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Force-fed fantasy: Why JJ Abrams is right for 'Star Wars'

By Wayne RéeMovies - 30 January 2013 2:46 PM | Updated 10:38 AM

Force-fed fantasy: Why JJ Abrams is right for 'Star Wars'

JJ Abrams really is one lucky nerf-herder, isn’t he? In 2009, the man behind TV’s ‘Fringe’ and ‘Lost’ got to play in Gene Roddenberry’s much-beloved sandbox when he resurrected and (sort of) re-launched the ‘Star Trek’ franchise.

While reactions among Trekkers were mixed, a lot of people started proclaiming Abrams as the man who fixed one of arguably the two biggest sci-fi franchises of all time.

And now he’s going to fix the other.

That’s right: It was recently announced that the director who boldly went where few directors had gone before was now going to become one with the Force and helm 2015’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.

Once again, reactions have been polarised, to say the least. Some fans have hailed it as the shot in the arm that ‘Star Wars’ is desperately in need of. Others have filled message boards with snarky lens flare and parallel earth jokes.

But we’re willing to bet that Abrams might be the chosen one to finally bring the balance to the Force – and here’s why.

Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.

But audiences sure as heck do. And whether it was ‘Mission: Impossible III’, his ‘Trek’ reboot or ‘Super 8’, Abrams has proven that he can do action and adventure like few others. Yeah, Lucas had a couple of decent battle sequences in the prequels, but Abrams’ action pieces possess a flair (insert your own lens flare pun here) that harkens back to the kind of fun you’d expect from Spielberg, circa his first three ‘Indiana Jones’ films. 

Rebel alliance

Imagine guys like Karl Urban, John Cho or everyone’s favourite nerd-done-good Simon Pegg as Jedi Knights. Or the very talented child actors from Super 8 as Han and Leia or Luke’s kids. Or even Oscar-winning composer and Abram’s chum Trent Reznor providing a score that’s every bit as epic as his theme for ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’.

Abrams isn’t just a talented director – he’s also got a whole lot of talented friends. And if we’re lucky, he’ll bring some of those friends, and their established chemistry, on board with him.

The battle of the century

On a somewhat related note, what could possibly be Abrams’ most important contribution to not just the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, but to sci-fi on a whole, is that he’s in a unique position to finally answer one of the greatest philosophical debates of all time.

Here’s what he needs to do: Cast Chris Pine as a ship’s captain and have him, at some point, get on Harrison Ford’s bad side. Then let them settle their differences and we can finally decide, once and for all, who the galaxy’s baddest bad-ass is: Han Solo or James T. Kirk.

(Sorry, Picard.)

An actual phantom menace

Abrams loves a good mystery. This, for anyone who’s seen Lost or even his 2008 TED Talk, is a huge understatement, to put it lightly. But with every good mystery hopefully comes an even better reveal.

Remember when you first found out Vader was Luke’s father? Or that moment when you discovered that the nosey green Muppet in the swamps of Dagobah was also one of the greatest Jedi masters of all time? More than almost anything else, that’s what I’m hoping for Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt to bring back to the galaxy far, far away – that element of wonder and surprise.

Kill Jar-Jar Binks

I know I said it in my last Star Wars-related article, but come on, JJ. You’re one of us hardcore, old school fans. You know that damn Gungan’s existence is a crime against humanity. Kill him! Kill him brutally, in ways that would make would make even the Emperor flinch!


Wayne Rée is a copywriter by day, a (hopefully) soon-to-be self-published author by night, and a complete doofus almost all the time. He was partly responsible for Singapore’s very first tattoo magazine FlashINK, so if you want to blame anyone, he’s as good as any. In the last decade, he’s worked for numerous publications and websites. He’s got an unnatural obsession with comics, science fiction and the music of Nine Inch Nails. And he loves talking about himself in the third-person, the egomaniac.