Special Features presents: A new hope??

For those of you know that know me, you probably also know that I am a huge Star Wars fan (okay and a fan of maybe a hundred or more other things, but that’s besides the point right now). When Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi came out in 2017 I was devastated. The movie completely ruined everything that I had ever liked about Star Wars. I hated the film with a vengeance and I did something that was completely out of character for me: I wrote a review in complete anger. In hindsight, that was something I should not have done. The post did become my most viewed one in the history of my blog and at the same time it gathered a huge amount of comments. Some people agreed with me, some did not. In the end it’s just a movie though. On the other hand the only reason why I was so passionate about it, is the fact that Star Wars films are MORE than movies for me. I have been a fan for over 30 years now and the saga of that galaxy far, far away has been a big part of my life. After the dust settled, and the fan base was divided, a lot of fans just wrote off Star Wars completely. The Solo movie for instance was a box office bomb because fans just didn’t believe in the Disney side of Star Wars anymore.

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I have a…..good…..feeling about this!

But…that’s not me. One bad movie doesn’t mean that I have all of a sudden stopped loving Star Wars. What I have become when it comes to this, is cautious. I don’t want to have another huge disappointment by becoming too enthusiastic about anything related to the continuation of the current trilogy. That said: HOLY FREAKING MOLY HAVE YOU GUYS SEEN THIS NEW TRAILER YET?!!? Erm…sorry…just my old enthusiasm creeping up on me. It won’t happen again. Seriously though, this teaser trailer that was released last night, certainly made me cautiously optimistic about the future, or should I say the end of this saga. Because Episode IX will be the final installment of the Skywalker story. It was a trailer that was made for fans, to restore the faith that some of them might have lost. And I say, already seeing some of the responses online to people that have watched the trailer, that they really managed to achieve their goal. So, let’s talk about it a bit. And if you don’t want to know anything for the upcoming film just skip the next paragraph.

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Be still my heart……

*Spoilers Begin* First off there is of course the title of the movie: The rise of Skywalker. But with Luke gone from the universe, there really is (at least so far as we know) only one Skywalker left: Kylo Ren. So, will this movie be about his redemption? Or is there something else going on? As far as nostalgia goes, it was of course great to see Lando in the cockpit of his old ship again. If you ask me he was only added to the film to bring back some of that old magic feeling, but hey I’m certainly not complaining about it. Leia hugging Rey was of course another of those goosebump inducing moments, especially considering the fact that the wonderful Carrie Fisher isn’t amongst us anymore. But the true surprise comes at the very end of the trailer where Luke in an overhead voice says: “ No one is ever really gone” and we hear the maniacal laugh of Emperor Palpatine. That was simply put, mindblowing, and one has to wonder what in blazes this will mean. Because really all bets are off now. *Spoilers End*

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That’s no moon, it’s a………

With this teaser trailer having now been released of course the fans are unleashing all their theories again on what they have seen, and what they predict may or may not happen. But, let’s not forget that the trailers for Episode VIII also looked amazing, and everyone was speculating wildly then as well. Until the film came out, and pretty much everything we had hoped for was thrown out the window. The Rise of Skywalker will be a very important movie. It will either reunite the fans again, or let a rift as big as the Sith and the Jedi rivalry forever stand between them. Episode IX has one huge advantage though: it has J.J. Abrams. I know some people really don’t like the guy. I do. Pretty much everything I have seen of him, whether it’s one of his tv shows, or his movies, I have enjoyed. I hope he can undo the damage that has been done with the previous film, and fix Star Wars again. And for those of you that loved The Last Jedi, as I said last time: no disrespect intended, I honestly think that’s great. Now of course down below, for your viewing pleasure a link to the trailer. May the Force be with you all: have a great weekend!

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32 thoughts on “Special Features presents: A new hope??”

  1. I only ever liked Yoda, so watched the first two films, then drifted away from the franchise when he went CGI. 🙂
    But I feel as involved with the ‘Alien’ films, and like them all, including ‘Prometheus’, which I actually thought was a great addition to the series.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yeah the CGI was definitely sometimes way too much. Good thing though, that these new films really go back to the old school feel of it, and have much less CGI in them.
      As for the Alien franchise. I completely agree. I still hope we will some kind of follow up to Covenant, which I thought was really good. I have heard a lot of rumors concerning that, but nothing concrete so far unfortunately. Keeping my fingers crossed it might still happen one day 😊

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  2. Going to be honest, I am sticking with the original trilogy as the only Star Wars. I hated the prequels, and this follow up trilogy has been so hit and miss I am pretty much done. Still the original three movies will always have a special place in my heart.

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    1. Definitely don’t blame you for that at all. Honestly it took me a while to get over the disappointment and hate I felt towards the Last Jedi and try to look forward to a new Star Wars movie again. Having seen this trailer, I do have to admit I have that feeling again now, but at the same time I’m still cautious, because I felt like this for Episode 8 and it ended up being such a massive letdown. I do want to see how the saga is going to end, and what JJ has done here. That said…nothing, and I do mean nothing, will ever be as good as the original three films. They will, and always shall be the best 😊

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    1. Lol 😂😂 Well…Honestly, I wouldn’t and a lot of fans wouldn’t either. That said, there are also quite a number of people that did like it. I would never withhold anyone from experiencing a movie for him or herself: always form your own opinion, that’s what I always say😊
      As for me, having seen it twice I will never revisit it ever again, and being a hardcore Star Wars fan that has seen every movie at least 10 times or more, that’s saying something😊

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    1. Totally agree with you. That has pretty much been the major gripe I had with that one. It didn’t feel like Star Wars. This though looks like a step in the right direction. If it’s only half as good as this trailer seems to make it out, we are all in for a treat 😊

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      1. Haha…yeah that rant was pretty bad lol. I will try not doing that ever again (it was the only rant in the history of my blog lol 😂😂) (Sorry for the late response, last three days were a bit bad but back again😅).

