Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last ten hours or so, you should know that tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are now available. We also got a new poster last night, and a full trailer during the halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and my Chicago Bears.
As always, I am ready to recap and review the newest trailer for the Star Wars saga, and, boy, do we have a lot to get to. First off, let’s just make sure to specify all of the dialogue that is in the new trailer.
SUPREME LEADER SNOKE: When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power, and, beyond that, something truly special.
REY: Something, inside me, has always been there. Then I was awake and I need help.
LUKE SKYWALKER: I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then, it does now.
KYLO REN/BEN SOLO: Let the past die. Kill it — if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you are meant to be.
POE DAMERON: We are the spark that will light the fire that will bring the First Order down.
FINN/FN-2187: Come on!
LUKE SKYWALKER: This is not going to go… The way you think.
SUPREME LEADER SNOKE: Fulfill your destiny.
REY: I need someone to show me my place in all this.
I’ve got a few theories based on these lines and who they’re being spoken to, which you can find beneath each picture below. Because now it’s time to also analyze the visuals.
We open with a shot of a contemplative Ben Solo (Yes, I still call him that) looking out at a hangar, which I believe includes the classic AT-ATs. Over these opening images we hear Snoke talking about the ‘raw, untamed’ power of someone. We’re obviously supposed to believe that he’s talking about Ben, but I’m pretty sure he’s talking to Rey.
You see, I don’t feel like the idea of his power being ‘raw and untamed’ by the time Snoke found him makes a lot of sense. We know that Ben was trained by Luke (even though I’m not sure how long he trained him for), and, assuming Luke knows what he is doing as a Jedi Master, he should have been able to teach Ben a thing or two about controlling his power.
The way I see it, Ben wouldn’t have been raw by the time Snoke found him — but maybe I’m wrong. I think there is a lot of misdirection going on in this trailer, and I think this is the first one: Snoke is actually talking to Rey.
And here we see a bunch of AT-M6 (that is, All Terrain MegaCaliber Six) walkers, which were officially revealed on the Star Wars Show a few months ago, and I think the ship in the sky is Ben Solo’s First Order command shuttle. They’re walking on Crait, the planet first seen in the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi, and they are most likely on their way to a Resistance outpost.
Here we see Ben Solo as he walks with what-looks-like either Snowtroopers or Flametroopers. I think, based on the reddish ground, that this also happens to be on Crait.
One of the very exciting things about the end of The Force Awakens is that they essentially have to continue the story in The Last Jedi without a time jump. We are going to see Rey deliver the Skywalker lightsaver. Of course, we later see Rey with the saber — so either Luke still has his green lightsaber, or he is so powerful that he doesn’t need one.
Here we see Luke being incredibly shocked by the true power of Rey. I presume Rey is handling her training much better than Luke did with Yoda, and I think that is what scares Luke. Rey is, perhaps, more powerful than any young Jedi he has ever seen before, and if she can follow her training to-a-T, then her power may overwhelm any foe. You can’t blame him.
I think this is where Luke finally decides not to train Rey. He is frightened by her potential. Because the last time he trained someone as powerful as her, that student — Ben Solo — turned to the Dark Side.
This looks like a part of the flashback to Luke’s Jedi Academy being burned down. Luke is literally pulling himself out of the rubble.
This is probably my favorite moment in the trailer. I still believe Ben Solo can be redeemed (after all, Vader was sort of redeemed.). Well, as long as he doesn’t also take out Luke or Leia. There is always hope in the darkness.
I think Ben hesitates here. Could he still shoot the ship? Sure, but I like what this scene shows. He hasn’t abandoned the light — not completely.
Also, I feel like there is a good chance he is actually talking to Rey, when he talks about needing to ‘kill’ the past. Rey is so caught up in finding her family that it may be holding her back.
Okay, so, this is a Porg. I know, it is very cute. It is a tiny bird species from the planet Luke has been living on — Ahch To.
I love Poe Dameron, and I love that we get to see him deliver a huge speech as a representative of the Resistance. It does make me wonder why we’re not hearing Leia say anything, though.
Now, this is really cool. I know that a lot of people were unhappy with what Captain Phasma got to do in The Force Awakens, but this trailer leads me to believe she is getting a bigger role. Seeing her fight Finn is going to be great. In the background of another one of these shots, it looks like the hangar from the opening shot of this trailer.
This looks like the planet Crait, possibly just outside of the Resistance outpost. I have no idea what this alien animal is (some people online have called it a Crystal Fox, so, yeah, let’s call it that for now), but it looks very cool.
Our first good look at Supreme Leader Snoke. I’m still getting used to his gold outfit.
Now, what is happening here? It looks like Snoke is torturing Rey, and he is clearly using much more power than what Ben Solo toyed with in his interrogation scenes with Rey in The Force Awakens. Again, I feel like the dialogue from Snoke in this trailer is directed at Rey and not Ben.
Remember what I said about this trailer trying to throw you off? I don’t think Rey is speaking to Ben Solo here. To me, it looks like she is wearing the same outfit as she was when she was arriving on Ahch-To.
They’re definitely trying to make us believe that Rey may be turning to the Dark Side. It is a popular fan theory, and it is probably a good idea to, at the very least, let us believe that could happen.
I loved this trailer, and I could watch it all day. There is so much to talk about, and you could argue there is even more interesting things to dissect and analyze than I already have here. I think this is probably the right time to stop watching commercials and trailers for The Last Jedi, if you want to watch the film without much of the plot having been revealed to you. Sure, we have an idea of what is going to happen — but I still have no idea what is going to happen in the Canto Bight casino or what type of character Benicio Del Toro is playing.
What did you think of the trailer? Sound off in the comments.
– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen