Rey, I am Your Cousin

It's a little bit loose if you describe Episode VII as a rehash of tried and tested formula. As long as the Force exists, the Skywalker family affair remains the center of gravity in leading the dark or the light side. But if it ever was intended then it is still understandable given the existing canon, given the same constellations in a far away galaxy 30 years after the Evil Empire was crushed. It's a big task on the shoulder of J.J. Abrams to deliver the goods and I think he just passed the test. The Force Awakens is better than A New Hope (Episode IV) and just below The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on my overall ranking of the Star Wars Episodes. It's just sad to see the brutal demise of a template space cowboy---an icon that span generations of movie geeks and nerds. Who would have thought that Han Solo is now gone? He has a higher magnitude of awesomeness than Chuck Norris and if legend tells that Chuck Norris cannot die (I feel sorry for the cobra that bit him) then I thought Han Solo can't also die but I was wrong.

Still, the force is strong in this one.

Farewell, Cowboy Bebop!

Genre: Fantasy, Sci Fi
Rating: 9 out of 10 death stars

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