Home Entertainment Let's take a closer look at that trailer for STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Let's take a closer look at that trailer for STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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As per usual, a JJ Abrams trailer for a movie was filled with more questions than answers. But never underestimate a Star Wars fan. We’ve taken the biggest hair comb we could find to search for answers in the sands of the Tattooine desert. Here’s what we’ve found so far.

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Tattooine! And minus any unnecessary stormtroopers on Dewbacks! Right off the bat, the trailer kicks off with an ominous voicing stating that “There’s been an awakening… Have you felt it?” And no, it isn’t Benedict Cumbermatch but instead the rather equally gravelly pipes of Andy Serkis on the other end.

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And here’s our first look at John Boyega in full Stormtrooper gear, who clearly needs to hydrate some more. Is he a member of the imperial elite soldiers? I would certainly hope so, because those Jango Fett clones must be getting a bit too old for this sh*t by now. Also, look at his armour. It’s real, dirty and damaged costume. Not a CGI clone. I’m too happy at this point.

Plus that is clearly an Imperial probe droind I’m hearing in the background. Yes, the Empire is indeed back. With a vengeance!

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Guess what all the kids are going to want for Christmas next year? It’s a cute design, and according to early rumours, it belongs to Daisy Ridley’s character. And its just so goshdarn cute. I’ll take ten!

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Holy crap, I love the new Stormtrooper design. Those helmets look magnificent, and tweaked just enough to feel both new and familiar. Plus uh, that one guy looks a little bit short to be a Stormtrooper, if you get my reference. Could that be Boyega, who is rumoured to be a lead character in the new film?

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Time for an upgrade. And a spiffy new paint job, which the E-11 blaster never had. We’re seeing a lot of Stormtrooper action so far, and with good reason. Think about it, by the time Return of The Jedi arrived on screen, the Empire was at the height of its power. Even with the loss of Darth Vader, the Emperor and the second Death Star, there was still an entire galaxy filled with Stormtrooper armies, ships and resources.

Which meant that the fight for the Rebel Alliance was just beginning. Even 30 years later, this could be one civil war with no end in sight.

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“Gee, I hope we won’t be parachuting past Godzilla”.

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Hey, it’s our other film lead, Daisy Ridley! Take a look at her goggles. Those are actually re-purposed Stormtrooper lenses. She’ll be playing a character that is rumoured to be known as Kira in the film. Which is also the name of my newly-born niece. Man, my sister is going to flip her anti-nerd lid if this pans out to be true.

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Even though the film is rumoured to have two desert planets, this still looks like Tattooine to me. And look at that ride! It’s been spotted before in leaked concept art, and it looks like the Harley Davidson of speeder bikes. Me likey.

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Say hello to Oscar Isaac, who is busy piloting one of the new X-Wings belonging to the Rebel Alliance according to all those symbols emblazoned on his gear. Bonus points: The text on his jacket is upside-down Aurebesh which translates to “PULL TO INFLATE”.

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Bugger the robot above, if I don’t get an upgraded X-Wing with sweet-ass new S-Foil attack mode in my Christmas stocking, there will be blood.

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And now the man of the hour. While our mysterious narrator mentions that there has been an awakening in the “The Dark Side, and the Light,” a secret figure stumbles through one of the rumoured ice worlds, before igniting his lightsaber. There’s been a lot of debate about it, but I like this design. The cross-guard makes perfect sense actually, and gives the blade a more traditional appearance befitting a true knight, even if he possibly is a Sith.

But what strikes me the most is that this blade has a ragtag appearance. The beam sputters and remains unstable, the ignition sounds sloppy and unfocused. Could this be our Sith apprentice wandering around? I’ve remained as far away as possible from spoilers for this character and the film in general, so I’ll just leave this link here if you want to read more about the new phantom menace.

