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The ‘Force Awakens’ Wait is Almost Over! Let’s Do This Thing

About a week ago, I realized that all this waiting for “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” has become almost second nature.

For a long time, I felt like we would just wait and wait and wait for this new chapter in the Star Wars saga. It’s been a pleasure unto itself, all this waiting, the anticipation. And then, I realized.

We are actually going to see it. The day we have waited for is going to happen.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Stormtroopers attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Stormtroopers march at the world premiere of ‘The Force Awakens’ at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres Dec. 14 in Hollywood. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

For many of you, that day is tomorrow. You’ll be standing in line with your fellow fans to get your seats for evening or midnight shows. Soon you’ll know if all this waiting was worth it.

The rest of us will find out on Friday when “The Force Awakens” is officially released. (If you don’t see it in the first few days of release, well, that’s just a tragedy.)

“The Force Awakens” is about to become a reality, not just a hope. Our countdown is winding down.

I think even if I end up hating what J.J. Abrams has done with the franchise, I won’t regret this time we’ve spent obsessing together over Star Wars. There truly has been an awakening of the Force and it has been nerdy, silly, hysterical, joyful, more than a little insane, and magnificent.

My only regret is that I can’t travel back in time to grab my junior high self — the one who pretended to be an X-Wing pilot in the backseat on long car trips and pored over copies of Lucasfilm Magazine to see how it all worked — and bring her to 2015 so she can witness this moment. She’d never believe it otherwise.

But I know this would create a giant rift of some kind in the space-time continuum and maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe that junior high girl is still here, after all, loving all this crazy adoration of the thing she loved crazily so many years ago.

Early indications are that Abrams has  not failed to revitalize George Lucas’ beloved, slightly tarnished legacy. As I scrolled through Twitter last night, I saw a litany of early reviews. Judging by the headlines, all but one of them was positive. “The Force Awakens” currently has a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

I’m not going to read any of the reviews until I’ve seen “The Force Awakens” for myself, but I’m posting some links here, if you’re inclined to look at them.

Many of them claim to be spoiler-free, but proceed at your own risk:

New York Times review
L.A. Times
Variety
Hollywood Reporter
Chicago Tribune

Time will tell, as it did with the prequels, whether the critics are correct in their very early, mostly enthusiastic assessment of this new generation of Star Wars lore.

Now’s not the time to worry about that though. As you head to the theater to hang out with some of the most fascinating and fun fans you’ll ever meet, to finally see this thing we’ve all been waiting for, I hope it’s a night to remember.

This shared experience proves once again, as Yoda said:

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.

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P.S.

This is the best thing on the Internet right now.

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My 2-year-old daughter and I have watched the Jimmy Fallon video I don’t know how many times today. And we spent the rest of the day humming the John Williams theme around the house.

What a score that is! It never fails to evoke a powerful emotional response. It just stirs you.

Let’s hum it all the way to the theater and back.

Photos: moviepilot.com, http://www.starwars.com, http://www.youtube.com.

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Fight the Dark Side With Countdown to ‘The Force Awakens’

The Force has awakened with a vengeance.

For the first time in 10 years, a new Star Wars movie will open in theaters — on Friday, Dec. 18, to be exact.

(If you’re a prequel denier, you might say it’s the first new Star Wars movie in 32 years.)

In this age of social media and relentless Internet coverage, the impending arrival of “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” has provoked obsession, curiosity and controversy, the likes of which have never been seen before.

Everyone has watched the trailers. Footage has been analyzed and reanalyzed and given rise to theories and speculation.

It’s difficult to get through a conversation without talk turning to the absence of Luke in the trailers — Is he dead? Is he the bad guy? What’s up with that robot hand? — or whose children Rey, Finn or Poe could be.

Everyone has fallen madly in love with a rotund little droid named BB-8.

You can’t set foot into a store without being confronted by shelves of plastic lightsabers, Kylo Ren action figures, and T-shirts. Oh, the humanity — the T-shirts!

In other words, it’s a wonderful time to be alive if you happen to be a Star Wars fan. Maybe the most wonderful time in all of history.

In celebration, we’re launching a month-long countdown to the theatrical debut of “The Force Awakens.” Beginning tomorrow, new Star Wars-related content will be featured on this blog almost every day.

We’ll have essays by fans about what the franchise means to them, stories examining the actors and filmmakers behind Disney’s ambitious new plans for George Lucas’ sci-fi universe, and photographic trips down memory lane.

You’ll also find links to some of our favorite Star Wars stuff online, as well as lifestyle features, including Christmas gift guides, essential swag for midnight screenings, and other helpful tips to make the month-long wait a little easier to bear.

This experiment in Lucasfilm love wouldn’t be possible without the many fascinating writers and Star Wars junkies who contributed their talents, words and memories.

We’re hoping this little tribute to “The Force Awakens” sparks lively discussion and participation, so please comment, post, share. Chime in enthusiastically and often with your feedback, ideas and thoughts.

The Force is calling to us and we’re gonna let it in.