Move over, Thor: Ragnarok. There’s about to be a new most-watched trailer in Disney history. I present  to you the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer:

Cynical response: I wonder how much of Luke’s dialogue in the trailer will actually be in the movie. Looking at you, intentionally misleading Force Awakens teaser.

Doubling down on the cynicism: To all those who regard Force Awakens as a pale imitation of New Hope, you’re probably seeing more of the same from Last Jedi since this teaser promises an Empire Strikes Back-like series of down-notes (thank you very much, Clerks) merged with Luke as Yoda training Rey as Luke.

My actual response: Well, that looks fairly amazing. While this teaser offers up next to nothing on plot (nor would we expect it too) it does at least touch base with all the franchise stalwarts and Force Awakens newbies, even Captain Phasma. Plus, it drops some tantalizing questions for the superfans and clickbait-needy outlets to obsess over for months (whose hands is touching that map? wait, what’s that map even for? why does Luke think the Jedi need to end? is that scene with Luke and R2 a flashback to Kylo Ren’s Knights of Ren massacre?). Moreover, it gets in and gets out without spoiling anything, reminding us that, in the incredibly small chance we’d somehow forgotten this, there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out this Christmas. But, come on, everyone’s going to see it. That’s just the new law around Christmas, that and pretending as if egg nog is anything other than disgusting.

What do you think? Are you in the cynical, overjoyed or meh camp in response to the trailer? And have you had just about enough of my ongoing war against egg nog? Likely story. I bet the egg nog council got to you. How much was your dignity worth, egg nog apologist? Let me know in the comments.

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Posted by Kelly Konda

Grew up obsessing over movies and TV shows. Worked in a video store. Minored in film at college because my college didn't offer a film major. Worked in academia for a while. Have been freelance writing and running this blog since 2013.

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  1. I am pleased with this teaser. Shows a lot but tells me nothing which brings the right balance (no pun intended) to it. But then i am also pleased to hear about hayden christenson aledged cameo so i am probably in the minority here. This trailer came out stealthily. I knew it was the 40th but had no idea or warning. Thought it was another fanboy mockup.

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    1. “Shows a lot but tells me nothing which brings the right balance (no pun intended) to it.”

      Agreed. That’s a good teaser trailer should do. Set tone, offer some tantalizing footage, but stop short of actually saying anything about the plot.

      “But then i am also pleased to hear about hayden christenson aledged cameo so i am probably in the minority here”

      Cue the record scratch because that’s the first I’ve heard of a possible Christenson cameo. Wow. Don’t quite know how to feel about that.

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      1. Do a google search.. The Hayden Christensen thing has been discussed for almost a year (or between Fast and the Furious 7 and Fast and Furious 8 to be exact). Some people thinking he is the worse thing about the prequels so will damage the new movies by being involved. Others say its a great way to connect it all. Well at least better than using Sebastian Shaw (sans eyebrows) or Jar Jar Binks. Here re some links from local tabloids from my area and more wellknown sites that you and I both frwquent. http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/764811/Star-Wars-8-news-Skywalker-Hayden-Christensen-Force-ghost-Anakin-The-Last-Jedi-Kylo-Ren or http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Star-Wars-Episode-8-May-Bring-Back-Cast-Member-From-Prequels-83957.html

        I have been eagerly awaiting a blog from you on your thoughts on any of the prequel actors coming back, Euan has already done a voice cameo in episode 7, Samuel L has shouted publicly to George Lucas (hasn’t he heard about the rect aquistion) that he could have survived the fall in episode 3 as Jedi can jump really high and we have seen Mon Mothma and Jimmie Smidts in in Rogue One. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if the Emperor’s teacher whom he spoke so fondly of in Episode 3 turned up?

  2. […] quite a while now. I haven’t been following any of the Last Jedi rumors. I’ve only watched that new trailer two times. I’ve yet to re-watch Rogue One, even though I loved it the first time. I’m way […]

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  3. Should be a very fun movie but soooo many questions need to be answered.
    Who is Snoke? Is he Palpatine? Did Palpatine really die? All we saw was an explosion. Is he Darth Vader? This would explain the gouge in his head. Could he really be Lord Vitiate/Valkorian? This would xplain his age and knowledge?

    Who us Rey? Is she the reincarnation of Shmi Skywalker? Where are Rey’s parents now?

    What new, or very old, knowledge has Luke discovered during his time on the Island?

    Who is Maz Kanata? Does she know of Snoke? Does Snoke know of her?

    Luke says the Jedi must end. Why does he think so? Has he told this to the Force-ghosts if Yoda it Obi-wan? What have they said to Luke?

    What if Rey’s parents were evil Sith and Luke killed them? What if Rey finds out?

    Who created the first order and why?

    How will The Last Jedi end and lead into episode 9?

    What if it wasn’t Kylo Ren who killed Luke'”s young students, but someone else? I hope we get answers.

