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If you’ve read my post detailing 8 Things We Learned from Star Wars Celebration, then you’ll understand just how important the trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX is for the Star Wars franchise. I want to give proper warning before I *accidentally* spoil the entire Star Wars story for someone, so…
SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers for Star Wars: Episode IX and the rest of the Star Wars franchise.
You have been warned.
While the Episode IX panel was underway at Star Wars Celebration 2019, a convention that took place two weeks ago in Chicago, I refreshed my computer about 100 times just to be one of the first to catch any new footage from the film. If you can’t tell yet, I’m so excited to be writing this post, in which I will BREAKDOWN the awesome trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX. Let’s begin, shall we?
The trailer opens up with shots of a desert planet – what’s new??? By now, we’ve had exposure to Tatooine and Jakku, two planets that have plenty of sand to go around. Just in case you slept through the past few Star Wars flicks, Rey is, unsurprisingly, back in the action for Episode IX, and she looks better than ever. While we’re not certain exactly what planet she is on, Rey HAS A LIGHTSABER!!! What’s even more confusing is that it looks an awful lot like Luke Skywalker’s saber, which appeared to be shattered at the end of The Last Jedi. As always, I’ve got questions, but let’s continue to the next sequences of the teaser.
After some more shots of the deserted landscape, we see an obvious imperial ship fly towards Rey. While it’s “screech” flying sound classifies it as some sort of TIE and its wings look like that of a Silencer (but we’ll focus on the sounds later), it’s not a definitive type of fighter. Speaking of uncertainties, we see a menacing gloved pilot inside the TIE, which looks to be Kylo Ren, but we can’t be sure. If it is Kylo Ren, why would he be flying directly at Rey? Once again- questions.
Then comes the highlight of the trailer in my opinion – Rey activates Luke’s lightsaber and then does an awesome physics-free jump OVER THE SHIP!!! From there, we get a bunch of 2-second clips highlighting various moments of the film. First, we see an unidentified ship flying over a similarly unidentified city at night-time, which looks awesome but doesn’t really explain much. The shot then shifts to Kylo Ren in a wintry, burning forest, and he practically clotheslines a trooper with his lightsaber. Kylo is also teased in the next frame, as his helmet is shown being repaired by some sort of droid despite its destruction in The Last Jedi. It looks awesome – just sayin’.
We shift from “dark” to “light” in the next few shots, as Finn and Poe are shown on what looks like the same desert planet where Rey was featured. The oddity of this shot comes when Finn is seen holding REY’S staff, so who knows what’ll happen to Finn and the gang in the Sahara? A new droid, Dio, was featured during the Episode IX panel, and he gets a cameo clip alongside the favorite BB8. While Billy Dee Williams was already confirmed to join Episode IX as Lando, it’s so satisfying to watch the trailer’s next shot, as Lando does his iconic laugh and he and Chewie jump into hyperspace in the Falcon. In a movie that looks pretty bleak and climactic, it’s nice to see some happy moments in this trailer, and I’m glad that many of our favorite characters are back in action for Episode IX.
Some more action shots are featured as the teaser progresses, and we see a desert air chase between some flying stormtroopers on jetpacks and a ship containing Finn, Poe, and C-3PO. It feels almost like the speeder battle from Return of the Jedi, and I’m totally fine with that.
From there, we get a one-second clip of a falling ship (maybe an Imperial Star Destroyer???) and a quick tease at what looks to be Leia holding a medal from the Battle of Yavin, which could easily be a reference to A New Hope. Then we get a deeply-emotional shot of Leia embracing Rey, and it’s obvious that Rey is crying. I was interested to see how footage of Carrie Fisher would be included in Episode IX, and it looks totally seamless!!
As if we weren’t confused enough already, JJ Abrams decided to feature a GREAT shot of all of our favorite heroes – Finn, Rey, Chewie, and the rest of the gang – standing on an unidentified beach shore. The perspective then shifts towards the distance, where wreckage from a Death Star can be seen. They’ve pulled together the entire saga in just this one clip, and only time will tell how the Death Star will find its way into Episode IX.
Sounds and Dialogue
Now that we’ve walked through the visual aspect of things, I took a quick listen of the trailer without actually looking at the footage, it’s the background dialogue and music that contribute greatly to the gravity of the trailer. Before any shots are even shown on-screen, we hear Rey’s heavy breathing, signifying that something tense is happening.
Then we hear the iconic voice of Luke Skywalker almost speaking inside Rey’s mind, saying, “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now.” Now that Han and Luke are gone and Carrie Fisher is no longer with us, Rey has all of these bits of knowledge under her belt (plus, she has some Jedi texts). Whether Luke is referring to a new order of “Skywalkers” or not, this movie will definitely be focused on the Skywalker legacy.
Luke quickly shifts to the present, though, stating, “But this is your fight.” While the Resistance is looking to the legends of the past, our favorite heroes must blaze their own trail against the First Order. There’s a primary theme in this trailer of combining legacy and a new generation, which is a great move to connect Episode IX to the rest of the saga.
After a quick TIE-flying screech and the glorious sound of an activated lightsaber, the teaser transitions into an epic version of Leia’s Theme, a fitting and riveting background to the trailer’s awesome shots. From there, we hear an amazing laugh from Lando Calrissian, a character who is coming back into the saga at just the right time.
But then the big spoiler-ish moment happens. After Luke’s voice echoes, “We’ll always be with you. No one’s ever really gone,” we hear the familiar chuckle of Ian McDiarmid. While the actor’s name may hold little significance to some of you, he’s the man behind the dastardly Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious), one of the franchise’s main villains from the original films. While Palpatine was considered by many to be dead (and he still may be dead, after all), the inclusion of his sinister laugh is enough to strike terror into the hearts of even the bravest heroes, and the big question now is what J.J. Abrams will do to bring Palpatine back into the spotlight. All I know is that I’ll be ready for anything, and you’ll be the first to know about any news.
We’ve now discussed many of the key details from the Episode IX trailer, but there were some other important pieces of information shared between the teaser’s epic moments. The first words to visibly show on screen during the trailer describe how “Every generation has a legend,” which is a direct parallel to the promotional material before The Phantom Menace. It’s so much fun to see how they’re pulling together the entire Star Wars canon, and it may signify how Rey will step in to become a legendary force for good. The rest of the visual word cues don’t necessarily tell us much, but they do reiterate the fact that Episode IX will mark the end of the Skywalker story as we know it. Man, that’s intense.
It’s really been a struggle for me to refer to this film as Episode IX throughout this post, because I wanted to devote this moment to focus on the film’s title reveal, which was highlighted both in the trailer and at Star Wars Celebration. The film is entitled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a fitting name to tie in the importance of the Skywalkers on Star Wars and a great way to wrap up the saga.
Well, there you have it – my analysis of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As always, thanks for reading.