It’s the return of the annual Star Wars Celebration (isn’t everyday Star Wars celebration?) and today Disney released the second trailer to the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Do you remember where you were when you saw the second trailer to The Force Awakens? Likely yes, since it just released a few hours ago. I thought the first trailer release last fall was incredible. This one multiplied my feelings of hype, anticipation, and pure hysteria. There’s hundreds of thoughts and possibilities going through my mind. So many questions. Can I get two more trailers before December? Make it four.
The following is our breakdown of some of the significant points of the trailer, ushering in new characters and now confirmed locations while stroking that bit of nostalgia that we all share as passionate Star Wars lovers.
The trailer begins with what appears to be Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the speeder we saw in the first trailer. Only this time, there is a massive fallen Star Destroyer in the background. I got massive chills. This gave a slight nod to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game when Starkiller uses the force to pull down the mega ship. Note that this appears to be an original Star Destroyer. Later in the trailer, we see what appears to be a newly designed version in space. My guess is this is just a relic, a bit of scenery to add to the allure of the film.
Cue Luke Skywalker’s voice. He utters the famous line from Return of the Jedi: “The Force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it, my sister has it.” Chills down my spine. I’m not 100% sure, but it almost sounds as if Mark Hamill re-recorded the line. Probably not, but it sounds fantastic. Darth Vader’s mask was burned (along with the rest of Vader) on Endor, where Luke held a private funeral to say goodbye to his father. The question is, who has the remains of this mask? Is it in some Sith gallery reminiscent of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant? Is new villain Kylo Ren in possession of it? Are there more than one Sith or Dark Side-influenced characters that are trying to resurrect or “awaken” a Sith Order? Are they trying to summon or bring Darth Vader back? Is the mask sitting in a throne room as a trophy? I could go on forever. Maybe Luke is gazing upon it.
We know Luke lost his right hand in the duel with Vader at Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. It was replaced with a robotic hand. As Luke utters the phrase “I have it,” the above picture shows. We see a familiar friend in R2-D2. This almost certainly has to be Luke. He looks to be in hiding, which is a shame, because I wanted to see the “Obi-Wan Kenobi-fied” version of Luke in his waning years. That will have to wait. Rumors have amassed for months that Luke is in hiding, but we have no clue from what or whom. Perhaps Kylo. Perhaps the new order of what seems to be the old Empire. It seems that the Skywalkers are a wanted family.
As Luke utters “My sister has it,” we see who is very likely Leia (Solo) hand a lightsaber to Rey. I assume Rey is Han and Leia’s daughter. We don’t know that Han and Leia are married, but it would make sense as they always had been in the novels and expanded universe. And please, Rey totally looks like she has Skywalker blood in her. It would only make sense that the new trilogy continues on with a Skylwaker (or Solo) at the helm. By the way – that lightsaber looks an awful lot like Anakin Skywalker’s, doesn’t it? The one Luke received from Obi-Wan and then lost on Cloud City. Talk about relics, huh?
Next we see Poe Dameron in classic Star Wars fighter celebration. He is supposedly one of the galaxy’s greatest pilots and is on a mission from Leia.
Kylo Ren appears next, surrounded by an army of the new Storm Troopers. It looks like they are taking over a small city or village. Perhaps it is in search of Luke Skywalker. I am fascinated by Ren. What are his origins? Why does he wear a mask (which looks superb)? Is he a rogue Jedi or Sith? He looks to be unbalanced. Is he (gasp!) Darth Vader’s apprentice? Don’t forget that JJ Abrams brought back Kahn in Star Trek’s reboot. Ren looks inspired by one of the Sith Warriors from Bioware’s The Old Republic video game. Intimidation is key in Star Wars and I think he has me frightened on the edge of my seat.
Shortly after, we see the new Storm Troopers on an icy planet. Is Hoth back? It would make sense, since the Rebels were driven from there in The Empire Strikes Back. The scene looks like Hitler leading Germany during WWII. The symbol is not exact but similar to the former Empire’s logo. Is this a continuation of the Empire or a rebirth? Is the Empire the “New Republic” with this being a whole new rebellion or uprising?
Next we see Finn, whom I believe is one of the new 3 main heroes. A Storm Trooper in the beginning of the film, he now appears panicked. In the first trailer, we see him running. It seems that he is changing teams. We also get a glance at newly modeled Tie Fighters and a hangar that is similar to both Death Stars’ hangars, though it’s likely a Star Destroyer.
This image was most interesting to me because we know the least about it. This appears to be a commander or leader of the Storm Troopers, but to what capacity? It’s rumored that Adam Driver is Kylo Ren, but doesn’t this Trooper’s build look oddly like Driver’s? That would leave Andy Serkis as Ren. The character appears again on the Death Star-like hangar/hallway.
Mixed in with the next batch we see the instantly lovable BB-8, the rolling droid from trailer 1 on the planet that we thought was Tatooine (but confirmed to be an entirely different planet named “Jakku”). He is on the Millenium Falcon, which means he is likely an integral part of the main cast moving forward. Perhaps he replaces R2-D2 if indeed Luke, Leia, and Han pass the torch on.
We see more glorious scenes of the Millenium Falcon dodging laser fire through a broken Star Destroyer. Of course, the radar dish was replaced after the Battle of Endor in which the second Death Star was destroyed.
The trailer ends with a bang, as we finally see some old familiar faces! Han Solo whispers “Chewie, we’re home.” The duo appears to be on the Millenium Falcon. When or why they lost the ship is a mystery, but it is incredibly exciting to see Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew together again for another run.
So there you have it. What questions do you ponder now? What was the most exciting part? Be sure to check back this week for Star Wars: Battlefront impressions when the trailer for that is released. Share your comments below and may the Force be with you!
Josiah LeRoy is Geekiverse’s Senior Editor and first Jedi. He already has arrangements for December 18, 2015.
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