It's fair to say that, save for a few niggles, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was a considered success, director JJ Abrams fully managing to translate his love of George Lucas' original franchise into a charming blockbuster that reassured fans and satisfied newcomers alike.
Well, save for one moment in particular that arrives in a scene which the filmmaker has agreed was probably a "mistake."
The moment comes after the Resistant Fighters return after their showdown with Kylo Ren which saw the tragic death of Han Solo.
Departing the ship, General Leia greets both Rey and Chewbacca - opting to console the former instead of her long-time Wookie friend.
Every lightsaber in Star Wars history (films)
Every lightsaber in Star Wars history (films)
1/12 General Grievous
The general played a big part in the Clone Wars, collecting dead Jedi's lightsaber's along the way and using them to do a crazy spin-attack. Unfortunately, they all get cut off by Obi-Wan just a little too quickly.
2/12 Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan's master really didn't have too much time on screen, but his battles with Darth Maul will go down as some of the best in Star Wars history.
3/12 The Emperor
It was a little weird seeing The Emperor, at this stage Palpatine, getting out a lightsaber and battling Jedi. Much better when just using Force lightning!
4/12 Anakin Skywalker/Luke Skywalker/Finn
Now, this one really does have some history, travelling down the generations of Skywalkers, and briefly using by Finn in The Force Awakens. Of course, **Spoiler** someone else also uses the saber after it calls to them, could they be a Skywalker to?
5/12 Darth Vader
The first red-lightsaber we ever saw on screen: the definition of evil and an iconic weapon.
Again, a little odd seeing a character from the Original Trilogy using a saber, especially when he was jumping around after putting down his walking cane. Ah well, doesn't stop Yoda being a brilliant mentor to Luke.
7/12 Mace Windu
Samuel L. Jackson managed to someone get George Lucas to give him a purple lightsaber, just to stand out from the rest of the crowd. That's one bad*ss motherlightsaber.
Sure, Obi-Wan managed to lose his saber on countless occasions throughout the prequels, but at least he had it in A New Hope when going against Vader. Because that went well...
9/12 Darth Maul
Maul's double ended lightsaber may have been the best thing about Phantom Menace. Scratch that, he was the best thing about that film! The last battle between Maul, Jinn and Obi-Wan was phenomenal, just a shame Maul didn't last until the next film (of course, he came back in The Clone Wars TV show, but that will take a little too long to explain here)
10/12 Kylo Ren
At first, the cross lightsaber was mocked by the Internet for being impractical. Yet, when seen in the movie, it's ferocious, spitting out light due to be unstable, much like it's master.
11/12 Count Dooku
Now, Dooku's character wasn't in the films for very long, feeling hugely underutilised, especially considering it was the great Christopher Lee, who took on the role as he was a trained fencer. It was still hugely impressive for an 80-year-old to be the best sword fighter in the galaxy.
12/12 Luke Skywalker
Luke's second saber, after the one he inherited from his father, was originally going to be blue as well. Yet, due to not standing out against the Tatooine landscape, it was changed to green - which is why in early posters his saber is blue.
Talking to Slash Film about the moment, Abrams said: "That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that."
"My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss."
Reflecting on the moment even further, the filmmaker claims the problem may have been enhanced by the way he chose to block the particular shot.
"Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention."
What is sure to appease fans is the news that the upcoming untitled Han Solo spin-off prequel will also tell Chewie's origin story. There is still no word on casting.
Abrams is promoting 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sequel-of-sorts to 2008's Cloverfield, which he has produced. Filmed under the working title The Cellar, nobody anticipated the film until an unexpected trailer dropped in January. The film is released in the UK on 18 March.Reuse content