"I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes!"
These words were spoken by award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, who we'll see in the role of space pirate Maz Kanata. Her speech framed the newly released Star Wars VII teaser trailer, reflecting the excitement of the audience as they count down the final moments until The Force Awakens's premiere.
Moreover, this TV spot was in fact the first Star Wars footage to reach the television screen. I know many of us have seen the full length trailers online, but footage finally reaching the smaller screens is fantastic. We're almost there, it's almost December 18th!
Star Wars VII Trailer Breakdown
Don't be fooled into thinking that the trailer is all recycled material. It might seem like after releasing a full-length trailer they've teased us with 32 seconds of hype, but there's a lot crammed into the sequence, and plenty worth discussing.
For starters, we're shown a shot of Han Solo on an ice planet.
We know that Starkiller base, the headquarters of the First Order, is on an ice planet. So does Han look concerned due to him getting ready to face-off against Kylo Ren's forces?
We also see Rey firing a blaster and looking pretty furious, which prompts a few thoughts worth discussing!
Rae's firing her blaster on a Dagobah-like planet which looks rather far-removed from the desert planet we've seen her on before. Is this the same planet on which we we see Finn igniting a lightsaber to fend-off Kylo Ren?
Also, there's the fact that Rey is firing a blaster rather than using a lightsaber. Does this officially confirm that Finn is the Jedi rather than Rey, or does this event take place prior to the introduction of any young Jedi?
One thing which is certain is that the new movie has plenty of action to satisfy any Star Wars fan.
Let's move on to my favorite point, and possibly the most significant element of Star Wars VII revealed in the teaser trailer: We see Rey piloting the Millennium Falcon!
So, what led to Rey piloting the Falcon? For one thing, she looks pretty stressed and as though she's fleeing from something. Also, the place from which she's hastily departing looks like an ice planet. Could this be the planet on which Starkiller base is located?
We don't see anyone with her on the Falcon; is she by herself, or is there someone else out of shot? Rey hasn't been announced as the crack pilot of team -- that honor goes to Poe -- so what eventuality led to Rey being in command?
Finally, where is Han in all this? I can't imagine he's sitting back leaving Rey in charge of his ship. He could of course be somewhere else, or did Rey have to leave him behind? Could this be a hint to a possible death in the main cast?
Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens opens December 18th.