Wednesday, March 23, 2016

First Look at 'The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes

The Force Awakens will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in just a few weeks (April 5th, to be specific), and today, Entertainment Weekly provided an exclusive look at the seven deleted scenes that we'll finally be able to watch. 
We already got a sneak peek of this scene in the in-home trailer, but this gives us another look at Kylo with the Millennium Falcon, presumably leaving it after searching its interior with a squad of snowtroopers. There's something tragic about seeing this lost soul stand next to the symbol of the family that he continually rejects. 
This is an extension of the Jakku village attack at the beginning of the film. In the original film, we saw Captain Phasma direct her troopers to execute the captured villagers, and we saw FN-2187's refusal to do so, but this scene shows him discovering a female villager hiding in the shadows of a building, raising his blaster, and ultimately deciding to let her go. (Though with all the other stormtroopers patrolling around, she'd probably end up dead anyway.) This would continue to characterize Finn as a gentle, merciful man before we even see his face. 
This scene takes place during the First Order's attack on Maz Kanata's castle. A squad of stormtroopers confronts Han, Finn, Chewie, and Maz in the castle's basement, where she was keeping Luke's old lightsaber. Han tries to talk his way out of getting arrested (or just shot), letting us see his lovable swagger one last time. EW doesn't mention this, but based on previous descriptions of the deleted scenes, Han is actually distracting the troopers while Maz concentrates, before she caves in the ceiling with her Force powers! (Apparently this scene is only available digitally, but if you get the Blu-ray combo pack with the digital copy, you'll still be able to watch it.) 

The other four scenes reportedly include: 
  • A much earlier introduction for Leia in the film, as she receives a distress call from BB-8 about the Jakku village attack.
  • A scene called "X-Wings Prepare for Lightspeed", in which Poe Dameron leads his squadron to their attack on Starkiller Base.
  • Rey and Finn engaging in a snowspeeder chase on Starkiler Base, in-between Han Solo's death and their duels with Kylo. 
  • Rey watching over Finn's wounded body as she gets an update from Dr. Kalonia (Downton Abbey star Harriet Walter), who we previously saw tending to Chewbacca earler in the film. 
Which scene are you looking forward to the most? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all. 

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