At today's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA the world was treated to a wonderful panel featuring J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, R2D2, and many more beloved icons of the Star Wars franchise. At the end of the panel the second official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, so lets take a look!
During the discussions it was revealed that the desert planet seen in the teasers is not, in fact, Tatooine. The name of the planet is Jakku, a small, far-flung world that is essentially a ship graveyard. Here we see a downed Star Destroyer as well as an Original Trilogy-era X-wing, which differs from the newer models seen being flown by Oscar Isaac in the teasers.
If that doesn't confirm that we won't see a living Darth Vader return to the Star Wars universe, then I don't know what does. But who is looking at the helmet? Why do they have it?
Good ol' R2D2. As glad as I am to see him back, I'm more interested in the figure with him. Those metallic fingers look an awful lot like the ones on the Chrome Trooper, but it could by a cyborg hand. So far both men who've possessed R2D2 and had their right hands cut off and replaced with cybernetics have been Skywalkers: could we be looking at a descendant of Luke or Leia Skywalker?
Now THIS is interesting: not only are we seeing what appears to be Leia handing Rey (newcomer Daisy Ridley) a lightsaber, but this isn't just any old lightsaber. That is Anakin Skywalkers lightsaber, given to Luke by Obi Wan Kenobi in the originaly trilogy, which may be a mirroring of scenes: mentor revealing destiny to student. But the REALLY interesting part is the lightsaber specifically: that saber was in Luke's hand when Vader cut it off during their battle at Cloud City, and the saber plummeted down a chasm, never to be seen again...or so we thought. So how did Leia (I'm assuming it's Leia) get the saber?
More footage of the X-wings! The big things to notice here are the split engine design (half on bottom wing, half on top), and that the outer wings seems to be set back from the rest of the wing. The Rebels have definitely upgraded their fighters, and this model is not the same as the one seen crash-landed on Jakku.
The eerie screech that accompanies Kylo Ren's appearance is a perfect mix of terrifying and awesome. He certainly seems to be in cahoots with the stormtroopers around him, but what caught my eye is the structure behind his lightsaber. It looks like a water vaporator: something we've seen scores of on Tatooine. With rumors swirling that Rey is attacked by Imperials at her home, could we be seeing Kylo Ren come to Jakku?
Who doesn't love a good show of force? This shot is full of information: there appear to be Imperial officers lined up on the balcony beneath what appears to be a new Imperial symbol. The TIE fighters to the left seem to be upgraded models, with the grey and black coloring of the wings and supports switched around. Who is the robed figure standing solitary on the center of the balcony? Is it Kylo? Is it a character we haven't even seen yet?
Now I'd like to know who is in that TIE fighter. First of all, it's firing at Imperials. Secondly, it's an different design from the rest of the TIEs we've seen so far: they all retained the octagonal bubble cockpit, but this one appears to only have a slit for a viewport. The fighter looks a bit too shiny, has special red markings on the vents next to the cockpit, and has extra support where the wings meet the cockpit: could we be seeing the personal TIE fighter of the Chrome Trooper?
Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades. This impressive shot shows off the might of the Empire, with a look at the improved Star Destroyer, what looks like an Imperial shuttle, and some new fighters/escort ships.
The Chrome Trooper: who is he? What is his mission? Why is his armor shinier than everyone else's, and why is he giving off a Boba Fett-esque feel?
More dog-fighting with the Millennium Falcon! If you've seen the new Star Trek movies you might recognize the quick zoom-in on the fighters as a trademark of J.J. Abrams' style of filming. As for the wreckage, is this another downed Star Destroyer, or something not quite as malevolent?
*screaming* I can't think of anything else to say except: we're home!
What did you think of the teaser? Are you more excited than ever for the movie? What do you want to see most when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the big screen this December? Sound off in the comments, and check out this article about Episode 7's new promo art! Thanks for reading!