There’s a lot of speculation going on right now as to what is going to happen in the new Star Wars film, Episode VII, when it hits theaters in 2015. I’ve got a few things that I’d like to see, and there are a handful of things that I hope don’t happen when it arrives. Here are my top five things that I’d like to see in the Star Wars sequel, followed by what I don’t want to see in the new movie.
5 Things I Hope Happen in the Sequel Trilogy
- The Return of Luke Skywalker – This is the number one thing I hope happens in the new movies. Growing up, Luke was without a doubt my favorite movie hero (still is), and I’d love to see him come back in Episode VII, preferably as a mentor character to a new group of heroes.
- New Villains – I want to see a threat that hasn’t been presented in live-action form yet. Not more Sith. Not more Empire. Something new. That doesn’t mean I’m opposed to them tying plotlines from the Clone Wars into the new trilogy, like Mother Talzin, Asajj Ventress, the Force Wielders, or even Ahsoka (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an evil Ahoska as the villain of this trilogy), but I’d rather they didn’t pull an EU and just regurgitate more of the same thing.
- The Millennium Falcon – I don’t care if it has minimal screen time, I want that bucket of bolts to make an appearance.
- Complete Disregard for the Expanded Universe – Rumor has it that, being based on a detailed treatment from George Lucas, this is something completely original. And in that case, I hope it contradicts the majority of the novels, comics, and video games that have come out over the years. Most of those storylines are subpar (Solo babies using lightsabers? The Sun Crusher? Dark Saber?) so it’d be a good idea if right off the bat, this new movie says, “Oh yeah? Those things didn’t happen in this universe.” The EU spends half of its time retconning its own history and information as it is, so a clean break would be much preferred.
- Dagobah – I want that cave explained in a canon, non-EU, on film way. I mean, looking closely, it is clearly a structure made by intelligent creatures. What is up with that?!
5 Things I Hope Don’t Happen in the Sequel Trilogy
- Return to Tatooine – Before the prequels came out, I don’t think anyone could have guessed how much time we’d be spending on this one planet. When it was all said and done in 2005, we’d taken a trip to Tatooine in five out of the six films (and several more times in the Clone Wars animated series) Enough’s enough. There have got to be other worlds out there where stuff is happening. Return visits to such a seemingly insignificant backwater planet only makes the universe feel smaller. Jabba’s death in Return of the Jedi perfectly closed the chapter on Tatooine, and with any luck, we’re done there.
- Return of the Sith – I don’t want to see a random new Sith Lord pop up. “Oh, I’m Darth Bad Guy. The Emperor was training me in secret!” That’d be kind of stupid. Now, I’m not opposed to them tying in plotlines from The Clone Wars into Episode VII — say, Darth Maul or Asajj Ventress surviving that series, going into isolation and waiting for their moment to strike. Or even a scenario where Ahsoka turns to the Dark Side and Anakin has to stop her (foreshadowing his and Obi-Wan’s Revenge of the Sith dynamic in one of those complementary thematic echoes that Lucas loves to incorporate), then she fakes her death only to return years later (thus kind of making this still be a part of the Skywalker saga with an older Luke dealing with his father’s mistake). In those three scenarios, having them be Sith makes sense. But if it isn’t one of those things, it seems a little far-fetched. I’d much rather the threat be someone like Mother Talzin, another Force Wielder (like in the Mortis arc on Clone Wars), or an entirely new threat. Something not seen in live-action Star Wars before. It’s Episode VII, so let’s push into new territory!
- Skywalker babies – I’m not a fan of the majority of the EU as it is. And I’m definitely not a fan of the Luke getting married and having a son storyline. My main reason being that, in Return of the Jedi, once Luke throws away his lightsaber and tells the Emperor that he’s a Jedi (like his father before him), it’s a sign that he really *is* a Jedi Knight. And Jedi don’t get married or have kids. Their dedication is to the greater good and the will of the Force. Like so much of the Expanded Universe, Luke being a father is a contradiction to Lucas’ vision of Star Wars (say what you want about the man, it was his execution, not his vision, that made the prequels so ho-hum). Luckily, if the rumors are to be believed, Episode VII is a completely original storyline that disregards the EU and goes off in its own direction.
- The Adventures of the Old Gang – I’m not opposed to seeing the cast of the Original Trilogy return. In fact, I hope they do. But I’m really hoping that, apart from Luke serving as this trilogy’s Obi-Wan-type character, they are in limited roles. If there is anything I learned from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it’s that its sad to see your heroes grow old. I don’t want an elderly Han and Leia trying to do the same stuff that they did 35 years ago. But Leia as some sort of political figure akin to Bail Organa in Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith? Or Han and Chewie popping up for a couple of non-action scenes? Maybe even Lando enjoying a Colt 45 in a bar on Coruscant? Yeah, I’d be down for that.
- Lines from Previous Movies – One of the things that I hated in the prequels (and also in Clone Wars) is the recycling of dialogue from previous movies as a wink to the fans as if to say, “Remember when so and so said this?” It’s pointless, distracting, and pulls me out of the moment every single time. Apart from “I have a bad feeling about this,” they really need to stop and let me just enjoy the moment instead of reminding me that there were other (and often, better) episodes in the saga.
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