Star Wars The Force Awakens

The trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is here, but what have we learned?

With Black Friday upon us in addition to the release of the new “Star Wars” trailer, the internet is practically broken. Being an avid “Star Wars” fan myself, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched the trailer. With that said, here are a few things that I’ve noticed that may provide some insight as to what direction “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will take.

6. John Boyega is Either a Rebel Spy or a Turned Stormtrooper

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John Boyega in Star Wars The Force Awakens

The first character that we see is John Boyega panicked in a Stormtrooper outfit. What makes this interesting is that it seems as if he is running from something. Stormtroopers tend to travel in groups so a panicked and isolated Stormtrooper means that Boyega’s character is either a rebel in disguise or a Stormtrooper who changed allegiances. Either way, this makes for great storytelling for the big picture.

5. The Stormtroopers Have a New Look

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Stormtroopers have a new look!

These are not the Stormtroopers we’re looking for! The Stormtroopers in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” capture the essence of the original troopers but they definitely have a new look. The black outline of their mouths now extends all along their jawline when before it was more of a centered frown. It’s definitely a subtle difference that only fans will know but I think many will accept this change. The other major difference is their weaponry. The blasters have a unique LED display on their side which is a subtle yet cool modernization for a new generation of “Star Wars.” While the changes may be minor, these small changes make for a more elaborate group of characters.

4. The New lightsaber Has a Crossguard

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Lightsaber with a crossguard

I’m sure that there is a purpose to crossguards on a lightsaber but I’m clueless as to how extravagant that purpose will be. To me it seems as though crossguards would make a lightsaber less effective but in the “Star Wars” universe, science and fiction are one and the same. From my guess, if lightsabers can clash then lightsaber crossguards could be used as a defensive measure as well. If you think of medieval battle and broadswords, there are a number of possibilities for this new type of lightsaber.

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