Don’t be a scruffy-looking nerf herder, JJ Abrams

"Dear JJ Abrams, Please don't mess this up. Love, Everyone"


Mike Fenn


Published Sep 27, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:31 am CDT

With the first of the new Star Wars movies entering production soon, one YouTube user has decided to spearhead a very important cause: laying out four ground rules for director J.J. Abrams to abide by before he lines up a single shot.

George Lucas’ original trilogy of Star Wars films—a staple of science fiction, fantasy, and Kevin Smith movies—took an unexpectedly dark turn in 1999 with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. From Jar Jar Binks to Natalie Portman’s wooden acting, the movie and its two sequels cast a long shadow on what was the holiest of movie trilogies.

In January 2013, news that Star Trek helmsman J.J. Abrams would be shifting his focus away from New Vulcan and Enterprise ships to the likes of Tattooine and the Death Star exploded on the Internet. Fans’ desires to see new life breathed into their beloved franchise after several years full of mediocre prequels had come true. To ensure the next three films deliver the same maximum level of enjoyment the original trilogy did, starring an enslaved Carrie Fisher and a trigger-happy Harrison Ford, fans are pleading with Abrams that he not screw up the forthcoming flicks.

Does everyone understand? We need to move back to the gritty, imperfect frontier full of not-so-adorable creatures and embrace the Force as nothing more than magic. 

In addition to TrumanPDX’s video, which already has over 79,000 views, proponents of the cause have set up a website where fans can plead with Abrams—or, more accurately, Abrams’ junk email folder—to not screw this up. The group also advocates using the Twitter hashtag #dearjjabrams to further expand the cause.

Return the story to its original wonder, Mr. Abrams. Otherwise, something a lot more frightening than Stormtroopers will be released on you: angry Star Wars fans. And boy, do they hold grudges.

H/T Steampunk Boba Fett | Screengrab via TrumanPDX/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 27, 2013, 8:40 am CDT