Fans have been reacting to Friday's release of the [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) teaser with detailed breakdowns (heh heh), beautiful fan art, and enough parody trailers to last you 'til next year. Within that frenzy, of course, we've all stated our hopes and dreams for the next trilogy. I try to remain a humble fan and not demand anything of creators, but a girl can certainly dream. Here are all of the things I'm dreaming of for the next film, and what I'd like to see more of.
How That Lightsaber Works
While sword enthusiasts everywhere have defended the new design for what looks to be our main villain's lightsaber, I am certainly interested in how they use the extra blades on that cross-guard. Personally, I believe the metal areas of the guard should extend out longer, so as to avoid injury - but at the end of the day, who the heck am I to judge this villain's skill with that 'saber? They've more than likely built it themselves, like most do, so obviously they know what they're doing.
I personally hope this villain uses the light blades on their cross-guard for close combat shanking, though I've been told by a few different sources that this doesn't come into play in the film. Bummer!
Next Generation Rogue Squadron
I spoke a little on this during my trailer breakdown, but I am so, so excited to see how the Alliance (if it's still called that) has grown it's air fleet. I've always been a huge fan of the Rogue Squadron, and while Wedge isn't returning, I feel as though Oscar Isaac will fill that role nicely. Either the trailer fooled us all, or he's playing an integral character and rounding out the "new trio"; what would a Star Wars trio be without an extremely skilled pilot?
I'd also like to see just how the fleet has developed overall: how many pilots are going into battle for the Alliance? Will we finally see female pilots? Are pilots still divvied up into squadrons, and how are they chosen for one? We might not see some of the more detailed answers in the film itself, but I'm sure that the companion novels for it will have some more insight.
It's the longest long-shot in the galaxy, but it could happen, and I'll tell you why. For context: Dash Rendar is one of Han's long-time friends, a galaxy-savvy smuggler on the gruff side. He reminds me of Marvel's Cable a bit, personality-wise, and is arguably the star of the Shadows of the Empire, the book that took place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Retro video game lovers may remember him as their POV character in the book's Nintendo 64 adaptation, along with his awesome ship, the Outrider.
See, the Outrider happened to appear within the mass of leaked concept art that popped up earlier this year, docked within the port of what many fans know as the TMZ set. We haven't seen it in any other format thus far, so the Outrider may well have been in the artwork as a placeholder, but seeing the headstrong Dash, even as an old man, would totally make this fan's day.
"Kira", The New Luke?
Other newcomers like John Boyega have a pretty sufficient resume so far (and if you haven't seen Boyega in Attack the Block, you must), but Daisy Ridley is a fairly fresh face when it comes to large productions, especially on the grand scale of Star Wars. She's reportedly the only cast member signed on for all three movies in the new trilogy so far, hinting at the fact that she may well be our next Luke or Anakin Skywalker.
What we know so far - or at least, what I've put together through the more consistent rumors - is that Ridley's character is a junker living on an outer rim planet who finds John Boyega stranded in the desert, and either before, during, or after that event, a lost lightsaber. Ridley rides more than just this fudgesickle-shaped speeder, too: she has her own quad-jet engine ship, and both of these vehicles have been depicted in previously-shown concept art. Ridley seems to have a fairly close connection to the villain, too...
Barring her almost direct resemblance to Natalie Portman's Padme Amidala, she's pretty much the only character that the rumor mill has the most details on, and we've already been able to connect her character parallels with the likes of both Jaina and Ania Solo from the Expanded Universe. Whether she's one of Han and Leia's kids, Luke's daughter, or someone completely new (after all, we have no idea whether or not Shmi Skywalker had siblings) one thing is for sure: Ridley is our new heroine, and she looks set to shine in the new films.
Han and Leia, still together
I shouldn't be worried about this, but I totally am for almost no valid reason. Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa were a power couple, making up for each other's mistakes and watching one another's backs. They bickered like an old married couple in the original trilogy, and shared some great action-packed moments as well.
Han practically followed Leia around the Hoth base with a verbal "Do You Like Me? Check Yes or No" sign for the first five minutes of Empire. Leia returned Han's famous "I know," response before shooting down two oncoming stormtroopers after Han told her he loved her on Endor. Even at the very end, Han loved Leia so much that he was willing to let go of her in favor of someone else, just to see her happy - luckily, that someone else turned out to be her brother, so Han and Leia sealed it with a kiss.
On the up side, MakingStarWars has reported on some concept art that likely sees them either reunited or hanging out together. They were a great couple with a solid romance that didn't get too mushy, but still melted your heart, and they deserve each other. In the Expanded Universe, they get married, have three kids, and continue adventuring together, even when they're more on the "elderly" side. Leia becomes a Jedi Knight and trains their granddaughter; Han continues to be one of the best pilots in the galaxy well into his grandpa years. But with the EU canon being swept to the side (it is being kept available for creators to pull from) what happens between these two is still up in the air.
What I'm getting at here is that, well:
I mean, maybe that's a threat, but I will do it.
Other little things I would love to see are all of the classic comedic elements that seemed too silly for the prequels: endless arguing between Artoo and Threepio, Han's snarky sense of humor, and the visual comedy that made us laugh years ago. Oh, and if concept art is right, then I'm hoping we get to see Chewie's home planet of Kashyyk - it simply wasn't given proper treatment in that Life Day special, and we didn't get to see much more of it in Revenge of the Sith.
What are you hoping for with these new films? Let me know below!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.