Let’s Break Down The The New Star Wars Trailer
The latest trailer for The Force Awakens is here! While we’re still trying to calm ourselves down, there’s plenty of discussion to be had about all the goodies we can find in all this new footage. Time for a spoiler-and-speculation-laden dive into the latest scenes from a Galaxy far, far away.
The trailer opens on what appears to be the same desert planet from the first teaser trailer — officially named not as Tatooine as many thought, but Jakku. This time around it’s not as barren — not only is there a crashed X-Wing, but also a downed Star Destroyer too. Note that there’s also a speeder zooming across the landscape.
Luke, offering narration, says that the Force is strong in his family as we cut to the burned helmet of Darth Vader. But who fished it out of the funeral pyre at the end of Return of the Jedi? Luke himself? There were rumors of a villain getting a hold of it, a part-cyborg man with a red eye. Could that be Kylo Ren, under his mask?
It’s also interesting that Luke says “My father has it”, not “My father had it”. That’s a strange use of present tense for a man who’s purportedly dead and burned to a crisp.
But Vader’s helmet being part of the film, still part of the universe all these years later, is interesting. Does Vader’s helmet still hold some sort of Force power, a lingering effect? Or is Luke talking to his father’s Force Ghost?
And as he mentions his own power, we get our first ever look at Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. Or at least a partial look, as a hooded figure places its hand on R2-D2. Note that the hand is cybernetic, so it’s definitely Luke — and all the fake flesh has peeled away since we saw it in Jedi.
And then two women exchange a very familiar weapon.
Luke says “My sister has it”, implying that this is Leia herself being handed a Lightsaber — not just any Lightsaber either. It’s Anakin Skywalker’s, the one that Luke lost when Vader sliced his hand off on Cloud City! We even heard that same saber in the first teaser. It looks like those rumors about Luke’s old lightsaber being important to the plot — and being what essentially brings the young new cast together with the old team — were true.
And just as John Williams’ Force theme begins to swell, Luke ends his narration with “You have that power too.”. Who is he speaking to? A child of his own, if he’s talking about the legacy of the Skywalkers? Or, considering he mentions Leia, he could be talking about a child she has, with Han.
Read the full breakdown over at i09