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Star Wars Saturday: Abrams Announces Names Through Callback to Collectible Cards

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Cool points to J.J. Abrams who clearly understands how to get the old school fans on his side. To fill in some information teased in the recently released The Force Awakens trailer, Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, offered a riff on the Topps trading cards printed for the original Star Wars film. The images premiered as an exclusive to Entertainment Weekly.

“I’m only sorry we couldn’t give everyone a stick of gum,” Abrams says.


The character that has grabbed my toddler’s interest–not designated F1-F4, but in fact BB-8 (basketball?).


Oscar Isaacs, who I still think is perfectly reminiscent of Wedge Antilles, is Poe Dameron, a name of brooding tone. He looks intense, determined. And his name echoes that intensity by evoking Edgar Allen Poe.


Kylo Ren is the coolest name here. If he weren’t the bad guy, I might name a kid after him. However, in the context of his role, the name isn’t particularly ominous. Perhaps, though, if he’s an upcoming Sith and not a Sith Lord, he doesn’t yet have a big bad moniker like Darth Vader or Darth Sidious. Maybe he’ll earn one. Plus, Anakin Skywalker hardly sounded threatening except for what we already knew about his future.


Previously, her name had been speculated as Kira. Now its shown to be Rey, but note that she didn’t get a last name on the card, like Poe and Kylo did. Perhaps that’s because Abrams is keeping some family relationship with the old guard in his hat. She has been speculated to be Han and Leia’s daughter.


Of course, Finn here also doesn’t have a last name. Based on my logic from above, that would make him Lando’s son? And now the whole thing sounds stupidly absurd.

The cards evoke smile-worthy nostalgia and allow the teaser trailer to have a bit more longevity in discussions. Well played, J.J.


Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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