Star Wars fans, the day you’ve been waiting for came and went at lightspeed. The long awaited trailer for Star Wars Episode IX was revealed in all its glory. It truly marks the beginning of the end of the sequel trilogy and that of the Skywalker Saga. Truth be told, I had to sit back and process the trailer for awhile as I was completely awestruck. Actually, I’m still reeling from the first viewing. Be that as it may, I still managed to pick up on a few things from the trailer, some things you may have missed if you blinked. So let’s start off the Star Wars hype, and the countdown to the final movie, with some energetic analysis, all of which is merely hypothetical. Here’s ten things we noticed in the Star Wars Episode IX trailer. If you wish to remain spoiler free for the trailer, then I highly recommend not reading any further.
Well, maybe it’s Jakku. Maybe it isn’t. However, Star Wars is no stranger to desert wasteland planets. The most famous of which has to be Tatooine, and there was also Rogue One’s Jedha. But why Jakku and not Tatooine? Well, for one, I didn’t see a shot of the iconic twin suns. I thought, later on in the trailer during a chase sequence, that there were several white beams jutting out of the desert sand. Moisture vaporators maybe? Moisture farming was a profession on Tatooine so who’s to say that it couldn’t migrate to planets with similar conditions? There’s another huge reason why I think the planet that the trailer opens with is Jakku, but more on that a few numbers down the list.
2) Anakin’s Lightsaber
Yes, that’s Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber even though it’s wielded by Rey. I was heartbroken to see the lightsaber split in two during the events of The Last Jedi. After all, if there’s a lightsaber with an epic story of its own, it’s the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker. It was used at the height of the Clone Wars, brought about the destruction of the Jedi Order, the rise of the Sith, but it was also the symbol of hope in the case of Anakin’s son Luke. I knew deep down that the legacy of Anakin’s lightsaber was not over. Sure enough, it isn’t. It appears Rey has welded the saber together and it now features a restored hilt with a new design just above the pommel. The Kyber crystal within appears undamaged as the lightsaber continues to display its iconic blue blade. How the lightsaber wraps up this trilogy, I don’t know. I’m eager to find out. Also, really, J.J. Abrams, please tells us how Maz Kanata got Anakin’s lightsaber in the first place. She did, after all, say that it was a good story for another time. Let’s have it.
3) Kylo Ren Leads A Battle
Although only seen for a brief moment, an unmasked Kylo Ren is seen leading stormtroopers into battle. This resonates so much in me. Bear in mind that this is now Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. He hasn’t resigned himself to the comfort of a throne. Instead, he’s out there wreaking havoc and leading the charge. This conjures up memories of his grandfather Darth Vader. During his time as a Jedi Knight, and especially as a Sith Lord, Darth Vader was held in high regard and well respected by his troopers of the 501st Legion. Where Emperor Palpatine sought to govern the galaxy from the capital very often, his right hand, his enforcer, was Darth Vader. With Kylo Ren as the topmost leader of the First Order, it gives me chills that a throne is not enough to stamp out the light or win a war. It’s like the olden days of a king leading his forces.
4) Kylo Ren’s Restored Helmet
This might even be J.J. Abrams’ way of telling the audience who were displeased with The Last Jedi that he was listening to the feedback. Maybe Abrams took it upon himself to restore elements to the sequel trilogy that fans enjoyed and wanted back. Coupled with Anakin’s restored lightsaber, Kylo’s repaired helmet also is a visual metaphor for picking up the pieces. In any case, I got goosebumps from the looks of it. The shattered helmet is welded back together and features a magnificent use of red light to accentuate the darkness within Kylo Ren. Has he truly let his past as Ben Solo die as he said in The Last Jedi? Is there still hope that he can come back to the light? I really don’t know.
5) Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian is back! Lando is seen in the trailer for no more than two seconds and all the memories of the stylish scoundrel come flooding back. There’s really not much to say about Lando at this point. What role does he have to play with the Resistance? All we can see is that he’s clearly ecstatic to be in the pilot’s seat, once again, of the Millennium Falcon. I will lose my mind if they make a reference to Solo: A Star Wars Story though. Remember, that Lando’s beloved droid, L3-37, had its navigational computer uploaded into the Falcon. All he needs to say is something like, “How are you doing, girl” and I’m done.
