For years to come, fans will be asking, “Where were you when the 2nd teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered?” Me, I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, fighting the urge to floor the accelerator and speed down the berm while yelling out the window, “Punch it, Chewie!” Then, something magical happened. Nay, something techno-miraculous happened. I received a push notification from Facebook that I was tagged in a post.
Now, I don’t get tagged in many posts, but when I do, it usually has to deal with nerdy-type of breaking news. When I checked the post I was tagged in, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The post read:
followed by the link to watch the 2nd teaser trailer for the new Star Wars film.
Was this some kind of Jedi-mind-trickery? Was this another Internet troll’s version of the trailer consisting of spliced bits of Star Wars video game footage and home video of the troll in his bathrobe pretending to be Obi-Wan Kenobi? My heart skipped a beat. Dare I click on the link? I swear to you that somehow, someway, “the force” made the decision because as my finger hovered over the start button, I heard a voice say, “Do, or do not” and then, to my amazement, the link started!
From the very beginning of the trailer, I was mesmerized…I was transfixed…I was…frozen in carbonite!
Warning: spoilers ahead.
After the LucasFilm Ltd. insignia fades, we are transported to a part of Tatooine (I think) littered with a destroyed star destroyer and other spacecrafts (did I see an X-Wing?). I was so taken by the image that it is my new desktop wallpaper.
Fade to someone (possibly Luke?) holding Darth Vader’s helmet that is half melted. Why is the helmet melted? If you remember Vader is sent off to the great unknown in Episode VI by a bunch of Ewoks acting like WVU students as they make a bonfire out of, not couches, but Vader.
Next we see a robotic right hand touching the top of R2-D2 as if to say, “It’s going to be ok old friend.” My guess is that this scene is a nod to the Director’s favorite cartoon – Inspector Gadget. RELAX Internet I’m kidding – without a doubt it’s Luke’s hand that we are seeing since that’s the one he lost after dueling with Darth Daddy in Episode V, which was replaced with a robotic one.
While this is all going on, Luke is heard giving a speech about how the force is strong with him, his father, his sister, and with “you.” YOU? Who’s you? Since Luke is mentioning how the force is strong within his family, I can only assume that the “you” is someone related to Luke. Possibly a child of Han and Leia, or Luke and R2?
After Luke drops the mic with the “you” bomb, we are blasted with a bunch of new clips that are more appealing than Leia in her slave outfit. Yes, they are that good.
Let me put aside my bias for a minute. The first teaser trailer was good, but this, this was great. Especially when it ends with a gray-haired Han saying to Chewie, “Chewie, we’re home.” BOOM! My heart exploded like the Death Star.
I got to hand it to J.J. Abrams. From what I have seen so far, he’s giving this movie an old feel (Episodes IV-VI vibe), but with something new that works with the old. Consume. Review. Repeat. gives Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer #2 a ten out of ten dancing college Ewoks.