"Never tell me the odds!!" Ok, I said it (because we knew someone would), anyhow, on to the thread: No, I'm not trolling. I'm not yelling fire in a crowded theater. I'm not "starting trouble". I just posted this thread because I think people are starting to have too high of expectations for EP7. Back in 1977 society had no clue what Star Wars was. They had no preconceived notions. They didn't know what to expect. Obviously history shows Uncle George created a fictional universe, a timeless fairytale of characters and places that are yet still unmatched to this day. We're not even talking the impact he had on film-making, just the SW franchise he created. By almost everyone's standards the OT is considered the best SW. With the exception of the "Ewok Haters". In that subset they consider ESB infallible. In 1983 that was it. No more Star Wars films. Fans had a total of 16 years to fabricate in their own minds what "future" Star Wars films would be like. What new characters there would be. New places. New stories. Some of those fans even created licenses SW content: the EU. More and more people had in their own imaginations what a perfect Star Wars movie would be like. Then it happened. The "dark times": The PT was released, and droves and droves of fans were "let down". Let down because THEIR vision of Star Wars and their expectations of the past 16 years were not met. People will hide behind almost anything to defend their hate of the prequels: "Bad story. Bad Directing. Bad Actors. Too much CGI. Jar-Jar". When really it's just their expectations weren't met. This isn't anything new. Movies based off of popular books have been suffering this same fate for years. When you read a great book, your mind fills in all the details: the scenery, the characters, everything. A film maker can never achieve what's "in YOUR head".. So here we are again: So many people rejoicing that another SW film will be made and how the odds are it will be great because "it's got to be better than what GL did with the PT". Like Disney just needs to snap it's fingers and EP7 will go down in history as another great SW film. I think it's great to be hopeful, but don't be naive. Disney has a monumental task ahead of them. Sure they maybe the "best option" to tackle the task, but it's still a very difficult project to get right. Even if they do everything "right" there will still be a segment of people that will hate it. In the end it's peoples expectations that will kill this film. Some people want this to be as close to 100% Lucas made film as possible, some want it to be 100% new, almost on the verge of reboot. As they say: "you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time." Just for clarification, I'm a "older dude". I saw the OT in the theater. When the PT was release I made a conscious effort not to "expect" anything. I wasn't going into it thinking "what makes an Academy award winning film" or "what would critics like". I basically went in opened minded, almost as if I was a kid again for those 2 hours. What happened is I left liking the PT, and yes, even liking Jar-Jar. I still watch them to this day (about once a month). My friends my age however, didn't fare too well. They went in with unrealistic expectations and left hating the PT. Go in to EP7 with unrealistic expectations, and you too will end up hating this film..