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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Mini-round-up – Post credits scenes, midi-chlorians, trailers, a man who’s seen some of it and new TV Spots

December 14th, 2015 by Irwin Fletcher Comments


OK, do we’re only four days out (UK) or five (US) depending where you live, and we’re almost at the point now where we don’t want to see any more Star Wars: The Force Awakens stuff in case we get the spoilers we’ve hopefully avoided so far.

And we promise, you’ll not find any here…

So, first up, here’s our mini Star Wars News Round-up for the final week before the movie hits.

This time next week, we’ll be getting ready for Rogue One. Anyway; on with the show.

First up:

This guy has seen eight minutes from the movie and can’t talk about them. But we feels him…

Next: JJ Abrams talks midi-chlorians:

Midi-Chlorians. The most hotly contested element of the Star Wars Universe. Whenever this topic is brought up it is sure to sound and fury from all corners of the fanbase.

With this in mind, many have been curious as to what J J Abrams’ opinion on the topic is. This was answered in a recent interview with Peter Sciretta. In the interview, Abrams stated, “I will just say this: I would never presume to question anything George Lucas says is canon in Star Wars. And our job was not to negate or undo. A lot of people who are critics of our Star Trek, and I respect all of them, said we destroyed what they loved and negated everything. And we worked hard to clarify that we are not saying that our Star Trek over-rides a thing of the original Star Trek — it was a parallel timeline. I never wanted to negate canon that fans held so dear. And because I love Star Wars and have for too many years… … And having said all that and meaning it — I don’t want to presume over-write or change what George says the rules are.

I’m not someone who quite understands the science of the Force. To me Star Wars was never about science fiction — it was a spiritual story. And it was more of a fairy-tale in that regard. For me when I heard Obi-Wan say that the Force surrounds us and binds us all together, there was no judgement about who you were. This was something that we could all access. Being strong with the force didn’t mean something scientific, it meant something spiritual. It meant someone who could believe, someone who could reach down to the depths of your feelings and follow this primal energy that was flowing through all of us. I mean, that’s what was said in that first film!

And there I am sitting in the theatre at almost 11 years old and that was a powerful notion. And I think this is what your point was, we would like to believe that when shit gets serious, that you could harness that Force I was told surrounds not just some of us but every living thing. And so, I really feel like the assumption that any character needs to have inherited a certain number of midi-chlorians or needs to be part of a bloodline, it’s not that I don’t believe that as part of the canon, I’m just saying that at 11 years old, that wasn’t where my heart was. And so I respect and adhere to the canon but I also say that the Force has always seemed to me to be more inclusive and stronger than that”.

This may not have been the reaction many expected, but I quite like Abrams humility in the approach of the subject, and his respect for Lucas, while at the same time stating what he feels is the heart of Star Wars. Here’s hoping this vision brings us a great film, a week from now.

JJ Abrams talks after-credit scene/trailer and we learn what will be attached to the start:

I don’t know if many of you know, but there is a new Star Wars movie coming out in just over a week. As such, many stories and articles have been arising lately, around what will actually occur in the film.

One of the most hotly contested topics, in recent weeks, has been the rumoured after credit scene. Many articles have claimed that the Star Wars Franchise, would be following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and placing a teaser for Rogue One in Episode VII.

However, in a recent interview, J.J Abrams stated simply, “No, there’s not”. While Abrams has been known to play with audience’s expectations, this seems to be a fairly definitive answer on his part.

While a lot of attention has been placed on Star Wars, and rightfully so, in recent months, it is worth remembering that we have a new Star Trek film in the near future. This new film, Star Trek: Beyond, has been getting a somewhat mixed reaction, based on comments from the crew about how this is not a typical Star Trek film.

However, it would seem that Paramount still has faith in the film, as they are apparently attaching an announcement trailer of the film, to Star Wars. There has been no word about how long the trailer will be, but as a big fan of this franchise, it will be a treat to hear that the trailer could be imminent.

With all of this in mind, STAR WARS IS NEARLY HERE. So brace yourselves everyone, keep well and may the force be with you.

Source: SWU, Collider, Comicbook

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