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GeekGirl Review of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer

As every man(dalorian), woman, and child from here to the farthest edge of the galaxy surely knows by now,  a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens debuted October 19, 2015.

GeekGirl Megan shared the news here at GGW, while Lacey and I weighed in on the new footage in our YouTube video review, which is featured below. We talked about seeing old favorites, the grand mythos of the Force, and even had a lightsaber battle. Plus, there’s a little extra something at the very end!

After watching the trailer again (and again and again), we realized there were a few things worth discussing, speculating, analyzing, and fan-girling:

Kylo Ren (possibly) torturing Poe Dameron.

We’ve seen baddie Kylo Ren and his tri-blade saber in previous trailers, but this time we hear his voice and actually see him causing major Force-style damage to the sexiest pilot to ever fly an X-Wing. What’s happening here? What led their paths to cross? Some fans are speculating Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac’s characters knew each other in the past before going down their separate paths (Kylo Ren’s being one of pain and destruction, and Poe Dameron’s being one seemingly more noble). Is this revenge for a past wrong-doing? Or does Kylo Ren simply impact suffering on anyone not on his side? Or is it something else all together? This is one sub-plot that is keeping us guessing!

Rey sobbing over a body.

After seeing this scene, two thoughts immediately crossed my mind: 1) How can Daisy Ridley simultaneously break our hearts with the most believable crying I’ve ever seen in a trailer/movie/television show, while still looking down right gorgeous? Tobey Maguire, take note. 2) Who/what is she crying over? She seems hunched over a limp body. Is someone injured? Is someone dead? Fan speculation tells us we might lose a classic character, and looking closer at the footage, I have a pretty good idea of who. Something tells me I will be crying just as hard during the movie… but probably not as gracefully as Ms. Ridley. Someone better bring tissues to the cinema, that’s all I’m saying.

Finn’s reaction at the fight.

John Boyega’s Finn was the first person we saw in the initial Episode VII teaser trailer. Another early image was of Kylo Ren’s saber in the forest, but we didn’t know who he was fighting. As more and more footage was released, we’ve learned it was these two about to battle it out. Can I just say how much I love Boyega’s face in this snippet? He is so expressive in his mannerisms, and seems to convey so many emotions in such a short amount of time, from “Holy Moly! What did I get myself into?!” to “I can’t show this guy how scared I am!” to “Okay, I can do this! Bring it on!” I love each and every subtle expression, and think he’ll be able to be comedic without being over the top. Nope, definitely not the next Jar Jar. This guy is surely a Jedi!

Feeling more like an epic World War II film than your run-of-the-mill sci-fi adventure, there is so much we loved about this dark, serious trailer. We can not wait for the feature film, which is released October 18, 2015 (though, let’s be serious, we already got our tickets for the premiere the night before!).

Thanks to  at TechCrunch for sharing the special moments from the trailer as gifs!

What did you think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section! 

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Interview: Geek Hero Greg Weisman discusses new AudioPlay

Greg Weisman. Even if you don’t know his name, you know his work. He’s been involved on projects with Marvel, DC, and Star Wars (not to name drop or anything). He’s created so many fandoms that I’m pretty sure every GeekGirl needs to have a shrine of him in her closet. But what you might not know is that he has an exciting project in the works: an AudioPlay based on his series Rain of Ghosts. Luckily, GeekGirl World got to interview him about all that— and more, and we have all the gloriously geeky details!


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GeekGirl World: You have had such a wonderful and varied career, and have had a hand in everything that GeekGirl World loves: Spider-Man; Gargoyles; Star Wars; Captain Atom. Is there a character or universe you’ve always wanted to work with but have never had the chance? Any passion projects?
Greg Weisman: Well, I get pretty passionate about anything I work on with any depth.  I’d sure love to get back to Gargoyles or Young Justice or The Spectacular Spider-Man or W.I.T.C.H..  There are literally too many DC and Marvel characters that I’d love to take a crack at for me to list.  I’ve had a blast writing Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan, and would love to do similar stuff for Hera, Sabine and Zeb.  Right now, of course, my main passion project is the AudioPlay of my novel Rain of the Ghosts.

Rain of the Ghosts - Kickstarter RGB prevGGW: Your paranormal series Rain of Ghosts is being turned into an AudioPlay, which is both classic (like the old radio serials) and revolutionary (a step up from audiobooks or podcasts). What inspired you to tell Rain Cacique’s story in this unique format? What can listeners expect from this project?
Weisman: The original inspiration is pretty basic: I just wanted to hear it.  But I never wanted a standard audio book with a single narrator doing all the voices, male and female, old and young, living and dead.  So I went with what I know, and listeners can expect an unabridged full-cast AudioPlay with twenty fantastic actors, a full musical score and sound effects.  It’s a studio-quality production without any studio-level interference.  Like a four hour animated movie with everything except the actual animation.

GGW: Your team is relying on the support of fans via Kickstarter to help fund the post-production of Rain of Ghosts and you’re nearly halfway there! Congratulations! In 10 words or less, what would you tell GeekGirl World readers to inspire them to make a donation?
Weisman: Rain’s taking control of her destiny.  Help us do likewise!  (Ten words is not a lot of words.)

GGW: Kanan is one of the most interesting Star Wars characters in the entire galaxy. You wrote Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan, which focuses on his adventures as a kid. Have you heard the internet rumor that an older Kanan will appear in Episode VII: The Force Awakens? What are your thoughts on this?
Weisman: I haven’t heard that rumor, but it would be pretty darn cool if it’s true!

GGW: You were a writer and executive producer for the first season of Star Wars Rebels, and helped introduce some of the most relatable characters in the Star Wars universe. (One GGW staff member is actually nicknamed Chopper, thanks to the show!) Which character do you identify with most and why?
Weisman: Probably Hera Syndulla, the woman behind the curtain, so to speak.  That reminds me a bit of what I do.

staff pick coverGGW: I saw you at Gallifrey One where there was a panel on Young Justice, a show that everyone agrees ended way too early. One of the things that amused me most were the fan questions. Are you ever bombarded by fans who beg for resolutions to the unfinished storylines? Any strange fan encounters?
Weisman: I’m constantly bombarded with questions, both on my Twitter account (@Greg_Weisman) and on my web page (AskGregWeisman.com).  But most of the time, I don’t mind.  I think it’s more frustrating for folks who want closure that I’m unable (or at times unwilling) to give them.  The thing to keep in mind is that I haven’t given up on getting a chance to tell more stories set in those universes, and I don’t like spoilers.  As for strange fan encounters: why, yes, I’ve had my fair share.  Comes with the territory, I think.  But by far, most of the fans I’ve encountered – particularly in person without the anonymity of the internet – have been quite wonderful.

GGW: You’re a writer, director, and producer. You’ve worked in comics, animation, and AudioPlays. Is there anything you can’t do or that is entirely out of your comfort zone? We think you’re perfect! What can fans expect from you next?
Weisman: LOL.  I’m far from perfect, but I appreciate the sentiment.  My focus now is on Rain and Kanan and a new animated series I’m producing that I’m not allowed to discuss yet.  As for my comfort zone, Kickstarter is WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.  But I’m plugging away at it and hoping for the best!


Check out the Kickstarter video for Rain of the Ghosts below: