‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Proves The War Machine Marches On

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The general theme of Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes clearer with each new offering and recent new teaser is no different. A teaser released to South Korea for Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens with a well-organized stormtrooper militia with attention focused on the leaders addressing them from far above and the image creates chills for Star Wars fans and history buffs alike.

That first image in the enlightening new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser seems reminiscent of footage seen in history books dealing with the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Even the flags and pennants seem vaguely familiar of those WWII propaganda films, but with just enough Star Wars tech to keep the theme relevant. While the leader of this rally is clearly not the infamous head of the Nazi party, nor does he seem to be the fan-favorite villain of the first six films, Darth Vader.

Those hoping for the miraculous re-animation of Anakin Skywalker’s alter ego in Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be disappointed, but that doesn’t mean a new villain won’t be just as alluring. After all, that mass of stormtroopers, a militia bearing the name “The First Order,” which is far too similar to “The Third Reich” to be very coincidental, must be following this new leader for a reason. Perhaps he’s a Sith Lord, or even an apprentice.

J.J. Abrams has declined to comment on the odd incongruities as seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teasers up to this point, particularly in reference to “why the Imperial army is now operating under the moniker of The First Order, nor does he wish to say why the Rebel Alliance is now fighting under the title of the Resistance,” as noted by Entertainment Weekly.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes photos have been leaked to the public and, like that teaser, there seems to be an emphasis on stormtrooper activity, adding to the idea that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will deal heavily with the idea that the stormtroopers will gather and organize in their own bid for galactic supremacy.

There are also clues to support the idea that much of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take place on Luke Skywalker’s home world of Tatooine, or a similarly desolate planet. Although the sand seems to be a dead giveaway that Tatooine, which played a significant role in previous Star Wars films, will again be featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the presence of so many palm trees in these leaked shots might suggest an entirely different planet will be used instead.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is planned for a December 18 theatrical release.