We had to suffer through a boring Bears/Vikings game that managed just five points combined in the first half, but the wait was worth it. The second trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here and it is glorious.
Rey joining Kylo? Nice try, Disney. There’s no way Rey goes dark side. And that probably wasn’t the only slick edit deflection.
The trailer opens with Snoke ominously narrating. “When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special.” During this whole sequence, we see Kylo so most of us assume he’s talking about him. And that’s a safe bet. But then we get a quick cut to Rey right at the line “something truly special.”
Snoke gives no indication of having known about Rey when Kylo mentions how she’s strong in the force in the first movie.
Still, I have this nagging feeling Snoke is talking about her. Out of all the characters, Rey’s the big mystery. Someone hid her away on Jakku. And Ben Solo (Kylo) isn’t someone you just ‘find.’ He’s the son to two of the most famous people in the galaxy. And was trained by Luke Skywalker. I think Snoke is talking about Rey and this ties into the torture scene we see later in the trailer.
The next scene shows Rey and Luke continuing the meeting that was teased in the final seconds of The Force Awakens. Rey knows how strong she is now, but she needs help. We then get a quick sequence of her training. She cracks a portion of the island as a stunned Luke looks on. He couldn’t lift his damn X-Wing out of the swamp on Dagobah and here’s Rey kicking ass with barely any training.
“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” Luke says. “It didn’t scare me enough then, it does now.” All the while, the trailer cuts to scenes of the fallen Jedi school. Again, we assume he’s talking about Kylo. I think it’s a throwback to Darth Vader. Anakin Skywalker (Vader) had more raw force power than Yoda. Sure, we’ve seen Kylo stop blaster bolts in mid-air, but we haven’t seen anything that tells us he has more raw strength than most other Jedi.
The next major scene shows an epic starfighter battle with Kylo attempting to take out Leia’s ship. But he hesitates as he goes to pull the trigger. No mind tricks here, I think we see the expected hints that there is still good in Kylo. I mean, it’s Star Wars. It’s ultimately a story about redemption.
The Millennium Falcon being chased by TIE Fighters is absolutely stunning. We get an almost too-close look at Chewie before getting a glimpse of Disney’s big toy seller this Christmas. That squawking Star Wars penguin is called a Porg. And get ready to buy a couple.
Man, these space battles look insane. I thought the last 45 minutes of Rogue One was awesome, but The Last Jedi looks even better.
A quick cut to Finn and Phasma looks incredible. I guess Phasma managed to pull herself out of the trash compactor before Starkiller Base blew up.
Again, Luke brings the depressing lines with, “this is not going to go the way you think.” Followed by Snoke saying, “fulfill your destiny” as he appears to be torturing Rey.
Disney saves the biggest red herring for last. “I need someone to show me my place in all of this,” says Rey as the trailer cuts to Kylo extending his hand. Yep, I’m calling BS. No way Rey and Kylo team up. Not happening. Unless Snoke kills Luke, which turns Kylo against Snoke somehow. A third film with Kylo and Rey teaming up to take down Snoke? Yeah, I would watch that.
If Luke does die, don’t let him go out like a punk. I want to see Luke kick some ass with his lightsaber one time this trilogy. Just one time. If Yoda can limp around with a walking stick before opening a can of whoop ass, then so can Luke.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will dominate the box office when it hits theaters on December 15.