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Stormtrooper package details the Empire's evolution into the First Order

06.30.2015

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One of the most fascinating aspects of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is discovering what's transpired between the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI and the beginning of this film. There were quite a few familiar sights in the form of the Millennium Falcon and some altered Stormtroopers, it looks like the Empire has evolved from their previous iteration.

IGN's Eric Goldman got his hands on the Stormtrooper action figure that will be premiering at this year's San Diego Comic Con, and while we've seen what the figure looks like, we haven't seen the text on the side of the box. Thanks to Goldman, I've transcribed the text for you below, which gives away some interesting tidbits.

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Shock troopers clad in white armor first appeared on the galactic stage during the opening battles of the Clone Wars. Clone Trooper armor became iconic almost immediately; its stark white design stood for hope that peace and stability might be restored to a galaxy at war. But this dream of peace died with the Republic, and the Empire that rose to take its place imposed order by any means necessary. Soldiers within the grand army of the Republic were given a new name: Stormtroopers. As these former protectors of galactic peace mercilessly crushed resistance across the galaxy, their white armor came to symbolize oppression and the indomitable power of the Emperor’s will. Yet the tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall. Now, the rise of the First Order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.

I'm actually doing my best to avoid rumors and leaked info regarding THE FORCE AWAKENS (if I can help it), so to see the state of the universe, post-Jedi, really revs my . . . erm, podracer. The last trailer painted a fantastic portrait of a world in a state of decay, as well as our heroes facing some overwhelming odds. It definitely falls in line tonally with the Original Trilogy. As for the First Order, perhaps we'll get some more details at SDCC in a couple of weeks!

The STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS panel will be premiering at SDCC on July 10, while the film will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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6:31AM on 07/06/2015
Maybe the First Order is the Rebels going too far in the opposite direction adopting the Stormtroopers into their army and going about squashing systems to "free" them for Democracy.
Maybe the First Order is the Rebels going too far in the opposite direction adopting the Stormtroopers into their army and going about squashing systems to "free" them for Democracy.
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5:05PM on 06/30/2015

I want this

Hope they sell it else where
Hope they sell it else where
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2:59PM on 06/30/2015

I'm glad there wasn't a neat/clean ending to the Empire

It only makes sense some systems thrived under the empire and just because Vader and Palpatine died, the remnants lived on and kept fighting. This was one big area of concern for me and I'm glad they seem to be getting it right.

It would makes much less sense that the Empire just collapsed.
It only makes sense some systems thrived under the empire and just because Vader and Palpatine died, the remnants lived on and kept fighting. This was one big area of concern for me and I'm glad they seem to be getting it right.

It would makes much less sense that the Empire just collapsed.
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7:48PM on 06/30/2015
There was a neat clean ending to the Empire.

The Empire's Emperor, and his right hand man, died.

An "entire legion" of the Emperor's best troops, all of their hardware including the second Death Star; gone.

Nothing could be further from right, than "remnants" still hanging around 35 years later.

It'd be like if we were still fighting the remnants today. Beyond a few skin head lunatics, the Third Reich is gone.

Collapsing is exactly what happens when a centrally planned Empire's
There was a neat clean ending to the Empire.

The Empire's Emperor, and his right hand man, died.

An "entire legion" of the Emperor's best troops, all of their hardware including the second Death Star; gone.

Nothing could be further from right, than "remnants" still hanging around 35 years later.

It'd be like if we were still fighting the remnants today. Beyond a few skin head lunatics, the Third Reich is gone.

Collapsing is exactly what happens when a centrally planned Empire's center is obliterated.

Hell, we even got to watch systems across the galaxy celebrate Empire's demise.
11:48AM on 06/30/2015

The Empire is now Jason Vorhees

Bringing back the Empire in any form is the stuff of bad fan-fic.

Bringing back the Empire in any form is the stuff of bad fan-fic.

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1:34PM on 06/30/2015
Why? Do you really believe that ALL of the Empire was destroyed at the end of JEDI? That makes even less sense. It's far more interesting if some factions of the Empire lived on after the defeat of their leadership, and slowly evolved over the decades into some type of new governing order. The First Order is the natural evolution and progression of the Empire, and that makes perfect sense AND is dramatically interesting. That's far and away better than the actual fan fiction of the now-defunct
Why? Do you really believe that ALL of the Empire was destroyed at the end of JEDI? That makes even less sense. It's far more interesting if some factions of the Empire lived on after the defeat of their leadership, and slowly evolved over the decades into some type of new governing order. The First Order is the natural evolution and progression of the Empire, and that makes perfect sense AND is dramatically interesting. That's far and away better than the actual fan fiction of the now-defunct Expanded Universe, imo.
2:59PM on 06/30/2015
Exactly Sauron!
Exactly Sauron!
7:41PM on 06/30/2015
Saurons correct, I couldn't of said it better myself. Foolish to think it all would just disappear. Here's hoping for a Thrawn inspired character.
Saurons correct, I couldn't of said it better myself. Foolish to think it all would just disappear. Here's hoping for a Thrawn inspired character.
7:44PM on 06/30/2015
Why? Because it's an expression of not being able to accept the satisfying conclusion of the Original Trilogy. It's where hacks write on endlessly about "remnants" of the Empire. But what happens when these remnants are vanquished? If they decide to produce Episode X-XII, will they be fighting the remnants of the remnants of the Empire?

