So I finally got to see Star Wars VII. (Why is it that only Star Wars movies and Super Bowls rate Roman numerals?) Of course, Star Wars isn't really science fiction -- it's a fantasy set it space -- but I really enjoyed the first three Star Wars movies (or as my children would say, the second three movies). I would rank the newest Star Wars offering well below the first three (i.e., the second three), but much better than the second three movies (i.e., the first three). At first I enjoyed the constant references to the first (fourth) movie, but after a while it became apparent that the entire film was just that -- a remix of the original Star Wars, which made it all too predictable. And why did the bad guy come across as an unpleasant Star Wars fan-boy who looked and sounded like he had just stepped out of a Jane Austen film?
MAJOR SPOILER AFTER THE BREAK
The big shocker, of course, was the death of Han Solo. Somewhere on the internet J.J. Abrams has a discussion of the reason that Han Solo had to die. But I have my own theory. Harrison Ford was the only decent actor in Star Wars. They had to kill him off because he made everyone else look bad in comparison (with the exception of Alec Guinness, who of course played Gandalf in the original movie).