Shortly before it was announced that the The Force Awakens trailer would be released online Friday through iTunes Trailers, I had decided that I would make the trek to one of the theaters that would be playing the teaser to watch the new Star Wars footage on the big screen.
When I heard the news that the teaser would be released online the same day, I decided to stick to my original plan to see the trailer in theaters. However, I “altered the deal” and decided that I would see it in theaters for the first time, which meant I wanted to avoid spoilers and wait several hours just to view the trailer in all of its geeky glory at the theater.
The wait was torture.
Midnight EST A group of Star Wars fans make a Skype chat to stay “#UpAllNightToWatchStarWars.” I join despite the fact that I have to leave at 6 in the morning to catch a flight….because Star Wars. I figure joining the chat couldn’t hurt since I could talk to other fans as they talk about what they want to see in the teaser.
5:50 a.m. EST I wake up and check my phone to see if the trailer had been posted yet. The night before, it was rumored that it would be online around 3 a.m. EST, so I expected to jump on social media and see screenshots, teaser gossip, and fangirling from both male and female fans….
….instead I wake up to find a swarm of sleep deprived fans still waiting up and clinging to the hope that it’ll be up “within the next 30 minutes” because “a reliable source said so.”
I see a lot of this:
And also a lot of these:
Between 10 and 10:30 EST The trailer has been posted. I find a Chick-fil-A in the airport to distract myself…I eat too many waffle fries while texting my friends to avoid scrolling through “spoilers” on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
11:00 a.m. EST I’m in pain. Must. Watch. Star Wars. I remember that I brought this upon myself as I scroll through peoples’ happy Tweets… The internet (left), me (right).
1:00 p.m. EST Social media is really blowing up right now. Facebook is filled with images. I’m getting tagged in Tweets despite the fact that I’d posted I was waiting to see the trailer that night. Friends are texting me about the trailer. I just really want to watch this thing and spazz out in the middle of the airport like any good Star Wars fan would do.
I resist the temptation.
3:00 p.m. EST Now, I’m in route to the theatre, I go over everything that could possibly appear in the teaser based off of fan speculation, fact, and pure wishful thinking.
4:15 p.m. EST Cue the footage, the familiar Star Wars score, and the fangirling. No words could can describe the emotion I felt as the trailer played before me. Therefore, no single GIF can express how I felt during the trailer, but these come pretty close:
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Is there a GIF floating around the interwebs that best describes your reaction to our first official preview of The Force Awakens?