6 (Spoiler Free) Reasons Star Wars The Force Awakens Will Capture the Hearts of a New Generation

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Disclosure: I attended a free press screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Like most people my age, we remember a number of life-changing experiences of our childhood. Going to see Star Wars in 1977 was one of those experiences. As a kid who really wasn’t all that in to science fiction (and, I’m still not), Star Wars was the exception. From the opening music to the closing credits a generation sat riveted watching a story that George Lucas imagined in his head and brought to life.

We stood on-line to watch The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Then we were duped by Episodes I-III, which, in my opinion were so bad it’s good they just have numbers. But now, 32 years after Return of the Jedi we finally have the sequel. And the teenager in me is so happy!

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens comes to us with a new director, producer and co-writer, J.J. Abrams. He had big shoes to fill and I think he’s done a great job. Taking over a franchise like Star Wars isn’t easy but he did it with a love and reverence not just to the story and characters, but for the fans too.

So, about the movie and the 6 (Spoiler Free) Reasons Star Wars The Force Awakens Will Capture The Hearts of a New Generation

  1. The new droid, BB-8. This is no surprise given that BB-8 merchandise has been out for months. I think most of us assumed C-3PO and R2-D2 were “boys”. But BB-8 doesn’t really give off a male or female vibe and I think most of us think its adorable. In the movie it’s hard to get a real idea of its size. Sometimes you think it’s quite large then the cinematographers play with you and you start to think BB-8 is on the smaller size. And as for those blips and bleeps of speech, let’s just say BB-8 may have some of the funniest lines in the story. But, don’t think our beloved C-3PO and R2 are relegated to has-beens.
  2. Another girl! While there aren’t many leading females in the movie, there are a few that feature somewhat prominently. However, with Leia now a General and a Queen, and more “our age”, the new girl in town is Rey. She’s a spunky, no-holds-barred kind of gal. Perfect for young girls to look up to. And for those of us who grew up believing Princess Leia was pretty kick-a$$, Rey had some pretty big shoes to fill and we fall in love with her just as we did Leia. The story doesn’t give us much about Rey’s history but there are a few places where your mind will begin to craft her story.
  3. Han Solo and Princess Leia. They’re older and living their own “empty nester” kind of lives, although not in the “let’s remodel the house now that the kids are gone” kind of way. Han Solo shows up earlier in the movie than Leia and he’s as funny and charming as he always was. Leia is now the General of the Resistance and she’s had a lot to deal with since she told Luke he was her brother. But together they show how strength, love, and a belief in good over evil can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
  4. Kylo Ren isn’t just another Darth Vader. Most of us had a love/hate relationship with Darth Vader. We loved the robe and the voice and that funky mask but we pretty much hated him. Kylo Ren is clad in black with a more modern rendition of “the mask”. But he’s not Darth Vader or trying to fill that role. He’s actually much more complex and because we get to know a little more about him as the movie runs I think we, as the audience, feel more connected to his story.
  5. The Music. John Williams picked up right where he left off and pulls in another generation with his modern classical orchestrations. We’ve introduced our kids to the dun-dun-DUN-dun dun-dun-dun from the “original” Star Wars and for nearly 40 years it has been included on the soundtrack of our lives. With The Force Awakens, there are a number of times where the music describes the moment better than the visuals.
  6. The Story. While The Force Awakens picks up after Return of the Jedi, so many years have passed and there are a number of unanswered questions that don’t get resolved and plot holes that don’t get filled, all leaving us wanting more. At just over 2-hours run time, you’re pulled in to the story of Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, and reconnecting with your childhood friends Leia and Han Solo that you don’t even realize it’s been that long. You’re captivated and a whole new generation connects with these characters just like we did.

There will never be a “first” Star Wars again, but just like other stories that captivated a new generation with its wizardry and characters of good and evil, The Force Awakens connects a new generation with their parents and brings together families and friends who are connected to this epic space opera and its characters. Whether you see it opening night or weeks later, it doesn’t matter. You’ll still feel the connection. And it doesn’t matter if you see it just once or multiple times, it’s a movie you’ll likely want to see again and again for many years to come.


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Chatting with George Lucas on Twitter, As One Does

As you know, I’m on Twitter. A lot. Well, honestly I don’t think it’s really a lot but I’ve been told that 25,000+ tweets in 18 months is a lot. Seems pretty normal to me, though.

