Put down that leftover turkey sandwich and feast your eyes on this:
From the looks of this trailer, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the next installment in the Star Wars saga! To be honest, the first time I watched it, I thought the ball droid looked a little silly and I didn’t like the look of the new lightsaber. It just seemed a little silly with the cross guard nubs coming out a split second after the main blade, similar to Darth Maul’s double-bladed saber reveal, but less impressive. But upon successive viewings, the ball droid looks inventive and whimsical, and the new lightsaber looks like a medieval broadsword. I’ll be referring to it as a broadsaber from now on. (Well, maybe it looks more like a longsword, but I like the term broadsaber, so I’m sticking with it.)
Scene by scene breakdown with pictures and discussion follows…
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Here we see John Boyega’s character in the new stormtrooper armor on a desert planet which I think we can safely assume is Tatooine. He seems agitated and like he’s on the run from somebody (or something). If you listen closely at the end of this scene you can hear what sounds like an Imperial probe droid (similar to the ones in The Empire Strikes Back). My guess is that he is defecting from the Empire and trying to escape capture. Another interesting thing going on in this scene is that this is the first time we see a stormtrooper without his helmet in a Star Wars movie. The clone troopers were seen sans helmets, but that doesn’t count. Other people have postulated that he could just be wearing stormtrooper armor as a disguise like Han and Luke in A New Hope, but that’s been done before and I doubt that’s the case.
Next we have what I call the ball droid. After watching the trailer a few times, this little guy grew on me. It looks like the head piece is suspended above the ball using some sort of mag-lev (magnetic levitation) technology. And he is really bookin’! I don’t see why droids always have to be slow moving. He’s alright in my book. In the background you can also see pod racer or starship parts.
On to a menacing shot of some stormtroopers in a jump ship ready for some sort of battle. The new helmet design reminds me of something out of Tron. They’re very modern looking. Also notice the different heights of the troops, reminding us that stormtroopers are not clones, but are conscripted or volunteer forces.
They are also sporting new two-tone blasters with some red lights on the side and some metallic pieces. Definitely a departure from the stark, all black, modern-military looking blasters of the original trilogy.
Daisy Ridley’s character looks like she’s on the run from something too. And her garb looks like something that an average Tatooine denizen would be wearing. Or maybe a scavenger. A scavenger with stylish capris.
And she’s riding a new speeder that looks like just a big engine with a seat on it. Or maybe a Dove Bar.
And Oscar Isaac’s character as a Rebel Pilot! Now things are getting good. The new helmet looks sleek and minimal. And the jacket looks a little padded like a life vest. Oh, and the Aurebesh writing on his left chest (your right) says “PULL TO INFLATE”. It’s upside down so the pilot can read it when he looks down at it.
Wow… Just… Awesome… This shot of X-Wing style ships skimming the water is amazing! It reminds me of playing the Rogue Squadron computer games years ago. We haven’t seen X-Wings flying in a planet’s atmosphere very often in the movies yet. Just the brief shots of Luke crashing on Dagobah and the X-Wings taking off from Yavin’s moon. You’ll notice the engines of these ships are half-cylinder; slightly modified from the orginal X-Wing design. These look a lot like Z-95 Headhunters with split wings.
Ah, the broadsaber. Now, this mysterious character could be anyone. Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, or even Gwendoline Christie. Aside from the medieval look of the broadsaber, I noticed it also sounds a bit different than ordinary sabers and also looks a bit more crackly or fiery. Maybe even a little unstable.
AND BOOM! Cue the music… and the Millennium Falcon with contrails doing some flipping, atmospheric maneuvers… *goosebumps* What a sight to see! Phenomenal! I can’t wait to see more of this! This shot is obviously meant to excite… with the legendary, original John Williams soundtrack kicking in and showing one of the most iconic ships from the original movies. And it worked! Seeing this shot made me feel like a kid again. In this scene, the crazy camera angles work; I just hope they aren’t overused throughout the rest of the movie.
You’ll also notice the radar dish that was lost while escaping the Death Star in Return of the Jedi has been replaced with a new rectangular one. I’m sure someone will find a reason to complain about that, but it looks fine. And hey, maybe it functions better, is a newer model, or was just all the dealer had in stock.
And lastly we have some TIE fighters engulfing the Falcon in laser blasts. This is a great looking shot and the one that is most often chosen for the video title shot or the picture for stories about the movie. You can also see some structures of a city off in the distance below the Falcon.
Also, after the date fades to black after the last shot of the trailer, you can hear an original lightsaber being switched off or ignited.
What a ride! And this was only 88 seconds of teaser material. I’m confident that J.J. Abrams and the thousands of other talented people working on this are going to do a fantastic job with this movie. Also, I’m confident in the story that Lawrence Kasdan helped write, since he wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I already had high hopes for this movie after seeing this interview where J.J. Abrams talks about his Star Wars fandom, but this trailer cements my hope and joy about this movie. Only a little over a year until we get to experience it!