Did you all catch The Rise of Skywalker trailer during the football game tonight?
So, our final trailer leading up to the movie premiere in December. In honor of it being the 9th and final movie in the Skywalker Saga, here are 9 things I noticed about it – for better or worse.
1. Finn…and Rey?
I’ve not been shy about how much I want Finn and Rey together. Their immediate connection and relationship in The Force Awakens are one of the things that made me fall in love with the movie instantly.
They are two broken people who have come together and are helping each other heal. Rey gives Finn something to believe in, Finn is the first person who comes back for Rey in her entire life – showing her that she is indeed valued and loved.
The first voice we hear in this trailer is Finn’s.
I am so glad, I felt like Finn took a bit more of a backseat in The Last Jedi and FinnRey wasn’t even a feature of that movie at all! I deeply missed their dynamic of being together, but that ending hug we got on Crait was a huge indicator that none of the love between them had grown cold.
Not only are all of our characters back together, but I get the feeling that we will get to see once again that Finn and Rey dynamic that we fell in love with from Moment 1. I can’t help but believe Finn’s stirring line,
It’s an instinct, a feeling. The Force brought us together.
is likely aimed at none other than Rey. He’s speaking with a softer tone, as you might if you were talking to just one person or perhaps a small group of people.
Whether this line is aimed at Rey or not, it’s a beautiful testimony to the entire heart of this Saga as well as how far Finn has come as a character.
He’s a believer, 100%.
Excuse the blurry image, but even with the lower image quality, it’s not hard to read what Finn is saying here (plus you can hear it in the trailer). This image is almost an exact copy of his face and body language in The Force Awakens when Kylo takes off in his ship with a kidnapped Rey. Finn is screaming her name in desperation.
Given that this appears to be the same place we have seen Kylo and Rey clashing in a lightsaber duel, I imagine whatever follows this image is pretty dramatic. #bringiton
This character wears his heart on his sleeve, and I love him for it.
Finn and Rey are right back where they belong – together.
2. The Ghost
As a big Star Wars Rebels fan, I would be remiss if I didn’t give this a shoutout – The Ghost is actually flying directly to the back right of The Falcon. This is huge for the Rebels’ storyline!
Ezra disappeared right at the beginning of the Original Trilogy timeline. It’s 30+ years later, so he would be in his late 40s. Other characters will be even older.
Is this a much older Hera still flying her ship with the Resistance? She’s just the type of warrior to stay in the fight for the long haul.
Is it her son flying his mother’s famous ship? Did Sabine and Ahsoka find Ezra like he asked and are they the ones piloting the ship????
It’s a really, really big reveal, and I’ll just bet we get Dave Filoni to weigh in on it before long.
3. This Movie Is Beyond Gorgeous
Would you just take a moment to soak in the number of textures, landscapes, colors, and movement of this movie??? There are about 3 different things happening in this image below.
This iceberg planet is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in Star Wars.
Even the “getaway” device is filled with bright, colorful yellow powder! It’s almost like the filmmakers are celebrating the joy that is this Star Wars story all throughout this movie!
I think Anthony Daniels is about as adorable as they come – C3PO? Not so much.
I’ve never been a huge 3PO fan (although I do have a pair of 3PO socks that I love). He always seemed to be bumbling his way through situations (or slowing everyone down) while R2D2 did the actual heavy lifting.
Seriously, if R2D2 had been taken out a long time ago the Emperor would still be ruling and every one of the heroes would have died.
But over time I have come to appreciate this incredibly “British” droid. He was made to be a human companion and helper, far more suited for aiding a senator (as he does Padme Amidala in The Clone Wars) than he is for fighting in a scrappy Rebellion.
But he’s made it this far, he’s done his best, and it would appear in this trailer that our old and sometimes annoying Gold Friend may be saying his final goodbye.
And I cried. Dadgum it, 3PO! I. CRIED! Han SOLO would have cried at that! #manytissueswillbeharmedintheviewingofthismovie
5. The People of the Resistance
One thing I deeply appreciated about The Last Jedi is there were scenes with “background” characters such as Paige Tico’s brave sacrifice that made sideline characters feel like the feature character for their moment.
Rogue One was an entire movie made about the “little people”, the behind-the-scenes heroes who lived, loved, fought, and died for this cause of freedom. They are the foundation our bigger heroes stand upon, without them none of this exists.
It is my great hope that in this movie that theme will be continued.
Rebellions are built on hope…
And they are built on beautiful, normal people who stepped up and said, “Count me in.”
Shoutout to whoever gave Rose this fantastic new hair look (I couldn’t stand her old one even though I liked her). Also, it looks like we have Billie Lourde’s character as well as Dominic Monaghan’s character shown in the background. I am anticipating awesome things!
6. Palpatine Is STILL Being A Huge Drama Queen
Isn’t this throne just a bit…extra?
