And Suddenly… Harrison Ford, Back in Character!

We held our breath.

The Lucasfilm logo came up.

We cheered.

Familiar music…

Familiar sights…

And then…

"Look, Mutt. I see a long-running franchise in your future and, well, I've got a bad feeling about this."

… adventure fans around the world rejoiced! It was Harrison Ford, back in costume as the character we loved! Jubilation!

And then, well… the excitement was fun while it lasted.

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming, and now that we have a teaser that bring Harrison Ford back to the screen as Han Solo… I’m enjoying the nostalgic buzz. I admit it: I got a little teary-eyed seeing favorite characters revived. I want to believe.

But I’m also going to guard my expectations, so the disappointment — if, indeed, the movie is a disappointment (“From the director of… Star Trek Into Darkness?”) — is not too hard to take when it comes. For a few short years, as I grew from 7 to 13, Star Wars had something particularly special going on in its storytelling. But that particular team, with that particular chemistry, will never exist again. We’re going to have to hope for a new kind of magic.

And with this particular team of players, I’m not particularly optimistic.


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