December still feels like a lifetime away, but Disney and Lucasfilm have already re-whet our appetites and curiosities with a brand new teaser. And it's epic.
In this breakdown, I'll go through each big moment step by step, providing all of the logic I can behind what this movie's secrets hold for us future viewers. Let's begin!
Oh, but first, you probably want to watch the teaser again (who wouldn't?)
Like the last teaser, this new one focuses a lot on Jakku, the new desert planet for this movie. It opens with the iconic score from A New Hope, from when we see Luke viewing Tatooine's two suns setting. Makes sense since we're about to hear a voiceover that's all things Skywalker.
Some battle happened here, and I want to believe that Star Destroyer is the one from the opening scene in A New Hope because that would be perfect (though it's apparently an Impstar). We also see the remnants of what appears to be an older X-Wing.
The speeder you see in the background there is likely the same one driven by Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) in the first teaser.
Fade to black.
The Force is strong in my family.
Yeah it is.
This is Darth Vader's helmet (similar to the image leaked last year) charred and melted from his cremation at the end of the Original Trilogy. Luke apparently kept it for himself, which is either really sweet or really weird.
Or someone else kept it.
My father has it.
Has? That means this has to be Luke's son, right? Unless Luke is referring to Anakin's space ghost, but I don't buy that.
OK, so that's definitely Luke, right? He lost his right hand, like we see here, and he got a replica replacement that looks like a real hand. So, why is it...not covered in skin? Is he a hermit living without proper replica hand nourishment?
Also, R2D2 for life. Some people have speculated that this is Downhill Gleeson's character, but on the cast list, his name is just "The General." That makes me think this is simply Luke.
I have it.
OK, I'm convinced at this point it's Luke (Mark Hamill) doing the voiceover. But I'm still suspicious. Yes, it's a retread of the same line he said at the end of Return of the Jedi, but I'm not convinced this isn't him saying it AGAIN in the present.
That, Force friends, is Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber. Polished.
During the panel in Anaheim today, it was revealed that Oscar Isaac's character, Poe, is sent on a mission to Jakku to find Anakin's lightsaber, seen above. And it's found first by...well, we'll get to that.
My sister has it.
Right. This is probably Luke talking to his daughter or niece.
You have that power too.
That line is added to the original dialogue said in Return of the Jedi. He's clearly talking to someone.
And in that image above, someone is giving Rey (probably) the lightsaber. It's probably the person who's been watching over it all his time.
This is the same scene we saw Rogue Squadron in last time, but with a new pilot (Poe, played by Oscar Isaac) we can see ourselves in because he's enjoying this teaser as much as we are.
Also, don't forget those symbols on his clothes mark the Rebel Alliance. Either they're still rebelling against something, or they kept the symbols for their new army. According to the new cast list, it's QUEEN Leia now. So, what is she the queen of now that Alderaan is aldergone? I'm guessing, the rebels.
Kylo Ren, the Sith with the cross guard lightsaber, is BACK. And he's slashing into an unseen person. All you can see in the background is some fire and a stormtrooper.
Ren is a described as a Sith relic hunter. Is he after the lightsaber? That seems like a weak plot line. Because the scenery is so similar to the above scene with Luke, I want to think he's there to find the last Jedi.
We're back on Jakku, where Rey, Finn (played by John Boyega), and BB-8 (the "ball" droid) are escaping from an explosion (probably caused by stormtroopers after Finn, who was one of them).
That weapon Rey is carrying reminds me of the staff used by the Sand People. According to Ridley, Rey is some sort of "solitary scavenger." No wonder she finds the lightsaber.
How much you want to bet the big plot twist for this movie will center around who's REALLY behind that mask? And don't just say Kylo Ren.
We can see he's using what looks like Force choke or Force push, but I bet it's a red herring to believe he's secretly a Skywalker or something. Or, you know, Leia Organa in disguise or some other weird fan fiction going through your head right now.
So much to dissect with this. First, this looks like Hoth from the look of that gun on the very right and the snowcapped mountains. But Abrams is saying that the movie will have new planets, so I'm not so sure.
But what's with the symbol on that banner, and the dark cloaked man standing in the center? It looks like a talisman with a mouth in the center, judging from the teeth, but I can't honestly tell yet.
Rey is looking up/diagonally at something in wonder, as if she's surprised. I really want to believe she's seeing Luke, or Leia or SOMEONE.
I really like how much effort the actors are putting into this. They're almost always sweating, which is what you'd expert on a desert planet. But even more, I appreciate the look aesthetic they're pulling off so far.
The next few shots show off an epic space battle that has made it to the hangar of this Star Destroyer (love the new TIE fighters, btw). Interestingly, Finn is seen next taking his helmet off.
I think it's safe to assume he's having second thoughts about his enrollment in the Empire of death, and this ship is about to crash into Jakku (note, first scene of the teaser) with Finn as a deserter.
Alternatively, Finn could be a spy for the rebels...possibly with information that relates to (maybe) the whereabouts of the last Jedi in the galaxy?
Also, let's appreciate the fact that there was NO lens flare when this chrome trooper showed up:
The trooper has what looks like a rifle with a scope, making him a likely hunter for high-profile targets. He's probably after Finn. It's rumored this is Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie herself. I'm down.
They really want to make it clear this side character actually has a good personality. Thank goodness for BB-8.
Also, it looks like he's on the Millennium Falcon based on a scene that comes up later...
Next, we see Rey helping out Finn, probably for the first time. From the look of the background (and based on my Knights of the Old Republic obsession), I want to say that's a Sand People encampment Finn found himself in, maybe explaining why Rey has one of their weapons.
But are there really Sand People on Jakku? I'm probably wrong.
OK, now that I'm looking at this Star Destroyer again, I'm thinking it looks way too old and decrepit to be the one we saw earlier in the space battle. Finn probably crashed landed in an escape pod or something.
Also, the Millennium Falcon.
It's being chased by what appears to be the TIE fighters from the last teaser, and I can't handle how much breath this trailer took from me when the ship went into that exhaust tube.
Hey, it's (maybe) the chrome trooper from before! He's after the Falcon, so I want to assume Rey and Finn commandeered the ship when they—
Whoops, sorry I meant:
Chewie, we're home.
And that's when I lost my mind.
So, Han Solo is clearly talking about being home on the Millennium Falcon, somewhat confirming they came across it while intersecting with our new heroes. I'll take it.
Though this throws a bit of a wrench in the theory that Rey is Han's daughter. Whatever, I don't want to overthink it.
Guys, I appreciate you taking the time to read this. But I can't catch everything because I'm just bantha fodder, so use the comments to explain to me all of the things I missed. THANKS! BYE!