I told the boys we weren’t going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens right away when it came into theatres last year. I warned them the lines would be long and I needed to see if this movie was as scary as Episode III (“I don’t like the one with Darth Vader melting,” my 5 yr old Charlie would remind me when we would sit down for some Star Wars.)

Still, I couldn’t resist, and bought tickets for the opening weekend. The spoiler-free reviews I read seemed to show everything would be okay and I kept it a secret until we were right there at the theatre doors.

Star Wars TFA

The boys flipped.

They were so excited.

And then Charlie had to leave.

The opening scene was pretty dark. I mean, you had to expect it with the introduction of Kylo Ren, but still, it was dark.

Kylo Ren

And then the rathtars showed up.

I don’t think I’m telling any tales out of school, but those monsters, the rathtars, that were being transported on Han’s barge were nasty. They’re squid like octopus things with big sucking mouths and too many arms and they jumped at the screen all 3-D like.

Star Wars TFA Rathtar

Charlie didn’t like that part. He bailed. My wife took him out of the theatre and he missed the rest. He was heartbroken.

In the months since, Charlie has been filled in on the rest of the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he still hasn’t seen all of it. And he really wants to see (mostly) all of it (he’s still very anti-rathtar).

And now he has his chance. This weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to own on TELUS Optik (April 1, 2016)! That’s four days before it’s available to buy on Blu-ray and more than a month before it’s available to rent from any other TV provider in Canada!

Buying it is best, so you can fast forward through the bloody Kylo Ren part at the beginning, the crazy rathtar stuff in the middle, and any other spooky things that might be at the end.

Your kids want to see this movie, and watching it at home means you get to control how much of the freak they get.

This is a good thing, because once you own it on TELUS Optik, you can watch it as many times as you want for no extra cost. Especially the flashback scene for Rey (I really want to know what that was all about), and all the cute BB-8 things that the kids love most.


In addition to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ll also get bonuses like a feature-length documentary and deleted scenes.

NOW .. who wants a contest?

TELUS is giving away this highly coveted BB-8 droid by Sphero. If you’re a TELUS Optik subscriber, they’ll also hook you up with the movie for free. Enter below!


BB-8 Droid by Sphero

Terms and conditions: Do not use contest-only social media accounts. Share genuinely from real accounts. Must be a Canadian resident. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Violation of terms will result in disqualification at judge’s discretion. Prize must be accepted as awarded.

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Get it early!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens available on Optik TV April 1, 2016.

If you’re a TELUS Optik TV customer, press the “On Demand” button on your remote or go to channel 105 and you can start watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens (on April 1 that is).



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  1. Justin Connors March 31, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I totally want a bb8 sphero! Fore Awakens brought the Star Wars Universe back and made sure it is here to stay.

  2. Darrah Bailey March 31, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I’d have to say I am a Chewbacca fan! 🙂

  3. tanyab79 March 31, 2016 at 9:17 am

    My favourites are R2D2 and Chewbacca.

  4. Jonathan March 31, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Never thought about it not being entirely kid-friendly as I grew up with the franchise…but I guess what’s ok viewing at 43 is not the same as for a 5 years old! Definitely very cross-generational though!

  5. Robyn Bellefleur March 31, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I have always liked Han Solo.

  6. Tina L. March 31, 2016 at 10:29 am

    My favourite is R2D2

  7. Brenda Penton March 31, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Chewbacca is my favourite

  8. Josh S March 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    My favourite Star Wars character, yoda is. Hmmmmmm.

  9. Rebby April 1, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I love C3PO, he’s witty and sweet!

  10. Jenness M April 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Love Han Solo!

  11. Wendy Jensen April 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    My favourite Star Wars character of all time is Chewbacca.

  12. Nicole April 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    R2D2 is my favourite Star Wars character. My son loves him as well.

  13. shannon s April 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Neat prize!

  14. Lawrence April 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Darth Vader

  15. Debbie Bashford April 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm


  16. Chris MacDonald April 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    My favourite Star Wars character is R2D2

  17. Laurent L April 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    My favourite character is Chewbaca. My dog makes similar sounds.

  18. Israel Y April 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm


  19. John C April 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    My favourite character is Yoda!

  20. Mike Bourne April 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    BB-8 was my wife’s favourite droid of the movie, so of course I have to enter this!

  21. Bonnie April 4, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    My favourite is R2D2

  22. Emily April 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I love Star Wars!

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