By Jack Rico
So, that screaming you heard during Monday Night Football wasn’t New York Giants fans celebrating, it was the screaming of Star Wars fans around the world getting the latest glimpse at the new The Force Awakens trailer!
As ShowBizCafe’s resident geek I was conscripted (read: volunteered) to do a breakdown of the latest trailer, because I was going to do it anyway. Take a look at trailer below then see what we found.
Please note: All of this is speculation based on what’s been officially released by Lucasfilm. If I’m right on any of this, you all owe my five dollars. So, here we go.
Here we have what will probably be our introduction to Daisy Ridley’s Rey savaging inside what is presumably the remains of the Imperial Star Destroyer Inflictor, which crashed during the Empire’s last stand during the Battle of Jakku roughly one year after the destruction of the Second Death Star. (We witnessed this in the novel Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray).
But who is Rey…? Well, she’s “no one.” She has BB-8, but she’s on her own. You might even say she’s solo.
Here are the First Order troops at a Trump rally on Starkiller Base, which is presumably that big Death Star-like thing on the recent poster. According to StarWars.com Starkiller Base is capable of destroying an entire star system. The Imperials got on upgrade! According to officially released information, after Jakku the Empire withdrew to a distance part of the galaxy where they remained hidden for years. We can assume they spent that time converting a planet into a massive super weapon.
John Boyega’s Finn in voiceover—using a distinctly not-British accent—reflects on how he was “raised to do one thing” but that didn’t work out so well. What made Finn defect the First Order? Did he learn about Starkiller Base?
Anyone else hear Ben Kenobi saying “a hive of scum and villainy” when you saw this shot?
Kylo Ren (not his real name) doing his best Darth Vader with J.J. Abrams’s doing his best lens flare from the Starkiller Base blast destroying a star system? Maybe? Probably.
Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren promising Darth Vader’s burned helmet that he will finish what Darth Vader started. Talk about a creepy fan base. Or incredible meta-commentary between Abrams and Lucas. Either way, I’m betting Kylo is trying to honor his grandfather.
Kylo Ren interrogates (I think) Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. Either way, the Resistance fighter isn’t having a good time.
A planet getting destroyed by Starkiller Base?
“There were stories about what happened,” Rey says in voiceover and holy God, this is the most Star Wars shot ever. Just… Here is my wallet, Disney.
Here is the Millennium Falcon. Just because.
Rey and Finn listen to Han Solo. “It’s true. All of it,” Harrison Ford says, giving his most convincing performance in YEARS. Also, let’s reflect on how much Han’s character evolved, going from someone laughing at the very idea of the Force, to telling the next generation that the Dark Side and the Jedi are real.
Here is a shot of THE MILLENNIUN FALCON IN HYPERSPACE. Seriously, kids, you don’t know how good you got it. Most of us have been waiting 32 years for this. THAT IS MY ENTIRE LIFE.
Is this Kylo and the other Knights of Ren, or simply his ren-faire buddies? I’m guessing it’s probably not the latter. Either way, that is a lot of dead bodies around them.
The latest split-winged X-Wings of the Resistance move to attack the First Order on a forest planet. Not to knock the prequels, but, man oh man, there is something about having the Stormtroopers be actual people in actual suits on an actual set.
There are two ways to read this exchange between Finn and Poe Dameron. Bromance or Frenemies. I’m voting Bromance, but Poe doesn’t know Finn was once a Stormtrooper and Finn feels guilty.
Presumably this is Han taking Rey, Finn, and BB-8 to meet Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata. Also notice the flag with Boba Fett’s icons at the top of the frame. #FettLives
Everyone is asking “Where is Luke?” and I’m kinda thinking that’s the point. Expect him to play a small but pivotal role in the film, while possibly playing larger roles later on in the series. (I hope, at least!)
Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma is more badass you. Deal with it, Men’s Rights Activist.
Rey is crying, which means someone probably died. Look, I’m not a betting man, but at least one of the original cast isn’t making it out of this film alive, and I’m guessing it’s the guy with the most screentime.
Han, Chewie, and Finn lower their arms after being captured. Considering the background, I’m assuming it’s the same planet the aerial battle is occurring. And, Chewie has a boo-boo on his arm. Leia, in voiceover says: “The Force is calling to you…” Who is she talking to? Well, that’s the question, ain’t it?
Notice the long trench, evoking the Death Star? Is this the attack on Starkiller Base? Signs point to yes.
Han embracing Leia. Shut up. I’m not crying. You’re crying.
Finn and mask-less Kylo Ren face off and Finn realizes he is in over his head. I’m guessing Kylo’s identity plays a major role in this film and the reveal will be heartbreaking for his parents.
What did you think of the trailer? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!