Force Awakens Teaser 2 Analysis Essay

Earlier today the second official teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shown at the Star Wars Celebration 2015 kick-off panel, and to sum it up, it is freaking amazing. It’s one of the greatest movie trailers I’ve seen in quite sometime when it comes to coaxing an emotional response from me, and like the first one, it hints at the fact that J.J. may know how to handle the Star Wars saga better than the creator himself.

I’ve watched it multiple times by now like a loyal Star Wars fan, so I’m ready to provide my take on the various scenes featured in the trailer. Below you’ll find various screenshots from the trailer with my brief analysis of what I think is going on. Obviously, this is complete speculation, I’m just taking what I saw and slapping my thoughts down on digital paper.

If you’re avoiding spoilers, please refrain from heading down below.

The trailer opens with a sweeping shot of what we now know to be the Jakku (no idea if that’s spelled right) desert with a speeder headed towards a wrecked Star Destroyer. There’s a good chance this is Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, who is a scavenger, so it would make sense that she’s checking out a wreckage. There’s also a wrecked X-Wing, which may hint at this planet as having some sort of massive space battle take place just above its atmosphere.

The trailer then transitions into Luke discussing how the Force has always been strong in his family. We first see the melted helmet of Darth Vader from his cremation at the end of Jedi. I would guess that Kylo Ren is the figure holding it, but it’s just a guess. Why would he be holding it? Who knows, maybe it has some Force juice in it, or leftover midichlorians?

As Luke continues to talk about the Force the trailer cuts to a few key scenes that probably feature people he’s talking about, so the shot above is more than likely Luke’s new more advanced looking metal hand patting his loyal astromech droid on the dome.

The next scene to be shown during Luke’s exposition is a lightsaber exchange. He’s talking about Leia when the scene is shown, so he could be possibly passing the weapon to her, or the “you” he refers to at the end. Considering his whole talk is about the Force being strong in his family there’s a great chance he’s retelling his family’s Force affinity to a Skywalker relative. Could it be one of the Solo’s kids? Who knows, but the dialogue makes it appear as if Luke is related to whoever he is speaking too. Maybe it’s Rey? Maybe it’s a character we don’t even know exists yet. This is by far my favorite part of the new trailer.

The next series of shots are action heavy and fly by fast. There’s some sort of explosion on what to appears to be an Empire Star Destroyer hanger, as well as on the desert planet where Rey and Finn can be seen running away from a disaster. The action then shifts to the red lightsaber wielding Kylo Ren who appears to be in a battle of some sort and kicking ass.

The next series of shots retain the fast pace so they go by quick. There’s the shot above of the new Stormtroopers outside of some sort of base with a new banner on it. The banner doesn’t appear to be the standard Imperial logo from the Emperor’s days, but one would have to assume these factions are related, if not the new Empire if you will.

The next shot in the action heavy sequence is of Rey, she’s obviously staring at something or some one with a surprised look. Nothing else to see here folks, move on to the next shot.

We then get a shot of two TIE-Fighters screaming after another ship, which is probably the Falcon, and you can see the new style of the Empire’s personal fighters. The wings are almost clear, they look really cool, not a great shot above though.

The action shifts back to the Star Destroyer that was being attacked earlier and we see Finn freaking out and removes his helmet. John Boyega more or less confirmed that he is a Stormtrooper, and I’m guessing he meets Rey and eventually Poe, after his ship crashes. Now that I think about it, maybe these battle shots are why we see a crashed Star Destroyer at the beginning of the trailer? Maybe it’s a recent battle, which leads to the crashed ships we see Rey headed towards. Maybe that’s how she meets Finn, and also why he was so freaked out at the opening of the last trailer.

The mysterious Chrome Trooper storms down an Imperial looking hallway with gun in hand and a cape? I have no idea what this dude is all about, so I can’t wait to learn more as the months tick down to the film’s release. He’s obviously a badass of some sort, because why else would he get special Stormtrooper armor?

A few more quick scenes fly by featuring BB8 on what appears to be the Falcon’s bridge, as well as Rey reaching out a helping hand to Finn. It then cuts back to the TIE-Fighter chase between the Falcon as they fly into the exhaust of a wrecked Star Destroyer, which may again be the one we see at the opening of the trailer.

While chasing the Falcon we get a look at one of the TIE-Fighter pilots, who also appears to have the Chrome Trooper armor, so it’s either the dude above, or possibly there’s a legion of Chrome Troopers who are the Empire’s Special Forces branch.

