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Friday, April 17, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser 2 Breakdown

At "Star Wars Celebration Anaheim" on Thursday this week, the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered. This 1 minute and 59 second teaser features entirely new footage, perfectly combining nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy and introducing brand-new heroes and villains. 

Anyway, here's an incredibly detailed breakdown of the teaser, shot-by-shot, scene-by-scene. 

  1. The Lucasfilm logo, combined with mysterious music. This is Lucasfilm's method of assuring people that despite being owned by Disney, this is still a Star Wars film at heart. 
  2. Like the first teaser, we open on the barren dunes of Jakku (no, apparently it's NOT Tatooine, this is a totally new planet). We hear one of the many signature themes of Star Wars (composed by the brilliant John Williams), and we see a distant speeder pass a huge Star Destroyer crashed in the desert, and also a crashed X-Wing fighter nearby. It's hard to see from such a distance, but the pilot of this speeder is most likely Rey (Daisy Ridley), who we saw jumping onto a similar speeder on Jakku in the first teaser. This reminds us of the roots of Star Wars, and also seems to suggest that the Galactic Empire has been completely destroyed, though later scenes in the teaser will prove otherwise. Of course we also don't know why there was even a battle over this planet, so hopefully that will get explained during the film. 
  3. "The Force is strong in my family. My father has it..." begins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). We see the crushed helmet of Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker), and hear his iconic breathing in the background. This instantly confirms a common rumor that Darth Vader's helmet will be found during the movie. But do you notice how he said "has", like he was speaking in present tense, like Anakin was still alive??? Or maybe Luke regularly confers with Anakin's ghost, and simply believes that Jedi never die because they always exist through the Force. This also suggests that someone returned to Endor (where Darth Vader's body and suit were burned) and recovered his charred helmet. 
  4. "I have it," continues Luke. We see R2-D2 next to a fire on a rocky terrain at night, and a cloaked figure with a metal hand touches R2's head. The heroic droid's head-light turns from blue to red. It certainly seems like this figure is Luke, because Luke's right hand is also metal, he's obviously very close with R2, and he's talking about himself in the background, BUT the arm looks a little too skinny. Also, this hand looks much more robotic and artificial than the more realistic hand he wore previously. Or maybe it's C-3PO, R2's frequent companion and BFF.  
  5. "My sister has it...you have that power, too." Luke concludes. A figure hands Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber to another figure, who inspects it with their fingers. The person receiving the lightsaber is most likely Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) based on the context. This confirms that Leia becomes a Jedi. This happened to her in the Expanded Universe, but the EU is no longer part of the canon, so before now we didn't really know for sure if she would have Force powers in the film. If you go at super-slow speeds, you'll see that the figure handing her the lightsaber isn't a human; their eyes are absolutely huge and their nose is almost nonexistent. Luke is most likely addressing his son or daughter, and explaining to him/her the importance of the Skywalker name.
  6. A squadron of X-Wing fighters very close to a body of water. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) whoops inside a cockpit. He has the Rebel Alliance symbol on his helmet. Both of these shots are very similar to shots shown in the first teaser. Poe Dameron's piloting abilities suggest that he is a Skywalker and the son of Luke or Leia. About his character, Oscar Isaac said "He's the best frickin' pilot in the galaxy. He’s been sent on a mission by a certain princess, and he ends up coming across John Boyega’s character, and their fates are forever intertwined.” The obvious "princess" is Leia, but he could also be talking about her daughter, or a completely different character. 
  7. Kylo Ren swings his iconic crossguard lightsaber on some unfortunate victim. Behind him are 2 stormtroopers, as well as a simple tent and a fire, and it looks like they're also in a desert. This might be a Tusken Raider camp. We still have no explanation for the purpose of the crossguards on the saber, but it's clearly an awesome weapon and was pretty much the #1 topic of the Internet for weeks after the first teaser release. 
  8. Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8 run/roll away from a huge explosion caused by a distant TIE fighter on a Jakku desert. She's carrying a long staff. The first official footage we ever saw of The Force Awakens was Finn awakening on the dunes of Jakku, and background noises of Imperial probe droids suggested that he was on the run. He's changed into civilian clothes now, so it looks like Rey might have given him a place to hide, and is now facing the wrath of the Empire because of it. 
