The new Star Wars trailer released during halftime of Monday Night Football tonight. And yes, I watched it and thought it was epic. Keep in mind that the one writing these words got a little verklempt at the release of the last trailer (Read: “Top 10 things I love about the new Star Wars trailer”). So fair warning: I’m about to go full nerd on you. Because it was da bomb.
This trailer continues to dribble out a bit more of the storyline of Episode VII, and it is fanning the flame of speculation. Someone has arisen to “finish” what Darth Vader started. Who will it be?
Did you notice that the recent movie poster includes images of all the favorites from the earlier movies except for Luke? Han Solo, Leia, Chewy, 3PO, R2D2, but no Luke. Or is he missing? There are masked figures in the poster and in the trailer who represent the dark side of the force. With Luke Skywalker a conspicuous no-show, we have to wonder if Luke has gone over to the other side to walk in his father’s footsteps. Is he one of the masked figures? One of them is Kylo Ren, but who is the guy at the bottom of the poster with the Storm Troopers? The arms look like Luke’s arm from the first trailer. (I warned you–full nerd)
There’s no way to know until December 17. I just found out today that a friend has bought me a ticket. Until then, I’ll try to keep the inner nerd in check (and the outer nerd too).
Update (10/20/25): A possible religious allusion here? Han Solo is asked about the stories concerning the Darkside of the force. Solo says it’s true. “All of it.” It’s almost as if the passage of time has turned larger-than-life history into memory, and memory has given way to myth. Who will believe the amazing events of the past based on the testimony of the likes of Solo? The trailer ends with the words, “Just let it in.” It sounds like a summons to faith–an exhortation to believe in old things long forgotten but necessary for understanding the present.