The Star Wars franchise is beginning anew with a massive bang this December, and millions of fans are gearing up for Episode 7: The Force Awakens. And while those millions are freaking out, I'm a little cautious. I love Star Wars as much as the next guy or gal, but something about this film just is screaming "Repeat" at me. No, I'm not worried about the cast, or the director, or the lack of Boba Fett. I'm worried that we're going to get a renovated Episode IV: A New Hope. Disagree with me? Well, hold onto your hateful comments for just a little longer.
The characters are almost the same.
Let's start with Finn, Rey, and Poe. First, we have a Jedi (originally a Stormtrooper); second, a young desert dweller who seemingly has or wants to escape their world, and finally an X-wing pilot. Combine all those, and what do you get essentially? Luke Skywalker. He's a young kid from the back-side of the galaxy, who's an amazing pilot and becomes a Jedi. It's as if this character was split into three parts.
Now, Han, Chewie, and Leia seem to be holding similar positions to their original roles, albeit with a cane and walker. Han and Chewie seem to be the rogues they always were, and Leia is still the high-ranking diplomat/politician she always was. Luke is looking very much like Obi-Wan at this point: the old, wise Jedi who trains up a new generation of knights.
Andy Serkis is playing a character we've not yet seen in a trailer: Supreme Leader Snoke. Now, he could just be a high ranking officer, but this sounds an awful lot like an Emperor. Of course, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren is very much like a Darth Vader. He's not supposed to be a total Sith, so I've heard, but he will be the antagonist, and Vader sure believed that what he was doing was right.
Looking at some minor roles, Captain Phasma is like a chrome Boba Fett, and I'm certainly not making a comparison of looks, but Maisie Richardson-Sellers space pirate Korr Sella is setting up to be the next Jabba the Hutt. Now, rumor has it that she's actually a spy in the service of Leia, so there may be (and probably is) no connection between Korr and Jabba. Another example are the "Ungar" Thugs (whatever they are), who like refurbished Tusken Raiders.
The Worlds are almost the same.
They are so similar that everyone flipped out over the return of Tatooine back when the first teasers aired. And since then, Jakku (if that's its real name) has been joined by the modern equivalents of Endor and Hoth. Again, it's as if the heads of the franchise didn't want to explore new worlds, and to seek out new lives, and new civilizations...and I'm jumping fandoms. Maybe it's a way to keep things simple and familiar (goodness knows the Prequels didn't do a good job of that), but it just feels like the film is rehashing old star systems for sets. I will say, there have been at least two planets (the dark forest, and the planet with the X-wings) that appear to be new. I'd say that this is a case of just keeping it simple more than copying the original film.
The Ultimate Goal is the same.
I'm not just talking about the "good vs. evil" shtick either. Pretty strong rumors indicate that a "star-system destroying" weapon will come into play (Check out this article here for a better explanation). The "Catapult", as it's being called, is possibly planet-based, or even a new type of Death Star. Whether the rumors that the Resistance (New Rebels) are in control of this super-weapon or not remain to be seen, but it would appear that this "Catapult" is the next Death Star.
Also, you seem to have a young man who is being trained in the ways of the Force who has to fight to defend his galaxy against the bad guys. You have a young kid from the sticks who joins in the cause...and you have a hot-shot pilot who flies a sweet X-wing. Like I said earlier, the three young characters are essentially Luke, and this film just seems to follow his same journey.
I could go on about Rey's popsicle looking like Luke's landspeeder, or BB-8 being the next R2 (the sparks will fly when those twain shall meet)...but I figure I've angered enough of y'all already. Listen, this is nothing but speculation and wild deduction based on a couple of trailers. And I'll be the first to admit when the movie comes out that I was wrong...if I was wrong. If I was right, then we'll still get an amazing film. It'll just be one we've already seen. The reboots are awakening. Can you feel it?