For this week's Top 10 Tuesday, we look at the top 10 things which we at Scified feel should be included in Star Wars: Episode VII. From the characters we want to see to the types of vehicles and Planets we think should be creating and explored. This list was compiled and contributed to by a variety of the Scified Staff team. Do you agree with our points? Have some of your own? Feel free to add your own comments below this article in the comments section!
In an age where franchises are being given fresh starts and reboots for no reason, I think it's important to make sure the future of Star Wars does not fall prey to this trend. Yes, I will admit the work done with the Bat-Man reboot trilogy did work well for the franchise, but Star Wars is a different beast entirely and attempting to discount all the films which came before it would ruin it completely.
Continuity is so important for this franchise. Bringing back familiar faces would be a way to help solidify Episode VII's continuity as well. Mark Hamill, Carry Fisher and Harrison Ford could absolutely make cameo appearances, or even partake in main roles - especially if we consider point #10 of this list. If Abrams decides not to include the roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo - at least explain what happened to them and why they're not being included - by means of a flashback scene or something. But judging by how Abrams included Leonard Nimoy in the Star Trek films, it's a safe bet we'll be seeing Ford, Fisher and Hamill make a return in their iconic roles.
#2: New Planets
The Star Wars saga never really expanded their use of which Planets got explored. Tatooine and Coruscant took precedence in both the original and prequel trilogies. Considering the Star Wars Universe has the potential to be as expansive as the Galaxy it resides in - it seems like this new Trilogy should make a point of creating and exploring, interesting, unique and engaging new Worlds which will captivate audiences' attentions and open up more plot opportunities for later films and spin-offs.
When we talk new Planets, we're not just talking about populated 'Space-Ports', we're talking about desolate, hostile environments, like Hoth. This point will go hand-in-hand with point #9 on this list as well.
#3: Unique New Vehicles
If there's one thing the Star Wars Universe introduced us to, it was the creative, futuristic imaginations of what vehicles could look like. Hovering Speeders, Starships capable of travelling at light-speed, capable of blowing up entire planets with a single shot, etc... The Star Wars Universe is full of unique and interesting vehicles and no aspect of this creative imagination should fall short in the seventh Episode.
We want to see new types of Starships, we want to see more Hover-Bikes, more Military-grade Warships, Space Stations and Walking-Tanks! The very vehicles which built a huge foundation for the story around them - are just as iconic as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. Star Wars: Episode VII needs to introduce new vehicles, while not discounting the designs which came before them - for example, a four-legged Tank might not be the most practical, but it's freaken' cool. So leave the imaginative side of vehicle design in the next bunch of Star Wars films!
#4: The Force
How can you have Star Wars without the Force? You can't. But how the Force is used and described should revert to how it was initially described as by Obi-Wan in Episode IV - as a Spiritual thing, rather than a physical thing. What became evident in Star Wars games and the prequel trilogy was that the Force had become some sort of physical weapon, more so than a Spiritual enlightenment - something that many fans wished hadn't changed.
#5: A Believable New Threat
Star Wars has had its fair share of believable and convincing villains. So, it comes as no surprise when we say we want to see the return of the Sith. Though the Emperor was killed in Episode VI, Evil will always exist, and as long as the Force is still present, there will be opportunities where those with the 'gift' could be swayed by the Dark Side.
In addition to the return of the Sith, we want to see a new militant threat, similar to that of the Separatists and the Empire which came before. We want a new legion of antagonists which will cause problems for our few rebellious protagonists!
The Galaxy's two favorite and well-known droids from the series MUST return. C-3PO and R2-D2 are great for comedic value throughout each film and also aid in getting our heroes out of sticky situations... at least R2 does.
It goes without saying that both of these iconic Droids need to have major roles in Star Wars: Episode VII. Not much else explanation why is required - you can't have Star Wars without C-3PO and R2-D2.
#8: New Droids and Alien Creatures
As great as it will be to see familiar faces in Episode VII, we also want to see some new faces as well. New Droids and Alien creatures are a must - creatures like the Rancor acted as a great protagonist and added a sense of thrill in Episode V - we want to see new beasts that will pose problems for our new heroes.
As for the Droids, Star Wars has always featured a variety of different Droids, like vehicles. Some are hostile, while others add comedic value. Either way, it's expected that we'll see some form of new Droids in Episode VII and we're all for it!
#9: Boba Fett
Yes, Boba Fett did fall into the Sarlacc Pit, but we don't know that he met his demise in there. No film reference following the (unfortunate) event has ever suggested that the Fett-Man is in fact dead. Many fans, including myself, like to consider the fact that Boba managed to get his Jet Pack working and fly out of that Pit, to fight another day.
Boba Fett is the Galaxy's Badass. Almost as popular as Darth Vader, Boba Fett is one of those protagonists that just can't disappear.
#10: Inclusion of Timothy Zahn's Expanded Universe
Some may not be familiar with Timothy Zahn's Star Wars Novels, but most of the fans will know what we're talking about here. His novels expanded the Star Wars Universe, in a similar fashion which J.J Abrams will be doing with Episode VII. It introduced to us Luke and Leia's children - and introduced a major plot twist, which we won't share here in case some of you reading haven't read the novels. Check out the family chart, above for a rough idea.
Going by the recent casting calls for Star Wars: Episode VII, it's certainly looking like the film may adopt some of the concepts used Zahn's novels, and we certainly hope they do!
In doing so, Disney would keep with the established continuity of the Star Wars Universe, would honor what came before it and would open a new chapter for the future of the franchise in a way that would keep fans happy and interested.
So, what do you think of our list? Agree? Disagree? Let us know your thoughts and opinions by commenting below and be sure to check back next Tuesday for our next Top 10 Tuesday feature!
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