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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Finn Takes the Spotlight in 'Heroes' TV Spot

The Last Jedi's marketing hasn't paid much attention to Finn so far. The teaser had a single shot of him unconscious in a medical tube, and his most notable appearance in last month's full trailer was his face-off with Captain Phasma (which generated more excitement for Phasma than him). Now, a new TV spot is giving Finn some serious attention:
A breakdown of all the new footage in the TV spot:
  1. "Rey!" Finn yells as he wakes up from his coma. The last thing he remembers must be Kylo Ren brutally wounding him with a seemingly-defenseless Rey nearby, so it's no surprise that his first thought would be her. 
  2. "You must have a thousand questions," Poe says. "Where's Rey?" Finn anxiously replies. Just imagine Finn's expression when he hears that his scavenger friend used the Force to defeat Kylo and is now visiting Luke Skywalker himself. Her absence will make Finn seriously consider whether he wants to stick around the Resistance.
  3. The Resistance fleet squares off against the First Order. That big Star Destroyer in the middle is the Dreadnought—not to be confused with Snoke's even bigger flagship, the Supremacy. The ships facing them are Resistance bombers, with ball turrets on the bottom (one of which will probably be manned by Paige Tico, Rose's sister).
  4. "I was raised to fight," Finn explains. "For the first time I had something to fight for." This echoes his voiceover from The Force Awakens' trailer ("I was raised to do one thing, but I've got nothing to fight for,") which only partially made it into the final cut of the film. Rey was the only reason why he joined the Resistance, so now with help from Poe and Rose, he'll have to decide whether he wants to commit.
  5. Some new shots of his battle with Phasma. These reveal little about the context for this fight or its eventual victor, but they're still cool nevertheless. Despite its lack of importance in the grand scheme of the narrative, this fight still emerged as one of the most exciting trailer moments (as demonstrated by the StarWars.com poll), a testament to how eager fans are to see Phasma kick this traitor's ass.
What did you think of this TV spot? What are you hoping to see from Finn in The Last Jedi? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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