No, I Won’t Read Your STAR WARS Think Piece

I love Star Wars. Just sitting within my line of sight are three Star Wars comic books, two Wookie Cookie cookbooks, and one X-Wing made out of LEGO. Oh, let’s not forget the Blu-Ray box set sitting next to the TV. As you can imagine, I’m throughly looking forward to the new movie. Like every self-respecting fanboy I spent three hours the other day fighting with Fandango’s servers to buy tickets. But when it comes to the film itself, I don’t want to know anything about it.

When JJ Abrams was announced as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, I created Twitter mute filters for “Star Wars” and “The Force Awakens.” I’ve attempted to go on a complete Star Wars media blackout. It’s been pretty easy over the last year and a half, but as we start to get closer, especially with the latest full length trailer, it’s becoming very difficult to avoid.

Don’t get me wrong, I soaked up every wonderful minute of the new trailer. But I only watched it once. I don’t want to over analyze or really know anything more going into the theater.

I’m a huge fan of JJ Abrams and his ability to keep secrets. If anyone can keep everything about this film on lock down, I’m sure it’s him. But the truth is, I don’t trust myself. I know that if I read some think piece or someone’s fan theory then their idea will gnaw at my brain to the point that all of my expectations of the film will reside on that one thing. I don’t want that to happen.

Years ago JJ Abrams wrote an article for Wired Magazine about the nature of surprise. He asserts that things have become too easy with the internet. We’re able to find solutions to video games and discover movie plot lines before we even buy a ticket… the mystery of the art has been removed.

But the real damage isn’t so much that the secret gets out. It’s that the experience is destroyed. The illusion is diminished. Which may not matter to some. But then what’s the point of actually seeing that movie or episode? How does knowing the twist before you walk into the theater — or what that island is really about before you watch the finale — make for a richer viewing experience?

I agree with JJ Abrams. If I stumble onto someone’s fan theory or think piece in my feed here on Medium (which doesn’t allow mute filters), I don’t want to be tempted to read their ideas. I don’t want my experience with Star Wars to be ruined by preconceived ideas, especially ones created by someone else. I want to experience the film the way I expect JJ would prefer: with a background of the original six films and nothing else.

I’ve only got two months to go…