Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

SDCC 2015 Star Wars Panel Offers Behind-the-Scenes Video

The highest profile panel at Comic Con this year was no doubt the Star Wars Episode VII panel.  There was a lot of speculation about what might be unveiled by JJ Abrams and crew.  The majority of the cast was there, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.  While all involved, including the normally curmudgeonly Ford, gushed over the December release, no new trailers or film announcements (including any mention of the picture leaked Wednesday was forthcoming) were shown to the rabid crowd.
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Abrams did have a behind-the-scenes video to show off, which was no doubt cool, but I was surprised no big announcements (not even the Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One trailer shown earlier this year at Star Wars Celebration) were forthcoming.  Maybe the biggest inadvertent revelation was that Domnhall Gleeson is playing a general in the Empire and is “thoroughly evil”.  That pretty much just leaves Daisy Ridley as the only possibility of being a Solo/Skywalker legacy character.


Given the glut of Star Wars news we have gotten this week, it seems kind of petty to complain, and there are still two more days for announcements, but this Comic Con overall has been most remarkable for the lack of big announcements.  In fact, there were so few promotional materials released today that I don’t really have enough to do the traditional daily summary.  Comic Con is half over and I’m waiting for a signature moment.  As far as Episode VII goes, though, I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’re in for a treat .

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2 thoughts on “SDCC 2015 Star Wars Panel Offers Behind-the-Scenes Video”

  1. The effects look stunning, and JJ’s team has actually improved on that OT look, but wow…. after seeing that reel, I’m suddenly worried. This looks like it might turn out to be way too similar to ANH. I always had a hunch this film would parallel ANH in a lot of ways, but wow.

    I’m not a doom and gloom kind of guy, and I’ll be hoping for the best until my hopes are either rewarded or dashed, but just to play the devil’s advocate in the midst of all the excitement and hype…

    This movie looks like it’s about the Rebels vs. the Empire all over again. We’ll be told the First Order is a new evil regime rising to fill a power vacuum, but it’s still going to be the same old rebels vs. Empire plot, 30 years after we all thought the galaxy was liberated.

    Too much looks the same. I have no problem with returning to Tatooine. It’s always been the cradle of the Skywalker family. But setting TFA on another, different desert planet takes things out of poetic territory and into a very sad, unimaginative place. Also it even looks to me like there will be a repeat of the Falcon’s dogfight with the TIE fighters, including the spinning gun ports (or whatever they’re called).

    Devil’s advocacy ended. You know I’m not a typical internet person who thrives on tearing things apart. Happily, the reasons to be excited outweigh three minutes of familiar-looking behind-the-scenes images.

    But man, do they look familiar.


  2. Sorry. Way to be a wet blanket. It’s always good to keep expectations in check, but you know I’m hanging on every scrap of information that comes out. Do we know for a fact that Kylo Ren is not a Skywalker?


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