Breaking down the awesome “Awake” teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wow!  I was sitting watching World Series Game 7 tonight when all of the sudden an extended TV spot for The Last Jedi popped up!  A surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one!  I expected it to be mainly composed of shots we’ve already seen, but instead it was mostly made up of new shots that are quite amazing.

Let’s break it down, but first here’s the “Awake” trailer if you haven’t seen it:

Though most of what follows is speculation based on the trailer, if you want to know as little as possible about the movie, it’s probably best to avoid reading any further just to be safe.

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The trailer opens with a new shot of the Millennium Falcon (which is featured quite a bit in this one-minute spot) sitting on Ahch-To.  It’s the next shot of the Falcon, however, that’s truly special:

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LUKE SKYWALKER ON THE FALCON!!!  Cue all the feels with these shots, as Luke walks into the cockpit of the Falcon and looks around as the lights turn on.  This is an awesome shot for Star Wars fans, as the legendary Jedi returns to the cockpit of the legendary ship after so many years.  I’d guess this will also be an emotional moment, one in which we’re reminded of Han Solo and probably see Luke coping with the loss of his friend.

One other thing to note – and I’m not entirely sure what to make of it yet – is that Luke is in the darker outfit that he dons at some point in the film, as it’s not the white robes that he’s wearing when we first encounter him.  But… one would initially figure that if Luke were to step foot into the Falcon it would probably come around the same time as his reunion with Chewie and R2, and one would figure that will come near the beginning of the film.  So I think there are three possibilities: (1) Luke might simply change outfits very early in the film; (2) Luke might not reunite with Chewie/R2 and/or the Falcon until later in the film; (3) Luke might be setting foot on the Falcon for more than simple nostalgia.  Considering the fact that we don’t know who is piloting the Falcon with Chewie in the later shot (of Chewie and the porg in the cockpit), the third one is certainly possible… but I don’t think we have enough information to suggest anything more than simply saying that it’s awesome seeing Luke on the ship once again.

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A new shot of Kylo Ren’s ignited lightsaber.

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This is the clearest shot yet of Supreme Leader Snoke’s throne room.  We’ve seen the red room before, but this is a wide shot of it with Snoke actually present, sitting on his throne.  You can make out the nine Praetorian guards along the edge, as well as General Hux in the foreground looking backward (I’d guess this could be a Kylo Ren entrance scene, or something like that).  There’s also the contraption on the right side of the screen that we saw before in the second behind-the-scenes reel, and it’s likely that it has some key significance – though we don’t know what.

We also get a new line from Snoke in this trailer, as he says, “Darkness rises… and light to meet it.”  When he says that first part, we see the shot of Kylo’s lightsaber (above) and this shot of Snoke in his throne room, and then when he says the second part we see a shot of Rey and Luke.  So on the surface level, it seems Lucasfilm at least wants us to think that the light (Luke and Rey) are rising to meet the darkness (Snoke and Kylo), though as we know trailers specialize in misdirection…

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This is the shot of Luke that we see during the latter part of Snoke’s statement, and it’s a really cool shot of him.

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There’s a brief glimpse of Rey’s training that seems to be new, though it seems all connected to what we’ve seen before as she’s swinging her lightsaber.

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We’ve already seen shots of the Millennium Falcon being chased by TIE Fighters in the mine/cave on Crait, and the new trailer showed a few new ones from that same sequence.  The significant part here?  One of the TIE Fighter blasts hits the Falcon – and it appears to knock the satellite dish off!  Already they had to replace the circular dish with the rectangular one seen in TFA, and it looks like it will need a new satellite dish after the events of The Last Jedi too.

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The shots of Finn confronting Captain Phasma were again shown in this trailer, with a new glimpse of Finn’s face as he does so.  He looks pretty intense here.

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Not only is the Falcon on Crait, THE FALCON IS ALSO FIGHTING IN THE BATTLE OF CRAIT.  You could say this was probably assumed, especially since we knew that the Falcon is pursued by TIEs at Crait, but this shows us that the Falcon is actually flying to try to defend the walker attack, along with the ski speeders.  Makes me even more excited to see this battle, knowing that the Falcon seems to be a very significant part of it.

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Right after that shot of the Falcon swooping in and firing, we see Finn in his ski speeder looking up and shouting, “whoo!”  He could just be excited by the Falcon’s actions – but it also should be at least mentioned that perhaps the Falcon arrives during the assault to help turn the tide, so Finn’s even more excited to see the ship.

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LEIA!  We get a shot of the Resistance General at a command desk and looking up, while we hear Luke utter his, “This is not going to go the way you think,” line.

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This is a really cool shot of the Millennium Falcon bursting through the ground on Crait and soaring upward into the sky.  Is this how they escape from the TIE pursuit in the cave/mine on Crait?  Either way, it’s cool to see the Falcon shoot out from underground, and it’s an awesome visual.

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Of course, we already saw this shot of Luke saying, “This is not going to go the way you think,” but in this new trailer it’s followed up by this:

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Rey is standing in the rain (almost certainly on Ahch-To) looking pissed and igniting her lightsaber.  First off, I love the thought of getting some scenes with the lightsaber in the rain, especially if it’s a lightsaber duel.  Second, however, is the question on everyone’s mind: is she really facing Luke when she does this?  That’s certainly the implication that the trailer gives, as we see Luke laying down in the rain and then Rey standing and igniting her saber in the rain.  So the most natural way to take this is that Rey’s upset with Luke for some reason and goes to confront him, which would make Luke’s line much more natural and understandable as it would give context to it.  But given the rumors about a possible confrontation with Kylo Ren, it’s also possible that this is the start of a duel, which would be really cool in the rain.  My best guess, though, is that this is a scene with Rey and Luke, which would certainly be quite interesting.

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