Like millions of other fans around the world, my childhood Star Wars reverence was re-ignited by The Force Awaken's latest, nostalgia-heavy trailer - I mean, who didn't emit an audible, heartfelt gasp at the return of Han and Chewie?!
However, although we're all hoping for a fair amount of fan service and Original Trilogy references, director J.J. Abrams is exercising maximum restraint when it comes to dealing with our cherished Episode IV - VI memories.
During a recent interview, Abrams talked about finding the balance between pleasing die-hard franchise fans and focusing on his new, revamped narrative. After all, it's only best for the franchise to look forward, rather than get bogged down in dealing with past lore:
[W]e’ve obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, and some are very oblique so that hopefully the audience can infer what the characters are referring to.
We used to have more references to things that we pulled out because they almost felt like they were trying too hard to allude to something
I think that the key is—and whether we’ve accomplished that or not is, of course, up to the audience—but the key is that references be essential so that you don’t reference a lot of things that feel like, oh, we’re laying pipe for, you know, an animated series or further movies. It should feel like things are being referenced for a reason.
Sounds very wise to me. The force is certainly strong with this one.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.