Spotted! Part 6: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens


Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

Rated NR: This film currently has no rating

Genre/s: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Space 

This film is to be released on December 18, 2015 (US Release Date, Available For Worldwide Viewing)

Writers: J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan

Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis and Adam Driver

In this sequel trilogy, the force is definitely strong! Welcome once more to Dateline Movies, and today we'll be tackling the most anticipated sequel of all time, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Yes, it's finally here. The long-awaited and highly demanded installments to the saga is coming soon. I know many of you may have been expecting another DC or Marvel Spotted! post, but come on guys, Star Wars is just as epic, and besides we love Star Wars! For those of you who have been reading our several Star Wars related posts, you'll get the idea. Also, I'm sorry for the long wait. Anyway, here it is boys and girls, our sixth Spotted! post.

What we saw in trailers?

Unfortunately for a film who already has more than one trailer, we still don't have an official synopsis, except from some hints from cast members and die-hard fans, as well as a few guesses of mine, which I would be using in this post.

Thirty years after the Battle of Endor in Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, three unique individuals have to band together against a threat that is all too familiar yet somehow stronger than ever. A renegade heir named Kylo Ren, played by Driver (Girls) reassembles the remnants of the Sith army, and is on a quest for universal domination. Bringing with him in his quest for power are Captain Phasma, played by Christie (Game of Thrones), a powerful assassin and Supreme Leader Snoke, played by Serkis (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), his second-in-command.

The three unique people that I mentioned earlier are the only individuals that stand between one heck of a space ride and total obliteration. Finn, played by Boyega (Attack The Block), a hero-in-the-making disguised as a Stormtrooper, who got himself in serious trouble when the Sith finds out that he is an infiltrator. Rey, played by Ridley (Mr. Selfridge) is a lowly scavenger from the planet Jakku, who salvage left-out machine parts. Lastly, Poe Dameron, played by Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is one of the finest pilots around, who was sent on a mission by Princess Leia, played by Fisher (Family Guy), until he suddenly becomes best friends with Finn.

Together, they must seek Luke Skywalker, played by Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series) so that he may prevent Kylo Ren in enacting his devious plans, while going on an amazing adventure with classic characters, like Han Solo, played by Ford (The Raiders of the Lost Ark) as well as his trusted Wookee, Chewbacca.

Spotted!: Hidden Surprises and Trivia (Spoiler Alert!)


1. Sins of The Father: If there's one thing I learned from the Star Wars series, both the original and prequel trilogy, it would be about the family, which is basically one of the most worn out cliches of all time, but still it is an important theme. Luke Skywalker found out that Darth Vader was his father. Anakin, before becoming Darth Vader, wanted to keep his wife safe from the Dark Side. Anakin's mother was killed by savage Jawwas. What I'm trying to say is, it is possible Kylo Ren could be the narrator that we heard at the first part of the second trailer.

If so, then that means Kylo Ren simply wants to be greater than Luke (as evidenced by Vader's helmet in the film, which suggests that he chose the Dark Side over being good). Another hint that Kylo Ren could be the narrator is that throughout each trailer, he seems to know how the Force works, and that cross-guard lightsaber looks as if it used to be Sith property that was upgraded by a Jedi.

2. Falling Stars: With all the rapid yet clear stills of a TIE Fighter hangar, Stormtroopers assembling in what appears to be a palace and a few "blink-and-miss" shots of a mechanical area (specifically with that one shot with Captain Phasma, more on her later, and that one scene with Finn in a supposed digital labyrinth), it is possible that they may be rebuilding the Death Star, for the third time in this one franchise! If it won't be a Death Star, it would hopefully a weapon of mass-destruction, which I unfortunately couldn't support because honestly, could there be any other doomsday device in the Star Wars universe? If so, feel free to help us out in the comments!

3. Behind The Mask: There are a lot, and I mean, a lot of new elements added to the already large universe in this latest installment. There are new heroes to love, new villains to despise but still love, and new planets to explore, but mostly love. However, the most interesting and by far, the most enigmatic character that has been, will be introduced in this movie, and it is Captain Phasma.

Aside from Kylo Ren, Phasma's presence in the film is clouded in mystery, especially since she wears a mask as well. There was a rumor regarding a female Stormtrooper suiting-up, and Phasma could be this supposed gender-bent copy. What's more mysterious is why a female? Aside from gender equality of course. Is it possible that she could be a defective clone, or an apprentice of Kylo Ren's, who may have been raised to become a powerful assassin? If she is an apprentice, where did she come from? I guess we'll just have to wait until Christmas arrives. If you're going to ask me though, I bet she is an assassin, trained by Kylo Ren, and she probably has a beef for the Jedi for probably killing her parents or simply being manipulated into thinking that the Jedi are the enemies.

4. "We're Home!": One of the best, and undoubtedly, the most nostalgic part of the second trailer is the return of fan-favorite duo that is Han Solo and Chewbacca. Of course, apart from continuity with the previous installments, their reason in the film is also a topic for debate. The way Han says "We're home!" could mean that he may be separated from Leia and Luke years after Episode VI. In addition, this could be the mission Princess Leia assigned Poe Dameron, to find Han and Chewie and bring them home! The question is, how did they got lost in the first place? It is possible that Han and Chewie may be bounty hunting, until they encountered extremely dangerous foes and probably crashed the Millennium Falcon. Man, I can't wait for this flick!


5. "Back, I am!": And speaking of nostalgia, Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker is one of the most anticipated returns in the film. Although we haven't seen him yet, he is rumored to be the Jedi Master that Finn, Poe and Rey is looking for (because who else could it be?). A thought says that he'll only be in two scenes, which is pretty sad and albeit disappointing if you ask me. Also, he seems to be crazier and isolated because something had happened some time prior to the film. But then again, it is possible he may be involved in a final fight scene with Kylo Ren. It could just be like Phantom Menace...'s duel between Darth Maul and Qui-Gon-Jinn. I got you there, didn't I? Thankfully, there is no sight of Jar Jar Binks in this film!

6. Rogue One Down: For our final hidden surprise, even though it isn't really much of a surprise but more of a "movie fact", a Star Wars Anthology film series is in the works! Josh Trank, the director of the upcoming FANT4STIC film, was originally suppose to direct the first part of the series that has been titled Rogue One. Unfortunately for me because I enjoyed Chronicle, but mostly good for some of you because some of you may not like his take on his latest flick, he left the project to take on less known projects.

What's really interesting is that a lot of rumors (or leaked facts) point out that the project is still very much alive, with a handful of interesting ideas. Gareth Edwards could direct, with Jon Favreau and / or Matthew Vaughn directing a potential installment in the anthology. It might follow Felicity Jones is an all-out Rebel heist on the Death Star. The story would take place after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and before Episode IV: A New Hope. A lot of old classic like Boba Fett could return. New actors are also joining in with Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Sam Clafin, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed may also be attached for any film in the anthology. Sadly, John Williams will not return to compose any scores for the series (although he did came back for Episode VII) and may be replaced by Academy Award winning composer, Andre Desplat.

The force really is strong in J.J. Abrams's upcoming film, or series. I enjoyed J.J. Abrams's take on the Star Trek reboot movies, so there is no doubt he could breath new life into this already incredible franchise. Just lessen the lens flares, please! How about you, do you think The Force Awakens could kick start a new trilogy? 


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