Is episode 7 just (or only) a rip off version of episode 4?
For me, The Force Awakens was a race movie - who could get to Skywalker first.
If it's the Resistance, then a future for the Jedi can be salvaged, if it's the First Order then potentially all hope is lost.
It had new characters,
and fascinating developments for Star Wars lore, such as:
- Han and Leia had a child following Jedi
- Luke starts to train young Jedi
- Ben is pulled to the dark side
- Ben (with others perhaps) slaughters the young Jedi
- Luke vanishes (perhaps looking for first Jedi temple)
- Hosnian prime is obliterated (senate/new republic)
- Han and Leia go their own ways
There's arguably more to chew on in TFA then with any other film (arguably because we knew what was going on in prequels)
Most of which involved chasing BB8 for a secret map fragment... in almost the exact same manner R2D2 was chased in ANH. Only Luke's cameo at the end was an original element.
Only Takadona was new! The other "new" worlds were copy-and-paste ripoffs from ANH and TESB.
One droid was given a holographic message to give to Obi-wan to help rescue a Princess from the Empire.
One droid was given a holographic message to give to Obi-wan to help rescue a Princess from the Empire. This message was delivered to the recipient in about 30 minutes.
BB8 on the other hand was given a navigational chart to the last Jedi. The entire film was centered around getting BB8 to the resistance base before the First Order could intercept it and slaughter Luke.
I also like the fact that given these differences, both droids were used as a means to store/share information which is part of their make up.
Nah, not a valid criticism. There were plenty of new worlds. Just because you see sand and snow doesn't mean it's a rip off. There are only so many elements you can use and with 6 Star Wars under our belts, it's a little difficult to have new worlds without showing grass, deserts, snow, lava etc etc.
Which is exactly what made the OT so good. The power of A New Hope was telling a story without having to exhibit it visually. It was achieved with hindsight dialogue which is the exact narrative technique TFA uses.
Anyone who thinks ANH didn't build Star Wars lore just because things weren't visually exhibited is nuts - same applies with TFA.