HAPPY STAR WARS DAY EVERYONE! We are approximately seven months away from the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Excitement for the franchise is at an all-time high with new characters, toys, and movies coming out every year for the foreseeable future.
Episode VII will take place thirty years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. A lot of time has gone by, new heroes and villains will be introduced and new elements can be added to the mythos.
There are a plethora of characters and storylines that fans would love to see reintroduced and revisited. Our imaginations are running wild with all sorts of questions that we are dying to know the answers to as time moves forward.
What if Emperor Palpatine survived his trip down the reactor shaft? Will we see the Ewoks again? Is Mara Jade going to appear in the film? The possibilities are seemingly endless.
Some might feel the Death Star is the greatest technological terror ever created and it’s a no-brainer that it should resurface. Others feel this is a great opportunity to correct some of the ill received issues from the prequels. In honor of Star Wars Days I’m going to list 5 Things I Want In Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
5. Getting Rid Of Midichlorines
One of the biggest tragedies of the Prequels took place during The Phantom Menace when Qui Go Jin kneeled down, looked a nine year old Anakin Skywalker in the eye and told him that microorganisms in our cells called Midichorians are responsible for the Force. To add insult to injury, the higher ones Midichorian count is, the more powerful and significant that individual is perceived to be.
Star Wars fans have this innate desire to learn everything about everything, but most feel an explanation for the Force was completely unnecessary. Being told that the Force is based on a microorganism that can be charted in a blood test cheapens the mystique and means that Jedi and Sith are basically mutants.
If the rumors are true regarding a secluded Luke Skywalker in the upcoming film, perhaps deep meditation and study could reveal that Midichorians are a mere oversimplification and that there is a higher design for the will of the Force that expands, what Obi-Wan laid down in A New Hope.
4. Grand Admiral Thrawn
The Force Awakens teaser trailer revealed that the Empire is still alive and kicking, now under the banner of The First Order. With The Emperor and Darth Vader gone, who was able to take over the Imperial reigns after the battle of Endor?
The answer was given to Disney on a silver platter in the form of the blue skinned, red eyed, supreme commander of the imperial fleet. Grand Admiral Thrawn is the most popular villain to come out of the Expanded Universe and debuted in the critically acclaimed “Heir to the Empire” novel written by Timothy Zhan.
Thrawn’s military intellect is highly valued and deeply respected by his colleagues. Many in the imperial ranks feel that they would have been victorious at Endor if Thrawn was in command instead of Vader, which would be an interesting sub plot that could be used in the film.
3. The Resurrection Of Darth Vader
Star Wars has produced some of the most iconic characters in movie history, and Darth Vader is the horse that drives the cart. All of the movies have revolved around him and there is no one who can spread fear across the galaxy quite like Vader.
T-shirts, posters, action figures and various collectibles are sold at a fever pitch when the dark lord’s face is plastered on the package. The majority of casual and hardcore fans alike would love to see him return. Even the haters who would stick their nose up at such a thing, would geek out with thunderous applause if they hear that infamous breathing come December 18th.
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that an even cooler bad guy can be created, but it is awfully hard to think of how this can be done. Darth Maul was good, but he could have been great. Count Dooku was some old dude with force powers and General Grievous was just a four armed cyborg who coughed a lot.
If all we get is Vader’s mask, hopefully Kylo Ren can take the mantel of supreme lord of the Sith.
2. The Real Wedge Antillies
Wedge Antillies’ popularity doesn’t reside in the upper echelon of Star Wars with the likes of Yoda or Han Solo. However, much like Boba Fett, he thrived during the Expanded Universe through the series of Rogue Squadron novels and is popular with hardcore fans. Denis Lawson himself even lent his voice to the character in video game form.
The return of Wedge would be another piece of the nostalgic puzzle that The Force Awakens could benefit from since the film needs to feel like Star Wars as much as it needs to tell a good story. Dog fights in space are an essential part of the adventure and it would be fun seeing gold leader as a grizzled veteran leading the charge against a squad of TIE fighters.
Sadly, Denis Lawson confirmed to the The Courier last year that he will not reprise his role as lead X-Wing pilot Wedge Antillies in The Force Awakens stating he would have been bored with the role. Hopefully, this could be a ruse in line with the J.J. Abrams “Mystery Box” philosophy of keeping all the details close to the vest.
1. The Rule Of Two Is No More
Sith Lords are the coolest bad guys in science fiction. The thought of wearing a dark hooded cloak and wielding a red bladed lightsaber while force choking someone because you find their lack of faith disturbing is a walk on the dark side that everyone wants to take.
The first six Star Wars films have given us the rule of two within the order of the Sith; a master and an apprentice. Darth Bane’s mandate, which is now canon thanks to The Clone Wars, has had its up and downs. If you really want to awaken the force, it’s time to turn the volume up on the things we know.
What if Kylo Ren or, whoever the puppet master pulling the strings is, was able to succeed where others failed and establish firm control within the order? This would bring about the creation of a Sith army. The visual of a horde of red lightsabers charging their prey would be worth the price of admission alone.
Thank you for reading and May the Fourth be with you!