Analysing every secret and Easter egg in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

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A good trailer needs to set a mood. To get your heart beating, and your fandom swelling. But it also needs to not give away any key plot points, and save a few surprises for the actual film. I’m looking at you, Terminator: Genisys.

This morning, Star Wars delivered on that idea. The final trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hit harder than a Rancor in heat, and I did a Kessell Run in my pants after watching it several dozen times.

Many Bothans died in order to give me enough access to the site to make a trailer analysis post. Let’s make the most of their very easily expendable deaths, and start combing the desert of Jakku for secrets and Easter eggs in the final Star Wars trailer.

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There’s going to be a lot of nostalgia going into the Force Awakens. And judging by the desert gear that one of our newest heroes, Rey, is wearing, I’m already feeling a shout-out here to Princess Leia’s Boush disguise from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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Looking even further at her clothing, Rey certainly isn’t one of the wealthiest characters around. In fact, I’d bet easy money that she’s a scavenger on her homeworld, eking out a living in a universe ravaged by the war between the First Order and the Resistance.

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Looks like Rey is busy fishing out tech from an abandoned Star Destroyer that fell on her planet, judging by the hangar markings and the broken shuttle in the corner.

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“Who are you,” Rey is asked. “I’m no one,” she says. It’s not Tattooine, but it is Jakku that she happens to be trudging through, evoking more nostalgia with another call-back to one of the classic films.

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All that scavenging has clearly made Rey useful with any hardware that she comes across. A character trait that’ll probably manifest itself several times in the new trilogy.

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The First Order! What, you thought the death of the Emperor and the second Death Star would result in the Empire surrendering to the Rebel Alliance? Please, not even close. It appears that the First Order is made up of the mightiest remnants of the splintered Empire faction, united under the leadership of Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux character.

The Stormtroopers present appear to be from various platoons when you look at their armour, which has had a great redesign in the decades since the original trilogy wrapped up.

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And here’s John Boyega as Finn! Commenting that he was born to do one thing in his life, Finn sounds like he was adopted by the First Order and raised as a soldier. That’s a bit more fanatical than the Empire of old, which recruited soldiers based on whoever was left from the killing fields at the boot camps.

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It may be old military tech, but they’ve got a spiffy new paint job. Same rubbish durability as ever, by the look of things.

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And that’s probably Finn’s TIE Fighter as well, about to crash-land on Jakku. Here’s the odd thing: There are no other ships present in this shot. Could his TIE have been sabotaged? Clearly, a lack of faith in the First Order is found to be most…disturbing by superior officers.

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Well, at least he’s in walking distance of the nearest settlement, wich is probably an even bigger hive of scum and villainy than Mos Espa. Finn is probably also regretting wearing his black winter clothes at this point.

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And here’s our first look at Kylo Ren in the trailer, who is oozing pure villain vibes right now. If the First Order is indeed maintaining the strength of its army through a radical dogma which ensures loyal troops, then Ren most likely wields considerable might with his position as a dark side knight.

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A symbol if you will, for the troops tor ally around like.

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And remember, Kylo Ren is a title. Much like the Darths of the Sith culture of centuries prior, Kylo has had to earn the title, within his order of the Knights of Ren. And with a mask that spooky, you know he’s not fighting on the side of angels.

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Meth, not even once. It has been reported that Kylo Ren is also a fanatical worshipper of Darth Vader and his legacy, collecting artifacts wherever he can. Judging by the not so near-mint condition of this helmet, it looks like Ren visited the planet moon of Endor to swipe it from Vader’s funeral pyre at the end of Return of the Jedi.

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Especially when he appears to be torturing Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron character. Talk to the hand…or else.

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Look, if seeing the Millennium Falcon outrun TIE fighters in a canyon populated with rusting Star Destroyers doesn’t put a grin on your face, you’re either dead inside or Geoff. And it looks like Lando Calrissian never did replace the sensor dish that he knocked off during the destruction of the second Death star.

The biggest question of course is: What’s the Millennium Falcon doing on Jakku?