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It honestly doesn’t matter if the film turns out to be crap or great. Nothing beats hearing that magnificent John Williams score blare out. Whether your 4 years old or 40, that iconic theme can stir a powerful feeling in your nether regions, and seeing the Millennium Falcon dogfight over Tattooine with TIE Fighters is the once in a lifetime moment that makes me happy to be a Star Wars fan.

It’s 1999/2002/2005 for me all over again, getting hyped and pumped up for a brand new trilogy of Star Wars. ALSO IT’S THE GODDAMN MILLENNIUM FALCON!

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And hey, it’s the official logo and title for Episode VII! Hooray!

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Last Updated: December 1, 2014


  1. I think he learned from Luke’s mistake O_o


    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      December 1, 2014 at 10:54

      Actually no.

      The crossguard (Plasma bit) doesn’t extend directly from the hilt meaning it can easily be cut off still. *just saying*


      • Unavengedavo

        December 1, 2014 at 11:05

        Didn’t actually see that at 1st O_o


        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          December 1, 2014 at 11:11

          Yeah, I had the same thought you did and then I thought about it and in the Star Wars universe the emitter part of the saber is always the one that gets chopped and in this case will as well.

          That being said, it’s not a useless feature. It makes it difficult for the wielder yes, but very dangerous to the opponent as it can be used offensively


          • Kervyn Cloete

            December 1, 2014 at 11:29

            Allow me to flex my fanboy muscles here for a second: Both Cortosis and Mandalorian Iron can withstand a lightsaber’s blade. If the crossguard’s shafts were made from this it would be very practical indeed.

            However, I think they serve the purpose more of being exhaust vents of some sort. That lightsaber looks incredibly unstable. It could be that it needs to vent off excess energy.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            December 1, 2014 at 12:28

            Mmmm. You are absolutely right about the Cortosis and Mandelorian Iron (Almost completely forgot).

            That being said, Mandalorian and Cortosis Iron are both part of the EU so not sure if they would take that in. However it would be stupid not to as that lightsaber would sorely need some proper metal to protect that crossguard emitter.

            You make a VERY interesting point about the crossgaurds filling in a dual role of both hand protection and venting. It goes with my original assumption that this blade isn’t a half arsed made blade but rather a very, very powerful one that’s just a tad bit unstable due to the focus crystal emitting so much energy.

  2. Reid

    December 1, 2014 at 10:41

    The thing I disliked the most from that trailer was the end. December 2015.
    A trailer for a new star wars movie and it’s still 12 months away. That is how you get people to join the dark side. Tease them with a trailer and then let them wait 12 months for the movie.


    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      December 1, 2014 at 10:57

      Yeah, that timeframe has me upset too 🙁 SO LONG TO WAIT!!!


  3. Raptor Rants A Lot

    December 1, 2014 at 10:53

    Did you see the Millenium Falcon is sporting a new sensor dish? Nice bit of continuity there as the previous one was lost in the final Death Star battle in Ep6


  4. Raptor Rants A Lot

    December 1, 2014 at 10:55

    Really love that new lightsaber look.

    I reckon it’s a new focus crystal that makes the blade more unstable but in all likelyhood stronger. Perhaps strong enough to shatter or at least momentarily disperse the energy of another lightsaber?


    • Sageville

      December 1, 2014 at 11:11

      …or it’s a noob Sith who just managed to get the thing working…barely…


      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        December 1, 2014 at 11:12

        Possibly. Could be the awakening that is being referred to.

        I know in the extended universe it is possible to up the power of a saber with certain crystals but it would cause “fluctuations” in the blade. So I reckon it’s probably more related to that


        • Sageville

          December 1, 2014 at 11:36

          I still wanna see Mara Jade in this reboot


          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            December 1, 2014 at 12:23

            Chances are it’s not happening.

            Looks like they even did away with Jayna and Anakin Solo for the Solo kids. This upsets me

          • Sageville

            December 1, 2014 at 12:52

            Personally, I don’t really want to see any of the old characters, Luke, Han Leia etc…..

