WE CAN’T WAIT.
I’m going to be blunt for a moment — Star Wars: Rogue One was nice and all, but I wanted MORE.
It’s a fun little heist movie with a CRAZY dark ending and a lot of nostalgia for Star Wars fans, but… yeah, we all KNEW that happened to the Death Star plans in the end.
BUT, earlier today, they dropped the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi — the next chapter in the lives of Luke Skywalker, new hero Rey, ex-Stormtrooper Finn, Poe, and all our new favorite Star Wars pals — and I could not be more excited. This is new! This is venturing into the unknown! This delivered everything that Rogue One, by its very nature, couldn’t.
Just look at it!
Rogue One was still awesome, but The Last Jedi looks amazing. We finally get to see how Luke Skywalker has changed over the years, we get more Star Wars space battles, we get more insights into the continuing education of Rey, AND Last Jedi was directed by Rian Johnson, the indie auteur who directed Brick, Looper, and probably all of your favorite episodes of Breaking Bad.
If you’ve been watching the new trailer constantly like we have, you probably have a list of some of your favorite moments already picked out. We do too.
Here are our 9 favorite moments from the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer — moments that all made our jaws drop and made us text our friends “O…M…G.”
At the end of Force Awakens, Finn (John Boyega) was left badly injured because… well, he was a grunt Stormtrooper who dared to get into a lightsaber fight with Kylo freakin’ Ren, dark lord of the First Order. The movie ended with Finn still unconscious after the fight — which they used to explain why Chewbacca didn’t hug out Han’s death with Leia at the end of Force Awakens. (Lame.)
But here’s the thing — according to The Last Jedi trailer, Finn is still messed up. The only recognizable shot of him is in some space-MRI-looking machine. (Surprised he’s not in a bacta tank.) So… will Boyega be sidelined the whole movie? His injuries didn’t look THAT bad in TFA, but is “Will Finn recover?” one of the big plotlines of The Last Jedi?
It’s fitting that — after SO many people complained that Luke Skywalker didn’t actually get any lines in The Force Awakens — the trailer for The Last Jedi opens with Mark Hamill speaking. And his words suggest that, yes, he’s totally becoming the Obi-Wan to Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
I mean, we ALL knew that was going to happen, right? But it’s still exiting to see. Now, granted, there are a few comments at the end of the trailer that might make us doubt if Luke actually wants Rey to be a Jedi (more on that later), but the voiceover dialogue where Luke walks Rey through a Jedi daily affirmation (“Breathe…”), and we see a cloaked figure (totally Luke) watching Rey practice with a lightsaber…. it’s EXCITING!
It’s like watching the Rocky IV training montage, but with less Survivor music and more robot hands.
Admit it, you teared up. I did. I TOTALLY did.
It was a beautiful tease/tribute to her role in the film and a reminder that not even death can make us forget about how vital Carrie Fisher is to the DNA of Star Wars.
In the training montage, we hear Rey talking about “light… darkness… the balance” and reaching out to an ancient book, presumably from the old Jedi temple where Luke has been living. It’s followed by an interesting comment from Luke — “It’s so much bigger.”
Does he mean that the Force is bigger than the binary of light vs. dark side? Because that would be an interesting wrinkle to introduce into the Force mythology — allowing for shades of gray rather than all evil or all good.
That was one of the big WOW moments in the original Force Awakens trailer — the shots of X-wing fighters flying low over a lake, pulling up mist in their wake.
The Last Jedi basically brought their own version of that exact same moment — giving us new ships that look part B-wing fighter, part pod-racer — flying low over a desert and (for some reason) dragging something beneath them to kick-up brilliantly red smoke. (I bet the reason is, “It looks cool.”)
I mean, they’re cute together. Finn and Poe are WAY cuter together and I will ship them until the day I die, but Poe and BB… yeah, they’re OK.
You can see the scar and everything. I bet he’ll be TOTALLY cool with it.
There’s a shot at 1:30 where we see a hooded figure (Luke is always a good guess for a hooded figure) fall to his knees in despair in front of a burning building (with R2D2 at his side). The next shot shows Kylo Ren and his flunkies walking through the fire. (There's a chance that it's not Kylo and might be Captain Phasma — there is a chrome sheen in the fire — but I'm still betting this is a flashback.)
Is this the moment Han Solo told Rey about in TFA when Kylo betrayed Luke and murdered all of his Jedi students? (I’m thinking yes.)
The trailer ends with even more Mark Hamill dialogue, but this line made geeks around the world drop their lightsabers in disbelief. We hear a very despondent-sounding Luke Skywalker say, “I only know one truth… it’s time for the Jedi to end.”
So… what’s up with that? Does that mean Luke has gone all dark side?
My theory is that Luke kind of wants the Jedi to die with him, which… can you blame him? During Luke’s lifetime (and the period involving the prequels), the Jedi were a spectacularly ineffective peacekeeping force. They allowed the rise of the Empire and they allowed their best and brightest to get turned dark and become insane bad-asses for the Emperor.
Maybe Luke just thinks the whole knights of the light side/dark side thing isn’t really working out for ANYONE anymore.
Granted, I’d bet good money that he still trains Rey and still fights for the good in the Universe, but… yeah, there are some interesting shades in this Last Jedi trailer. Maybe there are bigger things in the world than light vs. dark after all.