If you have been anywhere on the internet in the last week, you'll have surely witnessed the awesomeness that is the newest Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer. This was the second teaser that was released for the highly-anticipated sci film (which is predicted to knock Avatar off the top of the list of "highest grossing films").
When the first teaser was released, there were fanboys (and girls) everywhere trying to dissect every tidbit of information they could about the film from just the small scenes we were given.
Boundless questions arose like who is Daisy Ridley's character? Why does John Boyega's character seem to be a stormtrooper and a protagonist? Who is the man at the end of the trailer with the awesome broad-[light]-saber?
Well, since then, we've gotten some answers to these questions. We know that Daisy Ridley's character is named "Rey," John Boyega's character is named "Fin," and the man at the end of the trailer is named "Kylo Ren."
But that was the about the extent of answers we were given as an official synopsis of who these characters are and how they fit into the movie's plot are still unsure.
Well, thankfully, we were given a new trailer last week, during the Star Wars Celebration and it...was...awesome!
We got to see a ton more footage of all these characters whose names are the only thing we know about them (at the moment). But every scene was good, we got an initial voice-over from Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, an awesome shot of Darth Vader's malformed helmet, saw some more amazing footage of X-Wings and the Millennium Falcon flying through the air, but to top it all off, we got to see the first footage of old characters like Han Solo and his faithful Wookie co-pilot, Chewbacca.
So yeah, the new trailer was pretty awesome and if for some reason you haven't watched it, I'll post it below.
Now, even if you have seen the trailer already, I'd like for you to watch it again and skip ahead to around the 0:50 mark where Luke's voice-over states: "...my sister has it..." and in that moment you see a lightsaber being passed from one hand to the next...this is where the argument begins!
Now, let me lay this out for you. I was working on Monday and was contacted by another employee where I work regarding the trailer. He told me to watch the trailer again and to skip ahead to the portion of the trailer that I had instructed you guys to go to.
So I did as he asked and was sort of confused, so I contacted him back and asked him what the big deal about that portion of the trailer was?
Here's how the conversation went:
Him: Who is short and has orange skin and also carries a lightsaber.
Me: It may not be a Jedi. Also, it's probably a new character we've not seen before. When you pause it and look over at the far right top corner, you see a bug-eyed alien.
Him: You can't see much and it may be face paint.
Me: No, it's definitely an alien, plus that arm is too skinny to be human.
You have to understand that I wasn't sure where he was going with this until he said the following.
Him: Ahsoka is not human...
Now, as I'm sure most of you reading this post know, Ahsoka is the Togruta padawan to Anakin Skywalker (later known as Darth Vader) in the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.
Ahsoka is one of my favorite Star Wars characters ever, not sure why, but she just seems to always have a lot of heart and innocence to her character. She was just extremely likable from the moment she hit the screen.
Once Star Wars: Clone Wars ended early in its sixth season (which aired only on Netflix), fans of Ahsoka, like myself, wondered where she could have gone. Well, just months ago, it was revealed in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, that Ahsoka is in fact going to be playing integral role in origin of the Rebellion. Ahsoka was revealed to be "Fulcrum," Hera's secret contact who was steering the Rebels in a lot of their missions and objectives.
I got chills when Ahsoka made her appearance on Star Wars: Rebels and I cannot wait to see what else they do with her character in Season 2 of Rebels, as it looks like she'll be playing a key role to the story.
It will also be amazing when she confronts Darth Vader (her old master from the Clone Wars) which is sure to be an emotional moment.
So, back to the argument, I responded.
Me: Yeah, as much as I'd love to see Ahsoka Tano in a film, I don't think it's her.
Him: Clear as mud.
Me: It's not Ahsoka. I have young eyes.
That was a mean jab about me being younger than him. But stubbornness runs both ways.
Him: Possibly. But you think that Ahsoka is not Ahsoka so you may have limited vision...
Me: If it's "clear as mud" how are you saying that's Ahsoka?
Him: Orange hand, small stature, desire to see her in the film.
So, in my opinion, the only true evidence he can really base this off of is the "orange hand" as we know that her stature into a full grown woman is apparent in the Rebels show as she stands just about as tall as any other woman; and desire to see someone in a film, no matter how great that desire is, will not make it come to pass, which I pointed out to him.
Me: I think that last point is what's driving your imagination. You're emotionally compromised. But if it is her, I'll be happy to be wrong. I just don't want to get my hopes up.
Him: Well it didn't look like Ventress.
As you can see, by the flow of the conversation, there was never any hint that that hand (either of them) would belong to Asajj Ventress, another character from the Star Wars: Clone Wars series.
Me: Well duh! I think it's a new character. That's my opinion. Maybe it is Ahsoka, but I find it highly unlikely.
Him: It will be Granny Ahsoka. Think about it! It makes a great storyline. Ben was the grandpa role in Episode 4, Yoda was in Episode 5 and 6.
Me: Isn't that what Luke is now though?
My last comment is of course purely speculation based on Mark Hamill's age, the time of events passed between Episode 6 and Episode 7 and also the voice-over of the new trailer sounded like wisdom being passed down to someone discovering the Force for the first time.
Me: You can obviously tell by his voice-over during that portion of the trailer.
Him: What is the teaching rule about Jedi and their masters?
Me: I don't recall at the moment...
Him: For every student there is a master.
Me: Oh, that! Yeah. So?
Him: Logistics are on my side.
I then realized that this argument was getting us nowhere.
Me: But who's the student? Why wouldn't Luke be the Jedi Master? It's the "logical" thing. PLUS, Ahoska walked away from the Jedi Order.
Him: She came back in Rebels and Luke has only so many he can teach, therefore, what more convenient reason to have Anakin's student/hero reappear? Besides, everyone loves Ahsoka! She is like the Wonder Woman of the Star Wars franchise.
Me: I still don't think it's her. Personally, I think (fear) that she'll be killed off by Darth Vader at some point in Rebels. Plus, she's more like the Supergirl...
Him: Splitting hairs.
So there you have it, our argument over who the hand in the Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer really belongs to. I had wanted to post this on here and he made the suggestion as well so I figured I'd better waste no time. He stated that he shared the same argument (probably not as elaborate or drawn out as this article) and said that people began arguing the point from both sides. So I'm interested in knowing your guys' opinion on the matter. Please, feel free to share and elaborate all of your theories, speculation, opinions, etc. in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll!