Newest Star Wars Trailer: What kinds of palace intrigue theories can we hypothesize about the movie?
By now, you’ve probably watched the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at least a half-dozen times. (In case you live on Mars with your fingers in your ears, it’s embedded below.) So it’s time to start speculating what might be included in the film, to be released December 15.
First off, if you’re like us, you probably spent the first time watching the trailer counting the times Leia (Carrie Fisher) was displayed on the screen in her final role. (Spoiler: two scenes, zero vocals.)
After that first round of awe, and the typical “what did we learn from this” reaction that comes from most movie trailers, there’s not much story revealed to guess the plot line of this film. That won’t stop us from trying though. And, of course, since we’re PoliNerds, we’ll focus on the political and social story lines we might be seeing that interest us most.
- Is there some kind of alliance between Light and Dark? At the end of the trailer, you see a scene where Kylo (Adam Driver) stretches out a hand, supposedly to help Ren (Daisy Ridley) somehow. Is that a merger of the Dark Side with Light Side? Is Kylo striking an alliance or truce with his enemy? Are they even enemies at this point? “I need someone to show me my place in all this,” Ren tells Kylo in the scene. The trailer suggests some kind of agreement being negotiated; is that a plot line in the movie?
- How much does the Dark Side rise in political strength with the discovery of a new force-wielder? Luke (Mark Hammill) says he saw power “once before” that “didn’t scare him enough” but “it does now.” Assuming that Luke has defeated his dark-side demons — mostly found in novels and comics from the Expanded Universe and regretably no longer canon — he has to be referring to a dark-side force user, or possibly a raw, untrained talent open to corruption.
- Is there some kind of space-based regicide in the Rebellion? Here’s your word for the day if you’re unaware… “regicide” is the deliberate killing of a monarch or reigning sovereign. Kylo is seen in the trailer piloting a fighter, armed and ready, as the scene flashes back and forth between him and Leia, looking distrought. Does he somehow kill his mother? Kylo already murdered his father (Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford) in the first new movie. Does he succeed in eliminating the “royal family” of the Rebellion? What would that mean to the movement if both of the parental figureheads are murdered by their enemy?
- Is the Jedi Order a political movement on its last legs? Right at the start of the trailer, Luke says “I only know one truth… it’s time for the Jedi to end.” Why would the leader of the Jedi Order be wishing the end of his movement? And what would that mean to the galaxy without its light-side protectors?
For a two-and-a-half minute trailer, there’s countless conspiracy theories and speculations that can be drawn. We’re just highlighting a few that might be plot-lines in the next movie.