What a beginning to Star Wars Celebration #10 in Anaheim!
Even though I wasn't able to make the pilgrimage to California, the opening panel with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy was live streamed for those of us still at home. This made me feel like I was part of what is sure to be one of the biggest premieres at SWCA: the second The Force Awakens teaser trailer released at the end of the first celebration panel.
Before I go into some of my thoughts on the new teaser, you NEED to see it if you haven't yet. If you've already seen it 150 times like me, watch this little cinematic masterpiece a few more times for good measure.
There is so much to say when it comes to this new teaser that it would be hard to write less than a novel about it. So, instead of a long analysis or an endless list of the things I loved, I will focus on my 3 favorite parts and what I think each clip could mean for The Force Awakens.
That Star Destroyer
One of the most striking and breathtaking opening scenes in the Star Wars franchise is from A New Hope. The monstrousness of the Star Destroyer looming over and firing at Tantive IV instantly demonstrated the power of those piloting the Star Destroyer. Throughout the trilogy, those Star Destroyers became a symbol of the strength and domination of the Empire.
Now, the opening scene of the teaser trailer brings us to a desert planet (which we now know is named Jakku, not Tatooine). As we follow a speeder moving along the sand dunes, we find that a Star Destroyer has crashed onto Jakku (along with what looks to be a crashed X-wing on the bottom left of the image). This symbol of the Empire's strength now lays desolate and weathered on a desert world. The Destroyer, along with the X-wing, doesn't look like it recently crashed, which to me indicates that the Rebels may have put up a fight early on after the Battle of Endor but lost steam as the Empire regained its strength or perhaps gained new leadership. Because of this, I expect to learn that the Rebellion's efforts at Endor did not lead to the downfall of the Empire, but a tightening of the Empire's grip on its citizens.
The Force is strong in my family. My father has it...I have it...my sister has it...you have that power, too.
Using a quote from Return of the Jedi is a poignant reminder of where the galaxy was 30 years prior to the time of The Force Awakens. So much has likely changed since the death of the Empire's leadership and destruction of the Death Star II, but at the very least we are all starting with the same background and are subject to the same nostalgia. The Emperor has died, Darth Vader has died, the Empire has been shaken. But, clearly, the Empire was not destroyed.
This quote also has me wondering...will there be a Skywalker child--either Luke or Leia's--that is in the new Big 3 of The Force Awakens? We weren't given the last names of Finn or Rey, perhaps for a reason, in the character announcements, and it certainly seems that the lack of last names tied with this quote may be hinting at the existence of a Skywalker heir. Is the person Luke is talking to, or about, part of Luke's family and, indeed, capable of feeling the Force? I think so. But who is it? And what is the reason they didn't know their heritage or that they had Force capabilities?
As an aside, it could also be possible that one of the characters seeks out the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker for training. Perhaps Luke isn't related to them at all, but instead feels that they are strong with the Force. This seems far-fetched to me, since the quote is perfect to use for a Force-sensitive Skywalker heir.
Those Old Friends
The presence of the original Big 3 truly sets this teaser apart from the first. The first teaser solely showed off the new team for The Force Awakens, so it was a striking change of pace to focus on our original heroes. Though we didn't see the faces of Luke and Leia in the teaser, I think we can all agree that the figure with R2 was Luke, and the figure receiving the lightsaber was Leia. The two original characters we did see, Han and Chewie, appear to be back on the Falcon, ready for another adventure. But Han's line, "Chewie, we're home," has so many implications I barely know where to begin.
First, where have Han and Chewie been? Is Han implying that the Falcon was taken from him and now it's back in his possession? If this is the case, who had the Falcon before and how does Han get it back? Is this another sign that the Rebellion is picking up steam; that Han is back home, because he has a purpose again? I'm also inclined to think that this is the scene where Han and Leia reunite after years of being apart from each other. But that is an OTP fanfic for another day....
Now tell me...what do you make of the trailer and what are your 3 favorite aspects of it? Let me know on Twitter (@malloryconlon or @farfarawayradio) or in the comments below!