ByMichael Keown, writer at

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

I want to see this film NOW, very badly. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie? Plus a new story, characters and all the excitement that goes along with it? Yes, very badly, but I also want to feel like that six year old did in 1977, even more.

Not knowing what to expect, surrounded by a group of people, collectively experiencing it in a darkened theater for our first time. There's nothing like it.

Yes, I have read the leaks and have seen some of the released images, both official and illegitimate, plus the two teasers. What I've seen is encouraging. But it is a fraction of the final film which at this time, is still incomplete.

Since Dec. 18th is so close now, I will be seeking out less and less information and spoilers, beyond trailers of course, and here's why.

I was lucky enough to have played bass in a couple of small local bands over the years. The fact we wrote our own material allowed me to discover that the song changes as it is written. A small change in phrasing, notes, key or a faster or slower beat, can change the piece completely. And a song is played over countless times to find out what's missing, or needs to be, before it's what it is meant to be. Just like a movie.

Star Wars episode 7 is more than likely a completely different film now than it will be this October, so the film can be mastered and polished for distribution. Through subtle edits, pick up shots and especially a slight change in dialogue, it can become a completely different experience. Director J.J. Abrams said himself at Comic-Con, “We're working hard to make the movie what it wants to be.”

So I now want to let that creative, fluid and very much ALIVE creative process reach its natural conclusion.

May the Force be with you, and I'll see you at the cineplex.

Michael K. (Eki Nova)


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