Although it only runs about 90 seconds (including a number of fade-to-blacks between segments), the new teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ might turn out be the most examined piece of footage since the Zapruder film. I’ve cataloged some of the most interesting shots to provide my take on each of them.
While I don’t know anything more about this movie than the rumors that have floated around online, I feel it’s fair warning to say that potential spoilers may follow, so read on at your own risk.
As John Boyega’s character looks off into the desert (which I assume is Tatooine), we get a look at the back of his stormtrooper uniform and see a dark circle to the left and two elongated white ovals to the right. Do these serve any functional purpose, or are they some kind of insignia/rank? Rumors are that Boyega’s character is a rookie stormtrooper who has defected. Do the marks signify that he’s a trooper in training? Also, if you listen to the audio here, you can faintly detect the same sounds the Imperial Probe Droid made in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, suggesting that this trooper is a hunted man.
Easily the cutest thing in the trailer (aside from Daisy Ridley, of course), this droid with the gyrosphere lower half is reported to belong to Ridley’s character, meaning that it will probably have a pretty big role in this film and in the films to come. Does it only travel like this and morph into a more stable form when stationary? That’s my guess, but we’ll see. More importantly, take a look at the background in the above shot. That’s a pod racer engine, so this character is almost certainly on Tatooine. Will this droid be loved, or be the next Jar Jar Binks?
Following a shot of some stormtroopers waiting to exit a transport ship, we get this close-up of one of their guns, which appears to be some sort of pulse rifle that includes a scope. I don’t have much speculation here. I just thought everyone would like to get a better (albeit blurry) look at the weapon.
This is some info you may have missed. As the opening in the troop carrier comes down, you can see water spraying up and the reflection of water below. Are the troops storming a beachhead? It sure seems like it.
This shot of Daisy Ridley riding a huge fudgsicle (make up your own jokes here, folks), looks like a combination of the landspeeder in ‘A New Hope’ and the speeder bike from ‘Return of the Jedi’. The operational mechanics seem to be exactly like the speeder bike, with a foot pedal for speed and a bar the hands use to either go forward or bring the bike to a stop. Also, Ridley’s character is in a desert environment, once again suggesting a Tatooine location.
This is our first look at Oscar Isaac’s character. We don’t know all that much about him yet (although there are rumors that he’ll inherit the Millennium Falcon, which leads to all kinds of potential spoilers about the fate of another character I won’t get into here). He’s definitely flying one of the X-wings (see next shot) and obviously a member of the Rebel Alliance (probably referred to as the “New Republic” in this movie, though there’s been no confirmation of that yet), as we can see the insignia on his left shoulder and on his helmet. Of note here is that his helmet looks pretty beaten up. This suggests that, despite the victory at Endor, the Alliance/New Republic is still struggling.
The new X-Wings look pretty much like the old X-Wings. You’ll note they’re flying over water. My guess is that they’re on the same planet as the stormtroopers who were exiting in the earlier screenshot.
The snowy woods looks like something we’d see in ‘Game of Thrones’ rather than ‘Star Wars’, but there’s no denying the shadowy figure is wielding a lightsaber. However, it’s unlike any we’ve ever seen before, with additional beams serving as a crossgaurd. The logistics and practicality of the crossguard have already been debated ad infinitum across the web, so I won’t go into that again here. I ask you instead to examine the lightsaber beam itself. It’s much different than what we’ve seen before, with crackles of energy going up and down the blade. Is this an old lightsaber (from before the prequels) or a newly made one? I’m guessing the former. And who is the mysterious figure? General consensus is that he’s the character played by Adam Driver, who is supposed to be this trilogy’s Big Bad, though we know little about him at this point.
There she is! If you didn’t get goosebumps up and down your spine when you saw the Millennium Falcon in the trailer for the first time, I question your fandom. Of course, leave it to J.J. Abrams to add contrails as the Falcon soars through the atmosphere. Also check out the different sensor dish on the ship, most likely added after Lando destroyed the previous one in ‘Return of the Jedi’.
Our final screenshot gives us a closer look at the Falcon, along with a good look at the new TIE Fighter design, which is primarily the same, but the solar array wings on each side either appear to be clear or white, as opposed to the darker coloring they had in the original trilogy. Also of note is that the ships appear to be flying above a desert environment – so it’s a pretty good guess that the Falcon will be involved in whatever is taking place on Tatooine as well.
Well, that’s what I noted in the trailer. What are your thoughts? Did I miss anything important? Do you think I’m totally wrong in some of my theories? Let us know in the Comments below!