The newest "Star Wars" trailer is out and the fans — including this one — are going borderline psychotic with the buzz it's generated. While "The Last Jedi" looks like it's going to be an amazing entry into the "Star Wars" universe, it also looks like it will be showing us a turning point in George Lucas' galaxy far, far away.
The trailer certainly delivers on everything we've come to expect from the upcoming movie. It seems that we see the heroine from 2015's "The Force Awakens," Rey, being trained in the ways of the force by Luke Skywalker. We can see she's being pushed both physically and mentally, honing her lightsaber skills and even her telekinetic and foresight gifts that come with being a force user.
We also see scenes that appear to line up with flashbacks Rey had in "The Force Awakens," with Luke and his trusty droid, R2-D2, looking on as a temple burns in the background. The video further shows ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron and his droid, BB-8, reunited but in a bit of trouble; the Millennium Falcon in battle; and "Force Awakens" villain Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo) drawing his famous red saber.
It's everything a "Star Wars" fan wants to see — but despite all the exciting footage, it's the final line in the video, seemingly from Skywalker, that indicates what this installment will be about:
Did you hear it?
"I only know one truth," Skywalker appears to say. "It's time for the Jedi to end." Assuming the line is from Skywalker, if you ask five different fans what he means when he says this, you'll likely get five different answers.
Some will say that Luke has turned to the dark side and believes it's time to wreck the Jedi order for good. While unlikely, it's not impossible. In the now defunct extended universe, Luke did at one point become a Sith. While that universe is now non-canonical for the "Star Wars" franchise, elements from it have been used repeatedly. However, with Rey being fresh off a battle with the dark side, it's not likely she's willing and ready to sign up for it — even if Skywalker is now a member.
Some might say that Luke is just tired of the fight altogether. His heart isn't in it ever since he tried to reawaken the Jedi order, which was destroyed by Kylo Ren and his gang. Others might counter that it's up to Rey to bring Luke back into the fold and reawaken his fighting spirit. This could be possible. If we're seeing history repeat itself in the "Star Wars" universe — as "The Force Awakens" was strikingly similar to "A New Hope," the original "Star Wars" movie — we'll have a reluctant master attempting to train a rambunctious padawan who runs off early during training to fight a galactic evil, a la "The Empire Strikes Back."
But this would be an awful let down for fans. The reboot would really just be a glorified remake, and "The Force Awakens" has introduced many mysterious plot points that could take us spiraling off into any creative, and exciting direction. If you were to ask this fan, the story is now going to finally bring us to what the ultimate goal was when Lucas dropped "A New Hope" on us back in 1977: balance to the force.
When Luke said the Jedi must end, he didn't say it like a man tired of the fight. He said it with conviction. It was the "one truth" that he knew. Perhaps Luke is now on a mission to truly bring the balance to the force that had long been prophesied. This balance does not mean giving full power to the Jedi, who demonstrated that they themselves can be dictators when given too much power, or to the Sith, who are just, well, evil.
No, it may very well be that Luke is training Rey to be a Jedi who walks the line between light and dark. A force user who balances, if you will, between the pure emotional output of the Sith, and the reasoned reservedness of the Jedi.
This may have been hinted at as far back as the "The Force Awakens," where, even in the poster, Rey is seen with her weapon — not crossing Kylo Ren's lightsaber in battle — but parallel to it.
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— Justin (@JustinFrydel) April 4, 2017
In "The Last Jedi" poster, Rey is holding her lightsaber aloft that starts Jedi blue, but ends Sith red.
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 14, 2017
While this idea is fresh to the main "Star Wars" plot line, it's not an unheard of concept within the Star Wars extended universe. Those who are familiar with Knights of the Old Republic will recall a character by the name of Jolee Bindo, who was a "grey Jedi," or one who walked the line between light and dark. Could we see more being borrowed from the now tossed extended universe, with Skywalker taking on much of Bindo's characteristics? Both are self-exiled Jedi who seem tired and somewhat disillusioned after having gone through traumatic experiences. Both are thrust back into action by the arrival of a force user learning the ropes. The similarities, so far, are seemingly striking.
But we won't really know until the movie comes out in December.