In geekdom, we see a lot of teasers. Sometimes it’s just an image or the name of a creator, other times it’s a trailer or a simple tag line. Whatever it is, it’s meant to get a reaction from you and start a discussion. Inspired by the anticipation and buzz caused by these teasers, we at Fantastic Fangirls present Skipping to Conclusions in which we speculate about the comics, movies, TV shows, or whatever we’re excited about but hasn’t come out yet.
Anika: I am that one person you know who likes the prequels. Han and Leia are my original OTP (hold me!). My daughter would tell you I “never stop talking about Luke Skywalker”. Legacy/Next Generation stories are my catnip. I’m going to love this movie.
Caroline: I wouldn’t exactly say I’m proud of this, but I was the very first person I know to predict that the Star Wars prequels would be disappointing. Not in a knee-jerk ‘a fan is someone who loves something so much he can’t stop talking about how much the new installment is going to suck’ way. Just, I saw the TV ads, I heard the chatter, I made a list of ‘my specific concerns about why this will not be as good as you maybe think it will’ and . . . posted it to Usenet or somewhere else in the aether so I can’t prove it but basically I was right about everything, trust me. (OK, I did not predict Jar Jar.)
Having established my hater credentials. . .yeah, ‘The Force Awakens’ looks pretty good. I enjoy the visuals, I enjoy all of their faces, there’s a moment where Storm Trooper guy and Fighter Pilot Guy casually touch each other for no apparent reason and, sure, yeah. Tell me more.
Jessica: I think it looks like it’s going to be pretty good! After the last new Star Wars films, I have pretty much zero expectations for these (mostly out of self-preservation, rather than because of anything I actually know about them) – and so far it seems like “The Force Awakens” might exceed those expectations, haha. I’m also happy to see a blockbuster trailer that is not only filled with white dudes!
Julia: What was this strange feeling? Was this hope? Was this some of the old magic I remember from my childhood? As much as I thrilled to see the old Falcon twist and maneuver around, and sobbed alongside Leia, it was neat to see glimpses of the new cast as well. As Sondheim would say, I am excited and scared. Excited to see what’s coming and scared it might not live up to the idea in my head.
Mandy: Just f*ck me up.
Margot: The trailer looks FANTASTIC. Let me say that up front. It’s everything I want. (Okay, I would like more ladies, but I always want more ladies.) But part of me is still so bitter about the prequels that I don’t want to be excited.
But there are pilots. And Han Solo. And the MUSIC. And every bit of baby!me who literally broke my dad’s laser disc copy of Empire because I watched it too much is screaming that this will be good.
Luckily, my excited feels outweigh my bitterness. Is it Star Wars time yet????