  9. Kylo Ren turns around very quickly and makes a Force gesture with his hand while holding his lightsaber. Behind him are several stormtroopers facing a crowd of civilians next to a moisture vaporator (a machine used by Tatooine moisture farmers, like the Lars family). We can infer from this shot and the previous shots that Kylo Ren comes to Jakku with an army of stormtroopers to track down Finn, and Rey by extension. Perhaps he turns around because someone has come to stop him from executing even more civilians who refuse to cooperate. He's also clearly wearing a mask, so why is he hiding his face? 
  10. An army of stormtroopers simultaneously turn around (in a monotonous and obedient way) with a huge unrecognizable flag and several distant figures in the background. There are TIE fighters and defense turrets next to them, and a snowy terrain. This looks like an Imperial base, and the stance of the stormtroopers suggest that they have just received orders from those very distant figures, whoever they are. This snowy planet could be Hoth, or the lesser known Illum (the planet in which lightsaber crystals are found). Or it could be a completely new planet, similar to how Jakku resembles Tatooine but is also completely new. This planet could also have the snowy forest in which Kylo Ren angrily strolls through, and then ignites his infamous lightsaber, in the first teaser. However, neither Hoth nor Illum have any forests. 
  11. Rey looks up in a surprised manner, as if someone has just revealed something to her. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, assured Celebration audiences that The Force Awakens has quite a few strong female characters. Besides Rey and Leia Organa, these characters could include Gwendoline Christie (who might just play the ultra-cool stormtrooper we see later) and Lupita Nyong'o (whom we still have yet to see). 
  12. 2 black TIE fighters fly through smoke. Inside the hangar bay of a Star Destroyer (which we will see below), a rogue TIE fighter (most likely piloted by a Rebel) causes destruction. Finn takes off his stormtrooper helmet in frustration/anger. John Boyega said, "When we find Finn, he's in incredible danger, and the way he decides to react to this danger changes his life, number one, and launches him into the Star Wars universe in a very unique way." Boyega also confirmed that Finn is indeed a stormtrooper, though the chance of his allegiance staying with the Empire is slim. 
  13. Several unfamiliar spacecraft fly towards a huge Star Destroyer. If the Empire has enough resources to build a whole new Star Destroyer, they must have more bases than the one on Hoth/Illum. 
  14. We see an undeniably awesome stormtrooper with black chrome armor. This has been confirmed to be Captain Phasma, officer of the First Order, and it looks like they're inside the Star Destroyer, based on the wall lighting behind them that reminds us of the Death Star. Phasma is played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie (she plays Brienne of Tarth). Fun fact: at 6 foot 3 (1.91 meters), Christie is one of the tallest successful film and television actresses. 
  15. BB-8 peers around a corner. This looks to be the same location as #18 below. JJ Abrams revealed that, despite the simplicity of using a CGI droid, he knew "it would be better for the film, for the actors, for the sets, if we performed it [for real]." In fact, according to Abrams, you could watch the entire film without special effects and it would still be more-or-less completely comprehensible. 
  16. Rey gives Finn a hand after he falls down, and he reluctantly takes it. At the Celebration panel, Daisy Ridley said "On the desert planet Jakku, [Rey] is a scavenger, in a ship graveyard. She is completely self-sufficient. She does everything herself. She's very solitary, until she meets another character, and her adventure begins." This other character is most likely Finn. 
  17. A TIE fighter chases the Millennium Falcon through the bowels of a crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku (most likely the same Star Destroyer we saw before). The Imperial pilot's suit has gotten a pretty cool upgrade. 
  18. "Chewie, we're home," old Han Solo says, and Chewbacca replies with a happy growl. It looks like they're standing in the Millenium Falcon, their classic "hunk of junk". But why exactly were they away from home? Chewie has his bowcaster ready, so perhaps they're confronting whoever stole the Falcon. This is the final moment of the teaser, and it concludes all those shots of brand-new characters and suits and technology with a heavy dose of nostalgia. If this didn't make you cry, you must truly have no soul. 
What did you think of this this trailer? Are you even MORE excited for the movie? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you.