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The Last Jedi Trailer Gets Tr-Tr-Tr-Tricky Amongst The Explosions

It’s tricky to tease a ship to tease a ship with a whiny drip

It’s Tricky, it’s Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky)

New Star Wars trailers are always wild, with quite a bit of sound and fury. But thanks to J.J. Abrams’s mystery box writing in The Force Awakens, we’re going into The Last Jedi nearly as blind as when we went into its predecessor. As the first look trailer, we’re getting a lot of shiny objects dangled in our faces, and for the most part, we have NO idea what they mean. There’s a tantalizing amount of detail, however, and for certain this trailer will keep theory crafters, fanfic writers, and ship wars, going until we get the full film in December.

After the kind of cliche “ominous bad guy voice” over Sith-y imagery, the trailer begins in earnest. Where are our heroes (and Kylo) now?


Still on an Island, but now she’s getting her workouts in with a hip Zumba sword. We get a lot of really cool shots of her swinging her sword and walking around Space Gondor Island as Rey (Daisy Ridley) implores somebody, whom we at first think is Luke (Mark Hamill), for help. Lots of ground is broken as Luke mentions, his eyes round with fear, that Rey’s power is doing him a spook, which transitions to the second part of the trailer featuring everyone’s favorite character Leia! For two seconds.


Rather than maintain the pseudo-trio structure, the trailer instead devotes its time to a tall glass of anger issues, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Who mumbles about the past as he punches stuff, flies his Edgelord Brand Tie Fighter (in-stores now!), and shoots at a ship containing a worried looking Princess Leia (the dearly departed Carrie Fisher). Little baby nearly cries as he monologues about destroying the past and fires his ships at…something. Then we’re saved by cute furry things.


Following a teasing shot of the Millenium Falcon (but who’s flying the plane) and the newest cute alien species, the Porgs (in-stores this Christmas!), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaacs) gives a badass speech about burning down the First Order. We see Finn (John Boyega) with an electro-staff fulfill every worker’s fantasy and stick fight his boss Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie, she’s alive!) on a burning platform-thing as the music swells. Then Luke threatens someone, Snoke says a Sith-y cliche (FOR PHIL), Rey gets tortured, then we get the “money shot.”

Black screen.

A wounded Rey implores someone to show her her place in “all of this.”

Sad piano.

Kylo holds out his hand.

Big musical hit. Cut to logo.

Really, this trailer got me pretty hyped. But that final bit with Rey and Kylo? Is it Reylo (pukes) or is she going to the dark side (gags)? Neither, at least in the way the trailer is showing it. Pay attention to backgrounds, to what the light is like where Rey and Kylo are each standing. Perhaps there are hints to their character arcs here; perhaps there is a similar scene. Or perhaps the editors at Lucasfilm know exactly what to do to get a billion think pieces written between now and December.

The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson for Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures. It is set to hit theaters December 15.

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures


  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.


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