I remember seeing Return of the Jedi in the theater at a very young age and falling in love with ewoks. For most of my life, there were only three Star Wars films (and a brilliant Mel Brooks parody of them). And the vague promise that maybe someday George Lucas would make episodes I-III.
In middle school, I walked out of the bathroom at a local movie theater to see a poster for something called Revenge of the Jedi and got super excited. I didn’t realize it was the original title for Return of the Jedi.
It’s mind-blowing to me that soon there will not only be nine Star Wars films (featuring the main storyline) but there will be a conclusion to Anakin, Luke, Leia, and presumably Rey’s stories. After months of speculation and anticipation, the trailer and title for Star Wars Episode IX was finally revealed at Star Wars Celebration.
Here’s a blow by blow of what’s in the trailer:
–The first thing we see is Rey with Luke’s light saber (good catch by Cinemablend) on a desert planet. The last film in a trilogy can sometimes be about returning to where you started. So this may be Jakku or Tatooine.
–We hear Luke in voiceover: “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.” Great dialogue. So inspiring!
–A title card says: “Every generation has a legend.” Presumably, this is Rey as she is on-screen at the moment and the main protagonist of this trilogy. I love this. Rey is not only a legend in the world of the film, but a legend for a generation of moviegoers.
–Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer races towards Rey as she draws her lightsaber. Rey runs and does a flip, her lightsaber seemingly about to do some major damage to that TIE fighter.
–A title card says: “This Christmas” (The movie comes out December 20.)
–A ship flies over a city near a mountainous location. This is most likely a place we haven’t visited before.
–Kylo Ren takes someone down hard with his lightsaber. I don’t care what anyone says. I think Adam Driver’s a badass.
–A shot of Kylo’s mask being repaired.
–A shot of Finn and Poe on a desert planet, presumably the same one Rey is on. I can’t wait to see these two together again.
–BB-8 with new droid friend D-0.
–Lando Calrissian is back at the controls of the Millennium Falcon and looking as happy to be there as we are to have him there again.
–A title card reads: “The saga comes to an end.” Both a promise and an ominous warning. They are wrapping up this storyline. It will not drag on forever needlessly. But everyone may not make it out of this adventure alive.
–I give up. Take away my nerd card. I don’t know what those vehicles and/or weapons are. Basically, more desert action.
–Poe, Finn, and C-3PO are sailing some kind of ship through the desert and being fired on.
–A ship goes down in flames.
–Someone (Leia?) rubs a rebel alliance medal.
–Leia hugs Rey in the trailer’s most emotional moment.
–Luke (in voiceover) says: “We’ll always be with you.”
–Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, C-3PO, BB-8, and D-0 gaze at the remains of a Death Star. We don’t know if this is the Death Star from episodes IV-VI or a new Death Star.
–In voiceover, Luke says: “No one’s ever really gone.” A comforting sentiment.
–The screen goes black. We hear the wicked laugh of the Emperor/Palpatine. Apparently no one is ever really gone.
–And finally, that beauty of a title: The Rise of Skywalker. Doesn’t it give you chills? There are several theories as to what the title means. Some think a new order of Jedis will be dubbed Skywalkers. I’m with those who are hoping Rey’s heritage will be retconned and she’ll be revealed to be a true Skywalker.
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