Annlyel reveals her top five highlights from the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Rise of Skywalker trailer came out a small while ago and yet it’s still shaking the Star Wars fandom with its searing message of hope for this destined-to-be-epic finale. It’s a beautiful trailer, there’s no doubt about it. And there are many moments in the trailer that will excite any true blue Star Wars fan, as well as bring a tear to the eye. So, as always, I like to share my five favorite moments from the newest Marvel or Star Wars trailer. Here goes nothing.
5. What are Finn, Poe, and C-3PO Looking At?
There are plenty of Finn and Poe moments embedded throughout the trailer which is always exciting, considering that their scenes together have been far and few. There’s a moment, however, when it shows Finn and Poe, with C-3PO in the background, looking at a mysterious something. This shot intrigues me because I can’t help but wonder, “What are they looking at?” We’re less than two months away from finding out.
4. Rey’s Smile
The trailer is already emotional enough as it is but that ending, woo, it’s destined to get to one’s emotions big time. Rey smiles as Luke and Leia’s voiceover says, “The Force be with you, always.” Of course, we don’t know the context, we don’t even know what’s going to happen in this movie, but the sense of hope is strong and boy are we going to need tissues going into this final film.
3. Is That the Tantive IV?
The Tantive IV is literally the first ship that has ever been shown in the Star Wars franchise, followed by a Star Destroyer of course. There’s an awe-inducing moment in the trailer when a ship flies low over the trees of a jungle that very well may be the Tantive IV and every time I see it I am filled with a childish giddiness. J.J Abrams knows how to make fans happy and I think this movie is going to make fans very pleased.
Palpatine is no joke. That has been on full display since 1983. I mean, if you look at his resumé it isn’t a good sign.
- He, from behind the scenes, orchestrated the Clone Wars to create a Clone army. An army that one day would be utilized to destroy the Jedi.
- He took the greatest Jedi in the galaxy, Anakin Skywalker, and bent him to his will through fear.
- He killed three Jedi masters in approximately eight seconds.
- Through Anakin’s betrayal, he was able to kill the leader of the Jedi, Mace Windu, made Anakin a Sith by dubbing him Darth Vader, and obliterated nearly all of the Jedi through the horrific Execute Order 66.
- His new Sith apprentice, Darth Vader, led an army of troops into the Jedi temple and killed every Jedi within the confines of the building.
- With his plan complete, he turned the Republic into the Galactic Empire.
- He defeated Yoda, thus Yoda went into exile.
- And he nearly killed Luke Skywalker, only being foiled by his greatest apprentice, Darth Vader.
This list of awful things Palpatine has done in the Skywalker saga amounts to a very simple fact; if Palpatine is back there’s a reason and that reason is not going to be good for the heroes. Rey’s toughest encounter was Snoke (who some are theorizing was actually Palpatine all along, using Snoke’s body to keep his essence alive.) She has never met anyone who matches the cunning and evil of Palpatine and I. Am. Petrified at the thought of what’s going to happen to her.
1. The Throne Room
There are a lot of tantalizing shots in the recent The Rise of Skywalker trailer but this one takes the cake for me. For months I have wondered which Death Star Rey and co. were, in fact, going to. A lot of people were convinced that it was the second Death Star but I wasn’t so sure. Well, this shot proved that it was indeed the second Death Star and I practically lost it with excitement.
There’s also so much more to this shot as well. Rey is shown wielding her lightsaber but it’s very clear that Kylo Ren is no longer wielding his. Is this the moment when everything turns for them? Is this the moment when the Rey/Kylo team-up strikes back? I have a feeling that is the case, which makes this shot all the more rewarding.
All in all, the trailer was an utter blast to watch. I loved that I still have no idea what’s going on, as it refrained from showing us too much like the Knights of Ren, Palpatine’s potentially deformed figure, Zorri Bliss’s entrance or her sweet fighting skills, Luke Skywalker’s return, or even the Sith Troopers for crying out loud.
As long as the tv spots remain this mysterious we’ll be going into the movie pretty dark on the film’s plots and surprises and I am ready.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!