While all of my colleagues have been overwhelmingly psyched for the new trilogy, I'm really conflicted about it. Star Wars and Star Trek were a big part of my childhood. I have fond memories of staying up late and watching TNG with my father, and catching reruns of TOS. The Empire Strikes Back was my favorite movie as a kid, and until the age of 15 I was convinced I had an untapped connection to The Force. I suppose I should be all aboard the hype train, but a few big things are holding me back.
1.) I really don't like J.J. Abrams. I have never liked any project he's ever been involved with. Alias was gurl power, style over substance crap, LOST was a hollow, quasi-intellectual exercise in lazy writing, and by far the worst offender is that when J.J. Abrams saw Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek he genuinely believed it was best portrayed as a shallow summer blockbuster and that Spock was the real protagonist. Spock has always been my favorite(Well, okay, he's tied with Bones), character, but even I couldn't stand all of that "inner rage" stuff Abrams forced on the character. Spock was already cool! He didn't need that to make him interesting.
2.) It took me an embarrassingly long time to notice the Social Justice and crowd and diversity pandering, but once I noticed it, it became glaringly obvious. I really don't mind the new leads being female or black, but from the marketing material(starting with John Boyega's reveal) the production staff seems far too...well pleased by the presence of diversity leads. Given Abrams background and love of "strong female characters"(which is to say cookie cutter Mary Sue's who bench press 400lbs with twigs for arms), I'm concerned that the writers may have focused less on swashbuckling adventure in space, and more on "character" building.
3.) The design screams style over function. From the new Storm Troopers to BB-8, the film seems to have lost the dusty, quasi-western feel to the technology. The biggest offender is the terrible "cross saber". Nothing about the "prototype saber" makes anything sense. Of course, I see the "cross-guard" played off as plasma vents by every fan I talk to, but it's so overwhelmingly...goofy I just can't believe Abrams gave it the okay.
More than anything I just want to have an experience that will sweep me up in an incredible journey and take me back to my childhood for a few hours, but I'm just not feeling it.
Edit: my to mind