Friday, January 25, 2013

Reincarnations

 

"How long till my soul gets it right
can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of galileo
king of night vision, king of insight"

-- Emily Saliers

J. J. Abrams must have done some very good things in a previous lifetime.

The man was given the floundering Star Trek franchise, directed one hell of a reboot, and the highly anticipated sequel due out this May, and now he's just been handed the keys to a galaxy far far away. Word just broke all over the web that he'll be directing the next Star Wars movie. Can one man have that much power and not be tempted by the Dark Side? Sure, why not. He must be the reincarnation of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi or maybe Jesus himself, to get to play with both these toy-boxes.

It hasn't been a great road for Star Wars fans recently. After some disappointing films, those of us looking for new Star Wars adventures were left with only video games and the only one, but often brilliant Clone Wars TV show. At least Trek fans had seven movies, and six tv series, all running multiple years, even an animated series! And best of all new movies, the bright new future that Abrams so carefully crafted to give the franchise a fresh start and somehow still picked up where the rest left off. But then it happened, the promise of a new Star Wars movie.

Then came the angst.

Would it suck?

Would it suck as bad as the last three?

Ever since the new Star Wars sequel was announced there has been a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of fan voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Relieved that something wonderful has happened. Comforted by the news that J. J. Abrams would be steering the next generation of Star Wars films closer to fine.

As long as they don't do a crossover film.

I know Kirk and crew had their share of omnipotent opponents. Trelaine, Gary Mitchell, Apollo, Charlie X, even Picard had Q. But I don't see them surviving Darth Vader and the Empire, even with some help from the Yoda and friends. But I could be wrong, what do you think...

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