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Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Drops like Luke’s Truth Bomb

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With 8 months to go before the highly anticipated release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Disney finally gives us something big to chew on…the official teaser trailer. No sense in dragging it out, you can watch it right here:

Disney also released the poster, which is a bit spartan compared to the usual designs.

Alright, look, it’s not a secret that the Star Wars fandom is a good deal overzealous. I mean, we’ve been debating plural noun translations for the past how many months now? So I’m quite certain that within 24 hours, there will be countless articles, podcasts, youtube videos, reddit threads, and forum debates that break down every single frame of this trailer and properly contextualize them with the 43 possible theories each one will yield. We’re going to have a lot of fun here, and with two-thirds of a year left until we see it, why the heck not?

But let’s just quickly talk overall impressions.

Okay, the poster. I absolutely adore its simplicity, and the fact that it’s unique. I am not one of those people who will criticize The Force Awakens into the ground for its “lazy, rehashed storytelling.” Yet at the same time, that soft-reboot approach is a thing Disney can get away with a grand total of once. My biggest fear for The Last Jedi was that it was going to be too similar to Empire Strikes Back, and just the optics alone are already signaling to us that this will be going in its own direction.

Based on this poster and the trailer, it’s also going to be focused on the objectively best part of The Force Awakens (100% the case, no argument allowed): the Skywalker Family Drama. How Rey fits in is uncertain, though it’s clear she’s going to be playing a major role in Luke’s legacy—something he’s actively struggling with. The man’s guilt, which will only be compounded by his best friend’s death, has left him with the conclusion that the time of the Jedi has ended (Elrond vibes!), just as Rey’s training is beginning. As a result, the poster only containing our three Jedi-ish characters makes perfect sense, and it’s quite exciting to think that the mythos of the force will be getting so much attention.

Also, can we talk about how amazing it was when Rey Jean Grey’d a little bit with those rocks?

I personally would have liked to see Finn in action rather than still on the DL, but I have confidence it won’t be how he spends the entire movie. As for the battles, the burning building, and Poe running down a hallway… I mean, what’s to say? This is promising to be an enjoyable space adventure backdrop to what will hopefully be an incredibly deep (and dare I say dark) movie about duty, legacy, redemption, and balance.

What do you think? Did I miss anything crazy obvious, like the frame where it’s revealed that Phasma is secretly Revan or something?


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  • Alright, I’ll bite: Luke says the time of the elves has ended. Are we assuming Kylo Ren will poetically be one of the ones to save it? Will Rey be tempted by the dark side? What makes the most sense to hit on this “balance” thing?

    • Bo

      Despite his resolution to the first movie, Kylo’s certainly no Sith Lord beyond the reach of “good.” The first movie went out of its way to show his inadequacies in living up to Darth Vader and the potential for him the depths. I know it’s a lot more boring to most people than good battling evil with lightsabers and space battles, but I’d love an ultimate resolution where a middle ground is found between all sides. Flip that expected formula on its side.

      I know I’m in the minority of people who would love intense conversations over morality and the unsustainable nature of the Jedi-Sith conflict to close the series, but maybe this trilogy will try for a true end to the conflict. The only way that can happen is if both sides recognize the need for balance between the principles each side holds to. Considering it’s all Skywalker vs. Skywalker now, the opportunity has never been better to reconcile Jedi/Sith ideals into a stronger, united balance.

      • Ангелина (Angelina)

        It certainly will not, as we have episodes 10-12 promised. Who would eliminate the driving force of the entire SW universe? Yes; the Jedi are flawed, and deeply flawed. The Sith are for-the-evhuls guys (despite having my favourite Code ever). But the universe runs on their conflict.
        I mean I would be exceptionally glad if for once someone says ‘no!’ to all that batshit you-have-no-free-will-only-the-Force, feed-the-Force-with-your-life-energy-so-it-continues-to-be, feel-nothing-or-you-won’t-be-a-good-meal ideology, but it’s quite present in the CW, and not as a Jedi view. but as ‘reality’ of the SW universe, so…

  • Zach

    Something interesting from the TFA art book was the intended appearance of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker’s Force ghost that would flicker back and forth between the two forms showing the dual nature of the character, and since it seems highly likely that Hayden Christensen will appear in VIII here’s my thoughts.

    The time of the Jedi is over, but the time of Force Sensitive Peace Keepers is not. As shown by the PT and TCW, the Jedi failed in almost every capacity. This was because they viewed all emotion as harmful and focused on suppressing emotion. This is what eventually caused Anakin to fall to the Dark Side; if he had been able to trust his friends (and they him to a certain extent) and talk openly about his feelings rather than pretending everything was fine he might not have fallen.

