On the day after we consumed way too much on Thanksgiving Day of 2014, Star Wars began to once again consume us. Sure, we knew the movie was on its way with J.J. Abrams directing a cast of the old guard (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher) and new (John Boyega, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley). And we’d also been informed of its title, The Force Awakens. But it was on this day, Nov. 28, 2014, that Episode VII truly and forcefully entered our lives via the first official teaser trailer

Words like “we” and “us” and “our” tend to get thrown around more often than they should, but in this case they couldn’t be more appropriate. Star Wars is our franchise. Name a categorization, and Star Wars transcends it: age, gender, sexuality, religion, partisanship, nationalism, etc. On that Thursday, the United States celebrated Thanksgiving, and on Friday the world celebrated The Force Awakens

The trailer gave us our first tangible look at the third generation of the third largest franchise in the history of cinema. In just 88 seconds it revitalized our excitement while indulging in nostalgia. Boyega in a Stormtrooper suit, Ridley starting up a hovercraft, Isaac piloting an X-Wing with the rebel insignia on his helmet, a mysterious figure with a three-pronged lightsaber, and the Millennium Falcon bursting into the scene backed by the theme song. And something entirely new—that adorable ball droid, its hemisphere of a head somehow remaining secure as the globular body rolled along below.