I know that everyone out there has already done their reaction/analysis/review of the trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi, but what kind of site for nerds and fans would we be if we didn't do one too?? Let's start with that teaser poster!
I was fortunate enough to watch most of the stream of the Star Wars Celebration panel for The Last Jedi so I got to see the moment the poster was revealed. It started wonderfully, with the audience expecting a trailer, and you could feel their dejection as Rian Johnson said he had a poster (Josh Gad as moderator did a brilliant job calling attention to this). But then the poster goes up, zoomed in on Rey holding her lightsaber and I squealed a little. Then they zoomed out to show the whole thing.
What a great poster. There's no question that Rey is the hero. The poster harkens back to older hero movies, except instead of having all the women hanging at the hero's feet, she is our hero. I love the light of the lightsaber going up and splitting between the Light (Luke Skywalker) and the Dark (Kylo Ren).
Now on to the trailer! I wrote a post a few months ago, before The Fresnerd was a thing, when we learned that the next movie would be called The Last Jedi. In that post (which you can read here http://www.jaimeh.com/2017/01/23/the-last-jedi/) I noted that the name did not necessarily mean the Jedi were truly going away. In The Force Awakens Maz Kanata makes a point that evil has had many names, the Sith, the Empire, the First Order. But the Light side has always been the Jedi. This may be the end of the Jedi as we know them, but the Light side of the force and the warriors will remain. I still maintain this is the case, even as Luke says that he believes "it's time for the Jedi to end".
Plus of course trailers are deceptive, so this may very well be something from the very beginning of the movie (Daisy Ridley mentioned at Star Wars Celebration that Rey meets Luke and has expectations of himself, but sometimes we meet people who don't live up to those expectations).
There are so many awesome images from this trailer we could talk about. Rey training with her lightsaber, Rey meditating and the rocks rising from the ground, Finn recovering, Kylo Ren and his shaky lightsaber. I loved The Force Awakens and this trailer only makes the anticipation for The Last Jedi grow infinitely.
What were your favorite moments from this trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!