It’s finally here! For six LONG months, the Star Wars fandom has been kept waiting for a new, full-length trailer for the upcoming 8th installment in the Star Wars saga.* And last night, it finally arrived! We really should be careful what we wish for, because we got everything we asked for and then some, including more questions than answers!
I’m just going to dive right in and get to the part everyone wants to talk about: WHAT ON EARTH is happening at the end? Because it looks like Rey is talking to Kylo and saying “I need someone (you, Kylo) to tell me my place in all this” and the (seeming) reverse shot has Kylo extending his hand. Now, before we all freak out with “OMG Rey is going to the Dark Side!!”, I do need to point out that this IS a trailer, and trailers are known to splice together footage in ways that can be misleading. It may turn out that Rey isn’t talking to Kylo at all, she could just as easily be talking to Luke (or someone else, who knows?). But then again, it is VERY possible that what we see is exactly what happens and Rey and Kylo are forming a (temporary?) alliance. What I can say for sure is that when the screen went black I nearly screamed at my television because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Now then, back to the rest of the trailer. It was awesome to hear Snoke speak. I’m fairly convinced his words are aimed at Kylo, but as someone pointed out, he could be speaking to Rey as well. And then there’s Kylo’s moment, where he says “The past, kill it if you have to. It is the only way to be what you were meant to become.” The footage of Ren flying in his TIE Interceptor is great (clearly he’s inherited his father and grandfather’s piloting skills, though he’d probably only acknowledge the latter). But as he’s saying this line, the footage of him flying in his colossal space battle is intercut with Leia in her ship, and the way the scene is cut implies that Kylo has located her through the Force and is locked on, his finger on the trigger with the means to kill his mother. And while this too freaked me out, I couldn’t help but notice that Kylo seemed deeply conflicted about the idea (he noticeably swallows like he’s thinking “can I really kill my mother too?”) I don’t personally think Kylo is going to kill Leia; it’s been stated before that Carrie Fisher’s part in the film was NOT changed in the slightest due to her untimely death, and since we know she was supposed to figure BIG in Episode IX, I think that at the very least she will be injured, but not dead (I’m very interested to see how they resolve this in Episode IX).
Based on something Daisy Ridley said during Star Wars Celebration (about how you shouldn’t meet your heroes because they can disappoint you), I was not completely surprised at Luke’s dialogue towards Rey. While the first trailer implied that Luke was training Rey, THIS trailer (to me) implies that after he begins training, he realizes just how powerful Rey actually is and this scares him, to the point that I think he’s going to refuse to train her any further. As he says:
“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then…it does now.”
Given that this line is intercut with Luke’s mechanical hand clawing up through some wreckage before another shot of (what is surely) his Jedi temple burning to the ground, I have to believe that Luke is talking about Kylo Ren, and how he felt his nephew’s raw power and didn’t take it seriously enough at the time. And speaking of power, I love the shot where Rey’s Force meditation cracks the stone around her and Luke’s jaw nearly smacks the ground in shock. I think I’m going to love seeing Luke and Rey onscreen together.
One of the moments that scared me the most is Snoke growling “Fulfill your destiny” and the camera shows us Rey screaming in pain (with Snoke visible in the background). Which begs the question “How, when and WHY is Rey in the clutches of Snoke?” Did she attempt to infiltrate somewhere and get caught? Did she just get captured outright in battle? I can’t wait to find out what’s going on.
The other big moment I want to talk about is when Luke says (presumably to Rey): “This is not going to go the way you think…” That line is loaded with so many layers of meaning. For one, he could just be talking about her training like “What you think is going to happen, won’t happen.” Or, maybe Rey becomes convinced that she can save Kylo from the dark side and Luke is telling her that story won’t go the way she thinks it will. But there’s also a deeper level of meaning that’s directed to US, the audience. We’ve developed all these ideas about how the Star Wars saga will ultimately go, and this could be a subtle way of Rian Johnson telling us that a bombshell twist is coming, and the way we think the story is going to go (i.e. the typical redemption arc for Kylo, Luke or someone) isn’t going to happen at all. Then again I could just be overthinking it, but you never know these days…
Where is General Hux? We’ve yet to see him in either the first teaser trailer or this one.
I can’t be the only one who freaked out when Finn confronted Captain Phasma and they started fighting. That is going to be EPIC and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.
That Porg is so cute!!! I bet he becomes Chewbacca’s sidekick thingy.
I want to know the context of the moment where Leia is standing by this huge mechanical doorway (in her big cloak outfit looking sad), the long shot is one of my favorites in the trailer.
What is up with the Millennium Falcon flying through what appear to be giant red crystals? Is that the interior of that one planet with the red dust (where the new AT-M6 walkers are seen)?
Listen carefully to the music in the first part of the trailer, the Imperial March is playing in the bass line. Does it mean anything? We’re not sure to be honest…
Thankfully, there is only just over two months to go until all of our questions are (hopefully) answered. I’m happy to report that I’ve secured my ticket and the final countdown has officially begun. Now, what did YOU think about the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Are you freaking out too? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
There will be a lot of soundtrack reviews coming this week, I have plenty of catching up to do. Until next time, have a good Tuesday! (And may the Force be with you).
*Technically Rogue One isn’t part of the saga since it’s a standalone anthology film.
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