We are less than four weeks away from The Last Jedi!
That sounds so amazing to say, and it most definitely is! Two years of waiting comes down to just a few more weeks, and I cannot wait to see this movie! As expected, the marketing campaign has really ramped up recently for the highly-anticipated film, and that means a number of TV spots and the like. We’ve already looked at several of them, but a really interesting and exciting one dropped recently, and then today Star Wars released a “Heroes” short teaser spot.
Let’s take a look at the new shots from this trailer, and like always, if you don’t want to know anything about the movie, then don’t read any further.
The “Heroes” trailer released today starts off with some new scenes with Finn. We’ve seen the shot of him in a coma in the healing tank thing (first image), but in this new shot he wakes up very suddenly shouting “Rey!” (second image). Then it cuts to a shot of Poe saying, “Finn! You must have a thousand questions,” to which Finn responds rather seriously, “Where’s Rey?”
It’s a very interesting aspect that I don’t think we’ve considered much before, since Finn waking up is something we all knew would happen early in the film. It’s just been an afterthought, then, as to what will actually happen upon waking up. Consider his last memories from before he was knocked unconscious by Kylo Ren: he was in the forest on Starkiller Base trying to protect Rey, but instead was knocked unconscious and wakes up in a strange medical bay. It makes perfect sense that his immediate thoughts would turn to Rey’s fate. What had happened to her? After all, he doesn’t seem to know that Rey is such a strong force user, and he doesn’t know that she has gone to find Luke Skywalker.
First Order Dreadnought
The short teaser also gave us a new shot of the Battle of D’Qar, as you can see several Resistance transports accompanied by X-Wings. You can see them ready to face looming First Order Star Destroyers, with the Dreadnought taking center stage.
More Finn vs. Phasma
We’ve seen a lot of the Finn vs. Phasma fight so far in trailers and TV spots, but at the same time we haven’t seen much of the fight at all due to it largely being the same exact shot over and over. But we got a few additional glimpses of the confrontation in this recent teaser. It will be really interesting to see Finn face off against the feared First Order Captain.
“Who are you?”
In the most recent TV spot, it starts off by showing us some shots we’ve already seen: first, of the island on Ahch-To, then of the force tree in the fog, then of Rey standing on a cliff overlooking the water, and then of Rey in the cave (or tree). But what’s new is that while these shots are being shown, there’s new dialogue on the voice-over. Luke says, “You’ve seen this place,” and then we hear Rey say softly, “Only in dreams.” After that, Luke says, “Who are you?” There’s nothing guaranteeing that these lines have to go together, but it seems that at least the first two do. We know that Rey has seen Ahch-To in dreams based on what Kylo Ren says in The Force Awakens upon interrogating her, but it’s unknown whether it’s been a recurring dream for a while. And then many will take the “Who are you?” line as confirmation that Luke doesn’t actually know Rey, and while that’s the probable explanation I don’t think this confirms it beyond any doubt.
“What do you see?”
The dialogue from the first trailer of Luke asking, “what do you see?” shows up in this spot, but we actually get to see Luke standing behind Rey asking the question.
When Rey says, “light,” we see this shot of Leia standing alone in the closing base on Crait. We’ve seen this same shot from different camera angles, but this is a new one – and I think it’s really cool.
There’s a new shot of Kylo Ren too, and the discussion has been whether his scar is still there or not. It doesn’t appear to be there from this shot, but it’s unclear whether that’s simply due to the camera angle or not. If he really doesn’t have the scar, then this would likely be from a flashback.
There’s also a new shot that we haven’t seen before of an explosion, though there’s nothing more to it that would suggest what’s actually exploding. It seems that there’s the outline of a planet in the background in which case it would be a ship (could it be Paige’s ship?), but anything more than that is impossible to tell. This also really looks to be the same explosion that Rian Johnson teased on Instagram earlier this year during the editing process.
“Kylo failed you. I won’t”
The most significant part of the new TV spot, however, was a conversation between Luke and Rey. Rey says “Kylo failed you,” and we see a shot of Luke – who appears to have tears in his eyes. Then it cuts to Rey, who says, “I won’t.” So this is significant for a number of reasons. Firstly, it further highlights the background of the film. Ben Solo betrayed Luke Skywalker during his training, and now the Jedi Master is in exile. It seems that he’s very hesitant to take up another student, and it seems that it’s at least in part becasue of fear of failing again. So Rey addresses this reality, saying that Kylo failed Luke (which is probably both an attempt to contrast it with her following statement and also an attempt to make Luke realize that it’s not his fault), and then assures him that she won’t fail him.
Also, though, take a look at the shot of Rey – it looks very likely that it’s from the same scene from the second trailer of her saying, “I need someone to show me my place in all this.” For comparison’s sake, here’s a reminder of that shot:
With her outfit and the lighting, it really looks like it’s from the same scene – which, of course, would confirm what most thought: that she’s actually talking to Luke in that scene and not Kylo Ren, as the second trailer tried to hint at.
The Falcon’s guns
We’ve seen in other trailers and TV spots that the Millennium Falcon loses it’s satellite dish, and in this TV spot we got a new shot of the Falcon’s guns taking a hit too. The guns on the bottom of the ship appears to be scraping the edge of the cave on Crait. In other words: the Falcon’s taking some hits as it’s flying in that battle.