The 7th Star Wars film opens in North America this weekend, for those of you that have seen it already, here are 5 things you probably missed in your first viewing, so keep an eye out for them next time.
1) That one scene that sort of takes you out of the movie
We’ll never completely know why JJ Abrams decided to include a scene where Han Solo time travels into the future to give 10 year old JJ a high five, but for some reason, he did. I guess you can do all sorts of things when you’re the director.
2) The Assassination of Jar Jar Binks By The Coward Captain Phasma
They were definitely going for some fan service by including a death scene for controversial figure Jar Jar Binks. But to have a half hour long ‘Saw’-esque torture scene leading to his evisceration and beheading seems a little like overkill. Maybe Abrams will change it to simply shooting him in the back in the Special Edition?
3) The Second Musical Number
Honestly, I don’t think many people in the viewing I attended expected Episode 7 to be a musical, and quite a few people walked out. There sure were a lot of curse words in that second song, but damn if it isn’t catchy. I’ll be humming that all week. Thanks, Star Wars!
4) Having Han Continuously Shoot First
Look, I get it. There’s a very vocal following on the internet who disagree with George’s change to A New Hope where Greedo shoots first. Changes his character, etc, etc. But to suddenly have Han shoot at every loud noise or surprise changes him from a lovable old rogue into a, well, into a frightened old man who really should have given up his blaster a long time ago. Like seriously, how many shots can that thing fire before it needs reloading?
5) Supreme Leader Snoke’s Identity
Wow, this one was really a surprise. There’d been a lot of speculation on the internet that it could be Jar Jar Binks (although, given #2 above, obviously not), or even Sheev Palpatine’s Master, Darth Plagueis. No one could have expected that his true identity would be none other than Mitth’raw’nuruodo, better known as Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Expanded Universe.
When I saw those glowing red eyes peering out from under his hood for the first time… Chills. I got chills.
Well done keeping that a secret Mr. Abrams. You did far better than you did with ‘Kahn’.
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