New Star Wars Trailer is Big on Nostalgia but Little on Substance
This Christmas the story of a generation comes to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Christmas can’t come soon enough. For those of you with delicate sensibilities, you may just want to abandon ship right here and now because I’m about to say some not-so-nice things about the most regaled film franchise in cinema history. Still here? OK, here it goes… I’m SICK of Star Wars.
I don’t say this lightly. But as a thirty-one-year-old man, whose butt has been in a theatre seat for every single iteration since The Phantom Menace premiered more than twenty years ago—I think I’ve earned the right. Don’t misunderstand my intention; I’m not trying to stir the pot or be a contrarian. In fact, one of my most treasured memories from childhood was when my father introduced my brother and me to the original trilogy. But the time has come to send Star Wars off into that good night; the teat’s run dry, George, the horse is dead. It’s time, my fellow Jedi, to put away our blasters and turn off our lightsabers. Time to say a strained goodbye to the universe that’s been impacting the cultural paradigm for more than forty years.
“Try not. Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
A new “D23 Special Look” for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker serves as a requiem for the entire franchise.
The first minute resembles a bad fan-made trailer pieced together in a rough montage. An homage to both the original franchise and the reboot of the early ’00s. There’s a shot of Yoda, Hans kissing Leia before being frozen in carbonite, and Luke and Vader’s red and green lightsabers crossing in front of Darth Sidious. BOR-ING.
In fact, the only “new” material of any real consequence doesn’t come until the final 15 seconds: there’s a cut to black. The voice of Darth Sidious echoes louder, along with the unmistakable breathing of Darth Vader rising in the background. A strike of red flashes across the screen and Rey suddenly appears cloaked in a dark hood, holding a very familiar-looking red lightsaber. Is it actually Rey? Is it some evil clone, or could be it all be just a dream?
Personal feelings aside, I am of course excited to see how it all plays out. Let’s hope that with J.J. Abrams back in the director’s chair, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be able to reclaim some of the credibility it so dearly lost with The Last Jedi.