My friends know me too well. In the past week, I’ve received a dozen emails/FB messages about the latest news on J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars Episode VII. Everyone wanted to know what I think about it, if I’m excited, isn’t it great?
The truth is, I’m not really sure. Why?
I have watched exactly two things JJ Abrams has played a part in: Felicity and Armageddon. Not exactly the same genre as Star Wars. I mean, sure Armageddon had to do with space, but we really all just watched for Ben Affleck and the Aerosmith song. And Felicity? I watched for the other Ben (Scott Speedman). Felicity ended ten friggin years ago and I’m pretty sure I stopped watching it when Keri Russel cut her hair. I don’t have anything new and relevant on which to judge his worthiness to produce Episode VII. George Lucas seems pleased with the choice, which should be good enough for me.
As for the other things Abrams is famous for, like LOST (or is it simply “Lost”? Google is conflicted), Fringe, Alias and Star Trek? Yeah, not my thing. I’m big on jumping on show bandwagons, so naturally I started watching LOST with the rest of the universe, but I never made it past the first few episodes. And I’ve never been a Trek fan. My geekery universe lives in the galaxies far, far away of Star Wars.
You can go ahead and take away my cool kid card (if I ever owned one).
So where does this leave me? Nervous of the unknown, curious as to how it plays out and hungering for more information. I know Abrams is notorious for keeping the details of his shows/films as secret as possible, which drives many fans mad in this age of social media where fans feel entitled to be a part of every step of the creative process. I appreciate his secrecy and enjoy seeing a film I don’t know every detail about ahead of time.
I guess all I can do is sit and wait for more details to play out. Honestly, I’m more concerned with the storyline and cast at this point. And praying to the Force that Jar Jar doesn’t exist in a post-Return of the Jedi world. I’m excited for the new film and my kids are bursting at the seams for it to release next year.
What are your thoughts on this latest announcement?