    Parallel that with the fight between Luke and Vader in RotJ. Yoda and Obi-Wan tell him to beware his feelings as they will lead him to the Dark Side, but Luke is only able to overcome Vader by tapping into his emotions and channeling them into his fight. The Jedi and Sith represent two sides of a coin: selflessness and selfishness. Letting yourself be completely dominated by either is going to be damaging.

    Luke represents the union of Sith and Jedi code. Using both your selfishness and selflessness, AKA accepting yourself as yourself, is the path to power. So I expect that Luke has come to the realization that the Jedi philosophy is fundamentally flawed and needs to be replaced. Just as the Knights of Ren are not Sith, the new order of good force-users cannot be Jedi.

    • Mark

      I would disagree that “use of emotions” is adherence to the Sith code. Where the Jedi failed is that they associated emotions with darkness. While emotions may make it easier to fall, the greatest actions we take in service of others often do come from our emotions, not our logic, not our peace.

      Keep in mind that Luke’s selflessness, not selfishness, is what made him want to redeem Vader in episode VI, whereas Yoda and Obi-Wan wrote off redemption in their “keeping emotion out of it” worldview.

    • Bo

      I love that view of it and also that view of the entire Sith vs. Jedi conflict. The extremes of each side have only caused ruin to each side. I’m not deep into the lore as many others, but the Star Wars media I’ve seen has always seen the Jedi and Sith trade victories and defeats. One wins temporarily and the other retreats, only to return and get a victory of their own. If this trilogy ends up destroying that conflict for good, I’ll be so happy. End the time of Jedi and Sith.

      I hope that’s the ultimate direction this goes.

    • Isabel

      this reminds me of the old code in the EU, the one considered the original, before it was split into the Jedi/Sith codes. The two codes hold some truth and yet also, does not truly encompass all there is. One is, for me, too restricted and the other is too unrestricted. While the original code is a balance of both.

      Emotion, yet peace.
      Ignorance, yet knowledge.
      Passion, yet serenity.
      Chaos, yet harmony.
      Death, yet the Force.

      Maybe Luke found the old code and is going back to the time before the Jedi and the Sith. In the EU he spent a lot of time looking for the Temples. Though finding the balance is probably the hardest part.

  • Mark

    Never in my wildest dreams did I dare to hope that my thoughts on the Jedi might be echoed by one of the heroes! I’m so so so so so so so so so so excited

    • Mikhail Gan

      It’s a very weighty sentiment no doubt. But the thing is, the concept of the “Jedi” may mean very many different things to different people. In Star Wars Legacy (the old book series without the canon), I think you can say that Luke’s Jedi Order there is rather different from the Old Jedi Order. And even during the times of the Old Republic, I’m sure the Jedi as an institution changes according to those who lead and form a part of it. I just hope they’ll explore those issues if not saying that the time of the Jedi has ended would not mean much…

      In the first place, which time of the Jedi is he talking about? The Old Jedi Order basically collapsed. His New Jedi Order did not even seem to last long?

  • Bo

    If this movie takes on the whole moral grayness of the Jedi/Sith conflict from KOTOR 2, I’m going to love it to pieces. And it makes total sense that the Skywalkers are the ones to tackle the falseness of good vs. evil that the Jedi vs. Sith conflict is portrayed as.

    And please let Finn be awesome in this movie.

    • Morty

      Hopefully with a better resolution than in KOTOR 2. Since that game didn’t actually give you much of an option to follow through with Kreia’s view. It was Light Side or Dark Side all the way.

      • Bo

        Yeah, and it was so abrupt. Even with the modded ending.

        • Morty

          It was, but even if it hadn’t been, the game still expects you do go down the Light Side or Dark Side all the way, like in KotoR 1 or other BW RPGs that use alignment. KotoR 2 is one of those games that really buckle and strain against their medium.

    • dontmindme

      Well, they’ve already “homaged” Revan and Bastila via Kylo Ren and Rey, so yes, let’s go all the way with this.

  • Ian Smith

    Looks amazing. I love Rey so much. I guess the fanboys who hated TFA are already whining. Let ’em whine. This is going to be so good.

  • SlayerNina Friki

    The real question is… What will happen with General Organa? How many screen time she wil have?

    Also. Lot of hype and feels

  • Fish

    The bit where Rey talks about the balance, the landscape looks similar to Atollon in Rebels, which is where Bendu was, ie the one in the middle. Could be nothing or that could be a reference, who knows, I am exceedingly excited to find out

    • Kaesy

      that’s what I thought too! boy would that be Something

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