Fan-Made The Force Awakens Trailers Show Signs of Prequel PTSD

Unless you were five years old or particularly interested in intergalactic trade negotiations, Star Wars' return to cinemas 15 years ago was most likely an underwhelming experience. In fact, you may find it hard to trust any Star Wars film ever again. Don't worry, you're not alone.


The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has been picked apart, analyzed, and Lego-ified. The teaser already reached 27 million views on YouTube alone and it's only been on the internet for two days. But a new crop of fan tributes show that J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars franchise are going to have to do a lot more turn earn some fans' trust than releasing a flashy 88-second teaser.

In this first trailer, YouTube user TimTimFed postulates what would happen if the new Star Wars film was given the good ole George Lucas Special Edition treatment. The results feature a lot of random CGI shoved into scenes where they don't belong and a completely insane take on that already controversial new lightsaber.

However, this second trailer is more of a warning as it's cryptic title, Star Wars: The Phantom Awakens, would dictate. Splicing together The Force Awakens audio with scenes from 1999's The Phantom Menace, this trailer is a little more rough around the edges, but it soberly reminds us that really, really awesome trailers can simply hide really, really terrible films. Although The Force Awakens already looks better than the prequels, that's not really saying much.

But not all trailers are completely doom and gloom. One particular YouTube genius already had the inevitable idea to create The Force Awakens in the comedic style of Mel Brooks, and it's about as great as you'd expect. [Reddit/YouTube]

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The Phantom Menace was my favourite Star Wars.

Probably would rank them:

1. I

2. IV

3. II

4. VI

5. V / III