Disney unveiled its first full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Monday night. It raised more questions than it answered.
During the broadcast of Monday Night Football, Disney unveiled its official trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which hits theaters December 15. Here’s an NTK frame-by-frame breakdown of the most important images from the trailer.
“When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power, and beyond that, something truly special,” mysterious villain Supreme Leader Snoke narrates over the first images of the trailer.
The image of Kylo Ren overlooking some sort of factory or hangar opens the ad.
Then the ad shows a line of new, improved Imperial Walkers, similar to AT-ATs, lining up for battle.
Kylo Ren then leads a group of storm troopers in a shot reminiscent of the Jedi Temple massacre in “Revenge of the Sith.”
The next few images show Kylo Ren under his helmet and reaching for his three-bladed lightsaber.
Next viewers see protagonist Rey opening her own lightsaber, apparently ready to train with original series star Luke Skywalker.
The ad pauses to display the Lucasfilm logo, and a new, more determined musical suite sets the tone for the rest of the trailer. The reset brings us to where “The Force Awakens” ended, with Rey meeting Luke. She hands him his lightsaber, which seems to surprise him, and perhaps not in a good way.
Rey speaks throughout several images of her time on the planet with Luke.
“Something inside me has always been there, but now it’s awake,” she says. “And I need help.”
Images from the trailer show Rey exploring the island and discovering the books featured in the teaser trailer.
The trailer then shows Rey training in the ways of the Jedi under Luke’s guidance.
But Rey’s power surprises even Luke. Could Snoke be speaking to Rey when he talks about “raw, untamed power” at the beginning of the trailer?
“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” Luke says, echoing Snoke’s comments. “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”
While Luke speaks, an apparent flashback of the Knights of Ren’s destruction of the Jedi temple plays. Luke’s hand pops out of the debris, and a hooded figure observes the destruction with R2-D2.
Kylo Ren’s betrayal appears to weigh heavy on Luke and forces him to hesitate while training Rey.
The trailer turns to a scarred Kylo Ren, who throws his helmet against a wall and flies his new TIE Interceptor-style fighter during a space battle.
“Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be,” Kylo says.
The trailer’s images of the space battle strongly imply that Kylo will kill his mother, General Leia Organa. It’s hard to imagine that the film will not kill off the character, given the tragic death of actress Carrie Fisher last year.
Still, it appears that Kylo struggles with firing at the bridge, which we can assume holds Leia.
Chewbacca returns, piloting the Millenium Falcon with a small CGI hamster-type character.
Pilot Poe Dameron returns, rallying Resistance fighters to battle the First Order.
Finn looks fully healed from his lightsaber wound in the last episode, and he will battle his old commander, Captain Phasma, who will presumably do something other than get shoved in a garbage chute this time around.
We’ll get to see Snoke in the flesh, as he apparently tortures Rey with the force in the trailer.
The end of the trailer raises questions about the fate and connection between Rey and Kylo Ren and will certainly spark thousands of online theories.
“I need someone to show me my place in all this,” Rey apparently says to Kylo.
Kylo then reaches out his hand to Rey, without saying anything. If you look closely, however, it appears that his facial scar has healed, meaning the scene could take place later in the film.
Could Kylo’s outreach be a ruse? If you remember, Snoke asked Kylo to bring Rey to him in “The Force Awakens,” and the two do appear to meet face-to-face in this film.
Or will Kylo and Rey actually join forces for Episode IX? And what is their connection, if there is any?
We’ll have to find out December 15.
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