At the beginning of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we hear Luke Skywalker saying: “Breathe … just breathe…”
Well, we’re still trying to catch our breaths after watching the trailer, which dropped April 14 at the movie’s panel at Star Wars Celebration.
While there are plenty of jaw-dropping moments in the trailer to geek out over, it does raise a heck of a lot more questions than it answers. Here are the four most burning questions we had after watching the trailer.
Is Luke Skywalker training Rey to be a Jedi or not?
We see Rey gasping for breath in the beginning of the trailer (a neat hark back to the teaser for The Force Awakens, which had Finn doing the same thing). While it is easy to assume that she’s only doing that because she’s undergoing her training, things may not be quite as simple.
During the panel, actress Daisy Ridley disclosed a little information about Rey’s role in this film. “In The Last Jedi, we go deeper into Rey’s story,” she said. “Rey has a certain expectation as to what she may be getting from Luke and what that might entail and as a lot of people know, it is difficult when you meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect.”
This could mean that while she shows up at Luke’s doorstep expecting him to train her to be a Jedi, what he actually puts her through may be something entirely different. It could also explain that Anakin-like pained expression she has throughout the trailer…
Will we finally find out what it means to “bring balance to the Force”?
Speaking of Anakin Skywalker, he was supposed to be the one that “brings balance to the Force”. Frankly speaking, we still have no idea what that is supposed to mean.
The trailer had one scene that had us scratching our heads – after Luke asks her what she sees, Rey replies, “Light”, and we see the back of General Leia Organa standing at her operations room, and then the crushed ruins of Darth Vader’s helmet is shown as she says “Darkness”.
Then we see what seems to be a row of books, and then a parchment or map of some sort with a star symbol on it, as Rey says “balance”. And Luke follows up with a hushed, “it’s so much bigger…”
Does this mean that it wasn’t about the Sith and Jedi all along, and that the two factions were not actually contributing to the balance of the Force? Will Rey be the one who finally brings balance to the Force then?
How many battles ARE there?
There’s a lot going on, action-wise, in this trailer, and it’s probably only a fraction of what’s in the actual movie. We can’t help but wonder just how many different set-pieces there are.
In the trailer alone, you’ve got those new ships speeding along the desert, then there’s the Millennium Falcon doing its customary fly-by. There’s Kylo Ren, crossguard lightsaber crackling as he raises it to his face, there’s Captain Phasma walking through flames, there’s Poe Dameron and BB-8 running towards their X-Wing only to see the hanger being blown up, X-Wing and all…
And best of all, there seems to be a massive-looking space battle involving several large-sized Resistance ships. We can’t wait.
Is Luke Skywalker the last Jedi?
While Hamill said in the panel that “It’s not Luke’s story anymore, but he’s an important part in the overall arc of the saga”, it’s safe to say that Luke will still play a major part in the role.
We reckon he WILL be training Rey in the film, but whether he is training her to be a Jedi is another matter. It’s his final words in the trailer that has us intrigued: “I only know one truth: it’s time for the Jedi… to end.”
Has he gotten an epiphany that the Jedi were causing the imbalance in the Force? Did he hide away all this time to find a solution to this? Does this mean that he is the last Jedi, and is training Rey to be something else altogether? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Sigh… so many questions, so long to go until the movie is released in December…