The Skywalker Saga continues and the helm is being passed down, but at what cost if the galaxy cannot repel the advancing forces of the First Order? How much is hanging in the balance?
Now that the glorious day has arrived, the trailer for the next chapter in the greatest space opera ever told, this first look at Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi raises more questions than answers them. The first images reintroduce Rey — the hero from Episode VII – The Force Awakens played by relative newcomer Daisy Ridley — as she undergoes what looks like the trials to become a Jedi who have been all but lost especially since the last of the order Luke Skywalker went into hiding.
The Last Jedi promises to pick up right from where we left off, with Rey arriving at the top of a lonely mountain after recovering the last piece of a map leading to a secluded location where Luke has been hiding. Fans of the original trilogy were in complete awe when Mark Hamill was finally revealed. The actor was the focus of the mystery that leads us up to this moment, and as the evil First Order presses on, the Resistance led by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) may need all the help that they can get.
As the trailer relates the Resistance will find itself in several battles with the First Order and Resistance fighter Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) may not make it to his X-Wing in time to fight off the advancing fleet. Even his astromech BB-8 can outrun the firestorm. The one-time First Order stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) appears to still be recovering from his injuries sustained in the climatic confrontation with the menacing Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who appears to be descending further into the darkness.
It may be all up to the Chosen One — the Jedi meant to bring balance to the Force. Over the course of the saga that mantle has been passed from one Skywalker to another, but perhaps there is still hope, especially if Luke is all too ready to put aside all he’s learned and allow nature to take its course. The trailer ends with Luke’s ominous declaration: “Its time for the Jedi…to end.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens in theaters everywhere in December.