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Here’s a  good point: During the peak of the Jedi Order, thousands of knights were present. Thousands, in a galaxy of trillions. Naturally, the idea of warrior monks who could lop your limbs off with a laser-sword, were thought of as an effective myth at best. And let’s not forget how the Empire did its very best to kill the legend of Jedi, while maintaining an air of secrecy around the Sith.

But you can’t kill a good myth, and with the Force clearly still alive and kicking, it looks the universe is seeing a resurgence in Force-sensitive individuals.

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And it’s true. It’s all damn true, as Han Solo lays down a few legends of his own. Rey has most likely never been beyond her planet borders, while Finn has been groomed his entire life to be a Stormtrooper. Now, being confronted with the truth of the universe, they’re both finding themselves entering a new age.

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Hyperspace! We’ve never really seen much of the faster-than-light travel system beyond a cockpit view in the Star Wars films. Now let’s see if these tunnels can do a Kessel Run in as few parsecs as possible. And yes, shut up nerds: I know that parsecs aren’t how you measure speed.

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Looks like Kylo Ren has assembled his own gang. He’s the only one rocking a lightsaber however, although the rest of his posse are sporting familiar armour and masks. Knights of Ren disciples perhaps?

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I’ve got a soft spot for X-Wings, and the upgraded ships appearing in Episode VII. Because they’re still the coolest fighter-ships ever made. Foils to attack-position, over.

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As cool as the Empire was, we never really saw them as a credible threat in Star Wars. Sure, they had numbers on their side, but I could win any fight by drowning an enemy with wave after wave of expendable soldier while I waited for my opposition to run out of ammo.

I’m hoping that the First Order will be more competent than the Stormtroopers of the older films, with a skill-level that would make Clonetroopers proud.

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Wherever the First Order and the Resistance are battling, it looks like another new planet. Probably not Kashykk either. Those trees are too low, and nobody lives on the ground anyway.

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Looks like Poe and Finn are bestest of buds though, with Finn joining the Resistance. I’ve got a feeling that Poe is going to steal the show, as the Han Solo replacement: A cocky pilot with a heart of gold and skills to pay the bills when taking down TIE fighters.

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Oh, looks like Michael Bay directed a scene in Episode VII.

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Where’s Han leading Finn and Rey? No idea, but that lumbering automaton is more distracting than the all the flags in the universe it seems.

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So, the biggest question is: Where’s Luke Skywalker? The hero of the Rebel Alliance hasn’t been seen since the fall of the Empire, and Mark Hammil’s Jedi master has been missing from just about all of the promotional material released for the film so far. Luke’s clearly in seclusion, and most likely being saved for a big reveal in the film I’d bet.

Alongside R2-D2, who probably still has the stink of the last actor pilot who died inside of him when they filmed scenes in Tunisia.

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It’s armour. It doesn’t have to be gender-specific. And Gwendolyn Christie is rocking her chrome armour and cape as Captain Phasma, an elite First Order trooper and commander.

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Chewbacca! It wouldn’t be Star Wars without the lovable Wookiee, who appears to be in a tight jam with his co-pilot Han Solo and Finn. And with the expanded universe pretty much wiped clean, it looks like reports of Chewbacca dying when he fought back an entire moon (No for reals, go read it), were greatly exaggerated.

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Or were they? Kervyn has a theory that Chewbacca might not live to see the end of this trilogy, as Rey grieves over what appears to be a familiar bandolier…

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Death Star, Super Star Destroyers. Man, the Empire sure did like to inspire the populace with a quick reminder that genocide was but a massive laser-blast away. And it looks like the First Order is keeping the tradition alive, with an actual planet that doubles as a home-base and super-weapon of galactic proportions.

If the final act of the film features the Resistance having a massive battle with the First Order on home-ground while their super-weapon powers up, I’ll be one happy fan.

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Man, Kylo Ren really loves using his talk-to-the-hand dark side powers whenever possible.

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I don’t think Han could ever settle down. A smuggler, ruffian and a scruffy nerf herder, there’s just no way that he could live an ordinary life with Leia. He truly was a Solo, but it’s always nice to see the two of them together, as it looks like Leia has been leading the Resistance since the battle of Endor.

