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18 April 2015 @ 02:33 pm
The Force is strong in my family...  
++ The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was released and everyone has been losing their shit, and rightfully so. For a teaser trailer, it does everything right to entice people and bring them back into the fold of this universe. The music cue, the voiceover, the specific shots used, especially the last one with Han Solo and Chewie back on our screens. It's short enough to not give anything away, but just enough to give that proper fanservice the fans deserve. I'm not even the big Star Wars fan in the family (that would be my sister), and yet this teaser definitely brought the nostalgia. I remember when the prequels came out and the level of hype and excitement that came with it, along with the disappointment that came afterwards from them. I'm remaining cautiously optimistic that this won't be the case for this film.

++ Adorable Emilia Clarke interview. She's such a darling. ♥

++ Previously I had talked about a webseries that I had really liked called Side Effects. Apparently, yesterday E! aired the entire thing as a full-length movie on television, including the third season which apparently was released today online (I don't question that logic, since they did edit down a lot). Regardless, here on my thoughts on the conclusion of the musical webseries.

Side Effects, Season 3 (the final season)

In a way I shouldn't be surprised that the father ended up not being alive after all, but it's still depressing all the same. The kids are basically orphans now. But I did like that they finally know the truth about what happened to him, that he never abandoned them, and he was making his way back to them when he met his unfortunate demise. The entire series wasn't necessarily about him, but about his kids who were all struggling with themselves and their issues. Whitney took anti-depressants which caused musical hallucinations to help cope and deal with her problems, but by the end she didn't need them anymore. I liked that parallel between the beginning and the end when she needed the pills, and the last shot of her pouring the pills down the drain and then suddenly the music/singing stopped. She realized that everything was going to be fine, her family was going to be fine, and that she was going to be fine. It was a nice bookend.

In the end, even before the news about what happened to their father they were ready to make the best out of a shitty situation; they were selling their belongings and ready to move out of their house (which they were going to get evicted anyway) and start anew. The news about what happened to their dad hit them hard, especially after all the anger and blame that occurred with trying to find him and thinking he had ran off and forgotten about them. But in the end, despite tragic circumstances, they found a way of forgiving him, of remembering the good times, and of moving on.

Music-wise, I loved the opening music sequence along with the rendition of "Roar", where all of them are wearing superhero outfits and laying the smackdown against the mean girls. Amazing.

Overall, it was a really enjoyable webseries. If anyone wants to see it you can go to AwesomenessTV and view the entire thing.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Side Effects Cast - Mean
rebelcaptandor on April 18th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
UH STAR WARS. UH. I loved it all. You've nailed it, here.

Also, I'm totally going to check out Side Effects! It sounds really good.
Renée: Heroes. Claire Bennet.rogueslayer452 on April 19th, 2015 11:09 am (UTC)
It's a great webseries! I'm sad that it's over, but the story has been completed and I'm happy about that. :)
orangerfulorangerful on April 19th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
I was trying to stay cautiously optimistic but the new trailer broke me. I felt like a girl getting back into the dating circle after a bad relationship and thinking "ok the first guy you meet isn't necessarily The guy, stay cool, stay calm" and then the trailer came on and I'm all "OMG HE IS THE ONE!!!"
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on April 19th, 2015 11:29 am (UTC)
I've seen a lot of that happening. People are remaining careful about their level of optimism and getting any kind of expectations, they're prepared to be letdown, but then this teaser happened and everyone just exploded. It proves that the trailers so far are doing it right, creating the right kind of tone and atmosphere and basically saying, "sorry for those prequels, here is what you've been waiting for." I'm crossing my fingers that it remains that way with the film itself.
Julie: Sleepy Hollow ★ leyreragnarok_08 on April 19th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
I know - that new Star Wars trailer really was just...wow :DDD
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 19th, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
It really makes you optimistic that this one is going to do justice, doesn't it? I'm crossing my fingers that that's the case.
Celeste: sw: lukeceleste9 on April 19th, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
My older brother texted that the new Star Wars looks good, unlike those awful prequels, lol! Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood so I'm super excited. I like bits and pieces of the prequels but overall they were disappointing, so I hope the new one lives up to its promise.
Renée: Firefly. Inara Serra.rogueslayer452 on April 19th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember how everyone was excited when the prequels were happening. But then they happened, and it was a huge letdown. It just didn't have that same vibe or familiarity that the original trilogy did, and while I don't know much about the universe itself I do know that they definitely messed with the continuity of certain aspects of it. I've seen and read people ranting about everything that went wrong in the prequels. Along with some of the good points too, because there were some noteworthy moments, but the bad outweighed the good in those prequels.

Here, however, there is hope that SW will rise from the ashes and give the fans the movie they've been waiting for. Basically, the tone and atmosphere the trailers have been setting really make a load of difference from the prequels already. I'm cautiously hopeful that it'll succeed in proving how good it can become.
R.: fairy tales are more than truenemophilist on April 19th, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
I loved the trailer! And I feel like I'm the only one who loved the prequels. :p
Hadeersakuraberries on April 19th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
I really have to get my ass in gear and watch the Star Wars movies.
Chelsea: Peanuts → Snoopysictransits on April 19th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
LOVED the new Star Wars trailer! I'm so excited for the new film. I need to do a re-watch of the original series, it's been too long since I've watched them all.
verdande_miverdande_mi on April 20th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
The teaser trailers for Star Wars have been great, and have made me very excited for what is to come. I have high hopes now. I loved the original films as a kid, and I loved the prequels as well for the most part, the romance should have been handleded and written way, way better. But I don't think those films deserve such a bad rep I will they have .
Christina: lost- sun- under the same sunfly_meaway on April 20th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the webseries, I'm definitely curious now so I might have to check it out sometime in the future.

I so hope that this Star Wars film won't dissapoint you, like it has in the past. And that you can definitely enjoy the excitment for now.
The R☠ad So Far: 14 © Albion1919halliwell on April 22nd, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
I too seen both trailers, and the new one does look a bit better then the last. I know they are teasers, but yeah. I am a hard core Star Wars fan *Looks around room*. So I to shall remain optimistic about this new one, I am just glad there is a new one. Even if I am a bit reserved about it.