Unless you’ve been living in a cave on a swampy planet in the Dagobah system, then you’ve probably seen the third and final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which aired Monday night during the halftime show on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. And, just in case you are a young Jedi in training, or a little green alien who speaks in anastrophe, here’s the trailer so you can get caught-up with the rest of the galaxy.
Now that we’ve got that bit of business out of the way, let’s get into the really cool part, which is breaking this trailer down through the magic that is GIF. First up, we open with Rey dropping into what I am assuming is the crashed Star Destroyer on the planet of Jakku.
My friend humorously made the connection to this intro and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, where Peter Quill is on an abandoned planet, digging for a lost treasure, wearing a mask.
Rey is definitely a scavenger, and makes her living on Jakku by salvaging parts from these crashed starships.
J.J. Abrams has done an excellent job of showing just how lonely Rey really is. From her solo scavenging, to longingly watching ships leave Jakku’s atmosphere.
You just get the sense that Rey does not belong on this planet, living this life.
Next we have Finn’s TIE being shot out of orbit and crash landing on Jakku. The assumption here is that Poe was with him at some point during their escape.
We know from the first trailer that Finn is still wearing his trooper armor when he lands on Jakku, so at some point he gets these civilian clothes, probably from Poe.
This was most likely Finn’s breaking point, where he decided he no longer wanted to be part of the First Order.
Here’s Kylo Ren on the bridge of his ship, looking menacing and creepily addressing Darth Vader’s burned-out mask “I will finish what you started.” I think Kylo is a Skywalker, and he believes he is carrying out his family’s birthright.
I believe this group of beings surrounding Kylo here, are the Knights of Ren.
Here’s the aforementioned torture scene, with Poe. Kylo is obviously using the Dark Side to cause Poe some pain.
Is this the Starkiller Base is action?
We’ve seen this shot before, Luke (I’m assuming) placing his hand on R2.
Captain Phasma leading her troopers, while Kylo Ren and the rest of the First Order destroy a village.
The First Order trooper corps forming up while General Hux delivers his speech.
Look, an endless stream of First Order troopers running down the ship’s ramp!
Now we get to see the Millennium Falcon darting in and out of the wreckage on Jakku. This is insanely exciting.
We have our first look at J.J. Abrams’ take on Hyperspace jumping.
Speaking of exciting aerial battles, The Force Awakens looks to be turning up the dogfights between the Resistance and the First Order, an extra notch or two.
Poe’s X-Wing squadron unleashing hell on the First Order.
Are we seeing another iconic Trench Run?
Love the attention to detail here, as this First Order trooper gets strafed by an X-Wing.
Looks like Poe and Finn get reunited before a major battle.
This one hits me right in the feels…RIGHT IN THE FEELS!
Rey and Finn narrowly avoiding being blown to bits.
Is this the entrance to Maz Kanata’s castle?
Han and Chewie, with Finn, being captured?
Who is Rey crying over, here? Finn? Han? Chewie?
Remember, Han did tell Rey that the Dark Side and the Jedi were real.
At whom or what is Rey firing her blaster?
Finally, Finn should have never ignited that lightsaber, because it looks like he is about to be slaughtered by Kylo.
As you can see, there is much we have to discuss over the next two months, until the December 18 premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What did you notice that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments section.