won't cut it, which might be neat; or we have an actual in-the-flesh Sith Serkis, which is all sorts of cool as well, considering how creepy he can manage to look all by himself.

Where the hell he has been hiding all during the Imperial/Rebel showdown of TESB and ROTJ, and why Palpatine didn't sense him and subjugate him, is for the writers to fix. I hope to shit it's not the same screen writers who came up with the "Star Trek Into Darkness" earth orbit space battle (which was interrupted by no other ship in Earth Sector).

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Nim, to be fair, in many episodes and movies of Star Trek, the Enterprise has been the only vessel in the area. Witness: TMP. Although I suppose BOBW can be explained by every other ship being blown up.

I mean ... the Sith have presumably been driven to the point of extinction before and survived. Assuming he was alive during ESB and ROTJ ...

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quote:
Originally posted by Malnurtured Snay:
Nim, to be fair, in many episodes and movies of Star Trek, the Enterprise has been the only vessel in the area. Witness: TMP. Although I suppose BOBW can be explained by every other ship being blown up.

Except in Into Darkness there was a meeting with six or so starship captains just a day or two before! Surely those starships were still operational even if their senior officers were killed.

Ah well. The Star Wars trailer looks interesting. SW has always had the "cool bordering on cheesy" feel to it, so I'm willing to give the silly rolling droid and silly lightsaber a break for now. We'll see next year, I guess.

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quote:
Except in Into Darkness there was a meeting with six or so starship captains just a day or two before! Surely those starships were still operational even if their senior officers were killed.
If Admiral Robocop's plan was to start a war with the Klingons, those ships could have been forward deployed to deal with threats.

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Nim
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It would be strange to leave Earth defenseless while you attack a neighboring Empire, since they would send out a general message to eradicate humanity to every ship in the empire, who would then beeline to Earth to be the first on the scene, with Earth's pants down.

But my main contention was that the Khan battle occurred between Earth and the moon (they even used them as backdrop), so sensors and alerts on Earth, the moon, and Mars should have gone off like a christmas tree, and Khan intentionally set his ship on a Kamikaze-run towards SFHQ, and there is no reason the Vengeance's warp core shouldn't have exploded and taken out the entire coast (it landed ON the engineering hull, getting Alcatraz on it), so the threat was entirely real.

This shouldn't have been able to happen on another day; a ship catastrophically explodes in high orbit and then starts accelerating towards the most important building complex on Earth 13 movie-minutes later (much longer in-universe) and no one cares. Transports, global security, science vessels, not a peep. I felt it broke immersion, is all.

This is why I hope the writers of SW:TFA have a just a teensy bit more care for cause and effect, logic and consequence.

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I dunno, man. Earth doesn't have planetary defenses and shields? Earth couldn't recall ships if they saw an oncoming Klingon fleet?

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