Not really. For all his evilness, Palpatine has a work ethic even I have to respect. Plus he’s been sitting in the shadows somewhere, scheming and planning for 30+ years. A guy’s gotta have a hobby.
But what’s his angle here? I suspect he’s interested in bringing Rey and Kylo together, this line seems to point to that idea,
Your coming together is your undoing…
Did you notice that it appears both Rey and Kylo are searching for something in the shell of this ancient Death Star? What are they hoping to find?
It also appears that Rey and Kylo have laid their differences aside for a moment to join forces to destroy the Emperor?
Hmm, given that this creepy little old man has the stamina of a cockroach with a rotten life insurance policy, I find his easy demise hard to believe.
This floating chair throne is giving me major Thinker vibes (Season 4 of The Flash). The dark stillness of the room and the slow floating towards Rey is somehow the creepiest thing ever and her body language says that she agrees 100%.
I don’t know what Palpatine’s game plan is, but he is fascinating and an extremely cunning villain, so a final takedown of this menace will be beyond satisfying.
It’s time. Your day has come, Palpatine. We will get the last cackle.
7. Poe Dameron and The Spark
We’re not alone, good people will fight if we lead them.
The purpose and meaning of the Rebellion/Resistance have never been put into words and ideas more clearly than in the Sequel Trilogy. Despite the huge setbacks of the Original Trilogy, the numbers have never been lower for the heroes than they were at the end of of The Last Jedi.
And yet, they flew away from Crait with their shattered band of 7.5 people with a hope burning in their hearts because they knew the truth.
Star Wars may be a fictional world, but it is based upon reality. There is a gem here that we all need to hold onto.
Friends, we aren’t alone! Good people will fight if we lead them! So many people in this world are just waiting for someone to be brave enough and step up and say, “Let’s do this.”
That potential is inside all of us, regardless of the odds. We love Star Wars because it reminds us that no shadow, no Empire, no First Order can keep us from standing up and fighting back…and winning.
Light will always win over Dark, Light has the victory. The very music of this trailer is the music generations of us have been in love with for decades, but it has never sounded more hopeful than it does in this movie.
8. Rey And Her Identity
Everyone keeps telling me they know me, but no one does.
Seriously, Kylo? Are we still on this?
One of my absolute favorite things about Rey is that she doesn’t stay under a Lie for long.
It’s an old and tired song, but an effective one.
I know who you are…and it totally fits my evil agenda for you to believe everything I tell you.
Palpatine did it to Anakin. Maul tried to do it to Ezra. Palpatine tried to do it to Luke. Kylo tried to do it to Rey.
Our identity is everything. If we don’t know who we are then we get nowhere. We need to know who we are, why we are here, and where we belong.
Rey’s background makes her terribly vulnerable in this area, and Kylo tried to prey upon this vulnerability in The Last Jedi.
You come from nothing, you’re nothing…
…but not to me.
He tried desperately to get Rey to place her entire sense of purpose and value in him.
And she said no.
Rey always says no.
Confronting fear, it’s the destiny of a Jedi.
Rey’s biggest fear is that she is worthless. Everyone in her entire world until BB-8 and Finn arrived cemented the Lie that she was the dirt beneath people’s feet.
But the fire, the spirit inside of her knows better.
And rather than running from this fear, rather than hiding from the world and her life, she has embraced it and jumped in with both feet.
I am worth something. I do have a purpose. I can make a difference. I won’t give up. I don’t have to believe what anyone says.
I know who I am…
Rey is can be a role model to all of us. She’s stunningly beautiful in her vulnerable and confident humanity.
9. So. Much. Joy.
Can you feel it?
Can you hear it?
The heartbeat of hope. And hope and joy often hold hands.
Star Wars has always been about hope. But joy has not always been present. We’ve seen beautiful moments of celebration.
Han and Luke returning to Leia after they destroy the Death Star.
The triumphant parade in The Phantom Menace.
The bonfire and dance in the Ewok Village.
But we have had some pretty horrible lows.
“You were my brother, Anakin, I loved you.”
Losing Caleb Dume.
Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order.
Luke’s final kiss to his sister.
We have faced devastating grief in this story.
But the way this trailer made me feel?
Just look at the characters, look at their faces.
Han used to look at Chewie like that. #iamfeelingsomanythings
They are still fighting for freedom, for survival. They still might die.
But they are doing it together.
They are going to enjoy the ride for however long it lasts. They are going to celebrate the victories, no matter how small.
They are going to live to the fullest in every moment.
They are going to find strength in each other.
And they are going to charge into the battle strengthened by the truth of what they believe in.
The gift that Star Wars has been to the world is immeasurable. The joy, the connection, the hope, and the delight it has brought people is beautiful.
Star Wars is timeless because it is the story of us, told in a galaxy far far away.
I love it. I am so excited. I’ll see you all in the theaters.
I can hardly wait for December to arrive, but in the meantime, we have a nice little consolation prize in The Mandalorian that will be available on Disney + November 12th.
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