The marketing train for Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi has officially left the station.
The long awaited teaser trailer for The Last Jedi finally dropped this morning at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Much like with the teaser trailers for Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there wasn’t a whole lot to sink our teeth into. There was just a brief shot of all the different characters to give us a taste of what’s going on. While the trailer certainly lacked a moment like the Millennium Falcon’s appearance in the teaser for The Force Awakens, it was pretty much what I expected. However, it’s not the physical trailer itself that grabbed my attention; it’s the implications of what we heard in the trailer that’s got me hyped.
“Light. Darkness. A balance.”
“It’s time for the Jedi, to end.”
Prior to the release of the trailer was the release of the official movie poster for The Last Jedi. The poster depicts Rey standing in the center holding a lightsaber directly upwards. The lightsaber transitions from blue to red and seeps into the entirely red background while the split faces of Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren surround Rey’s lightsaber. There have been so many theories and discussions that have taken place over the last year plus and, when you combine those lines with that poster, it finally looks like we might have a direction.
One of the biggest hypocrisies in Star Wars is related to the balance of the Force. There has to be both light and dark for the Force to be balanced; not one or the other. The fatal flaw for the Jedi in the Republic era was that they completely locked out the dark side. Rather than learning to control both sides of the Force, they chose to only teach one side of it and avoid the other. This resulted in characters like Anakin and Ben Solo becoming consumed by the dark side because they were not taught how to handle it. It was like becoming addicted to meth because you tried it once. A lot of the recent speculation about this movie has been about Luke coming to this realization and that it was why his attempt at reviving the Order prior to The Force Awakens failed.
I’ve always been a huge fan of shades of grey because I don’t always think there’s a purely right or wrong answer in every situation. Shades of grey are just a naturally more interesting way to tell a story. There’s a dynamic there that’s not always as simple as black and white. Luke had to tap into the dark side at the end of Return of the Jedi to defeat Darth Vader but he was able to prevent himself from becoming consumed by it. The implication from this trailer is that Luke is trending towards Grey Jedi territory and will teach Rey to do the same, which I love. The “Jedi” in The Last Jedi appears to be more about the end of the Jedi as we know them as opposed to just the last remaining Jedi.
I can’t wait for this movie.