Bonus: Doug Benson on Episode VII

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October 16th, 2014


Doug Benson is back, and this time we’re talking about what we might expect from Episode VII.


Doug Benson


  • Doug is neutral about the upcoming movie.
  • J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies were just ok.
  • There's no where to go but up from the prequels.
  • Abrams will definitely include many callbacks.
  • It will not be placed in time immediately after Return of the Jedi.
  • The hosts dicuss the potential for CG human actors to be used.
  • Referenced: The CG baby in Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II.
  • Will there be flashbacks? Its not really a Star Wars thing.
  • There are many mind-boggling options for the movie makers.
  • Doug almost doesn't care if its a good movie or not - although he's happy that the Star Wars franchise is continuing.
  • Doug likes the Star Tours ride at Disneyland.
    • This is his episodes 1, 2 and 3.
    • In one story you see Jar Jar for such a short time that it ALMOST doesn't make you mad (but it still makes you mad).
    • Lucas was hands-off when the ride was created.
  • Will Lawrence Kasdan still be a good writer?
    • Kasdan is on record as saying that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was too dark - so it won't be like that.
  • Doug would like to see old Han Solo.
  • The hosts are concerned about too much fan service.
  • How much will Luke Skywalker be in it?
  • They need to set-up the franchise to carry on without the main actors into the future.
  • Pete says that, if Han is in the movie, he'll definitely die. This will be stipulated by Harrison Ford in his contract.
  • Harrison Ford's current career and upcoming franchise movies.
  • Referenced: 42; Ender's Game; Indiana Jones; Blade Runner; Iron Man 3.
  • Doug's biggest worry is that the movie makers will keep feeding us with information from now until the movie is released.
  • They can just run one ad and everyone will go.
  • Seeing the movie spoiler-free will be very difficult.
  • Pete went spolier-free for Episode 2. That ultimately didn't work out so well because it was Episode 2.
  • The potential for bonus content on mobile devices during the movie (ie while you're watching it). This would be very distracting.
  • Interactive mobile content for home movies is definitely an increasing trend.
  • Scotty's bad alien side-kick in J. J. Abrams Star Trek. This was like Abrams' audition to direct a bad Star Wars movie.
  • Lando / Billy Dee won't be in Episode 7 at this stage. Surely there's a role for him somewhere.
  • Leia / Carrie Fisher's role in the movie. Perhaps she captured Salacious Crumb and has just been torturing him for 20 years.
  • The appearance of Salacious Crumb and the Ewoks is the tipping point when Star Wars became cutesy.
  • What will be the Salacious Crumb / Ewoks / Jar Jar of Episode 7?
  • Doug will definitely see Episode 7 but is refusing to get excited about it.
  • Referenced: Wolverine.

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  • Before seeing TFA, Pete saw the big spoiler, but it looks like he thought that might happen at least as far back as this episode.


  • Alex: I really hope that they bring Lobot back.


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