Next month, one of the most anticipated movies in film history (no exaggeration needed) will finally be released in cinemas. That movie is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Already having made $50 million in opening weekend pre-sale tickets, Episode VII is on route to become the single most successful movie of all time. Some estimate have it making over $2 billion dollars in the international box office and yes, the billion with a B.

As someone who has made it more than clear that I’m not a big fan of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and have been putting off my views on Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, I’m actually very much looking forward to The Force Awakens. Mainly because the trailers have peaked my interest and I’m excited to see where J.J. Abrams, who is a Star Wars fan, can take this franchise. J.J., whom I wrote about in previous posts on two of my most hated movies of all time, Star Trek (2009) and Star Intro Darkness, looks as if he will be honouring the older fans of Star Wars who while trying to bring news fan like me on board.

In my opinion, I already think J.J. has done a better job than he did for the Star Trek franchise even though The Force Awaken is still 3 weeks away from being released.

Why I’ve Given Up On The Star Trek Franchise…

On the 22nd of July in 2016, the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchised in schedules to be released in cinemas. The title of the third film is Star Trek Beyond and I will be skipping this movie. I simply have no interest in knowing where the bastardization of my beloved franchise will go from here. For one, J.J. Abrams has left the franchise to make The Force Awakens. Star Trek (2009) and Star Into Darkness were basically his audition pieces for getting to direct the new Star Wars movies and I’m happy for him since he’s more a fan of Star Wars than Star Trek.

The director of Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin is noted for directing 3 Fast and Furious movies, which I’ve never been a fan. While he’s also directed episodes of the underrated TV show Community, he has also directed episodes of a TV show called Scorpion. I find that show to be pretty terrible. Nothing against Lin personally but the franchise taking on the director of 3 Fast and Furious movies, plus having Simon Pegg write the screenplay, smells of disaster to me. After being fooled into seeing Star Trek (2009), I was fooled again into seeing Star Trek Into Darkness. What’s that old saying again? Fool me once shame of you, fool me twice shame on me. It’s not going to happen a third time.

Why The Force Awakens Has Caught My Attention…

It’s not just the marketing that has stood out for me on The Force Awakens but I really love the new direction Star Wars is going; back to what appears to be the dark tones of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. That one is my personal favourite Star Wars movie.

What we do know about the antagonists of The Force Awakens is that the Empire has been reformed, at least to some extent. This new resurgence calls itself The First Order and according to J.J. Abrams, he imagined The First Order as if the Nazis had regrouped in South America after the Second World War. What had always bothered me about the end of Return of the Jedi was the fact that after the second Death Star was blown up (sorry if that ruined anything but it has been 32 years) is that there are several Imperial Star Destroyers still visible in the background over the forest moon of Endor. I for one had always wondered where those ships went afterward and if there were other battles that ensued. While several of the now non-canon books spoke about a second empire forming, I’m interested in seeing what The First Order’s goals are and how they plan to fulfill Vader’s prophecy.

The story possibilities for the new Star Wars franchise is now not only endless but creative and has peaked my curiosity. That’s something I simply can’t say about the direction the rebooted Star Trek franchise has gone. As a long-time Star Trek fan, I don’t even care if the alternative timeline is restored. I’ll always have the Star Trek I love, which is Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, the later seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn and Star Trek First Contact. Anything else, especially the reboots, are missteps in my opinion.

With just a few weeks away until release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, I simply can’t wait to see what the next adventures are and where the Star Wars franchise is going. I’m also very much looking forward to Rian Johnson directing Star Wars Episode VIII and for the action/war movie, Rouge One.