Saturday, October 26, 2019
Force in Focus: The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer
The final Rise of Skywalker was released earlier this week, and while it is still pretty light on plot (in terms of revealing anything concrete about what is happening in the movie), it is packed with tons of great images and intriguing moments. Here are five such that caught my eye and piqued my interest.
Frozen Star Destroyer
I'm a sucker for cool Star Destroyer shots, and this one, of an Imperial-era ship breaking free of, presumably, ice, is pretty cool (no pun intended). It also calls to mind the Lusankya, the Super Star Destroyer-turned-prison buried underneath various levels of city on Coruscant that busted out and flew into space in one of the old Expanded Universe's Rogue Squadron novels.
The previous trailer got me all excited by the prospect of a mere B-wing in action; here, we get a veritable armada of familiar capital ships, from the Falcon to the Mon Cal cruisers to a Hammerhead corvette from Rogue One to something that sure looks like the Ghost from Rebels. All in all, this movie seems primed to deliver the huge capital ship space battle I've longed to see in a Star Wars movie.
I haven't yet quite fully embraced the marketing hype of this being the end of the Skywalker Saga. Sure, yes, this is the last time we're probably going to see any of the OT characters in a movie, and maybe even the last time the Sequel Trilogy characters are all together. But we know there's going to be more movies, and TV shows, so this isn't quite the "end" of Star Wars like it was, say when Episode III was released. But this moment from Threepio, one of the saga's Greek Chrorus characters, taking one last look at his friends, well, that revs the feels in exactly the way the marketing wants me to feel.
I love it when Star Wars leans into its Western roots, and it's kind of amazing that, in all these years, we've never had a moment like this before, with the heroes riding into battle atop trusty steeds (also, I'm pretty sure they're racing across a Star Destroyer, which is awesome).
The Force Will Be With You...Always
Luke's closing voiceover is pretty standard trailer stuff, but what gets me here is the realization (after watching the trailer a second time), that it is Leia who adds the "always" to the end. Given the passing of Carrie Fisher, and Leia's likely fate in this film, well, here come those feels again...