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It’s roughly 11:30 in the morning and I just got done watching the new Star Wars trailer, twice. I’m a real mixed bag of emotions and, if any of my past posts have given anything away, it’s that I really like movies, and Star Wars is no exception. Now, I don’t often like to watch movies for trailers I already know I’m going to watch, but given the status of it being a teaser trailer as well as JJ Abrams making his return to the helm, I have no doubt that some of what was shown in the trailer will either not be included in the trailer or was purposely used to throw off fans from the plot.
So, we immediately open with Rey in the desert as she is being attacked by the Tie-Fighter. I suspect that the pilot is Kylo Ren and this fight is on Tatooine. It would make sense if this is where the final battle takes place given the both Luke and Anakin started their journies on the desert planet, it only makes sense that the Skywalker saga meets its end on the same planet that it all started.
We then go to some obscure shots, mostly views of previous characters and some other worlds, and the short clip of my long suspected ultimate sith lord, Lando Calrissian. I stand by this controversial choice, his laugh in that trailer is the classic sith belly laugh that we’ve all grown to know and love.
Fast forward a bit more and we see Rey and Leia tearfully embracing in what I assume to be a force dream or flashback. Carrie Fisher passed away at the end of 2016, so we can likely anticipate that her screen time will be minimal, but I have no doubt that we’ll see her play a large part of the plot. I’ve long suspected that Episode IX was always meant to Carrie Fisher’s before she passed away so I’m interested to see how they conclude her plot line.
Then we see the Rey, Finn, and the others as they find the remains of one of the Death Stars and Luke utters “No one’s ever really gone,” followed by the familiar laugh of Emperor Palpatine. It all but confirms the return of the Emperor to some capacity, but as for how he may be influencing the plot is still up for speculation. I’ve suspected he influenced the birth of Rey, much like Darth Plagueis did with Anakin, but I suppose that’s yet to be seen.
And with that, the trailer reveals the name as Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker. I personally enjoyed it quite a bit. It was enough to capture my attention and leave my brain aching from trying to connect the dots of theories I developed years ago that always roll back around when a trailer is released. I’m sure there are plenty of smaller scenes that hold a significance that I casually brushed over for the sake of time, but I’m sure this is just the beginning of many more watch throughs as I’ve found something new to casually obsess over.
I have no doubt that film will be good, The Last Jedi was by no means my favorite but I feel it gets more criticism than it should. It’s a Star War’s movie, they tend to do just fine unless it’s Solo, people did not watch Solo.