Trailer Trash: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

There’s not one single thing that I don’t love about Star Wars, it’s perf-

“MEESA UNIVERSALLY HATED!”

There’s only one thing I don’t love about Star Wars and hell, I can tolerate him. I adore this franchise. I’ve watched the films, read the books, played the games and there’s a big box of very old toys in my storage unit soon to be lovingly restored (when i’m not watching the films, reading the books…) and displayed. Star Wars is and always has been a big part of my life.

For Star Wars Day this year, I rewatched all of it in chronological order and rounded out with the Family Guy trilogy and Spaceballs. There’s now so much Star Wars that you can’t squeeze it all into May the Fourth and have to run over to the Revenge of the Fifth and I still yearn for more. Well, more is exactly what we’re getting in December this year when The Last Jedi is released and finally, there’s a trailer!

It’s. So. Beautiful.

I’ve watched it five times at the time of writing this and i’ll probably watch it five more straight after. As I said above, i’ve rewatched the full run of Star Wars pretty recently but having watched this trailer I think I might have to go through it all again. I am so desperately hyped for the release of Episode 8, but setting aside my fan freak out for a second, let’s dive just a little deeper.

First up, let’s talk Luke. The trailer rounds off with that spine-tingling “It’s time for the Jedi to end” which leaves it wide open for speculation. My betting is that Luke sees only evil in the Jedi at this stage. His father turned, Kylo turned, maybe he’s thinking no good can come of the force at this point? Then Rey turns up and changes his mind, he trains her (hence the floaty rocks) and sends her into the world to finally bring balance to the force and drive a lightsaber through Kylo’s treacherous heart. Maybe.

Or he’s the bad guy. Oh god, can you imagine the waves of online rage? I fear the internet would tear itself to pieces if that turned out to be true, but it’s possible. Luke’s been in hiding for years, maybe he’s genuinely turned against the Jedi. Maybe he’s had some sort of vision and he knows something the rest of the far, far away galaxy doesn’t? OH GOD WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?

Moving on to something we can understand, how pretty it all looks and sounds. The Falcon snippet looks gorgeous, those speeders shooting over the cracked landscape with red smoke streaming behind them, it’s all stunning. Force Awakens and Rogue One gave me the same feeling that watching the original trilogy did, back when I was knee-high to an Ewok. Last Jedi looks set to take my breath away again with jaw dropping visuals and oh my midichlorians, the music.

As always, these Trailer Trash pieces are just me reacting and spitballing, so sorry if all of this is a bit jumbled but that trailer made me metaphorically drool and I had to scribble something. If you’ve not watched it, watch it. If you’ve already watched it, watch it again. That’s what i’m going to do right now.

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