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(Note: The following is largely SPOILER-FREE, but does contain discussion of a key thematic and visual element of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and may therefore be considered to contain MILD NON-PLOT-BASED SPOILERS, roughly equivalent to the watching of multiple trailers, or reading a SPOILER-FREE review...)

Now, debating just how much the newly released Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has in common with the iconic Original Trilogy is sure to become one of the most popular past times this Christmas, at least for dedicated fans of the saga (read, all of us), and there's certainly plenty to talk about. There is, after all, a whole lot that's shared - and a whole lot that's strikingly different.

With the movie only having just been released, however - and with many devoted Wars-ians not yet having had the chance to watch it - there's only one major change from the Original Trilogy that I want to talk about right here, right now. Specifically, this one:

Everything in 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' is Goddamned Enormous

Seriously, EVERYTHING.

I'm not going to go into anything like an exhaustive list here - or mention a couple of the most obvious examples - for risk of spoiling anything for anyone, but seriously...

From Star Destroyers... X-Wing Adventures...

...via Lightsaber Sizes...

...and Intergalactic Shipping...

...pretty much everything in The Force Awakens looks like the Original Trilogy, only multiplied by a factor of 10.


A) Is Awesome

Because as it turns out, seeing the Star Wars saga appear as grand and immense on screen as it already looks in our minds is a distinctly joy-inducing experience.

And, of course...

B) Gives the New Trilogy a Distinctive Visual Palette to Work From, Distinct From the OT or the Prequels

Which is what is known as 'a very good thing indeed'.

Cue the dancing Ewoks:

What do you reckon, though?


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