    #TheLastJedi #StarWars #StarWars8, #Scifi, #Teens, #Movies, #Jedi, #Sith

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    1. Haven’t kept up with all of the new canon books and comic books and various tie-ins. So, my knowledge of current Star Wars lore is probably a bit off, but here goes:

      Snoke – Is Darth Plagueis still in play? I remember that being the popular theory two years ago, that Snoke was actually Palpatine’s old master he claimed to have killed. I’d actually prefer that over it being Vader or Palpatine because at least Plagueis would be someone new, yet still also deeply connected to franchise lore from the films. Plus, Plagueis had been searching for the key to eternal life, thus offering the screenwriters a built-in explanation for why he’s still alive. Lord Vitiate/Valkorian would also be someone new and is supposed to be immortal, but it would take a lot more to explain him and his connection to the characters and the universe than it would for Plagueis. From a storytelling perspective, if it came down to those two Plagueis seems like the more economical choice.

      Who us Rey? Is she the reincarnation of Shmi Skywalker? Where are Rey’s parents now? – I was in the “she has to be Luke’s daughter” camp after Force Awakens, but I’ve since abandoned that and landed more on the possibility she may not be related to the Skywalkers at all. I know Star Wars: Battlefront 2 may actually spoil who her parents are: http://www.slashfilm.com/does-star-wars-battlefront-ii-reveal-reys-parents/

      Who is Maz Kanata? Does she know of Snoke? Does Snoke know of her? – Oh, that is a damn good question. She’s a total mystery, and Force Awaken’s throwaway line about how she ended up with Luke’s lightsaber certainly added to her mystique. She’ll be in Last Jedi, but apparently not for very long. And since Force Awakens cut out a scene of her flat out using the force we don’t know if, in canon, she’s force-sensitive, full-on Jedi, or something new. http://comicbook.com/starwars/2017/08/26/star-wars-the-last-jedi-maz-kanata/#3

      Luke says the Jedi must end. Why does he think so? Has he told this to the Force-ghosts if Yoda it Obi-wan? What have they said to Luke? – It’s possible Luke’s statement about the Jedi isn’t quite what we think it is. If the order of things for millennia has been Jedi on the good side, Sith on bad, could Luke be looking to upend this somehow? Is “The Last Jedi” not actually literally the last Jedi but instead the last of the old way of doing things? Has he been so emotionally beaten down by his experience with Kylo turning on him and presumably slaughtering all of his students that he no longer believes in a black and white dark and light side, instead favoring a melding of the two thus the online theory about Last Jedi introducing a “dark Jedi”?

      What if Rey’s parents were evil Sith and Luke killed them? What if Rey finds out? – Then Luke got some ‘splaining to do. But, seriously, although that’s a definite possibility I’ll be stunned if Rey’s parents turn out to not only have been Sith but also Sith were murdered by Luke. One twist too many.

      “Who created the first order and why? – As far as I understand, Star Wars: Battlefront II’s storyline mode covers a fair bit of the creation of the First Order. The general idea is the Return of the Jedi ending which to our eyes looked like the triumphant victory of the oppressed over the oppressors sure looked different in the eyes of the various members of the Empire who saw their right to power as absolute and the Rebels as, well, scum who just killed a crapton of their friends on the Death Star and Endor. So, those members of the Empire who weren’t ready to simply yield control to the Rebels retreated, regrouped and made the First Order.

      How will The Last Jedi end and lead into episode 9? – Crazy idea I am only kidding about but will really be mad if it turns out to be true, but what if that shot in the trailer which seems to imply Rey will seek Kylo’s help in training is, in fact, the last shot of the film. Force Awakens, after all, ended on the shot of an outstretched hand and an unspoken question and answer. Maybe Last Jedi does that again. My more realistic guess, though, is regardless of what specifically happens Last Jedi will end on a series of down notes as per the Empire Strikes Back model.

      What if it wasn’t Kylo Ren who killed Luke’”s young students, but someone else? I hope we get answers. – I’ll be stunned if we don’t finally get the Knights of Ren flashback we were promised in the Force Awakens trailer.

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      1. Very good reply! Specific & informative. Thanks. 🙂

      2. You left out the biggest key question. What is a porg and how is it a co pilot on the falcon? Im still bummed that Rian confirmed no Lando cameo. But he hasnt confirmed or denied anything else so it is all up in the air. I would love the plagious thing to be true if only to give the prequels some relevance but I seriously doubt Disney has that kind of thinking. More likely he is someones father when they play it safe like they did in episode 7. I’m sure luke will be bad and confused for about 15 mins. Just like yoda in empire when he wasnt up to training Luke. Hope i am wrong.

      3. “More likely he is someones father when they play it safe like they did in episode 7.”

        If we hear “No, Rey, I am your father” from Snoke I will literally punch the person next to me in the theater. Friend, family, stranger, little kid – doesn’t matter. Someone’s gettin’ punched because I can’t punch the actual people on screen.

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