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Monday, November 30, 2015

"The Force Awakens" Soundtrack Reveals More Spoilers

Though you can buy The Force Awakens-themed toys and other merchandise in practically every shopping mall in America, you'll have to wait until December 18th for the most spoiler-y material, including the visual dictionary, official novelization, and the film's soundtrack. This served as Disney and Lucasfilm's simple and foolproof plan of keeping the movie's secrets until its theatrical release. 
But this weekend, Amazon France accidentally leaked the titles of all 23 pieces of John Williams' music on the soundtrack, and the Internet scooped it up and spread it around before Amazon could quickly delete it. There's no title like "Rey Finds Out Han and Leia Are Her Parents", or "Han Solo Death Theme", but one can still infer quite a bit. 

The following is the listing of all the tracks, along with some educated guesses of their significance. If it wasn't clear already, SPOILER ALERT!
  1. Main Title and the Attack on the Jakku Village- This tells us when we'll hear the classic Star Wars theme, and confirms that the First Order's attack on the Jakku village, involving Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, Finn, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Lor San Tekka, will be one of the first scenes in the film. 
  2. The Scavenger- No doubt about it, this is Rey's first scene in the film, quite possibly when she's looking through the crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku. 
  3. I Can Fly Anything-  After being captured and tortured by Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron is freed by Finn, who's decided to leave the First Order, and needs a pilot off of the Star Destroyer. He asks Poe if he can fly a TIE fighter, and hotshot pilot Poe presumably replies "I can fly anything".
  4. Rey Meets BB-8- Pretty self-explanatory. After escaping the previous night's massacre, BB-8 winds up in the hands of Rey. 
  5. Follow Me- We've heard these words before; Rey says this while offering Finn a hand, after they've been knocked down by a TIE fighter's lasers, in a few of the TV spots. This music will demonstrate Rey's self-sufficiency and strength as she takes control of the situation. 
  6. Rey’s Theme- It doesn't take a genius to guess that this music will play during a particularly important scene with Rey. 
  7. The Falcon- This must be when Rey and Finn bump into the Millennium Falcon and hijack it to evade TIEs throughout the bowels of the crashed Star Destroyer. 
  8. That Girl with the Staff- Another line that must refer to a piece of dialogue said in the film. Is this when Rey first shows off her combat expertise as she beats up some thugs? 
  9. The Rathtars!- Ummmm. Since these tracks are in chronological order, this must take place approximately when Finn and Rey meet Han Solo and Chewbacca. Based on intel from Making Star Wars, the Rathtars are either a gang aboard a huge freighter that the Falcon gets sucked into, or the name of a species held in the Falcon's cargo bay. 
  10. Finn’s Confession- What's his secret? The most obvious explanation is that this is when Finn admits to being a runaway stormtrooper, and maybe even explains how he was recruited from birth. Rey, Han, and Chewie may not receive this very well, but hopefully they'll forgive him when he tells them about the First Order's plans.
  11. Maz’s Counsel- Presumably, after hearing about the First Order's superweapon, our heroes will fly to Maz Kanata's pirate castle on Takodana for her help with finding Luke. She might provide some insight into Rey's destiny, too.
  12. The Starkiller- Just the name of this track oozes with evil. This is when the First Order demonstrates their new superweapon. 
  13. Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle- The party don't start 'til he walks in. After receiving intel from a spy in Kanata's castle, the First Order arrives guns-a-blazin'. Kylo drops in with some ground troops to capture any survivors.
  14. The Abduction- Sensing a powerful presence in the Force, Kylo runs off into the jungle to abduct Rey. She's got a blaster and a whole lot of fury, but he deflects her shots with ease and defeats her. Sibling rivalries, anyone? 
  15. Han and Leia- The reunion of two former friends (and lovers) totally deserves its own track. This takes place when Han, Chewie, Finn, Maz, and a squadron of X-Wings return to Resistance base D'Qar after the battle on Takodana. 
  16. March of the Resistance- The First Order's not the only one with an army. On D'Qar, the Resistance will prepare for a final assault against the First Order. Rumor has it that this time, they've got a superweapon of their own to match the Starkiller. 
  17. Snoke- The movie's most mysterious character is getting his own theme. Andy Serkis' motion-captured Sith Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, appears to be the Emperor-esque figure of the First Order. We know that Snoke will be heard in some fashion earlier in the movie, to deliver his signature line, "There has been an awakening, have you felt it?", but this track may play as we get our first look at his huge alien form. 
    Andy Serkis in his mo-cap gear, behind-the-scenes of The Force Awakens
  18. On the Inside- Hmm, maybe this takes place on Starkiller Base, as Rey is held prisoner by Kylo Ren. According to Making Star Wars, she manages to escape from her cell by tricking the guard with an old-fashioned Jedi mind trick. This would make her on the inside of the First Order's base of operations. 
  19. Torn Apart- These words could signify someone being emotionally distraught, or something (like Starkiller Base) literally tearing apart. 
  20. The Ways of the Force- This music must play while Leia says "The Force, it's calling to you, just let it in" but is she talking to Rey, Finn, or both? 
  21. Scherzo for X-Wings- This is why we have dictionaries, people. "Scherzo" is a musical lingo defined as "a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony". Does this mean that the X-Wing vs TIE battle over Starkiller Base will have some kind of playful vibe? 
  22. Farewell and the Trip- Once again, Making Star Wars provides an explanation. Following the climactic battle, the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker are somehow known, and Leia suggests that Rey visit him first. Rey bids farewell to Finn and (her parents?) Han and Leia, before leaving in the Millennium Falcon with Chewie and BB-8. 
  23. The Jedi Steps and Finale- Many have theorized that these steps are where our heroes stand during a New Hope-style awards ceremony, but according to the same site, Rey walks up "a set of old stone steps carved into a mountain", and places Anakin's blue lightsaber in the hands of Luke. None of this is confirmed, but it would sure make a great ending. 
What do you think of this soundtrack? Tell me in the comments, and may the Force be with you all. 

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