Let's Break Down the New Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
by Ethan Anderton
April 16, 2015
Early this afternoon, we were wowed by the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was chock full of plenty of new goodies, and also some sentimental old faces and friends. And now that we've had a chance to watch it dozens of times, and will continue to do so until December, we wanted to examine the trailer much more closely and see what we can decipher about what's to come in Star Wars: Episode VII. There are undoubtedly some hints as to what we can expect in the J.J. Abrams flick, but we're still just piecing together fragments here and there combined with the rumors we've heard. More below!
First of all, if there's some reason you haven't seen the trailer yet, watch it right now:
Our first shot takes place not on Tatooine, but on a new planet called Jakku, as we learned during the Star Wars Celebration panel for The Force Awakens. That's likely Rey (Daisy Ridley) speeding across the surface with the remnants of both a Star Destroyer and an X-Wing buried in the sand. It looks like there have been plenty of battles between the Rebellion and what's left of the Empire even following the events of Return of the Jedi.
The helmet of Darth Vader has seen better days. It's melted because Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) burned it at the end of Return of the Jedi. But who retrieved it? Has Skywalker been holding onto it this whole time? Or did someone else retrieve and may have an idol that they're worshiping and trying to emulate? Also, we hear our first line of dialogue, but it's not new, as "The Force is strong in my family. My Father has it," is the first of a few lines from Return of the Jedi that Luke said to Leia.
Speaking of Luke Skywalker, we presume that this has to be him with R2-D2, especially since the "I have it," line of dialogue from a younger Luke plays over this piece of footage. What other handless, hooded figure would be chilling with the droid next to a fire? But the real question is, where are they, and what are they doing?
Then we cut to a shot of Luke/Anakin Skywalker's old lightsaber being handed between two people. Actually, the one handing it off seems to be an alien if you look carefully. But who is this alien, how did they get this lightsaber and who are they handing to? It looks like a female's hands, which likely means it's being given to Rey, but considering the "My sister has it," line, could Leia (Carrie Fisher) be retrieving it for her brother?
After this shot, there's a fade to black with the line "You have that power too," which is great considering we have no idea who he's talking to, but it's certainly one of our three new heroes.
More cool shots of X-Wings flying through the air. This appears to be on the same planet as the shot from the first trailer, and we get another shot of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron piloting his X-Wing. During the panel, Isaac said his character is "the best frickin' pilot in the galaxy," and that he's been given a mission by a "certain princess." But we'll have to wait and see what that mission is.
A quick shot of the new crossguard lightsaber slicing through the air, and the hooded Kylo Ren (which may be Adam Driver) obviously wielding it in a place where fire is burning around them.
It looks like some trouble is stirring up on Jakku. Notice the TIE Fighter flying in the sky? But what just blew up behind them? It could be Rey's home. Also, how did Finn (John Boyega) end up down there, and where's his stormtrooper uniform? And look at BB-8 rolling as fast as she can!
Some kind of hostile takeover is happening here, as some people seem to be fighting back against the stormtroopers in the background as there's lots of fire around them.
A menacing reveal of the face of Kylo Ren, or at least his masked head. He looks like a cross between a Death Eater from Harry Potter and a Mortal Kombat warrior. It's not bad, but it's nothing mind-blowing. Plus, it's hard to top Darth Vader's helmet. Also, if you look at his lightsaber closely, embers fly off the blade.
It's hard not to get Nazi flashbacks with the massive red flag in the back (is that the new logo for the Galactic Empire, or are they called something else now?), especially with all the stormtroopers in formations. But frankly, I'm wondering who's speaking at that podium. Could it be someone we haven't seen yet, like Andy Serkis or Domhnall Gleeson? And where are they with all that ice and snow around them? Could we be back on Hoth? Doubtful.
There's a TIE Fighter soaring through the air, and you might take notice that these aren't the gray ships we're used to seeing. These are pitch black.
And in this shot, where they seem to be dealing with some trouble on one of their larger ships (likely the new Star Destroyer below), you'll notice the triangle sides of the TIE Fighter's wings are now white as well. Who's blowing up these ships though? Because the blasts seem to be coming from a poorly flown TIE Fighter. Is someone stealing that ship? Could it be Finn making an escape from his stormtrooper duties? And will that stormtrooper who flies through the air survive?
Looks like Finn might be caught in this turmoil, wherever it's happening. But notice there's a bloody handprint on his helmet. Maybe this has something to do with where the stormtroopers were unloading in the first teaser trailer, and all that destruction that's happening around Kylo Ren in this trailer. As we've seen in some promotional art, clearly the stormtroopers are under his command.
Check out that slick new Star Destroyer, along with a variation on the Imperial Shuttle, which now only has the two side flaps and not the middle fin. But what are those new ships protecting the shuttle?
Whoa, look at this bad ass stormtrooper. We've heard rumblings of a chrome stormtrooper, and we've also heard the character's name is Captain Phasma. And what's more, we've also heard that this is the character played by "Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christie. That's right, it's a woman under that armor. But where is she? There's rock on one side and metal structure on the other. Is this an underground base?
BB-8 looks a little cautious, peeking around what appears to be the hallway of the Millennium Falcon. Could this be where Han Solo and Chewbacca enter the ship and the ball droid is a little scared?
Rey offers a hand to help Finn, likely the beginning of their friendship and entwined futures.
And here's comes the Millennium Falcon again. We're assuming this is still Jakku, because it looks like they're flying right into the back engines of a crashed Super Star Destroyer.
And there's a new TIE Fighter pilot in hot pursuit of the Falcon. Initially it looks like there's red stripes on his helmet, but I think it might just be lights from inside the cockpit.
He gets a good blast off, missing the Falcon, but blowing up a piece of the Star Destroyer which leads us into the money shot…
"Chewie, we're home." Where have Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) been this whole time if they're just now coming back to the Millennium Falcon? Who's been keeping this ship? And who's flying it in the first teaser trailer, because if you look carefully, it's clearly not someone skilled with the ship.
So there you have it. We have a lot more questions than we did before, but we also found out a great deal about what's important. Clearly Anakin/Luke's lightsaber plays a pivotal role in this flick. Finn and Rey end up together and evading danger from our villains. Kylo Ren has a mask and looks like a force to be reckoned with. R2 is hanging out somewhere, presumably with Luke, and Han and Chewie are still together, as they should be.
But what about thing we didn't see? There's still no sign of C-3PO or Princess Leia, and maybe that's because those two are doing something together. There seems to be no sign of whatever character Andy Serkis is playing. The first teaser trailer had his voice, and it doesn't seem to belong to Kylo Ren, since that role is believed to be Adam Driver. There's still no sign of Domhnall Gleeson or Lupita Nyong'o either. And while we know a bit more about what's going on in the movie, we still don't have the basic story locked down just yet, but it seems like Luke and his lightsaber will be an integral part in driving the story. We can't wait to see more from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What do you think?