Comparing the Official Trailers for the Sequel Trilogy

Nearly a month ago I wrote a post comparing the teasers for the three films of the current Sequel Trilogy and now I’m comparing the sequel trilogy official trailers. This is going to be so much fun! Enjoy!

The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens trailer is just…magical. Star Wars was believed to never return, and then Disney bought LucasFilm and suddenly a franchise we loved so much was back at full throttle. The Force Awakens trailer is all about reigniting the Star Wars fandom and boy did they do that. Even years after seeing this trailer it still riles me up because it is so amazing.

The music is phenomenal, the feeling is emotionally powerful, and the story the trailer is trying to tell is astounding.

What is most evident about this trailer is its attention to Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Han Solo which makes sense considering that the movie centered around them. There was a true sense that this was going to be the beginning of a new era of Star Wars movies and it truly has been quite the ride.

Looking back, it’s sad to think that this story is about to come to an end.

The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi trailer, like the movie itself, feels disconnected from both The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker with its darker storyline. Gone are the feeling of hope and immense Star Wars nostalgia replaced with a direr vibe that really conveyed the idea that something terrible was going to happen.

Rey needed help and Luke seemed scared of her. At one point, it seems that Luke is standing in what appears to be a red mist. The editing made it seem like Luke was a secret villain in the film. Because of this, the questions were posed, was Rey going to join Kylo Ren on the dark side? What was going to happen to the Resistance? And what was Snoke going to do to her? These were always frightening questions that this trailer presented and the movie answered in unexpected ways.

And unlike the other two trailers, The Last Jedi trailer focused centrally on Kylo Ren, proving once again that The Last Jedi was, essentially, his movie. It’s a very interesting change of pace from the other trailers.

The Rise of Skywalker

Okay, because this is the most recent trailer and because it has some very striking similarities to The Force Awakens trailer this section of the post will be substantially longer.

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Similar to The Force Awakens trailer it starts with Rey, only this time instead of being shown as a scavenger in Jakku she is shown training as a Jedi at one point and then traversing the second Death Star at another. But this time the first voice that we hear is Finn’s whereas in The Force Awakens we first heard Rey.

He says, “It’s an instinct. A feeling. The Force brought us together.”

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Is this a sign that Finn will secretly be the most important character in this movie?

Next, we hear Poe, showcasing how important he has become to the trilogy as he says: “We’re not alone. Good people will fight if we lead them.”

Then we hear Rey and she says something very similar to what we hear her say in The Force Awakens trailer.

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In The Force Awakens trailer Maz Kanata asks, “Who are you?”

Rey responds, “I’m no one.”

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In The Rise of Skywalker trailer Rey says, “People keep telling me they know me. No one does.”

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And then Kylo Ren responds, “But I do.”

It’s very clear, from this trailer, that The Rise of Skywalker will once again focus on the first three major characters of this Sequel Trilogy: Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren. Yay!

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Next, in The Force Awakens trailer, we hear what I like to call a Legends character: Han Solo.

Pertaining to the Force he says, “It’s true. All of it.” before the trailer moves into the classic segway THIS CHRISTMAS.

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For The Rise of Skywalker, the Legends character we hear is Palpatine.

He says, “Long have I waited. And now, your coming together is your undoing.”

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But what is interesting this time around is getting a chance to hear C-3PO, highlighting the fact that he has, in fact, become a major addition to the Sequel Trilogy.

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When THIS CHRISTMAS hits the trailer turns on turbo. For The Force Awakens, we see several clips of action from throughout the film, all set beneath Han Solo’s voiceover. And then next, we hear Maz Kanata’s voice. This is one of the most significant similarities between The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker official trailers.

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As a myriad of dazzling clips play we hear Maz Kanata saying, “The Force. It’s calling you. Just let it in.”

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In The Rise of Skywalker Luke is heard saying, “Confronting fear is the destiny of the Jedi. Your destiny.”

It’s a striking contrast to The Force Awakens which is all about the Force awakening in someone whereas this trailer is illustrating the imminent confrontation of the showdown between the light and the dark, or the light and the dark combining to confront a greater evil in Palpatine.

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And at the very end of the trailer, it shows Rey with a powerful voiceover from Luke Skywalker and Leia saying, “The Force will be with you, always.”

Now, knowing J.J Abrams, he’s the king of misdirection.

The Force Awakens trailer led us to believe that Finn was the new Chosen One, even going as far as to show him fighting Kylo Ren with Luke’s lightsaber ablaze in his hand. So how do we know that this trailer is conveying truthfully that Rey will be the one to bring about the balance to the universe?

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And, if we look at the trailer evidence like I said before, the first person we heard for The Force Awakens trailer was Rey and she ended up becoming the most important character in that film. Finn spoke first in this trailer which means he just might be the true Chosen One. You just never know.

What a surprise that would be!

All in all, of the three trailers I think The Force Awakens is still my favorite, considering how happy (and emotional) it makes me feel whenever I watch it but I know a year from now, looking back on this Rise of Skywalker trailer will probably bring me SO many emotions.

I thank you for reading this comparison of the three Sequel Trilogy trailers and I hope you have a remarkable day. May the Force be with you, always.

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