New footage was released for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in what is arguably its best trailer yet: the syncing of the editing with the music, C3PO’s fitting line, and, most importantly, our first in-person look at the Knights of Ren.
As Pop Culture Media eloquently points out, the Knights of Ren haven’t yet played much of a role in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Instead, they’ve been relegated to a cameo in a cryptic vision and brief mention or two here and there.
In the new “Fate” TV spot, however, the Knights of Ren appear front and center at around the 8-second mark, marking their very first in-person appearance in live action.
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Still, the new footage remains brief and fleeting, so I’m left with the same impression as Thomas Willoughby in his analysis of the previous trailer: curious as to where this is headed.
The new trailer also gives us a look at Sith troopers, a new stormtrooper variant given a red paint job. Armed with a unique rifle, these troopers can be seen around 21 seconds into the TV spot, and will likely stir up trouble for our heroes in the same vein as the Death troopers did in Rogue One.
The ultimate quality of the trilogy as a whole is perhaps heralded by C3PO’s line in the TV spot: “If this mission fails, it was all for nothing.”
This is of course, followed by a Death Star-esque laser shattering the ground, highlighting the power of the villains and the dangerous times that the protagonists are in for.
So, what are we in for? I can only hope that, whatever the “mission” is, it will successfully satifsfy the journey of the past two movies.
Maybe the Knights of Ren will go down in a huge showdown with Rey. Maybe they’ll die in a largely anticlimactic fashion in the first 30 minutes. Only time will tell.
The Rise of Skywalker is set to be released on December 20th. Tickets are available now.