Ars Technica has taken pains not to reveal major and even minor spoilers in our review of The Force Awakens. Still, please note that our review does touch upon a few basic and previously revealed plot points and details
One of the most memorable scenes in the Star Wars film series is from Episode IV: A New Hope. Luke Skywalker, then just a farmer, looks out onto the horizon as two suns set on the planet of Tatooine. There is the feeling of hope, and a sense that an adventure is about to begin.
We know what happens from there. Luke begins a journey with Obi-Wan Kenobi, saves his sister, Leia, and becomes a Jedi Knight. He fights in the Battle of Endor and his father, Darth Vader, saves him from the Emperor. Return of the Jedi, the last film, chronologically, neatly ties up Luke’s story and all other subplots. Everyone is happy, dancing on Endor with Ewoks (no Ewoks in the new film, promise). It was a solid ending to the series, but where do you go from there after 32 years?