So Star Wars Celebration is in full swing and we have the long awaited first real look at the upcoming Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, leading on from The Force Awakens and where it left off with Rey finding Luke, there’s a lot of intriguing shots here, some things clearly shrouded in mystery but a central theme here seems present with Lukes narration of sorts and with him saying “the Jedi must end”.
Yes that was Luke talking, Luke seems regretful and wants the Jedi to end for some reason.. that’s a bit surprising but starting things off, Luke is seemingly talking to and teaching Rey about the ways of the force, as a Jedi master does, she can now see shades of good and evil and seems to be honing her powers, with a cool shot of her moving some rocks and a long shot of her training with a lightsaber.
but to unpack a few other things, we see Poe Dameron back in action with the resistance, alongside the late Carrie Fisher (General Leia) and the resistance seems to be under attack, presumably by the first order retaliating? Finn (John Boyega) is seen recovering from his injury in The Force Awakens and he’ll obviously get better at some point but we don’t see that in this trailer. Captain Phasma is back, Kylo Ren is back and in action, probably a bit more weary and I’m guessing more motivated after his run with and defeat to Rey and Kylo looks to be on the warpath, are they hunting down Luke still? Or Rey? You have to wonder.
Big omissions here are General Hux and supreme emperor Snoke of course, I’m thinking at least Snoke will make an appearance but in what capacity? I imagine to tempt Rey as she learns about the force and both sides of it, from a jaded Luke. Overall for just a teaser, I think we get a pretty interesting and intriguing look into The Last Jedi and the central idea behind it, the Force Awakens brought nuance and morality to characters and their actions – Finn being a regretful storm trooper, Kylo Ren being conflicted, Rogue One brought realism and shades of grey to war in Star Wars with the lengths characters go to, to help their side. The Last Jedi seems to be bringing a sense of scepticism to the Jedi (and Sith?) and established ideas, being a bit anti-establishment from Lukes viewpoint and that’s quite an interesting angle, not really touched on in any main film just yet.
Anyway The Last Jedi hits cinemas in December and I for one, can’t wait to find out more about it.