Sonikku wrote: DIsney plays it far too safe with the new trilogy and after the high critical success of 7 I don't see that trend changing. (even though I personally did not care for it despite being a hardcore Star Wars fan) It's probably just going to be an Empire Strikes Back retread with Luke as the "new Yoda". I sorely wish they took the story in a new direction instead of just rehashing the original trilogy and pushing it as a sequel. As for the trailer, I don't really care for it, which is alarming because despite not liking 7, I still thought the trailer at least was great.
VII was aimed at re-introducing a film series that had been maimed by its prequels. While I personally didn’t mind the overall familiarity- Star Wars is, after all, a generational saga full of repeating themes (desert planets; droids tasked with important missions; etc)- I can understand those like you, who felt the film was a bit of a missed opportunity. As lame as the prequels were, they certainly attempted to be groundbreaking.
Having said that, everything now seems to suggest that VIII will be rather bold in terms of direction; from past comments made by JJ Abrams calling it “weird”, to Mark Hamill recently stating that he had fundamentally disagreed with Luke Skywalker’s new arc (hinting that fans were in for a surprise). Couple that with the fact that Rian Johnson is writing and directing it, and we suddenly have a fascinating “something”, which IMO brims with potential.
Really looking forward to this one.
As for the new teaser- DGAF really.
The less they show the better; kind of like Shenmue 3 when you think about it.