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What We Learned From The Second Star Wars Trailer

The second Star Wars trailer is out. And it revealed much more than the first. Here's what we know so far.


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There haven't been tapes dissected this closely since the Zapruder films. Everyone is watching and rewatching the Star Wars trailers for every clue about the potential plot. Every second is isolated and compared to rumors that have been released before. It is almost like we'd like to spoil the film for ourselves.

But just for the record, I like knowing less about the movie.

I feel like we've had so many Avengers trailers I've already seen the movie.

Minor Spoiler Alert: Practically the whole fight between the Hulk and Iron Man was released during the MTV Movie Awards. We know every character in the movie. Wouldn't it have been more fun for at least one new Avenger to show up without us already knowing about it?

Still, I have to admit. I watched the Star Wars trailer again and again when it came out. Mostly because I got see Luke (or at least his hand), Leia (at least her hand), Han, and Chewie for the first time in something like decades. So if you happen to be someone who loves a good spoiler or likes to dissect the trailers to guess the plot, you're in luck. I already hashed them out for you. Here's the trailer in case you somehow didn't watch it.

If you hate spoilers, run away now. But for the rest of you I present the Top Ten Things We Learned from the New Star Wars Trailer:

1. Harrison Ford finally aged.

2. Princess Leia gets a freakin' light saber. That is all.

3. Technology is going backwards. Suddenly Luke has a robot hand without skin instead of his cool prosthetic hand that looked just like his old one.

4. Matthew McConaughey loves it.

5. We're running out of things for the Millennium Falcon to fly through. First it was asteroids, then a space dinosaur and then the second Death Star. This time it is an ancient wreck of an Imperial Star Destroyer.

6. There must have been at least one big battle after the second Death Star is destroyed, because the crashed Imperial Destroyer is on a desert planet (Tatooine?) and there is a crashed X-Wing nearby.

7. JJ Abrams is not going to give up on that annoying droid that moves with a rolling ball. It is one of the few things in both trailers.

8. Unless the voiceover in the trailer is a flashback, Luke's children (child?) don't know they have the Force until later in life, just like Luke.

9. There is a really important stick in the movie. One of the female heroes is running from the site of an explosion carrying it like it matters to her. I can't wait to find out what is important about the stick.

10. The second trailer should have been first, because this one was awesome.

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David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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David Wagner,
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4/22/2015 | 2:17:56 AM
Re: What We Learned From The Second Star Wars Trailer
@zerox203- It is my understanding that none of that extended universe counts. The only things that count are the 6 movies, the Rebels cartoon, and the two novels they've released since they bought Lucasfilms.

It is possible Luke's speech is just a pep talk to young padawans. But i think he's talking to his kids.

One thing that is hitting the internet now is the tense of "my father has it [the force]." Many are speculating that Anakin/Vader is the thing that "Awakens" in "the Force Awakens." Disney is certainly pushing Vader hard in the Rebels cartoon for season 2 so I suppose it is possible.
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4/22/2015 | 1:51:02 AM
Re: What We Learned From The Second Star Wars Trailer
Thomas' point is spot on. This trailer is making quite a splash online, and while I suppose that was to be expected, I think the penetration to people that haven't given a crap about Star Wars for a very, very long time is quite high. It just seems to hit all the right notes, and I think that the music has a lot to do with that. Thanks for pointing out the robot hand, Dave; I hadn't noticed it myself even after three rewatches. I did consider that Luke's speech (by the way, big ups to Mark Hamill's voicing talents) could just as easily be a peptalk for someone (still likely someone in his family) who already knows they're a Jedi. They're sitting around a fire or what-have-you, "I don't know if I can really do this" comes up, and then he goes into that whole spiel. The possibilities definitely have me excited. I even like the rolly droid.

One of the things lots of uber-fans are wondering about is whether Disney's new trilogy will take into account the 'extended universe' of comic books, novels, video games, and more that are already out there. These include plenty of events after Episode VI, and not just one-offs that can easily be ignored; sequels upon sequels building off one another, featuring the major characters. So far, it looks like a bit of both. The crashed Star Destroyer and X-wing seem to suggest yes; as might be expected, the empire doesn't simply roll over and accept defeat when the Death Star is blown up and the emperor is killed. There's a long and bloody war where both sides suffer many casualties. As for our villain, Mr. Armored Sith? I asked my friend the Star Wars nut, who's basically read everything that's out there cover-to-cover. He shrugged; "he's no-one I've ever heard of." Looks like we won't get it all spoiled after all.
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jastroff,
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4/21/2015 | 10:17:41 AM
Re: Score
Yes, it's true. Music is often undervalued, and no place more than in Star Wars...
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/20/2015 | 6:14:36 PM
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I learned that Star Wars owes a lot to its John Williams score. Music is powerful, even if we refuse to pay for it.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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4/20/2015 | 1:14:13 PM
Re: Trailers, trailers
@Whoopty- Well, the fun thing about Super Heroes is they do die. And then come back. And then die again. And come back. And usually with a new actor playing them. :)

So the good news is that you could know there was a Captain America movie in 2025 and it doesn't mean he won't die three times before that. 
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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4/20/2015 | 7:25:26 AM
Trailers, trailers
Have to agree on the trailers spoiling movies. I'm at a stage now where I'll watch a teaser trailer - but even those are two minutes long at times - and that will be it until the movie comes out. It's even worse when you get a trailer that reveals loads about the film, in the pre-roll before the movie though. That can be oh so frustrating. 

Knowing so much about upcoming films kills their tension. Do we really care about the next Avengers when we know they'll be all fine and dancy for the one after that in two years time? 
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