Analyzing The Trailer For Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Analyzing The Trailer For Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was one doozy. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve rewatched since seeing the trailer air live. With each view I listened more closely to dialogue, and tried my best not to blink to see the emotions conveyed by the characters. So, if you’re quite done with your tenth viewing, let’s speculate over The Last Jedi trailer. Some scenes in the new trailer may warrant further study, and some may not have any bearing in the greater story. Still, it’s fun to exchange thoughts and fanboy over it all.

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War is coming to the doorstep of the Resistance. The First Order is heavily armed in a scene that mirrors the Battle of Hoth. AT-AT walkers stormed the Rebel base, and the First Order is about to do the same to the Resistance. I thought AT-AT walkers were big war machines, but these walkers are behemoths. You may not have even noticed, but take a look at the middle of the picture. Notice the clearly smaller walker? That has to be a first generation Imperial AT-AT. Its feet support the premonition. Even a second AT-AT can be spotted further down the line. Interesting!

Kylo Ren’s march on the Resistance base on Crait is eerily reminiscent of Darth Vader’s march on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant as well as his attack on the Rebellion base on Hoth. Surely this means that the base on Crait could be in jeopardy. Hopefully, it’s not for awhile considering the fact that Crait was once used by the Rebel Alliance as a base of operations early on in their campaign to overthrow the Empire. 

Another neat thing about Crait is that it is rich with minerals. In the teaser trailer, we got to see new Resistance vehicles called “skimmers” fly just over the surface of the planet, kicking up a fine red smoke in their trail. The surface of Crait is not snow, but salt. It’s by disturbing the surface of the salt that makes that red colored mineral appear. It stands to reason that the Millennium Falcon will be chased through the bowels of Crait, as evident by the brilliant crystal laden caves we see in the new trailer. Do the crystals have significance? Perhaps such precious stones could be sold for a profit.

Perhaps most intriguing of all is Crait’s wildlife. It’s said that the planet is not populated by a humanoid species, but these foxes are a sight to behold. At first glace, I thought they were ice. Maybe they are. But we do know that Crait’s landscape is made up of salt flats. Perhaps that’s a buildup of salt on the creature? Maybe something more like precious stones? Either way, these are some of the most beautiful animals to come out of Star Wars‘ creature department.

It’s good to see Luke Skywalker holding a lightsaber again. It may not be his green lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, but to see him reunited with his father’s lightsaber is a heartfelt moment. However, I’m sure we all can match Luke’s confused expression. Where has that lightsaber been all these years? Those are some answers I really want. That lightsaber has been through quite a lot to just shy away from the subject. 

This appears to be a petrified tree, though it’s hard to tell with all the fog surrounding the area. This particular scene reminds me of Luke’s arrival on Dagobah to begin his Jedi training with Master Yoda. I’m sure this location has some significance, considering that following this shot is when Rey happens upon the ancient Jedi texts that we saw in the teaser trailer. According to new dialogue from the trailer, Rey is eager to gain a better grasp on where her destiny lies within the Force.

And slowly gain a better grasp she does. We got to see more of Rey training with a lightsaber. More and more, her calling to be a Force wielder is shaping up to be an exciting adventure for us to see. It, again, kind of mirrors Luke’s training with Yoda. Whereas Obi-Wan barely taught Luke the ways of the lightsaber, and Yoda taught Luke how to immerse himself in the Force, Luke appears to be helping Rey hone her abilities in both regards.

Speaking of which, Luke is taken aback at the manifestation of Rey’s power in the Force. In fact, he shares that he is fearful of that power. He alludes to the feeling that he failed to be concerned earlier about a similar raw strength, most likely a reference to Ben Solo’s struggle with the dark side. 

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Jason Arriola

One of the biggest Star Wars fans there is. When I don't have one of many gaming peripherals in my hands I probably have my nose in a good book, out amiibo hunting, or contemplating (and never deciding) what game to pull off my shelf next!