Breaking down recent TV spots for The Rise of Skywalker

There are a ton of TV spots for The Rise of Skywalker that have been released, and I’ve been trying to keep up with them all.

Thankfully, Star Wars has been officially releasing a lot of them, which makes it easy, but they haven’t officially released all of them online. But Zcure1 on Twitter has been doing an incredible job (as always) capturing these TV spots, and they posted a video to Youtube of TV spots 31-34. A couple of these we’ve seen already, and you can find links at the bottom of the article to my breakdowns of previous footage. But there’s some interesting new shots in a different spot that we’ll look at today.

Here’s the footage:

And let’s break it down!


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We know that the Sith Troopers are deployed onto the Star Destroyer’s hull to fight back against the Resistance attack led by Finn and Jannah, and we get a new shot of a Sith Jet Trooper flying through the flames and landing. It doesn’t really reveal anything we didn’t know, but it looks cool!

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The Millennium Falcon lifts off on Ajan Kloss, preparing to fly away. Considering the Falcon goes on multiple missions in the film (we know of at least three), it’s hard to tell exactly when this happens or where they’re going, but once again, it’s a cool shot.

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We don’t just see the Falcon taking off, however: we soon after get a glimpse of the Resistance fleet taking off and leaving Ajan Kloss! We see ships of all sorts of classes flying across the screen, and I imagine that this is the Resistance fleet leaving to go face off against Palpatine’s Sith Fleet in the Unknown Regions! We’ve also seen this fleet traveling through a mysterious red space, which I’d guess is part of the way to Palpatine, and then of course we’ve seen the fleet arriving to face the Sith Fleet. So this shot is probably before all of that, when the Resistance readies to go to war.

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There’s also a brief new sequence of Rey’s fight versus Kylo aboard the Death Star ruins, as she twirls her lightsaber as she approaches him.

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Finn and Jannah lead the Resistance fighters on Orbaks atop the Star Destroyer, but so does BB-8, who faithfully rolls alongside them and actually leads the charge. We have previously seen BB-8 rolling along, and we see it again in this shot right before we then get a new glimpse of Finn atop his Orbak, exclaiming, “You’re doing great, buddy!” to the droid.

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There’s a glimpse of Leia talking to Rey, saying, “Never underestimate a droid.” But here’s a fun fact about this: we’ve actually seen this clip before! In one of the deleted scenes for The Force Awakens, the Resistance receives a transmission about the destruction of the village on Jakku. A Resistance soldier tells Leia that Poe’s X-Wing was destroyed, and she asks about BB-8. She is told that the droid wasn’t recovered, and she responds, “Never underestimate a droid.”

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This scene (and others) were cut from The Force Awakens in order to preserve Leia’s first appearance coming on Takodana midway through the film, which makes perfect sense story-wise. And thankfully, it means that J.J. Abrams had more footage to work with for The Rise of Skywalker.

And this shot, more than any other we’ve seen in the released footage so far, allows us to see just how much work ILM has put in. This is incredible: note that the background has changed, the person Leia has talking to has changed, Leia’s outfit has changed, and an earring was even added! Basically everything around Leia was changed, but her performance remains the same. And if anything, I think the footage from TROS actually looks better! It is pretty incredible what ILM is able to do, and they have enabled Abrams and company to incorporate Leia into this story. I can’t wait to see it!

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D-O rolls around BB-8 in a circle, as BB-8 watches him. Is this right after the crew meets D-O? I wonder if that’s the case. Additionally, it looks like there’s a ramp in the background (maybe?), so I wonder if this is on a ship?

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There’s a new glimpse of Rey leaping over the edge of the cliff on Ajan Kloss, landing, and rolling. BB-8 is there watching, of course. Based on other similar sequences on the planet, I’m guessing this is part of Rey’s training.

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Here are a few new glimpses of the Millennium Falcon evading TIE Fighters, flying through an area with spikes (with an orange sun glowing in the background). This is the place where the Falcon fights TIEs on what I’m assuming is the ice asteroid too, so this is probably from the mission that Poe, Finn, and Chewie go on at the beginning of the film. It looks pretty similar to the salt mines on Crait from The Last Jedi, but I’m not complaining, since that movie was beautiful visually.

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We’ve seen before the Millennium Falcon in a green space being pursued by TIEs and encountering this giant space creature, and again I’m assuming that this is part of the mission from early in the film. But there’s a split second of what I believe is new footage, as just after the Falcon jumps the hyperspace the TIE Fighters crash into the creature, exploding.


Check out my breakdowns of other footage released for The Rise of Skywalker:

Trailer #1 | D23 reel Trailer #2 | “End” TV spot | “Fate” TV spot | “Duel” TV spot “Celebrate” TV spot “Adventure” TV spot | “Forever” TV spot | “Hold On” TV spot” | Various other TV spots | “She” and “Secret” TV spots | Amazon special look

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