Expectations of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (The Story)
The biggest question of our Expectations of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (other than the ability of Hamill, Fisher and Ford to perform well…of which I have no worries) is the question of what will the story be?
Episode VII is NOT being created on a completely blank slate. We, as fans, can use our observations of the in-universe Galaxy That Lucas Built, plus our knowledge of storytelling in general to give us a pretty good idea of what is coming soon to a theater near you. (Or at least a good guess. Ok…at least a guess.)
So…what do we know?
We know Star Wars. (And by Star Wars…I mean the film released in 1977, later known as Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.) We know The Empire Strikes Back. We know
Revenge, uh, I mean…Return of the Jedi. We know The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. We know the tales of The Clone Wars and we know tales of Rebels.
But there are a few other things that we know about Star Wars. We know about George Lucas’ reverence for ancient storytelling techniques, observations of our own humanity through art and about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. I think all of these give us clues as to what will (or should) be the driving themes of Episode VII, VIII & IX.
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