6) Han’s Medal
You may recall at the end of A New Hope that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca were honored for their heroic deeds following the Battle of Yavin. However, it was Han Solo and Luke Skywalker who were awarded medals by Princess Leia (poor Chewie). There’s a brief shot of Han’s medallion in a scene from the trailer. No doubt that’s Leia holding it, and thus making this archived footage from The Force Awakens. It was in The Last Jedi novel that Leia held a brief memorial for Han just prior to the First Order’s attack on the Resistance base on Takodana. I hope the medallion, or even the memories of Han, could perhaps be used to great emotional effect to reach out in one last desperate attempt to destroy Kylo Ren and save Ben Solo.
Yes, it was stated for the record that the character of Leia Organa would not be recast, nor would the idea of a CGI character even considered. Carrie Fisher’s unused scenes from The Force Awakens will instead be used in the wake of her death. J.J. Abrams also stated that scenes were created around the unused Leia scenes, and this is one thing I’m extremely curious how they’ll pull off. It was initially planned long ago that Leia would eventually come face to face for a final confrontation with Kylo Ren, as Han and Luke did before her. Can that still happen now? I sincerely hope so. This will also mark the last time we see Carrie Fisher in a Star Wars movie, making her scenes all the more poignant.
8) Remains of the Death Star
Yeah, did you think that was just random debris that Rey, Finn, Poe, and Chewie see from the coast of an unknown planet? No, what you see in the trailer is the remains of the Death Star. However, whether these are the remains of the first or second Death Star we’re not entirely sure. Still, you can’t deny the Concave Dish Composite Beam Super Laser weapon that gave the moon-sized battle station its iconic look. What planet is this? Near Yavin or Endor? Equally mysterious, why has the Resistance come to this planet? The final point on this list may hint at what’s to come.
9) The Rise of Skywalker
The title of the movie. There you have it. And yet, movie titles always make the mind wander. This was the case with The Last Jedi, and it is most certainly the case with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We once wondered who the last Jedi could be. We got our answer. Could we possibly now say something along this line: The Force awakened the Last Jedi, who also happens to be a Skywalker. I mean really. We’re all thinking it. Is Rey really a Skywalker? Is this some reference to Kylo’s probable redemption? His name may truly be Solo, but Ben Solo is most definitely one of the mighty Skywalker blood. The idea of Ben Solo returning to the light, and the title of the movie being a reference to him, may not be an absurd one. This final point may be the key to that possibility.
10) Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious)
There was no mistaking it. You heard it as much as I did. My heart practically stopped when I heard the maniacal laughter of my favorite Sith Lord of all time: Darth Sidious. That was basically the trailer doing the closest thing to a mic drop. Now, remember that I began the article stating that I think the planet that first appears is Jakku. Well, in canon, Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious) posthumously enacted Operation Cinder. The purpose of the Emperor’s contingency plan was to gather both Imperial and Rebel forces together for one final battle. The location for this battle was chosen long before even the outbreak of the Clone Wars: Jakku. And yet, Sidious was known to have secret stores of artifacts of Sith and Jedi origin spread throughout the galaxy. Case in point, Luke Skywalker’s compass from The Last Jedi came from one of Palpatine’s vaults on the planet Pillio, curiously where Kylo Ren would determine the location of Lor San Tekka who held the map to Luke’s location on Ach-To. That’s beside the point.
This is a huge bombshell. Stephen Colbert acted as the panel’s moderator, and he even asked J.J. Abrams what the greatest evil in this film would be. I instantly thought Kylo Ren before seeing the trailer. How wrong we were. Darth Sidious lives again, just as he was able to cheat death in the Legends continuity. Do you understand what this means you guys? Think back to the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise as told by Sidious to ensnare Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. Did Sidious truly discover the way for a Sith to become immortal? Is this a clone of Sidious instead? There are so many questions that need answering. I, for one, cannot wait.
There will always be time to reflect more on the final Star Wars movie, especially when the film hits theaters. Are you excited to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as I am? What are your thoughts on the trailer? Let us know! For more on Star Wars this Star Wars In numbers infographic gives you everything you need statistically while you await the highly anticipated release of Star Wars Episode IX and be sure to keep your eyes on Mammoth Gamers!