Luke Skywalker shows his borg side in new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s been three months since the last preview for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, released as part of the Disney convention in Anaheim, California, with no trailers or significant presence at San Diego Comic-Con.  Again bypassing one of the two major comic book and pop culture conventions, Disney passed over New York Comic Con this past weekend to release the next trailer for the eagerly awaited Episode IX late Monday.  Disney included far more visuals and significant story elements in this preview, which tells a story of a young Padawan who is reaching out for someone to help her forge her path ahead.  Who will help her?  Luke Skywalker?  Kylo Ren?  Snoke?

Her future looks bleak.  This definitely carries the hallmarks of a Dark Side-heavy story like that hinted at with the early looks at The Empire Strikes Back, 37 years ago.  Frankly, we’re backing the team with Chewbacca and his Porg co-pilot.

Implied in the trailer are plenty of spoilers, including at least one key character’s death.  Or are they just tricks meant to tease us?  As Luke says, “This is not going to go the way you think.”  Check out the great detail on Luke’s borg hand–Luke was the first character of any major franchise to use the term “borg” for cyborgs, in the original Star Wars 1970s comic book series:

Disney also released another poster for the film Monday (above).  Check out this new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Look at Luke’s borg right side:

Is this a flashback to his days training his nephew, Ben Solo?  Is it in the present, or is this part of a training fantasy with Rey like he had with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back?  Or is that the result of his battle with Kylo Ren–Has Luke become more machine than man, like his father?

And look who is back–Captain Phasma confronts Finn:

You can bet there will be plenty of showings ahead in December as with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.  Tickets are available now, yet the movie doesn’t open for more than 60 days.

Look for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters December 15, 2018.

C.J. Bunce

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