Anyway, one of the things I love about Twitter is how easily it is to talk to some people. I’ve made friends with all kinds of people I’d never have the opportunity to in real life. We don’t normally travel in the same circles, we live in different places, we’re different ages, have different priorities in life, and so forth. But Twitter somehow levels the playing field and allows you to exchange words with other people you may not normally talk with.

For instance, I became a member of the BA75 because I would share tweets, pass on information, comment on articles and so forth. So when Diana and Amy were putting together their list they saw me as someone who fit their description of one of the Bad Ass Women on Twitter. The best part of it is that I was just being myself.

I follow all kinds of people – celebrities, rocket scientists, science geeks, self-proclaimed new junkies, lawyers, doctors, moms dads, musicians and so many more. I’ve even participated in Twitter karaoke! I routinely talk to people who are on the Twitter Power list as well as those who are brand new to the social platform.

So imagine my surprise to see this:

While the profile is not verified, it is quite possibly true that I received a tweet from Mr. Star Wars himself, George Lucas. Squee! With only 11 tweets (as of the time of this writing), mine being his 3rd, I feel awkwardly special. I’m sure there were thousands of tweets today about the release of Return of the Jedi (or as George, yes I call him George because we’re Twitter BFFs now!, would say ROTJ) on Blu-Ray and the reported alteration from the original. And while I don’t want to split hairs with George, I did let him know that if he added something it is therefore changed. Maybe his definition of changed is different. Then again, I’m not a world-renown bazillionaire film maker who created some of the most beloved characters of all time.

Anyway, let’s Squee! again just because, well, George Lucas tweeted me! Go ahead and laugh. It is kind of funny, really. Because I’m not a celebrity hound. I’ve met countless celebrity and professional athletes, CEOs, musicians and, yes, two world leaders and one Pope. And I’ve never been overly emotional about it because, one, I don’t want to come off looking like a dork and, two, when you act normal they appreciate it.

So while I’m not overcome with the vapors, if indeed it was George Lucas of Industrial Light and Magic awesomeness who tweeted at me (not just once, but four times) a little part of me did let out a tiny ‘Oh-Em-Gee’ because I was just being my normal self and that was good enough for him. I didn’t have to praise him or heap superlatives on the upcoming ROTJ release. All I did was something I do every day, share information and be nice. Sure, I put a bit of my own spin on the original tweet after reading that the BluRay release will contain new dialogue. But it wasn’t anything so amazing that someone of George’s stature would shake his head and say “I need to talk to that girl.” It was just me being me. And that’s what so awesome about Twitter.

Now it’s your turn though, tell me about your brushes with celebrities or famous people.


May The 4th Be With You – The Complete Star Wars Saga on Blu-Ray

THIS, is definitely Year of Awesome-worthy! Just in time for my birthday (thanks Mr. Lucas!) Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced that STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA is on its way! The collection will be released September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America. The nine-disc collection will bring our favorite Star Wars moments straight to our homes in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. An unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives will be the best reason to take a few days off while the kids head back to school in the fall.

This is a must have for the Star Wars lover! What a great way to bond with the kids, relive your youth or get together with friends. This comprehensive collection will feature many deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.

One of the first film companies to reach out directly to core audiences by way of fan conventions, Lucasfilm will return to ComicCon this year to showcase the full evolution of the epic story with a special first look at STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY.

You can pre-order today and Amazon will guarantee that if the price goes down you will get that new lower price! Pre-order STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY.


The May 25, 1977 theatrical debut of Star Wars – on a scant 32 screens across America – was destined to change the face of cinema forever. An instant classic and an unparalleled box office success, the rousing “space opera” was equal parts fairy tale, western, 1930s serial and special effects extravaganza, with roots in mythologies from cultures around the world. From the mind of visionary writer/director George Lucas, the epic space fantasy introduced the mystical Force into the cultural vocabulary, as well as iconic characters such as evil Darth Vader, idealistic Luke Skywalker, feisty Princess Leia, lovable scoundrel Han Solo and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since its 1977 debut, Star Wars has continued to grow, its lush narrative expanding from modest beginnings into an epic, six-film Saga chronicling the fall and redemption of The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.


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