STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Teaser Offers Space Opera at its Finest

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Teaser Offers Space Opera at its Finest

Disney and Lucasfilm have dropped the teaser trailer for Rian Johnson's entry in the Star Wars series, The Last Jedi, which for us old school fans we'll fondly call Episode VIII.

Of course, Star Wars is such a behemoth that you aren't even reading my feeble words any longer and are instead watching the teaser below.

But if you were still reading, you'd probably agree that Star Wars is so all powerful that a new film in the series would still make a billion dollars at the box office even if Disney chose not to market the thing. That is to say, they could totally coast when it comes to the marketing of these sure-fire bets, but they don't. They give the fans exactly what they want and what is needed: a little bit of everything... Rey training, Poe running, Kylo slashing, Finn... hibernating? But seriously, it's bombastic and colorful and brings the chills to one's spine. It certainly feels more dire than early adverts for its predecessor, The Force Awakens, but that's because we know something of what's at stake. And we have Luke Skywaker narrating the whole laser blasted affair with some major gravitas. Indeed, when he tells Rey to "breathe... just... breathe" it's not only a message for our young heroine, but surely also for us, the audience about to take in fresh images from a new Star Wars.   

Meanwhile, how are people feeling about Luke's final line in the teaser? I for one, am digging it. Now! if you still haven't watched it, do that, then chime in the comments below!     

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Ben UmsteadApril 14, 2017 2:47 PM

Okay! I suppose I'll start this off...

What I've most been interested about as they move the series forward is the handling of the balance of the force. We all know Rey represents some kind of transition from the dark and the light duking it out -- heck it's right there in that poster design with the red and blue intersecting.

My sense with a lot of this is that they are going to take a page from the Airbender/Korra universe and essentially have her be an avatar for the force as a whole. Whether that means she is an immaculate conception of the force like Anakin, or even the reincarnation of Anakin, well, we'll just have to wait and see. But it's clear that Luke now sees the Jedi reemerging as being out of balance (duh). Anyway! since they are talking a balance to the force with no more Jedi or dark side acolytes of various kinds, the movies have to start talking about the Bendu stuff like Rebels, yes? (Luke's line of "there's so much more!") While I believe it's Yoda's voice we hear over it, there's that one shot of a root-like landscape that very much reminds me of Bendu.

FinnfangfoomApril 14, 2017 3:25 PM

Hmmm... Interested I am in this one, yeeesh... As much as I thought that a new Star Wars movie every year would lower my anticipation for a new entry, I noticed getting goosebumps and a warm and fuzzy feeling from watching the trailer. Yeah, I'm in!

Gopal NatarajanApril 14, 2017 10:54 PM

So, it's Ep V with new kids? Just like TFA was Ep IV with new kids. Not too enthused.

One-EyeApril 15, 2017 1:17 AM

Maybe this time Captain Phasma will actually get to do something. Even if it is only in a flashback.

Ben de KlosApril 15, 2017 5:18 AM

Hope it'll be better than the cookie cutter by the number borefest tfo (and rogue one)

ManateeAdvocateApril 15, 2017 11:53 AM

I really liked Rogue One. I detested TFA. I love Rian Johnson. This looks like it will be better than TFA though. I'm torn.

FinnfangfoomApril 15, 2017 2:02 PM

And yet we're all lining up to see it. Sheesh, you guys are harsh... I vividly remember episodes I, II and III (although I wished I didn't, but some things can't be unseen) and take the recent ones over those any day.

FinnfangfoomApril 15, 2017 2:43 PM

Don't be. You've got my blessing to marry him.

ManateeAdvocateApril 15, 2017 3:22 PM

All right. Thank you. Time to break the news to my wife and kids.

ManateeAdvocateApril 15, 2017 3:24 PM

Indeed. Insufferable flicks those prequels. I read a lot of negative comments about Rogue One, but I really liked it. My kind of flick. Then again, I'm not a huge life-long Star Wars fan.