The biggest ways J.J. Abrams surprised us in Episode VII
When we learned that J.J. Abrams was going to take over directing duties Star Wars: The Force Awakens, sci-fi geeks everywhere either shuddered with either terror or delight…or sometimes a mix of both. Would he just be making another Star Trek reboot, or would he seamlessly continue the story of Star Wars? Is the guy who created Felicity really capable of taking the reigns of something so huge and unwieldy? Would the film just be a bunch of disappointing filler like the middle seasons of Lost? Turns out that Episode VII was actually pretty great, and here are some ways in which we were pleasantly surprised by Abrams' magic touch.