2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the box office with that bang to a tune of a 2 billion dollar box office gross worldwide. The J.J. Abrams-directed movie served as a new, but nostalgic re-introduction into the Star Wars universe paralleling a lot of themes that may have been familiar in movies IV, V, and VI. We were introduced to new characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and Finn (John Boyega). Before long, everyone began anxiously awaiting any news about the second installment named The Last Jedi directed by Rian Johnson (Brothers Bloom, Looper). Well, we got a teaser first shown at Star Wars Celebration as a little taste to see what is to come.
The trailer itself is only about two minutes long opening with Rey out of breath similar to Finn in the first Force Awakens trailer in the desert. This picks up where we left both Rey and the exiled, grizzled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on the island of Ahch-To. We get some quick shots of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) running through an exploding airbase, a wider shot of Luke and R2-D2 looking upon a jedi temple in ruins, Kylo Ren’s mask destroyed, and General Leia (Carrie Fisher) looking upon a huge map. With the dabs of information we have until the December 15th release date, one bears to wonder – what’s up with the title? During The Force Awakens, we find out that Kylo Ren was one of Luke Skywalker’s students that went rogue and presumably helped destroy what was left of the Jedi order.
Keep in mind, this is just a theory, but let’s take it back to 1983’s Return of The Jedi. We are all versed in the tragic story of the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the birth of one Darth Vader. One of the common themes throughout the Star Wars universe is love. The Jedi order forbids acting upon emotions with the consensus that it leads to the dark side. The Sith thrives on emotion and anger to which they draw their power. It is the love that Anakin has for Luke that leads him to save Luke from being killed by the Emperor. Self-sacrifice is one of the ultimate showings of love.
At the end of The Last Jedi trailer, Luke turns while the cave casts a dark silhouette on him and says, “It’s time for the the Jedi to end.” The “balance” has been referred to throughout the entire Star Wars movie saga and even with Rey speaking in this trailer. What this could possibly mean is what would be noted as the Grey Jedi Order. The Grey Jedi believed in using both the light and dark sides of the force as you could not have one without the other. In the middle of the trailer, there’s a light highlighting a couple of books to a shot of Luke’s hand gliding over a symbol. The books could indicate the Grey Jedi code and perhaps, where a temple could be with the symbol.
Also, there’s an interesting depiction on the new poster – Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren with Rey’s light saber splitting the two halves. Note that the color of the light saber is both white and red – it’s possible that Rey may finally bring “balance” to the force in her training with Luke. With a few months before its release and probably a couple more trailers and TV spots to come, we will start to uncover some more plot points to what will definitely will be a darker film.
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