The last shot is easily the most nostalgic, because it’s the first one to feature one of the original trilogy cast members. We finally get to see the old Han and Chewie, who looks ageless I might add, Chewie that is, as Solo proclaims, “Chewie, we’re home.” Nostalgia overload, goosebumps in effect complete with hard nipples!

That’s my take on the trailer folks. Of course, it’s all conjecture and light on fact, but I think I may be onto something with a few of my observations. Feel free to leave your own thoughts on the trailer below in the comment section.


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Today we’re having a peek at the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer 2, as shown at Star Wars Celebration 2015 for the first time. What you’re about to see is our rundown of the trailer by both SlashGear and a collection of film specialists as hosted by Lucasfilm at the event. They all stand next to one another in the partial recreation of the original Cantina in the midst of thousands of Star Wars fans in Anaheim. Behold, the light look at the extremely massive second teaser trailer for the 7th installment of the Star Wars series.

The video you’ll see here shows Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm, Bryan Young from Big Shiny Robot, Eric Vespe from Aint it Cool News, and Devin Faraci of Badass Digest, all speaking about the trailer shot-for-shot.

NOTE: We’re staying AWAY for leaks and spoilers in this analysis – if you’d be so kind as to refrain from commenting with spoilers and leaked images, etc, we’d really appreciate it. Thanks a bunch!

The analyzation by the film writers listed above is divided here into three parts. Watch each individual part for the first, second, and third parts of the trailer. The first part begins at the start of the trailer and rolls through to the part where Luke places his hand on R2-D2.

The second piece of this analyzation begins with a lightsaber being passed from a very short person to a relatively normal-sized person.

The third part begins with a stormtrooper taking his helmet off and runs until the end of the trailer in its entirety.

Here we’re also running through the trailer with some helpful screengrabs. Note that this isn’t frame-by-frame analysis, but the basics – without spoilers! These are mostly educated guesses based on information presented in Star Wars media already out (officially, not leaked) in the public.

First you’ll see a craft – likely the same speeder you see in the first teaser, likely with the character Rey aboard. That’s the woman you’ll remember from the first trailer as well.

In the distance you’ll see a crashed Imperial Class Star Destroyer, and in the foreground you’ll see a crashed X-Wing.

Just as we heard in the first trailer, a dark voice begins to speak. This time it’s Mark Hamill, and just like the first teaser, we don’t expect this bit of dialogue to necessarily be in the film.

We see the crumpled – burned, that is to say – mask of Darth Vader, as well as his standard breathing sound.

The next shot shows what we can safely assume is R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker, with a fabulously skin-less metal hand.

Next, a tiny humanoid hands a lightsaber to someone we, again, can safely assume is a Skywalker. This is almost certainly Princess Leia.

The next shot shows a load of X-Wings dashing through the water, along with a rather pumped-up X-Wing pilot inside one of them.

For a moment there’s a shot of the infamous Crossbar lightsaber and the dark villain that’ll be wielding it.

Likely at the same – or a nearby – place we see both Rey and Finn running from an explosion.

Back to the villain of this picture along with a set of Stormtroopers and some victims of their evildoing. With a Force pose from our bad guy, of course.

The brightest shot in this teaser shows a load of Stormtroopers in front of what we can only assume is the new Empire sign. Who’s standing in the middle? Here’s a guess – she’s a very tall lady dressed in black.

Rey comes next, looking very much like a descendent of Padme Amidala and Princess Leia.

A couple of TIE-fighters jam in.

There’s a quick bit of laser fire from a TIE-fighter shooting at stormtroopers inside what we assume is a Star Destroyer hangar.

Finn removes his blood-stained Stormtrooper helmet.

Several brand new ships approach a new type of Star Destroyer – decidedly NOT the one we saw crashed earlier.

An Elite stormtrooper walks towards the camera in an environment that looks strikingly Imperial.

BB-8 pops his head out from behind a bulkhead like Leia does in A New Hope. He’s in the Millennium Falcon, by the looks of the hall decorum.

Rey lends a hand to Finn, whose face suggests he’s not quite sure what to make of the situation.

Near the end of the trailer you’ll see the Millennium Falcon outrunning a TIE-Fighter into the engine of a crashed ship. This ship is likely a Star Destroyer – what kind is up to debate. This could be a Super Star Destroyer – it could also be a Venator-class Star Destroyer – or it could be some third thing!

Last you’ll see Han Solo and Chewbacca standing next to one another – the shot that made every Star Wars fan attain a tear.

“Chewie – we’re home.”

Stick around as we continue to watch the Star Wars Celebration 2015 action through tomorrow and the weekend. Drop in on our Star Wars tag portal for more.

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