My thoughts on the opening of Star Wars: Episode VII!
This morning Badass Digest went forward and posted the opening of Star Wars: Episode VII. It doesn’t start with a ship flying over our heads, but instead “A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.” Does it defy science? Yes, maybe. But so does just about everything in Star Wars. Visual language trumps everything. There’s sound in space. Spaceships explode in space. Rubble in asteroid fields would destroy your ship. Entire planets have geographic characteristic. Tatooine’s twin suns would make the planet uninhabitable and so on. This is fantasy. You can’t bring science in to this. If Star Wars has two parents, science fiction and fantasy, Star Wars took after its mother, fantasy, more than it ever did its father, science fiction. But you forgot the fantasy. You forgot Luke Skywalker has a robotic hand.
It sounds very mythic to me. If defies science. Because it isn’t about science and Star Wars has never been about science either, it has been about fantasy. The visual I get in my head of a frozen hand tumbling through space gripping a laser sword is so cool. Visually speaking, probably thematically speaking, I can see it as a compelling opening to the film. The hand of Luke Skywalker are passed on to two new characters.
“That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life.” The rumor we reported was John Boyega’s character was a Stormtrooper who was shot down, and rescued by Daisy Ridley’s character who helped get him back on his feet. He could have turned on her but instead turned his back on the Empire to help her for helping him. We thought this stuff happened on screen, but now it appears it could be part of the backstory and just referenced by the characters at some point. I do believe we see his armor either way.
I heard an unverified rumor that an old unused plot point was being used in Star Wars: Episode VII. Off the top of my head, I know there was a bit where Luke opens his Lightsaber and finds a talisman that leads him to Yoda before they had the ghost of Ben Kenobi appear. It appears there’s a chance Luke Skywalker put such a talisman in his laser sword to alert his family because if it is found, he is dead. That’s just my speculation. But that might be the catalyst that takes our heroes off world to meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca.
“Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren’t flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting… well, that could be a spoiler.” This makes me wonder if the rumors that the Falcon is being piloted by Oscar Isaac’s character are spot on. There’s been rumors Oscar Isaac is Han Solo’s son and he now pilots the ship. But there’s been other rumors he’s a mercenary hired to help the heroes. Is there a chance he wins the Falcon from Han Solo at some point in the past and Han hired him because he knows he’s the best there is?
“Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems…” sounds like the kind of thing the Empire would do.
I think this sounds like a fantastic story.
Brian brings up a great point:
Just to be super clear: This is Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand. He loses it just before the film begins. His hand is floating in space and his ship and his hand crash bringing the heroes to the scene. They are then drawn out into the adventure. This is not Luke’s hand from The Empire Strikes Back.