You may not have noticed, but two days ago a new trailer for the upcoming [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) appeared online featuring brand new footage from the movie.
The trailer focuses predominantly on the antagonists of the movie, giving us shots of Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and a hoard of Stormtroopers, made even more ominous by Supreme Leader Snoke's chilling voiceover. It also features reused footage of our three heroes: Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron.
The reason it may have slipped under the radar is mainly due to the fact it was released exclusively on the South Korean Star Wars Youtube channel. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here:
I sure hope you enjoyed that two second never-before-seen clip followed by a mishmash of footage taken from the previous two trailers.
If you take a closer look, this trailer features a lot more than you might think. A lot can be drawn from the new scene, from the mass of new Tie Fighters to the black robed figure atop the podium. It also features brand new music from the legendary John Williams and an even more aggressive take on Battle of the Heroes, last heard during the final duel in 2005's Revenge of the Sith. When taken at face value, this new TV spot may not seem like anything special, but pull it apart and a wave of new information comes pouring out. And who doesn't love new Star Wars info?
Okay, let's just take a second to calm down before we pull this new clip apart. From what we can tell, it's most certainly a shot from the podium seen before in the second trailer released earlier this year that gave us a first look at the First Order's insignia and the new Stormtrooper armor.
The two shots are definitely part of the same scene as the figure stood on the stage is in practically the same pose. Captain Phasma can also be seen to their left behind them in both scenes.
When the second trailer first aired, many believed the mysterious figure to be none other than Andy Serkis' Supreme Leader Snoke. Now, with a better look from behind, it's clear that the figure is wearing a similar uniform to those stood behind them, who we can assume are either high ranking First Order officers or the Imperial Moffs that keep cropping up in rumors from the set. The name "Supreme Leader Snoke" doesn't give the impression of a high ranking officer, and so my current theory is that the figure is instead Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, the top dog at Starkiller Base.
As shown in the image above, leaked by makingstarwars.net earlier this year, General Hux is certainly fond of his all black outfit. Similarly, leaked images from Hall H at this year's San Diego Comic Con show Hux donning a long black cloak over his uniform that looks strikingly similar to the one shown in the new trailer. If that isn't solid evidence then I don't know what is.
Captain Phasma can also be seen atop the podium, showing that she clearly has a pivotal role in the higher workings of the First Order rather than being just a typical Captain of a Stormtrooper squad.
Moving on to the Stormtroopers themselves, it's clear to see that's a pretty huge count. If you take into account the vast number of ground and air troops as well as the new walkers in the background and the dozens of parked Tie Fighters, it's obvious this was not put together overnight. This settlement has definitely been around for a long time. At first, it may look like the preparation for a large scale invasion, but after further observation it seems more likely that this is our first proper look at Starkiller Base, the central headquarters of the First Order. This would not only explain why Hux was around in the first place but also makes perfect sense if you factor in the giant red banner and podium combo.
And Starkiller Base is no ordinary base. Surrounding the countless legions of Stormtroopers are what looks like serious heavy artillery cannons. With toys like those hanging about, you can be sure this place won't be going down easily.
But let's move on to the most exciting aspect of the new footage: the new AT walkers.
As you can see in the title image, the first order has decided to go all out with their new weaponry, employing some of the coolest aspects from both the Republic and Imperial era. The walkers appear to resemble the classic AT-AT Walkers famously used by the Empire during the Battle of Hoth. However, this time, it seems these new villains have learnt from their predecessors mistakes and removed the glaring weakness by ditching the neck joint. Blasting an AT-AT's neck was a surefire way of bringing it to the ground and it looks like the First Order have managed to combat that Achilles heel by replacing the head with a giant AT-TE-like cannon instead. The resistance definitely have their work cut out for them taking out these bad boys.
So what have we learnt from this trailer?
- Battle of the Heroes will be featured plus a brand new score.
- General Hux is a bigger deal than we first thought.
- Starkiller Base is a heavily fortified stronghold that should NOT be attacked.
- There are brand new AT Walkers to stomp around in.
- Star Wars is still awesome.