Analyzing The Trailer For Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Analyzing The Trailer For Star Wars: The Last Jedi

More brooding Kylo Ren. When an elevator door opened to reveal a stoic Kylo Ren, well, I still get shivers just imagining how he’s feeling behind that mask. It was a very subtle shot, but he doesn’t move an inch.

“I’m being torn apart,” is what the former Ben Solo tells his father, Han, in The Force Awakens. We can still see that evident in The Last Jedi. Ren, alone with his private thoughts, beholds his helmet, but then proceeds to utterly smash the thing to pieces in the next frame. Is the light side of the Force trying to break free from within him again? Has Ren fully immersed himself in the darkness that he no longer needs something as trivial as a mask?

His comments during this part of the trailer have us worried, however. “Let the past die. Kill it. If you have to.” Wow, was that a kick to the stomach. At the same time, Ren has proven himself to be a skilled pilot, no doubt getting that from his uncle and grandfather. His new TIE Silencer also looks awesome, with its red ion engines. Ren proceeds to severely damage Resistance capital ships, bringing him to…

A ship that Leia is currently on board. If the sequencing of the trailer is what we will get in The Last Jedi, then we’re going to have a terrible moment of dread as mother and son sense each other in the Force. Kylo Ren has already damaged a Resistance ship, and he’s targeting the bridge for a killing blow. His hands waver and he has the look of fear on his face. The possibility of another hero coming to her end is heartbreaking. We have to consider that it could happen. I’d be far more surprised if Leia still appears in Episode IX. To recast such a beloved character would hurt, I think. Could fans find any element of redemption in Kylo Ren should he follow through with his current course?

Judging by the look on Poe Dameron’s face, we can assume that an attack by the First Order will come as a total surprise for the Resistance, catching the military group off their guard and under prepared. Poe is not one to waste time, however. A lone, modified, X-Wing is seen engaging in battle with TIE fighters and Star Destroyers. The Resistance’s best pilot will have his hands full, and I can’t wait to see him lead his fellow pilots in The Last Jedi.

Finally! Captain Phasma is going to get in on the action. Here’s the thing though. Finn suffered a brutal defeat at the hands of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. Phasma, on the other hand, had very little to do in the previous film. She had no action sequences at all. So who is more deserving of a win here? This is really hard. Having read the Phasma novel, I’m convinced that Phasma has a great upper hand due to her upbringing and sheer brutality. On the other hand, Finn was trained since birth like many other stormtroopers. He also once belonged to Phasma’s very own division, which means he had to demonstrate an aptitude for battle.

Rey emerges from a dark pool of water to see Luke standing before her. Luke had to undergo a trial, as all Jedi do in their rite of passage, during his time training with Yoda on Dagobah. Could Rey be undergoing a similar trial? After all, the only thing you happen upon in such a trial is “what you take with you.” A few moments before this frame, a completely drenched Luke says, “This isn’t going to go the way you think.” I surmise he’s speaking to Rey. The setting of the scene supports it. What I hypothesize is that Rey could feel a disturbance in the Force, a plight to help her struggling friends in the Resistance. It’s a similar calling that Luke felt when he left his training to prematurely confront Vader, on Bespin, in an effort to save his friends. Doesn’t it make sense for Luke to say what he said to Rey? He’s owning up to his previous mistake in facing the dark side before he was truly ready. I say that because…

Rey either confronts, or is captured and brought before, Supreme Leader Snoke himself. This I was surprised to see. Not that I want The Last Jedi to follow exactly in the footsteps of the original trilogy, but they’re having the hero stand in the presence of the big villain, in the middle of the sequel trilogy, as opposed to Luke meeting Emperor Palpatine at the end of the original trilogy. This is a bold move. I like it. Rey clearly appears to be outmatched by Snoke’s sheer power. It’s sad to watch. We don’t know where this meeting will go, but it’s sure to be steeped in darkness.

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The new trailer closes with Rey seeking someone to help her understand her place in the galaxy. The trailer then ends with Kylo Ren offering his hand in support. Is Ren offering help towards Rey or someone else? The lighting looks similar to Kylo Ren’s frame when Rey appears, but no embers are seen falling from the sky. I bet Rey is speaking to Luke over a campfire on Ahch-To. She is still wearing her outfit from the end of The Force Awakens. Time will soon tell, but an eventual confrontation between Rey and Kylo Ren is imminent.

With two short months until The Last Jedi arrives in theaters, we’ll be all the more closer to some answers. Who knows, maybe a second trailer will arrive come Thanksgiving time. Until then, feel free to check out our other articles on The Last Jedi, including the trailer as well as 10 Questions We Have For Star Wars: The Last Jedi. May the Force be with you!

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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!