Rey Conflicted – Star Wars “The Last” Jedi Official Trailer

Posted: October 10, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Concert/Film/TV Reviews
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There’s a lot to unpack from the just-released official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

We start with Luke Skywalker beginning his training of Rey and being horrified of the natural ability she possesses. Why? Because it reminds him of the power that was unleashed during the destruction of the last Jedi Academy (committed by Kylo Ren and the First Order). We see images of the temple burning and will likely get flashbacks of the whole incident.

We also see Rey seeming to confront the mysterious General Snoke, and getting the worst of it. Snoke’s voiceover has him marveling over someone’s power, but is it Rey or Kylo’s?

Speaking of Kylo, he has a lot of making up to do after getting bested last movie by a light saber rookie. He looks to be doing that in spades with a space battle sequence that mirrors Luke’s destruction of the first Death Star. However, this time the target appears to be Princess Leia. Will Kylo’s promise to “bury the past” mean killing both his parents?

Finn is well-recovered from his injuries and locked in a duel with General Phasma. This is an intriguing battle for several reasons. One, Finn appears to have progressed from comedic and skittish sidekick to a capable fighter and leader. Second, we get to see how deadly Phasma is in hand to hand combat, which she has to be considering her place in Snoke’s army.

Finally, we have what I believe is misdirection in Kylo appearing to offer his hand to Rey for an alliance. I can’t see them giving that away in a trailer, meaning this is possibly two separate scenes (Kylo in the burning temple and Rey training with Luke or facing Snoke).

All questions get answered on December 15.

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