This week We are joined by Scott Ryfun of My Star Wars Story, Dinner 4 Geeks, and The Star Wars Tonight podcast to discuss all the marketing and merchandising surrounding The Force Awakens. Has Lucasfilm gone too far? Tune in and find out scoundrels.
With The Force Awakens hitting theaters in mere days it’s time someone stopped and said, “When is enough?” Well Bruce and Michael certainly aren’t those people but we entertain the question in with a wonderful discussion with Scott Ryfun in this episode.
NOTE: Possible spoilers for The Force Awakens based on speculation and deduction from the trailers and other official sources. Spoilers at the end for the junior novel The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure.
In my previous article, Exposing the Hidden Clues in The Force Awakens Trailer, I compared some shots in the new trailer to moments from the original trilogy. There are, in fact, many comparisons to be made between much of the official information released for The Force Awakens and the entire Star Wars saga. I have left some similarities I have noticed out of this article for length considerations, and I’m sure I have missed some. The article will include virtually identical shots, shots reminiscent in theme, and inversions of themes. Some of these are rather clear and some are subjective and simply struck a chord in my imagination. Please feel free to add to the list.
In the new trailer, we see that Rey, like Luke and Anakin before her, has a desire to leave her desert home in search of a better, more adventurous life. Note that Anakin is the most optimistic of the three.
NOTE: Possible spoilers for a segment of The Force Awakens based on speculation and deduction from the trailers and other official sources.
When Star Wars fans around the world gathered to view the final trailer for The Force Awakens, we, in grand tradition, soaked in each frame, trying to discern as much as we could about the highly anticipated film. After the awe of that initial viewing, many of us went back over the trailer frame-by-frame, analyzing each shot over and over and speculating on their potential meaning to the plot of the film.
That night on Twitter, Bethany Blanton, Co-Founder of The Star Wars Report, posted a still from the trailer featuring our heroes approaching a large stone building adorned with multiple banners. Above the entrance of this building was a design that Bethany thought resembled a Stormtrooper helmet. I tweeted back that I thought it looked like the mask of Darth Vader. In all likelihood, it is probably neither, but wild imaginations are part of the fun of fandom.
However, there was something else familiar about this design that puzzled me. At first I thought it might be an existing symbol within the Star Wars universe. Several of us had already spotted what turned out to be two logos associated with the Mandalorians and Boba Fett among the designs on the numerous flags.
After some minutes searching in vain online, it finally hit me. I had seen that same design in a previous The Force Awakens picture. That picture was in the Force Awakens issue of Vanity Fair and featured the menacing Captain Phasma standing among the charred ruins of a stone structure. The caption read: “First Order officer Captain Phasma… surveys the rubble following an attack.” I then realized that it was the same building.
Karl and Jason discuss some of their favorite turning points in the Star Wars saga as well as share some of their big turning points in their Star Wars fandom! From Dooku leaving the Jedi Order, to Luke leaving Dagohbah, all sorts of big choices and changes are discussed!