At some point the narrative needs to move beyond the Empire, because bringing it back isn't any more interesting than bringing back the resurrected
Why? Because it's an expression of not being able to accept the satisfying conclusion of the Original Trilogy. It's where hacks write on endlessly about "remnants" of the Empire. But what happens when these remnants are vanquished? If they decide to produce Episode X-XII, will they be fighting the remnants of the remnants of the Empire?

At some point the narrative needs to move beyond the Empire, because bringing it back isn't any more interesting than bringing back the resurrected boogeymen in slasher movies. We as the audience are being robbed of the "what happens next" factor. As it is now, we now know how this trilogy will end. With the rebellion, er resistance, defeating the First Order, er the Empire. Nothing is interesting about carbon copies.

And it isn't the natural progression at all. The thing about centrally planned Empires, is that when the center is obliterated, the rest of it falls apart rather quickly. Without an Emperor for the rank and file soldiers to rally behind, the fascist reasoning behind fighting for the Empire disappears. And without the infrastructure to feed and pay troopers, it's highly unlikely that they'd stick around after their Leaders were defeated.

A far more natural evolution would be to determine what fills the power vacuum left behind after the defeat of the Empire. A far more reasonable conclusion would involve a galactic civil war between any remaining imperial remnants, imperial officers attempting to take whatever they have command over to secure their own power, systems that were separatists at the time of the Old Republic, Old Republic loyalists, and New Republic activists. There may be other factions as well.

But to rely on Empire vs. Rebellion again is really crappy fan-fic writing. In fact, the labels First Order and Resistance, are exactly the sort of thing that one would expect from the multitude of Star Wars knock-offs that were produced in the 70s and 80s.

7:52PM on 06/30/2015
Sauron is incorrect.

It may not have all vanished instantly, but to have it still hanging around 35 years later is just dumb.

Most people are just back engineering logic to explain why the Empire would still be around, because they emotionally want it to still be around. My guess is that they likely won't like it as much as they think they will, and that the Sequel Trilogy, will make the Prequel Trilogy, look like the Original Trilogy.

It's kind of like a high school reunion. Seems
Sauron is incorrect.

It may not have all vanished instantly, but to have it still hanging around 35 years later is just dumb.

Most people are just back engineering logic to explain why the Empire would still be around, because they emotionally want it to still be around. My guess is that they likely won't like it as much as they think they will, and that the Sequel Trilogy, will make the Prequel Trilogy, look like the Original Trilogy.

It's kind of like a high school reunion. Seems like a good idea to get the gang back together again, but when you do it's a pretty boring let down.
6:00AM on 07/01/2015
I get where you're coming from: insinuating that the Empire didn't completely collapse at the end of Jedi takes away from the sense of complete triumph at the end of the film. That being said, I think you're arguing with yourself somewhat.

"A far more natural evolution would be to determine what fills the power vacuum left behind after the defeat of the Empire."

... you mean something like The First Order, possibly?

We haven't read the script nor seen the film, so none of us know
I get where you're coming from: insinuating that the Empire didn't completely collapse at the end of Jedi takes away from the sense of complete triumph at the end of the film. That being said, I think you're arguing with yourself somewhat.

"A far more natural evolution would be to determine what fills the power vacuum left behind after the defeat of the Empire."

... you mean something like The First Order, possibly?

We haven't read the script nor seen the film, so none of us know diddly squat about how or why The First Order came into being.

If we're all sitting around on an internet movie site discussing the implications of having the Empire resurface in some form or another, then I'm pretty sure the subject may have come up between Abrams et al. before putting pen to paper. Hopefully whatever they've come up with won't detract from the fall of the Empire at the end of Jedi.
9:35AM on 07/01/2015
Yeah, I see what you're saying Burn.

But my contention is that whatever fills the power vacuum left over by the absence of the Empire, probably shouldn't be a clone of the Empire itself. Hence the furthering of my point, where I describe a potential galaxy wide civil war between many different factions.

It's true that we haven't yet seen the film and the First Order could be anything, but initial indications based on trailers and the information we have so far does not bode well. What
Yeah, I see what you're saying Burn.

But my contention is that whatever fills the power vacuum left over by the absence of the Empire, probably shouldn't be a clone of the Empire itself. Hence the furthering of my point, where I describe a potential galaxy wide civil war between many different factions.

It's true that we haven't yet seen the film and the First Order could be anything, but initial indications based on trailers and the information we have so far does not bode well. What we know so far stinks of Disney executives asking, "How can we bring back the Empire, since that's what made us so much money in te 70s and 80s?"

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