If there is one thing that could #breattheinternet, it’s Star Wars.
With the announcement in 2012 that the Disney company purchased Lucasfilm and that there would be a new trilogy of Star Wars films, fans were immediately jazzed. Now, two years later fans are beginning to see the first images of Episode 7 The Force Awakens with the teaser trailer for the film.
These are films that many now have grown up cherishing, and if continued fans want them done as good as they possibly can be. Some fans rejoiced when director JJ Abrams would be the one taking over where George Lucas left off. After all, JJ brought Star Trek back to the collective consciousness. But he also brought us Star Trek Into Darkness which was not a fan favorite if you are a devoted Trekkie. Some of the Original Trilogy cast members are back for episode 7 as well: We have Mark Hamil (Luke), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Sola) Peter Meyhew (Chewbacca) and Anthony Daniels (C3P0), and Kenny Baker (R2D2) reprising their roles from the original trilogy. New cast members to the film include: Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and John Boyega.
So far, so good! We have a new trilogy upcoming that will hopefully distance us from the prequel trilogy, and will give the audience another chance to a world full of blasters, alien races, light sabers and pseudo-spirituality.
The fan reaction on message boards has ranged from “Holy $h!t” to “meh”, which was pretty much the same reaction to the teaser trailer for Jurassic World (another sequel coming next year of a cult sci-fi film).
Not much is known about the movie from the trailer. We know that the fan-favorite X-Wing ships will be back. We know that Daisy Ridley’s character will be riding a speeder on the desert planet of Tatooine. We know that the Millennium Falcon fill be back (probably the best part of the trailer). We know that there will be a new type of light saber that the films presumed villain will have that appears to be a Game Of Thrones light saber. And finally we know that actor John Boyega will be a Storm trooper in some fashion. In fact, he is the first person seen in the teaser.
It’s very interesting that #blackstormtrooper was trending on the Internet. Although it’s 2014, if plainly clear through the new headlines that America still has its race problem, and nowhere is that ever more clear than on the Internet. Immediately people online reference the jive talking storm trooper from Mel Brooks’ Star Wars parody Spaceballs.
This is probably a loud minority of idiots on the Internet, but it’s very unique that something like Star Wars would even cause people to reflect their prejudices on.
Are they surprised because the Empire is an “Evil White Man” organization? That’s a strange thought. After all, the Empire is the Army, and our Army has a large presence of black and Latino soldiers, why wouldn’t they be reflective in a galaxy far, far away?
Is it because due to the explanations in Episode 2 that all storm troopers are clones of Star Wars character Jengo Fett? If that’s the case, they need to realize that Jango Fett was played by Temuera Morrison a New Zealander of Māori decent. Even if that’s the case, by Episode 4 the Imperial Army replaced Clone Army and all of the storm troopers seen are different people that were enlisted soldiers. Even in Episode 4, Luke Skywalker was considering enlisting to escape his boring life on Tatooine.
Even more likely is the fact that John Boyega is not an Imperial soldier, but someone who put on the uniform the same way Han and Luke did on Episode 4 when rescuing Princess Leia. After all, the actor has been cast as one of the leads/heroes of the film. So unless he begins the trilogy as a “bad guy” who eventually becomes a “good guy,” there’s no reason he would be a storm trooper.
But the big point is, “SO WHAT!!” In a galaxy far far away, the second Death Star was destroyed by Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb: a black man and an alien and no one in the film bats an eye at the difference. The only time there is some sort of prejudice is towards Chewbacca and he is referenced by an Imperial soldier as a “thing.”
Some come on people, if it’s not a big deal in the Star Wars universe, let’s at least be as evolved as they are and pay no attention to differences such as race