Trailer Talk: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

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It’s finally here, our first glimpse into the next chapter of the Star Wars saga. With the release of the teaser for Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, fans are given a small glimpse into what to expect this coming December; but though it’s short it’s definitely intriguing and raises some questions that everyone will have to wait to have answered.

Much like the teasers/trailers for The Force Awakens, we are given very little information as to what will be happening in the film. The only difference is that this time around we know the characters and can postulate a little bit better what could end up happening. Besides our recognition of Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron etc., this teaser doesn’t make a whole lot clear to us. But what a great hook the filmmakers have made!

Rey and presumably Luke training in the ways of the Jedi

It seems obvious from the footage that Rey is in a training of some sorts with the newly found Luke Skywalker. Reminiscent of when he was on Dagobah learning with Yoda, we hear Luke telling Rey to breathe and asking her what she sees. Remember that Luke had visions of Cloud City, perhaps Rey too has a premonition? Does she leave Luke prematurely to fight Kylo Ren, as Luke did to face Vader? If this film follows the formula of the ‘dark middle chapter’ then can we compare this to the Empire Strikes Back?

Rey mentions the light, the dark and the balance of the Force; is there more to the mystical entity that Luke has learned while in isolation and can we learn more about it?

We also briefly see some new speeders/fighters, though it is unclear if they belong to the Resistance or the First Order. Poe is seeing running with BB 8 while Finn remains unconscious after his fight with Kylo Ren (though I’m certain he’ll wake up within the first ten minutes or so of the movie). A fiery scene appears in what could be a vision of Kylo Ren’s, but it still remains unclear.

In the end of course what many people are most curious about is the title, the Last Jedi. What does it mean? Luke is heard saying that it is time “to end the Jedi”, but this can be interpreted in different ways. Perhaps Luke wants to start a new order, a starting anew sort of thing with a new philosophy.  And is there an actual Last Jedi? Is it Luke, or Rey? Or is it both since Jedi can also be plural?  Maybe he wants to find a middle ground for other Force users and have a more inclusive umbrella then the former Jedi Knights?

A flashback or perhaps an ominous vision?

More will be revealed as we see a lengthier trailer, but for now, questions remain that will keep us in eager anticipation of the next preview. While we still know little plot-wise, the little we learned in this teaser will keep fans on the edge of their seat. It’s clear though that the Force is strong with this one.


  • When asked: “What do you see?”  there appears to be a faint voiceover saying “Help me Obi-Wan before Rey says light

In perhaps a moment of symmetry between episode 7, we see the shattered mask of Kylo Ren much like Vader’s in TFA

  • The running theory is that much like Empire Strikes Back, this 8th film or middle of the new trilogy would be a win for the dark side as further speculated by the red font
  • One would assume that the majority of the film will be Rey training with Luke which means that we should be seeing more on the Kylo / Snoke side of things for the off island material.
  • The music here from Maestro John Williams is again stunning (read the commemorative piece we did on his lasting legacy here)


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Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio is a contributing writer for Before The Cyborgs. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he is a keen follower of events in the world of film, as well as politics and history. You can also hear him podcast about film and politics



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