All of us here at After The Hype love Star Wars, because… well… it’s STAR WARS!
In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films! Ryan here, back again to bring us up to speed with the next generation of Star Wars.
After living through the prequels as a huge fan, I kept my excitement in check as Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced a slew of new movies, including episodes 7-9. Of course, I assumed it would be a film about passing torches, and we’d get new versions of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio.
The first teaser for Force Awakens cemented this, and we got introductions to Finn, BB-8, Rey, and Poe. Everything looked and felt like Star Wars – rolling droids, X-Wing cockpits, and the Millennium Falcon!
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
But then there were a few puzzlers in the mix. Who was this new Sith and why did he have extra pieces on his lightsaber? We still don’t have a good answer to that one, and I’m not sure we ever will.
Ultimately, it was a good film once I adjusted my feelings about it feeling like A New Hope. That same month, I saw some kids in the toy store arguing over who Kylo Ren was, so I have faith in the new franchise. Although for my ticket money, I’m looking forward to the stand-alone films!
Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He’s an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.