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  3. I didn’t hate The Last Jedi as much as you and so many others did Michel, but like the prequels, I felt it didn’t measure up to the original three films. That said, I had goosebumps everywhere when I watched the trailer yesterday, especially at the end. I’m a fan of J.J. Abrams, so I’m cautiously optimistic that he’ll be able to close the last chapter of the Skywalkers with a bang rather than a whimper.🤞🏻

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    1. Well, that’s really okay Kim 😊 As I said back in my review of the movie itself, I’m also glad that there were people that did enjoy it or at least didn’t think it was so bad. The original trilogy will also always be the best for me as well 😊
      But yes, this trailer looks so incredible. The final part of it left me in shock…it was so good (and I had to pick up my jaw from the floor afterwards lol 😂).
      I’m a huge Abrams fan myself, so I share that same cautious optimism. Let’s hope he can give it a really proper closure. We fans deserve that for sure 😊🤞

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      1. Please forgive the following rant Michel. I disliked all three “prequel” movies, but for me, the absolute worst Star Wars movie EVER, was Revenge of the Sith. I’m not going to go into the continued lamentable acting by Hayden Christensen. No, what really got to me was the revelation that Anakin had murdered all the Younglings at the order of Palpatine. Even though we actually never saw their little bodies, the idea that Anakin could do something this evil (on top of everything else he did), and then be forgiven and allowed to rejoin the “good side” after his death, simply because he decided that killing his son was a line he couldn’t cross? Nope. Sorry. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive George Lucas for that one.🤬

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      2. Lol…no worries Kim rant all you want 😊 I have always thought that one of the most terrific things of films is that everyone experiences them differently. I loved Revenge of the Sith myself. The way Anakin’s fall was handled, I though was pretty good.
        But well…The killing the youngling’s thing: it was pretty much established way before revenge of the sith that Vader was a horrible guy. He handled a lot of the killing of the Jedi, tortured his own daughter, and killed thousands of people. So…in that respect, it was always weird that he was allowed to rejoin the light side. I think it has pretty much to do with everyone can be redeemed? Something along those lines anyway lol 😂😂 But as I said: rant all you want KIm 😊❤️Never bothers me, I always respect everyone’s opinion 😊😊

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      3. Yeah. We already knew what a monster Anakin was and even at the end of Return of the Jedi I kind of took issue that he was accepted back into the fold because he decided he couldn’t kill Luke. But I let it go because I thought it was great that Luke turned him. I actually thought Revenge of the Sith was the better of the prequels until that scene, but seeing the Younglings turn to him trustingly to save them and knowing what happened, just crossed the line. For me, whether in film, books, or real life, you harm children and that’s it. There’s no forgiveness and you get a one way ticket to Hell. Climbing off my soapbox now!😏

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  4. I disliked The Last Jedi too. They treated Luke so poorly and threw away all the cool ideas set up in the first film. Hopefully the third part of this trilogy ends things with a bang. Have to agree that the trailer is cool.

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    1. Ugh, the treatment for Luke was one of the most horrid things of the film. In the original trilogy Luke spent all of his time trying to find that small spark of goodness in Darth Vader. And what does he do when he finds a small spark of evil in Kylo? His first instinct is to kill his nephew. That just simply made no sense at all.
      But hopefully J.J. can turn it around, and make a satifsying end to the beloved saga of a galaxy far, far away 😊

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  5. I thought the last two films were decent, but I had to almost think of them as separate from the originals and the prequels (loved all 6 of them). They just didn’t have that Star Wars magic. Of course, I will be tuning in for the final installment and hoping that it can recapture some of that special magic that I feel has been missing 🙂

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    1. Yeah…I agree with you. The original trilogy will always be the best for me. The new films (I don’t even want to talk about the Last Jedi lol), just never reached the height of the original films. I do have high hopes for this one though. It’s going to be the final film for a long time, and it brings to a close the tale of the Skywalkers, so let’s hope it’s going to be done in a respectful and good way 😊😊

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  6. I didn’t care for TLJ either, but I just got the 3D version, so hoping that when I rewatch it at least the effects will make up for the lackluster story. Also have to find my Star Wars boxset so that I can watch Episodes I through VI for the first time ever.

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    1. Well, I do hope that 3d version will enhance it a bit, but probably doesn’t change the fact that it’s still not a good film 😂
      Oohhh…you haven’t seen the original movies? Wow…then you are in for a treat alright. The orginal trilogy especially (episodes IV-VI) are amazing 😊 Hopefully you will enjoy them 😊😊

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    1. Nice!!! Looking forward to those reviews alright! And I’ll probably geek out right along side you!😊 Well…as for the new film being better thant the Last Jedi…it’s gotta be. If it’s even worse than that film Star Wars might truly be dead 😔😔So..fingers crossed 😊

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  7. I too was not a fan at all of The Last Jedi and had even less hope for Solo. I saw Solo a while back once it was released on Netflix and am glad that I stayed away from it in theaters since its flaws stood out a little too much for me. Disney’s latest vision for the franchise has not been my cup of tea but I do hope that this last movie of the trilogy will bring a little more originality.

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