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I don’t know how Finn got his hands on Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber (which Obi-Wan Kenobi took with him after he defeated Anakin on Mustafar and left him to freakin’ burn to death as a one-limbed evil corpse), but he does look proper badass with it, igniting the blade and getting ready for a showdown.

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With Kylo Ren, of course. I don’t care what anyone says: I like Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, even if it is impossibly impractical. It’s wild, spurting dangerous amounts of energy and ragged. Just like me, when you think about it.

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And that’s a wrap! Star Wars is out December 18. I’ll finally pop my IMAX cherry when I go see it on the biggest screen possible.

Last Updated: October 20, 2015

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  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • Hammersteyn
      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I demand you change your name to HammerGlee, or GleeHammer

        Man card, hand it over, now!

        • Hammersteyn

          Lol I wouldn’t watch that to save my PS4. Google is handy for trolling though

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            I don’t get the reference, but posting that pic is close to a court marshal

          • Hammersteyn

            Googling Finn brings up this image. So I would guess his name is Finn……….. you take all the fun out of trolling 🙁

          • Grand Admiral Chief


          • Ir0nseraph

            Busted 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            Bwahahaha see my reply.

          • No it doesn’t

          • Hammersteyn
          • Actually the top IS there. Look again. Sorry bud but it seems your Google search preferences have let you down. Now we know you Google Glee. Often enough for your search prefs to tailor searches to your browser. Sorry mate.

            You are now a proven Glee fan.

          • Hammersteyn


          • Search your feelings. You know it to be true

          • Hammersteyn

            I’d rather cut off both hands with a lightsaber

          • That could be organised

          • Hammersteyn

            A lightsaber? I call your bluff

          • Hammersteyn

            uh oh

          • Alien Emperor Trevor


          • Hammersteyn


          • Except that, you know, you knew the name to Google….

          • Hammersteyn

            What? Finn?

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          Yea, that guy died from a drug overdose.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        I am now beating my screen…excuse any slpeping msitakes a sI cnanot see aynthing amynore…

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Luckily you area beating your screen, else I would have had to perma-ban you

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I’m not a big fan of gggg……..sorry, gag reflexes kicking in…ggg..glee… That left a bad taste in my mouth…

          • ……… wow….

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You’re both wrong…

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        I can’t be mean about this post. You know, respect the dead and all.
        Guy was young too.

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Who is this person?

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy
          • Commander JJ of the Normandy


          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Nope, not interested

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Ok, a troubled youth featuring in many films and series who then died because of a heroin and alcohol complication… and Glee was a show many people would recommend for their kids to watch? I’m not sure this dude was much of a role model, maybe in the 1960s, but then again, those guys were actual rockstars….

  • Just gonna throw this out there.

    “Always 2 there are. A master and and apprentice”

    Luke is shown maybe once in the trailer. Alone…. Is he a master now? Is he…. dark side? Kylo Ren his apprentice?

    Think about it. Or maybe he IS Kylo Ren???? DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Possible, unlikely though. Seeing as they undid the EU, he might even be Lord of the Dance

    • Hammersteyn

      Haven’t seen the trailer and now I’ve read too much.
      *Abandons comment section

      • No! Come back and witness the power of this fully operational spoiler thread!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Kylo Ren is Darth Revan because time travel shenanigans.


          • Ghost In The Rift

            *SPOILER* Kylo is Garrus.

          • Grand Admiral Chief


          • Yoh!

          • No! No time travel kak in Star Wars! It worked for Star Trek. Won’t work for Star Wars

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Dude, JJ might just klap us with that

          • There’s no space in the SW universe for that. Nothing that makes it possible or even a thing. Won’t happen. If it does… The movie will tank.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Darth Revan travels thousands of years in the future, with amnesia, AGAIN, thinking Leia is his momma, and Han is his scruffy looking step-dad. Luke has resorted to the neutral/grey side of the Force, building jenga towers with the Force. Chewie became a madclaw after losing to R2D2 for the 9000th time and C3PO has became a bounty hunter after a memory wipe.

            In related news, IT’S A TRAP

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I heard C-3PO is always saying “confirmed!” but doesn’t know why because of that memory wipe.

          • Wow

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            10/10 would watch right?

