Like the mother of all trailers, the teaser for the next continuation of the Star Wars “Saga” films, The last Jedi, dropped at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. That sound you hear is a million+ voices crying out in ecstatic joy. So without further ado, let’s break this baby down, shall we?
We open in space, seemingly, before those pinpricks of light in the curtain of darkness are revealed to be impressions in a close-up rock, just before Rey’s hand slams down on it. Daisy Ridley’s character is on watery Island world Ahch-To, Jedi training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and it looks like she’s just had some sort of Force vision. John Williams’ music cunningly melds Rey’s theme with Luke’s. Always two there are, a master and an apprentice. Incidentally, the music and sudden startling hero character introduction are reminiscent of Finn’s intro in the teaser for The Force Awakens. George Lucas would be proud – “It’s like poetry, it rhymes.”
“Breath. Just breath. Now, what do you see?” A thriving tourist industry around Skellig Michael on the Iveragh Peninsula in Ireland’s County Kerry, Master Luke. That’s where these scenes are partly filmed. “Reach out. What do you see?”
More sly harkening back to the films of the past, cleverly and ambiguously straddling both original and prequel, muddying the waters as to what path Rey and we will follow. As Rey answers in voice over (“Light. Darkness. The balance.“) we see and hear several interesting things.
This is a beautiful close-up of Rey’s Force powers influencing the environment around her (I don’t think she’s using it to just lift a few piddling pebbles). It harkens back to Man Of Steel when Henry Cavill’s Superman first takes flight.
We get our first glimpse of General Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) running everything as usual. She’s looking more ceremonial than last time – just back from Han’s funeral, maybe? It looks like she’s on a Resistance ship command bridge – apparently, that’s Ackbar behind the star-map display. Strain your ears and you can just say her earlier iteration plead, “Help me, Obi-Wan.”
Then this. The shattered helmet of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Not hiding anymore, eh Ben? Over this image, we faintly hear Obi-Wan talk about the seduction of the dark side, beneath Vader’s laboured breathing.
The darkness then gives way to light – highlighting some very old tomes nestled in a “Force tree” within one of the caves on Ahch-To. They seem to bear the ancient Sunburst mark of the Jedi, or something even older. At this point, Yoda whispers something, and Rey finishes with”The balance.”
Cue Jedi training! I hope we get some nice helicopter shots of Rey along the clifftops, a la Highlander. Incidentally, the tip of the rock in front of her almost looks like Yoda guiding her…
We then leave the watery world for action elsewhere. Rickety looking speeders trailing red plumes of dust along a desert floor (like a tribute to T.V mini-series V) against an advancing phalanx of First Order Walkers. This world is Crait, a former Alliance base.
Finn’s in a coma after his tussle with Kylo in the snow last time, but don’t worry, according to John Boyega, he won’t be sitting this one out for long (the Aurebesh text on his pod reads “Stable.”).
And here’s his mucker, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and BB8, barreling straight into another scrape. “Absolutely [their relationship continues to blossom],” Boyega told SWCO. “Poe’s my boy. There’s always a new adventure for them to go on.”
There then follows a blitzkrieg of action such as Poe’s bad-ass black X-Wing almost getting blown up in a hanger explosion, the Millenium Falcon engaging Tie Fighters over another planet, and a flashback to the Knights Of Ren destroying Luke’s Jedi Academy, maybe? Also a space-set pitched battle, a brief glimpse of Captain Phasma striding through flames, Rey running with sabre sparked up and grim determination on her face, and THIS AWESOME SHOT:
Luke then drops this bombshell: “I know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Has he come to a deeper understanding of the Force during his exile? Does he believe the Jedi are as blinkered in their understanding of the ways of the Force as the Sith?
Or did they miss a word in the looping? At 2 hours plus likely, The Last Jedi has to end sometime!
And so does this breakdown. Here’s the trailer, and as a bonus, Twitter user @NickSkywalk‘s teaser around Luke and Rey.