Star Wars Releases Trailer for Episode 9

Chris Beauchamp, Staff Reporter

The Star Wars community has been in a divide for the past two years since the release of 2017’s “The Last Jedi.” Many enjoy it and many hate it for various reasons. However, the one thing that Star Wars fans come together for is the convention known as Star Wars Celebration. The convention held yesterday its Episode 9 panel, where they released the first official trailer and revealed its title “The Rise Of Skywalker.” Let’s first talk about the title.

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Daisy Ridley returns as Rey to a galaxy far far away. Ridley and JJ Abrams have stated that this film takes place a few years later after the events of “The Last Jedi.”

At first, I personally was a bit underwhelmed when hearing the title. However, upon watching the trailer and hearing the title more and more, I now found myself warming up to it. It’s a mysterious title that could mean or reference many different things that happen in this film. Is it in reference to Rey? Is Luke going to return? Lots of discussion can be had just from the title alone. Now, let’s talk about the teaser.

The trailer opens with Rey in the middle of this desert with Luke providing voiceover. She pulls out Luke’s lightsaber anticipating the arrival of a tie-fighter. She then begins to run as the tie-fighter chases after her. Instead of turning and fighting, she then proceeds to do a flip; presumably cutting the tie-fighter in half.

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Rey and Leia share a heartfelt moment and steal the entire trailer. Leia’s return was done through visuals and deleted dialogue from “The Force Awakens.”

We then cut to various shots of the old and new cast coming together; from the shots of Kylo Ren and Finn to the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca. The best shot of the entire trailer comes in the form of Princess Leia and Rey sharing a heartfelt moment. With Carrie Fisher, unfortunately, passing away, the film will see this character done through unreleased footage from 2015’s “The Force Awakens.”

The final shot shows Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8 and the brand-new android all staring at what many are speculating to be a piece of the second Death Star from 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” And another important aspect from the original trilogy and the prequels will be returning to this installment: Emperor Palpatine himself. The trailer ends suspensefully with cutting to black and hearing Palpatine laughing.

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The new generation of heroes will be facing the greatest and most powerful evil. That evil was revealed, in the trailer, to be Emperor Palpatine.

Ian McDiarmid, who portrays Palpatine, arrived at Star Wars Celebration after the debut of the trailer to confirm that the laugh we heard was indeed The Emperor.  His last and recent appearance as the Emperor was in 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith.”

I personally have enjoyed the two previous installments in this now-established trilogy. “The Force Awakens” was a great revival of the franchise and “The Last Jedi” took many risks and stirred the direction of the franchise into something that I was both satisfied and excited by. One of the greatest things I love seeing in film is seeing a property handled differently than before. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. For me, “The Last Jedi” was a risk that worked great.

And this trailer was a nicely-made teaser that presents just enough to get people excited or optimistic about the conclusion of the Skywalker saga and to the sequel trilogy. We will see what happens when the movie hits theaters later this year on Dec. 20.