Literally the second I got the email notification from this comic website I was smashing keys to get to the link. This is the second Star Wars Episode 7 trailers to be released. No joke. In my past article on the teaser I have lamented the loss of the expanded universe. While I still feel that joining the Death Watch and storming the headquarters of Disney is what the Force wants me to, I can gladly say that this trailer has floored me. I'm impressed, excited, and still confused.
Needless to say a lot of you will have questions. Specifically none of you who read the EU or delve deeper into the lore. I can probably help you with some of these questions as the trailers have given the answers to some of them. I do want to mention that most of these are educated guesses. I am not some sort of all knowing admin who is supposed to be right nor do I try to be one of those jerks who lure you in on Facebook with cool titles but then deliver nothing at all. I try to deliver. Bear with me as I attempt to analyze this trailer objectively.
The Empire as You Knew it is Dead
The opening scene shows us wrecks of an older X-Wing model and what I'm assuming to be a Imperial-II class Star Destroyer. I say older X-wing model because if you look closely it still has the full cylinder shaped wing engines unlike the newly debuted model below.
The conflict between Palpatine's Empire and the Rebel Alliance is long gone. And no this isn't the only piece of evidence.
I don't know how many of you guys paid attention in history class but this is not the symbol of Palpatine's Empire. That one looked like this:
So its a new regime or faction if they don't have that amount of power. The figure standing at the top of the dais made me think Sith immediately and that is proved in my next section.
These are not the same Sith
This is more speculation on my part but I don't know if any of you did a double take when you saw this guy. I immediately was like, "Why is Darth Revan in Episode 7?" But unfortunately no if you look closely its the dick from the teaser with the crossguard lightsaber that had Stephen Colbert up in arms.
For those of you who don't know who Darth Revan was, he is the star of the original Knights of the Old Republic game and shows up in Old Republic as well.
I'm more interested in the mask however because the mask on this guy is very similar to Revan's mask and the masks used by many of the Sith in the Old Republic.
The use of this Sith mask could imply many things. One, that the user found it and thought it was a cool relic. Two, that he actually a relic himself of the Old Republic Sith Empire come to take back the galaxy. Which might fit in because the stormtroopers are backing him up. In the midst of this, there has to be a definitive departure from the Sith structure of the previous movies.
Unless Abrams wants to be a dick and resurrect Palpatine in a clone body or have some secret apprentice hidden away, his line of Sith ended in Episode 6. I am still unsure if the Rule of Two still applies to this new "improved" universe, but I believe that the writers have to incorporate this concept as it relates directly to the movies.
If you want a more detailed version of what I'm about to give a crash course on go read the Darth Bane trilogy. Basically Bane was a young miner on Apatros grows up to be a merc in Lord Kaan's Brotherhood of Darkness. Which was a Sith army fighting a Jedi army a thousand years before the movies but after the events of Old Republic. Bane actually becomes a Sith but realizes they all suck. He believes the power of the dark side is diffused too thinly through the many Sith. So he kills the entire Sith army and creates the Rule of Two which says that there can be only two Sith: one master, one apprentice, one to embody the power, and one to crave it. See where this all comes in?
The appearance of the mask coupled with the fact that Palpatine's line is dead makes me think that this another branch of Sith with differing views. And its been done before.
There's all sorts of possibilities floating out there. It could be like the Lost Tribe of the Sith, a planet full of horny, violent, backstabbing Sith. It could be a coup of former Jedi from the Clone Wars like Darth Krayt. It could be something new entirely. What matters is their philosophy can be radically different from what you're used to. It would be nice to see less cliche Sith this time round.
It looks like someone introduced J.J. Abrams to Battlefront 2 because if this isn't a Darktrooper then I'll go beat myself with a lightsaber. Someone's gonna pay if this isn't a Darktrooper.
Whoever runs this new Empire never learned from the first. Because the Tie-Fighters are still death-traps. At least they look like it. The old models had no shields, no hyperdrive, and no life support.
Well they still don't have life support, and judging from how easily that tie exploded in the next frame, no shields. So doesn't seem like the Empire's Naval capability has improved at all. Except for possibly a new model of Star Destroyer.
There is a shot which I can't figure out if it is a flashback or going to take place in the movie.
This looks a lot like Anakin's lightsaber, the one that Luke receives in Episode VI and then loses in Cloud City next episode. It be cool if someone found it but at the same time its more likely an Ugnaught stole it from wherever he found it lying in Cloud City.
I'd like to believe that not every single Skywalker has to go through the ritual of getting their right hand chopped off and being replaced with a prosthetic. Its an interesting shot but doesn't reveal much.
Well then the rest you can guess yourself. Daisy Ridley looks like the new sex appeal after the metal bikini and Padme's midriff. John Boyega will forever be known as the black stormtrooper. The Fifa soccerball droid is most definitely an attempt at a new sidekick droid.
I think this seals the deal. The amount of sheer testosterone in this photo has made me faint. For better or worse guys this is happening. My one request is that Disney not kill Chewie again. Because then hell really will come. Needless to say I have high hopes and will be building my beskar'kandar in preparation for the premier. Now let the accusatory comments begin.