Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown


Finally, the wait is over. The Last Jedi trailer is here, and it’s great. This article is going up immediately (or as fast as I can type and screen grab images) after the trailer has gone live so I’m sure there are going to be some things that I miss during this breakdown. As always, feel free to leave me a comment letting me know what I missed. It’s not a competition, it’s a conversation.

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The trailer opens on who I can only assume is Kylo Ren overlooking an assembly line that appears to be making vehicles for the first order.

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The very next shot shows off the First Order’s new line of 2018 AT-AT Walkers. I really like the design of these things. They were really menacing in the original trilogy and I especially like how the legs seem to be a little thicker. Almost like they were designed to avoid trip wires this time around. Even if that’s not the case, it’s a cool updated design.

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It’s during the opening scenes that we hear Andy Serkis’s voice. He’s of course cast to play Supreme Leader Snoke. His speech is really important for part of the narrative that the trailer is trying to deliver. We assume he’s talking to Kylo Ren and he’s discussing the power that Kylo has and he saw something special hidden behind the power that he has.

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And immediately after we finally see Kylo Ren picking up his light saber in this red ominous room, we jump to Rey holding her light saber. She’s surrounded by light colors. It’s a simple transition, but I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the two characters. We’re instantly reminded of the darkness that surrounds Kylo and the… well, hope that surrounds Rey. Sorry had to do it.

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It took me a minute to figure out what this image was but I believe that this may be the books that were once in the Jedi temples where Luke taught Kylo Ren. After Kylo left and destroyed the school, Luke took these books and hid them on the island where he and Rey are. At this point I’m speculating, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Rey has to go retrieve these as part of her training or maybe she won’t be allowed to read them until she proves herself to Luke.

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We then get scenes of Rey training by herself and then we eventually see her meditating next to Luke. While in this meditative state, she actually cracks the ground that they’re sitting on. This is once again where the contrast in the light and dark side come in to play again. We hear Luke tell Rey that he’s only seen this kind of power once before and that it didn’t scare him then but it does now.

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I think it’s safe to say that the power that Luke is referring to is Kylo Ren and the incident that occurred where Kylo and the Knights of Ren destroyed Luke’s Jedi temple. After Luke tells Rey that her power scares him, Luke walks away from her refusing to train her.

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It’s after this scene that we see Kylo and a group of other fighters attacking what appears to be a ship carrying General Leia. We can hear Kylo delivering a speech about how killing the past is the only way to become who you’re meant to be. Who is he talking to? Well, the end of this trailer may very well answer this. Also, the trailer tries to suggest that in this scene Kylo is about to kill Leia. I don’t buy it. That’s way too big of a scene to just give away in a trailer.

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We then see the Millenium Falcon being chased by several tie fighters through some sort of crystal cave and inside is Cheewie and… whatever this thing is. Actually, it’s apparently something called a “Porg.” It’s one of the species that lives on the island where Luke was hiding.

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Now it’s time for what might have been my personal favorite scene from this trailer, the return of Captain Phasma. Everyone made fun of the Captain when she was quickly dealt with in the last film but I always knew that she’d come back in a big way. After all, you don’t make such a fancy costume for someone just to kill them off in one movie. Only an idiot would do that…

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And there to confront Captain Phasma is Finn, awake from his coma that we last saw him in.

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And confront her he does. What I love most about the idea of them fighting is that in the last film both got into a fight and both lost. This is really a loser goes home match. Whomever loses this fight will forever be seen as someone who just can’t be taken seriously in a fight that matters. Also, with so much destruction going on in this scene, it makes me wonder if the loser of this fight is gone for good.

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Now I have absolutely no idea what these ice foxes are but they look really cool, and if I had to guess, I would say that they’re some sort of scout “dog” for the resistance. If you look in the back you can see several others running back into the base. That or maybe it’s just the wild life of this planet running away from something.

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We next see Finn… undercover?  Did he lose the fight to Captain Phasma and is now being held prisoner? While he is wearing the exact same gear that we saw him in during the fight with Phasma,

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we also see in the next shot the facility that we saw Kylo Ren looking over at the beginning of the trailer. I believe that Finn and the resistance have set up some kind of a trap that results in this facility being blown up. It’s in the fire of this destroyed building where Finn and Phasma have their fight… I’m guessing.

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After a quick shot of the AT-AT’s from earlier engaged in battle we get our first in-film shot of Supreme Leader Snoke telling someone to “fulfill your destiny.”

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 10.19.44 PM And that’s when we see Rey, in what I can only imagine is a lot of pain. At least, that’s the face I make when I’m being folded in half by a weird old skeleton man. What does this mean? Is Rey actually the villain of this story and this is her being turned? Is her fate what nearly became of Luke in Return of the Jedi? Are these scenes even connected? Maybe she just stubbed her toe.

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Well, I don’t know if those scenes are connected and quite frankly, I don’t know if I can safely say that the final shot of the trailer is connected either. Before I go into my reasoning, let’s say what happens. We hear Rey tell someone that she needs someone to show her, her place in all of this.

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 10.26.39 PM That’s when we see Kylo Ren who I can only imagine in the destroyed facility where Finn and Phasma have their fight. Is he really standing in front of Rey?

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And the absolute last shot is him extending his hand out to, if you believe the trailer, Rey.

The Last Speculation:

So that’s the Star Wars Last Jedi trailer. While I’ve tried very hard to avoid speculating too much on what’s been shown, the final shot, in my opinion, is there for fan speculation. I don’t believe he’s extending his hand to Rey. Keep in mind, the last film was called the Force Awakens and one of the trailers showed Finn wielding a light saber. This was meant to trick us into thinking that Finn was in fact a Jedi that the force was awakening in. Obviously that turned out to not be true.

My theory, in which I have absolutely no high ground to stand on, is that at some point during this film, Rey is kidnapped or mind controlled or even turned to the dark side by Snoke and that Kylo Ren and Finn, the person whom he’s extending his hand out to, must go and save her in the next film. As for the speech that we heard Kylo giving earlier about killing the past. Well, out of anyone in this film, other than Kylo himself, Finn has the most troubled past. He use to be a storm trooper after. Maybe killing Captain Phasma is his way of becoming the person he’s meant to be. No longer the scared soldier, but a brave leader. Maybe I’m wrong, but personally, I think the idea of a now tough, confident Finn and a still crazy but crazy with a purpose Kylo going to save Rey sounds kind of cool.

But that’s enough of me talking. What do you think?

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