A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it was foretold that the Star Wars saga would
continue.

Sith Lords and Jedi masters alike have been cast in shadow until the teaser trailer for
"Star Wars, Episode VII The Force Awakens" blasted its way onto the web.  Cloaks were
drawn.  Lightsabers were reignited.  The dark side and the light collide once more.

I’m the Ranting Usher.  Let me talk you to your seat.

From the film’s official title and an eerie voice-over performed by Andy Serkis, we’re led
to believe that the Force has lain dormant and has arisen in a universe that has moved
on without it and expanded, even crashed, into rare and uncharted territories.  That the
Force is just now resurfacing after Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were destroyed
on the Death Star thirty years ago is highly unlikely given whole volumes written in the
Expanded Universe.

John Boyega, who appears at the opening of the trailer as a stormtrooper without his
helmet, seems to indicate that the troopers are no longer just foot soldiers for the
Empire, but possess actual human qualities, and perhaps parts of the film will focus more
on their emotional and mental states and their role in the ensuing battle between the
Rebellion and what remains of the Empire.  Considering that Boyega's character hardly
resembles the father of the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, perhaps it’s safe to
assume that these troopers are not clones?

Oddly enough, the three biggest heroes from the original trilogy, Luke Skywaker, Han
Solo, and Princess Leia do not appear anywhere in the trailer even though their roles
had long since been confirmed.  They may no longer be the main characters, but they are
nonetheless entrenched in the Star Wars culture and should have earned at least a few
seconds of airtime.  We didn’t even see Artoo-D2 or C3PO.  Instead a bumbling football
droid rolls across the screen.

Fans like seeing familiar faces.  It makes them feel as though they’re reuniting with family
and friends.    

Hearing John William’s score and seeing the Millennium Falcon battling a Tie-Fighter was
not only familiar but also the teaser’s greatest highlight.

Don’t get me wrong.  

Things are bound to change.  The cross hilt on the Sith Lord’s lightsaber is certainly an
unusual sight.  These mysterious alterations are highly significant because I believe they
indicate other major changes have occurred that we don't know about yet. Their overall
purpose in the grand scheme of the galaxy has yet to be revealed.  Although I hope the
new saber isn’t just a brand new design that the producers created for the sake of
selling merchandise.

Director J.J. Abrams and Disney are taking several liberties even with George Lucas as a
creative consultant.  Yes, we all know he’ll never leave it alone.  Even after he passes
away and transforms into the Force, so to speak, he’ll probably still be manipulating the
franchise.

Now that we’re one year away from the film’s official release in December 2015, we’re all
wondering where they will go from here.  The Star Wars universe is so massive that the
storyline can be written in about a hundred different directions.  Myriad characters, both
alien and human, will undoubtedly be introduced.  Underlying themes and subplots that
have scarcely been touched upon will presumably be woven into the new trilogy.  Whole
new star systems are bound to be explored.  How many new forms of stimuli can
filmmakers ask audiences to adapt to while still staying true to the core nature of the
series?

I’m excited to see "Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens."  I just hope that there are
enough references to what has gone on before to keep it consistent and that they
incorporate a comfortable blend between what is new and what is old.

I’m the Ranting Usher.  Let me talk you to your seat and may the Force be with you.