The new teaser trailer of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) was unleashed on us earlier this week and gave us a glimpse at the first episode of the new trilogy. Hopes are high that we will all be able to collectively forget episodes I to III and remember them as "the really bad ones no one should ever speak of again".
J.J. Abrams is a competent director
There are many things to be said about J.J.Abrams, but no matter where you stand you must admit at the very least he is a competent visual storyteller. Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness were movies that tread carefully with a fandom easily irritated and still managed to deliver entertaining movies, more the former than the latter. He has also worked as a screenwriter, producer, and even as an actor, so he knows what to expect and how much to ask from the people working for him.
After episodes I to III, anything will seem worth our time
I know it's kind of sad to say this, but we all know it: The latest 3 Star Wars films were unworthy of the original trilogy (to say the least).
In George Lucas' defense we can admit that there was no good way to make those films; Star Wars had become a cultural icon, and no matter how good the films were they would have left us with the feeling they could've been better. The fact that they were all so absolutely appalling but still managed to make a gazillion dollars in the box office was the best thing that could happen to guarantee a decent continuation of the franchise: Producers now know that regardless of how good or bad the Star Wars movies are, they will be profitable, so they will let Abrams do it his way.
Besides, if you ever find yourself disliking the movie once it comes out, just remember Jar Jar Binks... that should pick you up.
The film will be visually memorable
To do something darker and edgier just for the sake of it (or just to make more money) isn't an instant problem solver. However, from what we've seen in the trailer it looks like the movie will have a voice of its own, visually speaking. The original movies had a gritty and personal look and feel (at least until the ewoks came out), and that is what makes us remember them fondly even today. Was that the only reason we like the original trilogy? No, it's not, but it definitely helped as it will with the new trilogy.
The original characters will make an appearance
This one might have backfired badly as it did in the Star Trek movies. To shoehorn Leonard Nimoy in was basically a marketing stunt to make peace with the old Star Trek fans. The timeline was new, so were the actors playing the characters, why then put the old Spock from the original timeline into the movie? To be able to use the name "Leonard Nimoy" to promote your movie, that´s why. The difference in this ocassion is that the characters will be in their original timeline playing their old selves. It will serve as a connection between the original trilogy and the new one without making us all feel we have been cheated.
Besides, who doesn't love Han Solo? even if he has to smuggle meds for his retirement home at this point...
George Lucas will NOT have anything to do with it
I might seem harsh with poor old George, but search your feelings, you all know it to be true: He basically trainwrecked episodes I to III with the sole intention of making a quick buck and bloating his ego so it could match his double chin. Even in the original trilogy he had to rely on either more competent directors (Irvin Kerschner this is directed at you) or get his more stupid ideas cut out by the executive directors. The more creative liberty he got, the worst his movies became. The best thing he could do was to sell the rights of the franchise to more competent hands. As we saw in episodes I to III, Lucas' wouldn't be able to write himself out of a paper bag, the dialog between Anakin and Padme will be remembered for generations as the clunkiest love scene in movie history.
We have to thank him for having sparked the original idea, but he has always been better at offering ideas than at executing them, and his most memorable work has always shown its face only when he had someone else (Spielberg in the first three Indiana Jones, for example) to make him drop his less than stellar ideas.