Before 1999, we all thought we knew what Star Wars looked like. Worn looking gray ships blasting at each other in the cold vacuum of space, seedy brown cantinas where shady deals were made inside stained walls. Everything was used, dirty, and blocky, and we were totally comfortable with it. For better or for worse, The Phantom Menace changed everything. Gone was the cold, rugged military aesthetic we had fallen in love with, replaced with sweeping, romantic vistas and luscious colors. The aliens were goofier, the ships were rounder and sleeker, and, most unlike its predecessors, everything looked new. 14 years later, most Star Wars media reflects the design ethic of both, as though the PT art direction has, over time, melded with the OT to create one mass that is "Star Wars". And I think most of us are comfortable with the way Star Wars generally looks right now. Which is why the new trilogy has the opportunity to once again throw us a visual curveball. I'm not saying they should. In fact, I would be thrilled if the new films looked similar to, say this trailer from Star Wars: The Old Republic: The trailer, done by the awesome Blur studios, successfully blends the look of the two trilogies into something that feels comfortably "Star Wars". I think this would be a great visual starting point for the new trilogy. Do you want something that feels "comfortably Star Wars" or do you want something totally new?