Remember Rey’s Forceback and how it had all these voices layered with the music? Some of them were clear, like Yoda’s, but others were almost hidden behind the sound effects.
Well, watching the teaser trailer yet again I realised they’d done something similar to that. I don’t have any software to clean the audio, but I listened carefully several times and I found some interesting stuff.
Luke says (with the Force theme in the background):
Breathe. Just breathe. Now, reach out… What do you see?
Rey’s theme begins.
It’s only a whisper masked by the music, but there’s Leia’s voice saying “Help me, Obi Wan”.
We see Leia,
and Rey says:
The music changes; it’s Kylo’s motif now mixed with Vader’s breathing and behind that, there’s Obi Wan’s (Alec Guiness’) voice saying “Seduced by the Dark Side”.
We see Kylo’s shattered mask,
and Rey says:
The music rises to a crescendo, into something new, in between of what we heard before and Yoda’s voice tells us “Surrounds us…binds us”.
We see the books and a gloved hand touching the Jedi Order symbol on one of them,
and Rey says:
We hear a lightsaber’s ignition.
It’s so much bigger.
Here are my two cents on this—recognizing I just got all this from ten seconds out of a two-minutes trailer and I AM over-analyzing it.
I think many of us got an idea after watching TFA: that the future of the saga (and of the Jedi) would rest on Rey and Kylo Ren’s shoulders—or rather on the shoulders of their dynamic, and that this dynamic would unfold towards a middle ground. Not to light, not to darkness, but to balance.
Now, considering the hints in the teaser:
-the use of the music when talking about ‘light’ (Rey’s theme) and ‘darkness’ (Kylo Ren’s motif),
-how inserting voices and phrases that have been said before gives this bit an eerily similar feel to Rey’s forceback, which was the first connection Rey and Kylo had (Yoda’s phrase it’s the same we hear in the forceback),
-the choice of said voices and phrases and how they paint a background for the images (Vader’s breathing through his mask while we see Kylo’s shattered, Yoda speaking again of the nature of the Force while we see the books).
Also, there’s a lot of focus on Obi Wan again (we hear his voice, Leia talks to him, so there ya go Rey Kenobi theorists).
It’s all interwoven, masterfully. The editing work is amazing and it’s already been said, nothing we see is random. I believe this teaser is not the exception to the rule.
Further, this has only cemented the ideas that TFA gave me. Whether we get a romance between Rey and Kylo remains to be seen; but there will be Reylo, in one way or another.
STAR WARS VIII: THE LAST JEDI TEASER TRAILER - RECAP AND EASTER EGGS
First of all let’s take a second to look at all the things we got in this teaser: Luke training Rey, Kylo Ren’s broken helmet, Finn in a recovery/sleeping pod, Poe & BB-8, and most importantly, Luke’s last lines in the trailer “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Now…let’s begin.
Luke telling Rey “Breathe. Just breathe.” during training. We see Rey holding the ground as Luke tells her “Now reach out. What do you see?” We see a shot of Leia, then Rey responds “Light” and a shot of Kylo’s broken helmet as Rey also says “Darkness”. She also says “Balance” as we see hands over the logo of the Jedi Order. We then go to Rey training with Luke’s lightsaber as he watches over her and we hear him in a voiceover saying “it’s so much bigger”. We then see rebel ships, Finn in the recovery pod, Poe & BB-8, the Millennium Falcon in a fight, Rey wielding Luke’s lightsaber and Kylo wielding his, and we also see Luke Skywalker with R2D2 in the midst of ruins, as Captain Phasma and stormtroopers march, the First Order and the Rebellion fighting, and finally the trailer ends with Luke’s final words: “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi…to end”.
When we see Leia looking at the galaxy hologram, you can kind of hear her line from “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”, saying “Help me, Obi Wan (Kenobi).”
And when we see Kylo Ren’s broken mask, you can also faintly hear the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi saying “seduced by the dark side” from “A New Hope.”
You can ALSO faintly hear Yoda say “surrounds us.. and binds us.. (about the force)” when we see the Jedi symbol. That line was from “Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back.”
All of this can be tied back to the Obi Wan easter egg in “The Force Awakens” when Rey first touched Luke’s lightsaber, we hear Obi Wan Kenobi’s voice (both Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor) say “Rey, these are your first steps.”
Kylo Ren has a scar on his right eye, very similar to Anakin’s scar
We also see Rey’s NN14 blaster pistol, the same one that Han Solo gave her in The Force Awakens.
When we see Luke and R2D2 in the ruins, many people speculate on what that could be. What we know for sure is that it is the same scene in Rey’s vision from The Force Awakens. Most people think that it’s a flashback to when Kylo turned to the Dark side and helped destroy Luke’s Jedi Academy (we know that he did this from TFA, it’s not a spoiler). Some people think that it’s a flash forward, but that doesn’t make as much sense to me tbh.
When Luke Skywalker’s voice over instructs Rey to breathe, and says “Reach out. What do you see?” Rey responds “Light. Darkness.” This could be Rey just getting in tune with the force, but it can also support the theory that Rey will be a new kind of Jedi, a “Grey Jedi” - someone who is force sensitive but not fully on the Jedi/Light side or the Sith/Dark side. The new evidence to support this theory is that even though Luke is training her, he did say that it’s time for the Jedi order to end.
UPDATE: The Arubesh writing on Finn’s recovery pod says “stable”