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!
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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?
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