It's the moment we've all been waiting for. We've finally been given a full and proper look at the planet we've all been waiting for, in the movie event of the decade: Star Wars Episode VII's Tatooine.
And it's as awesome as we all hoped.
Go and do that now and then return here immediately to check out this in-depth analysis. I'll wait.....
Together, they create an overall impression of a very different sort of Tatooine to the one we all grew up with, whether that be the cantinas and Hutt palaces of the original trilogy, or the pod-racing enclave of Episode I.
The big question is - what does this mean for Episode 7? We break down exactly what has changed, and take a closer look at just how different it'll make Episode VII from it's predecessors.
There are Giant Pig Monsters, and They're Big, Bad - And Not CGI
Spot the giant pig-monster? That's totally real. In the sense, at least, that it takes five people inside it to operate the thing. Crucially, though, that isn't CGI. Compare it to this thing, which is only Jabba the Hutt in the very loosest of senses:
And you know what that suggests? Not only is J.J. Abrams sticking to his promise to keep the CGI to a minimum, he's also not shying away from making things that little bit bigger, and bringing what we've learned in the past thirty five years to bear on the new trilogy - without sacrificing what made it great in the way that some creatures might be said to have.
Things Have Changed - And They've Gotten Worse
As a general rule, menacing raised archways aren't a great sign of all being well with the world. Combine them with fences, and you have what looks an awful lot like something designed to keep people in, against their will. But, hey, maybe those images are just a part of Abrams' style. He likes arches, so there are arches. All could still be well with Tatooine, and the galaxy.
Notice that guy slumped against his market stall? He doesn't look like the beneficiary of a a galaxy-wide reform movement, or a sudden rise in fortunes. He's sitting in a makeshift marketplace, surrounded by assorted crates and various pieces of space junk. Which is why everyone loves Tatooine, but it's also a sign that the past 35 years haven't changed an awful lot about the Outer Rim - and if anything have led to it getting worse. Remember Mos Eisley in Episode I?
For a gritty criminal underworld, it was surprisingly clean and put together. A carefully positioned piece of debris aside, it all looks a bit like desert-Coruscant. Even the fact that they had pod-racing everywhere suggests society was doing pretty well for itself. Now, though? There are giant burning oil wells
Things have all gone a bit Mad Max, at least for part of the planet. Which for the sake of Episode VII being great is a very good thing. No-one wants to watch a two and a half hour movie about how great everything is in society.
Everyone's a Gritty Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Now
Remember back in Episode I, where Anakin Skywalker was a slave, and Tatooine society was totally OK with that? Well, even then, he and more or less everyone else seemed to be living in a wonderfully clean world of high quality fabrics and hygienic junkyards.
Well that all seems to have changed. Thirty five years has passed since the original trilogy, and in that time Tatooine fashion has taken a distinctly post-apocalyptic turn. That guy selling pipes? Probably not a lawyer. The guy shiftily hanging around in the desert with a metal chest plate? Whatever he's up to, it's probably not marketing. Those guys just hanging around, looking tough and cool? They're probably not a scout troupe.
It's a bleak, hard world these people are living in, which isn't surprising when you think about it. Even if the destruction of the Death Star ended the Empire right then and there (which it absolutely wouldn't have), the galaxy would have taken decades to even begin recovering from a galactic civil war of that scale. Small, out of the way planets like Tatooine could easily have been cut adrift and left to their own devices. They could even have drifted out of the New Republic's orbit entirely.
And you know what that leaves you with? A whole planet full of disgruntled space cowboys, some of whom probably fought on the losing side in the galactic civil war - whichever side ultimately won.
Wait a minute. That sounds strangely like something we've seen before. Something...incredible.
Wait, is J.J. Abrams turning Tatooine into Firefly? Because...I'm totally on board with that.
[Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) is due to hit our screens on December 18, 2015. Rumors of it being a secret Firefly sequel remain unconfirmed.
What do you guys think? What part of the new Tatooine are you most looking forward to?