Star Wars VII – Reasons to Hope

Posted: October 6, 2014 by jperritt in Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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Star-Wars-CastFor that past few months, Star Wars has been discussed quite frequently at the Perritt household.  If you remember, I shared my viewing of the first one a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope, with my children over the forth of July weekend.  Since then, we’ve watched Episode V, VI, I, & II – in that order (the correct order, I might add).  I don’t think my kids are ready for Episode III just yet, but we will watch it before we see Episode VII, Lord willing.

Since we are waiting on Episode III & VII, we have frequented the local bookstore and checked out just about every Star Wars book they have.  We’ve read Star Wars encyclopedias and I’ve learned more than ever about this world that has fascinated sic-fi nerd….I mean…fans for decades.  (Did you know Boba Fett actually survived the Sarlacc?  Crazy!)

Not only have we watched and read about Star Wars, we have become Star Wars.  That’s right, I’ve portrayed just about every character from time-to-time (and quite well, I might add).  We’ve made lightsabers out of pool noodles (just add duct tape), and because of that I’ve had many limbs severed.

So, with the anticipation of the newest SW installment and the constant dialogue about SW in my home, you will probably receive a few SW posts.  Yet, even with our excitement, there are plenty of haters out there.  People are already talking about how it’s going to be ruined or why they aren’t going to see it.  However, I’m not one of them.  I’m very excited!  And, I wanted to share a few reasons why you should be excited too.

J. J. Abrams

Relax, the two J’s don’t stand for Jar Jar.  Abrams has proved to us that he can handle reboots; e.g., Star Trek I & II.  In fact, I thought Star Trek: Into Darkness was the best summer blockbuster that year.  But, he’s not only shown us he can do reboots, he has shown us he can do reboots in a franchise that is adored by fans.  Add to that, the fact that he can handle sci-fi.  So, it’s a reboot, adored by fans, in the same genre Star Wars belongs.  What’s to worry?

It’s New

I know that newer doesn’t always translate to better, but you have to admit that some elements of Episodes I, II, & III were better than the originals (easy, I said some).  No one in there right mind would say that Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s lightsaber battle in A New Hope came close to the lightsaber battle in The Phantom Menace.  Episode I clearly had the better fight scene, so why not expect this newer installment to possess better aspects than those previously released.  Think about it, we appreciate advancements in almost every professional field, why not film?  Not to mention the fact that we follow a King who promises to make all things new. (Rev. 21:5)  There’s something about newer that we should appreciate and long for.

The Never-ending Story

I know there are times when we want certain movies to end.  Pretty much any horror series needs to end – Saw, Friday the 13th, the Final Destination films, as well as, most films directed by Michael Bay.  But, there are some films we want to keep going.  There are those stories we just love and long to continue following, Middle Earth anyone?  I would put the Star Wars films in this category.  Say what you will, but these films have resonated ever since the first one made its way into the theaters in 1977.  These films have transcended generations and remained timeless classics.  And, this is what stories should be, right?  Think about it, stories weren’t designed to end.

God is the Creator of all that has ever been and all that will be.  He transcends time and is unchangeable so he is neither old nor young – he’s everlasting to everlasting.  His story will continue on into eternity future.  For those who have faith in his perfect Son, they too will continue forever in perfection.  Sadly, those who refuse to acknowledge him as King will continue forever in eternal torment.  Either way, our stories go on.

Therefore, never-ending stories resonate with us and that is why a story with intergalactic warfare continues to resonate.  If we’re honest, we don’t want them to end.  Yes, some of the episodes may stink.  Some may have silly characters we hope are killed off in the forthcoming episodes.  Some of us, however, will continue to enjoy finding out what happens in a galaxy far, far away.

  1. […] • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens John gave us some excellent “reasons to hope;” check them out. […]

  2. Daniel Leavengood says:

    Sadly, they have said they are nullifying the greater Star Wars lore. Lucas was great about allowing others to write and tell stories in His world, but they all had to balance out. So the fact that Boba Fett survived is now back into limbo. I only post this to one up nerd you John. Hope you guys are doing well.

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