          • no

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Me neither. It’s just not the same without Spock.

          • *starts to cry*

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Live long and use the Force!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            I shed a tear when they stepped into that Stargate.

          • You guys are killing me….

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Just have some midichlorian milkshake, will get the shuttlepod in your docking bay fuelled up for the jump to hyperspace at warp 15.4

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh you know we’re just teasing, we all love Spaceballs.

          • … Spaceballs rocks… I’m ok with that

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            They’re different? O_O

          • *twitch*

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • *twitching intensifies*

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Like I said I haven’t watched the trailer, but I hope we get to see more of those giant Ewoks. Or is he the king Ewok because he’s the biggest?

            (I will break you.)

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            He ate plenty Ewoks

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Apparently they taste like Tauntaun.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            As long as they don’t smell like them

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Nobody can smell anything with Han Solo around. Why do you think Chewie’s always going “AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHH” instead of talking? That sensitive Wookie nose.

  • Daniel Hallinan

    One of the interesting things that I noticed, was the trailer showed us the new TIE /FO fighters using their turret guns to fire backward towards tailing X-Wing T-70 fighters. Neat that.

    REALLY hoping to see some fancy new TIE interceptors, though.

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Awwww yeah, wouldn’t mind to see those!

  • Ghost In The Rift

    So hyped to see Kylo’s character, such a bad ass, love the dark side voice although don’t know if it could be Andy Surkis.

  • Tickets booked!

    • Ir0nseraph

      Me too.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    *S-foils to attack position. You’re such a fake Star Wars fan D! Wookie mistake!

    Wonder how many times they’re going to ask Finn if he’s ready for adventure.

    I haven’t watched the trailer and I’m not going to. I learnt my lesson from Ant-Man. That trailer ruined the whole boss fight. I want to be surprised, not sitting there waiting for a cool moment from the trailer and going… oh, okay.


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Wait.. you.. I… GODDAMNIT

      • Brady miaau

        Yes, but accurate.

  • Brady miaau

    I will watch tonight on big screen tv at home. Yeah.

    With wife and little girl. Maybe not little girl!

    I may, actually, go see this at the cinema. That is a big deal for me, hardly ever go, years in between trips to the cinema for me.

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Same here. I’m also really considering watching this at the cinema

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    Luke = darkside

  • This was a epic trailer, got my tickets for the 16 December at Imax, cant wait

  • WitWolfy

    Who is this “Finn”? and Why should I care?!?!?! He seems so forced into this role. I swear every single still I’ve seen of this twat he’s always looks confused, constipated or zoned out.. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!!!

    • Robb

      A. If he was raised by the Empire, then his world is turned upside down, hence the rampant confusion when he sees reality.
      B. Given that he looks like he’s fighting for his life most of the time, I’d zone out when I could catch a breather too.
      C. I have zero idea of the state of probiotics and/or daily fiber intakes for galactic residents, but nowhere do I see him eating any Wheaties… so he could very well be constipated. Tis a tragic circumstance.

      • WitWolfy

        LOL Only a true fan could’ve told me this!

        • Robb

          Thanks! I’d like to think myself a true Star Wars geek. The only other thing I would say is that I think Finn may appear “forced” simply because the general public is severely lacking in information/context. Granted, I’m delighted that Abrams has chosen to keep details under wraps, as that makes the anticipation even higher (especially in the modern day style of trailers basically giving out 50+% of the story line).

  • “Well, at least he’s in walking distance of the nearest settlement, wich
    is probably an even bigger hive of scum and villainy than Mos Espa.”

    The reference here was for Mos Eisley. Mos Espa was known as one of the most respectable and law abiding towns after the death of Jabba and before that it was one of the most law abiding towns due to the Hut council hosting the pod races there.

    I am sorry but please hand in your Star Wars fan card. 😛

  • “And yes, shut up nerds: I know that parsecs aren’t how you measure speed.”

    I’d hate to be that guy, but dissecting a trailer…. is pretty fucking nerdy.

    Be careful Mr. Pot.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Han Solo looks 168

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Is that code for Space Cowboy?

  • Sageville

    Such awesome, can’t wait!

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