The Dark Side Rises in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New Star Wars Trailer Focuses on Mysterious Kylo Ren.

Star Wars fans received a Thanksgiving surprise Thursday as The Force Awakens’ official Facebook page dropped another minute-long preview for the much-anticipated film.The Church of England’s valiant bid to run an advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer before the forthcoming Star Wars film may have hit a snag following Odeon, Vue and Cineworld’s refusal to run it, but for an eclectic range of other blockbuster piggybackers the campaign continues. The latest preview harkens back to the first Force Awakens trailer released nearly a year ago, with a spooky voice – since identified as Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke – asking, “There’s been an awakening.

In practice, this exciting development means Google Maps with an X-wing or a TIE fighter as a cursor, while YouTube’s progress bar can take on a lightsabre effect. Have you felt it?” While the question was left unanswered in the original trailer, this time around Kylo Ren responds simply, “Yes.” “Even you have never faced such a test,” Snoke tells Ren in voiceover that accompanies new footage of the villain acting malevolently. In further proof that in 2015 Christmas reindeer jumpers are unimpressively passé, the Penneys/Primark range of Star Wars-themed apparel includes a Chewbacca onesie, while other terribly practical merchandise available online includes the Star Wars Death Star waffle maker, the Star Wars Darth Vader toaster and the Star Wars R2D2 kitchen timer with rotating head. Elsewhere in the trailer, fans also get a shot of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Daisy Ridley’s Rey firing lasers at an unseen enemy, plus more footage of Oscar Isaac’s Poe involved in a shootout with TIE Fighters. “All teams, give it everything you got,” he yells to his squadron. After December 18th, we’ll no longer get to watch Joel McHale savage the idiocy of reality-show celebrities, a vital public service he’s performed for the past 11 years.

And if last week is any indication, the remaining episodes are going to be something to see; the host is already going down swinging with hilariously mean jokes about Charlie Sheen, Jared Fogle, and E! itself. This week’s round-up dips into the raging arguments sparked by a couple of cable dramas that has been playing fast and loose with the whole “killing off beloved characters” concept. After a cliffhanger that saw The Leftovers’ main character Kevin Garvey drink poison and apparently die, the hero came back, slugging his way home through a purgatorial dreamscape full of familiar faces and religious symbolism. It was one feverish hour of TV, packed with allusive imagery and weird ideas — up to and including the premise that in this sideways universe, our hero’s been hired to kill (!) his Guilty Remnant nemesis Patti (!!), who’s now a presidential candidate (!!!).

Showrunner Scott Gimple has an interesting defense of the drawn-out uncertainty over the character’s fate, saying that he and his writers were trying to create in the audience the same confusion the heroes were going through. It’s just that this “un-twist” came after a string of episodes set more or less the same day, seen from different perspectives and locations — which made it feel a lot like the creative team was just toying with us, making us mourn for a month for no reason. At its worst, the crown jewel of the Shondaland empire can feel like a sputtering plot-twist-generator, jerking characters and viewers around almost at random. After spending the first half of the episode trading cookie recipes and planning dinners for her boyfriend, a.k.a. the President of the United States, Scandal’s suddenly tamed lioness discreetly got an abortion. The point was clear: Even if the senate stunt was meant as political theater, it had personal meaning for the heroine — or for anyone who’d rather not be chained to traditional roles of wife/hostess/mother if she doesn’t want to be.

Die-hard liberal Diane Lockhart took an assignment from one of her firm’s well-heeled right-wing clients, defending their right to post hidden-camera video of an abortion provider talking about selling fetal tissue. But it had ample mojo in the scenes where lawyers tossed around fast-paced arguments about free speech and biased judges, delivered in the show’s typical style—with editing so jumpy that it frequently cut people off mid-shout. If Scandal is about how private lives impact public policy, then the CBS drama is about how personal convictions get chopped to incomprehensibility by the Cuisinart of our court system. Adele’s third album 25 is already on-pace to go double platinum in its first week; and one day after its release, Saturday Night Live spoofed the British pop star’s ubiquity in a sketch where a family’s Thanksgiving arguments turn into a communal sing-along whenever someone puts on “Hello.” The lady herself to the stage, to belt out “Hello” and “When We Were Young” to a rapturous crowd.

It didn’t get as much attention — which was surprising given that it aired simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel — but Friday’s multi-cast of Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America featured maybe the most moving six minutes of television all week, when it opened with a performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots).” John Legend traded verses with the Boss while Tom Morello pitched in with a fiery guitar solo, all while the callback to the 1999 police-involved shooting of Amadou Diallo served as a reminder that this song was once so controversial that the E Street Band was booed whenever they played it. It’s rare for a network sitcom to find its voice and settle into steady excellence as quickly as this Fox show featuring ex-Brat Packer (and regrettable Tweeter) Rob Lowe did. It really only has one joke: What would happen if the star of a hit legal drama quit showbiz, returned to his hometown, and started hanging around his younger brother’s dinky law firm? Savage keeps up a running commentary about his brother’s general ridiculousness, standing in for every viewer who ever shouted, ‘Oh, c’mon!” during some corny procedural. When he’s rolling at eyes at the way Dean litigates his way out of a traffic ticket (swaying the judge with the argument, “People make the world great”) or reminding his sibling that, “Just because you walk away after you say stuff doesn’t mean you’ve made a point.” Boom!

What’s mainly compelling about this show is the way it depicts an early 1960s America that looks unnervingly normal — aside from the whole “evil has triumphed” thing. A companion-piece to (and improvement on) the service’s acclaimed Daredevil, the newest addition to the MCU stars Krysten Ritter as a super-powered private eye who uses whiskey, sex, and sardonic remarks to mask some deep bruises. As Ritter’s ink-black hair blends into the shadows — while she delivers lines like, ‘It’s people like you who give people like you a bad name” — this series quickly establishes itself one of the best neo-noirs in ages. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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