So, I know that a million other reactions and break-downs are going to pop up as soon as the panel ends, thanks to the live-streaming of the event (there are nearly 13,000 as I sit here before the panel starts.) . But, I figured that I'd do something more news-related, instead of opinionated articles. So, without further ado, here's my reaction and thoughts on The Force Awakens panel, at Star Wars: Celebration.
First off, the music before-hand was great. Gotta love a remix that uses Darth Vader, lightsabers, and blasters. If only Daft Punk could write the score for Episode VIII.
Of course, then we find out that J.J. Abrams made pizza, and I didn't get any. Quite the bummer, but, that's life when your just a poor geek. The Twitter emojis are a nice touch...too bad I don't have a Twitter account. If you want to use them, then use #stormtrooper, #C3PO, and #BB8.
And then J.J. himself and Kathleen Kennedy walk out on-stage, and the fans seem to...well, awaken. After the obligatory selfie and the reminder that I missed out on the pizza, the questions began. First off, I love the idea of practical effects, and real-life props and creatures. Something that made the old films so good was that everything was real, and to see J.J. honor that is amazing.
We also learned about Jaku, the new planet in the film. Sadly, nothing was said as to the nature of the planet, but, more would be revealed. And then all the boring stuff about Force for Change (which is a great project, don't get me wrong) and their experiences with the Con itself...
Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey are the best. I love it that fans are building and designing the droids.
It was also great to hear that Harrison Ford was doing well, and, to see the respect that everyone in the film has for him. Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega made an appearance as well.
Apparently, Rey (Ridley) lives on Jaku as well, as a scavenger, until Finn, a stormtrooper, maybe...and of course, he's not sure if he's a good guy or bad guy, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Then we get to Poe Dameron (Isaac), sent on a mission by a princess...with a black X-wing, so it seems. So, a scavenger, a stormtrooper, and an X-wing pilot all walk into a cantina...sounds like the start of a bad joke, or a really good movie.
J.J. then talked about, in response to a question about how the look of the film would be as far as technology in the universe, how a lot of McQuarrie would be used (as we've seen with the new X-wing design), and that it will look very similar to the original films. He also promised not to disappoint fans.
"I don't think there's anything more important in the Star Wars universe than the fans," said Kathy. And, there are so many fans within the film, and within Disney, which is almost always good for those of us who watch the movies.
And then the troops arrive. So does Anthony Daniels, and Carry Fischer. They both look very old. The Trickster and a wookie showed up as well. Then pictures, and cheering, and done.
My thoughts, just from watching this? Well, it's certainly going to be no A New Hope, but, this film looks good. Scratch that, this film looks great. The cast seems to love it, the director and producer are thrilled about it, and they have a real soccerball droid. Seriously though, this film is going to be amazing, and I can't wait for December. I certainly hope that you enjoyed this very scatter-brained, semi-live response to the panel, and may the Force be with you.
Oh, wait...there's more. Check out the newest trailer, presented at the end of the Panel.