            I’m hoping for a complete reboot (sadly it doesn’t look like anything from the extended universe will be featured)

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            December 1, 2014 at 12:57

            *cough* Thin ice man. Thin ice….

            I don’t think a reboot for Star Wars would be very good AT ALL. I mean in Star Trek it makes sense as they’ve toy’d with time and stuff before but in the Star Wars universe a complete reboot would make zero sense.

            That being said one set much futher down the road wouldn’t be too bad. But I think it would be far too risky. Us Star Wars fans are very difficulty and picky. Just the fact that the EU isn’t considered canon had our backs up. Imagine they reboot the Star Wars universe? We’d loose our shiz dude

          • Sageville

            December 1, 2014 at 13:17

            Hmm, maybe my idea of a reboot differs from yours.

            But I’m sorta declaring it a reboot given that Lucas is nowhere.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            December 1, 2014 at 13:23

            Ah I see what you mean. You know Lucas never really had much to do with the actual screenplay of Episodes 4,5 and 6? He gave basic outlines as to what he wanted and he had screenwriters make it all come to life.

            Episode 1,2 and 3 he almost exclusively did the screenplay elements.

            Makes one think a bit

  5. Hugh Lashbrooke

    December 1, 2014 at 11:09

    In that first paragraph you really missed a trick, by not including this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4OBUupicWg


    • Unavengedavo

      December 1, 2014 at 11:14

      I think he was making reference to it though 😛


    • The D

      December 1, 2014 at 11:16

      It was /very/ intentional :D.


    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      December 1, 2014 at 12:22



  6. BacchusZA

    December 1, 2014 at 11:19

    Is it just me, or does Oscar Isaacs **really** look like the snowspeeder pilot from the Empire Strikes Back?

    Who is apparently called Zev Senesca, who was born and raised on Kestic Station, a trading outpost on the fringes of the Bestine System, in case anybody ever wondered…..


    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      December 1, 2014 at 12:29

      But that’s all EU stuff so it no longer exists. You may go cry in a corner now like I do everytime I realise my tidbits of info I have are all pretty much useless now 🙁


      • BacchusZA

        December 1, 2014 at 13:26

        Nah, he’s a canonical character from the movie, so I’m pretty sure that hasn’t been changed. I don’t think he ever appeared in any of the Legacy / EU stuff for that matter.

        Lucas & the other writers evidently created *insane* amounts of backstory and detail for pretty much every single character who appeared for rvrn the briefest glimpse in the movies, so I wouldn’t be suprised if the Wookiepedia article is canon ™, especially given they released action figures of him.

        Characters like Mara Jade, Admiral Thrawn, Master Jorus C’baoth, Corran Horn, and so on, and their stories? Not so much, and I do on occasion cry a little when I think that we’re *very* unlikely to see any of them in the new series of movies 🙁


        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          December 1, 2014 at 13:34

          Yeah, Grand Admiral Thrawn was someone I really REALLY wanted to see. Also Mara Jade coz… Red hair… My wife’s name is Jade… Has red hair….

          Yeah….. My inner geek cries


  7. Raptor Rants A Lot

    December 1, 2014 at 13:00

    Has anyone considered that the Lightsaber in this trailer isn’t actually unstable but rather just Abraham’s view of what a lightsaber blade should look like? Like this is going to be the new norm for lightsabers?

    I mean, he changed the look of X-Wings, why not the look of lightsaber blades?

    /tinfoil hat/

    @Kervyn Cloete:disqus
    @The D:disqus


    • Kervyn Cloete

      December 1, 2014 at 13:34

      It’s entire possible. I mean the sizzling isn’t THAT


      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        December 1, 2014 at 13:55

        I really do hope that’s not the case though. The lightsaber is very iconic and it would be a mistake to change its look across the board. I far prefer the idea that this is a very powerful, unstable lightsaber or even a poorly crafted one.

        But if it had to change the look completely it may just break me 🙁


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