Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Trailer #2: Most Impactful Moments
By now, most of us have seen those incredible two minutes of Star Wars goodness that we now know as the official Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer #2. And, WOW! What a two-minute moment it was! Seriously, I’m still giddy and covered in goosebumps over the tremendous emotional impact it has unleashed. In other words, it gave me (and still does each time I watch it) the ‘goosies!’
So let’s take a closer look, at the most impactful moments from the second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Jedha: the world is coming undone
Imperial flags reign across the galaxy …
This opening scene alone sends a shrill of chills down my spine and Forest Whitaker’s (Saw Gerrera) delivery on this line is ridiculously on point in my opinion. Besides the dialogue, the imagery of the ‘Holy Land’ Jedha is breathtaking. Not to mention the massive Imperial fleet that hovers above the city and what appears to be a sacred temple. It’s as if you can feel the anxiety building from afar and honestly, that’s quite the feat – considering we haven’t even seen the movie yet.
Jyn: can you be trusted without your shackles?
We have a mission for you – indeed they do, but why Jyn? Is anyone else asking this too? Yes, we know a weapons test is imminent, but why release a criminal to do the job? Criminal or not, there’s something very significant about Jyn Erso. Judging by the look on Mon Mothma’s face, I’d say I’m right.
The score behind this scene is ominous and it fits the tone as a Star Destroyer comes into view. Could it be Vader’s? Not far behind the massive ship, just beyond its shadows looms the enormous, dreaded Death Star and the main focus of Jyn’s crucial mission.
Cassian: I’ve been recruiting for the Rebellion for a long time
How long is a long time? Ok, I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. Exactly how long has Captain Andor been with the Rebellion? He’s apparently well trusted as we’ve seen him keep company with Mon Mothma, but just how far up in the ranks is he? Oh and he has quite the companion in Kaytoo. Seeing them on the screen makes me think of Snap and Mr. Bones from the Aftermath series. Not sure if that’s a correct analogy, but I’d like to think it is.
The Force: All is as the Force wills it
Two friends (Baze and Chirrut) bonded by trust, one fights the empire, and the other trusts the Force – all is as the Force wills it. Probably one of the best and most impactful lines ever delivered in Star Wars film history. And will probably become the most ambiguous one too. Let’s face it, it leaves so many questions to what we’ve already seen thus far, and it also clarifies a lot too. For example, Yoda’s line to Luke in Empire Strikes Back: “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” This leads us to believe that the Force decides the destiny of the chosen. So, does this mean that Jyn was chosen by the will of the Force to retrieve the plans, to make a real difference?
The Mentor: Saw Gerrera
In every Star Wars film there is a mentor who guides a young hero along their path. I believe this role is portrayed by Saw Gerrera. The moment he sees Jyn’s fierce spirit come alive, I’m left with this fleeting feeling that he sees a glimpse of what his sister Steela could’ve become had she survived The Clone Wars. To me, this is why he lectures her on war and what it can do to a person. Hence the line, “if you continue to fight, what will you become?”
TIE Fighter and Darth Vader
I think I speak for most of us when I say these two scenes were probably the most profound images of the whole trailer. There are no words to describe it. The intense fear this lone leader must be faced with as she limps out onto that plank (bridge?) and is stopped dead in her tracks by a TIE Fighter. I can’t speak for you, but I was thinking only two things.
- Holy Crap!
- Will Darth Vader emerge from that TIE?
And then it happens, we finally get to see the man we’ve been waiting to see since Revenge of the Sith graced the silver screen in 2005, Darth Vader. Granted it was just the back of his helmet, but for this ‘Anakin Apologist’ that was just enough.
All in all, I think Lucasfilm and Disney delivered. They gave us characters worthy of emotional investment, great dialogue, and a heart-pounding musical score. That said I’m completely on board. “I’m with Erso!”
*Becca Benjamin is a Medical Receptionist for a Retina Specialist, and the Editor-in-chief for The Cantina Cast, an innovative and thought-provoking Star Wars podcast and website, with a down-to-earth approach. She is also a host (with co-host Mark Sutter) on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast and the personal author for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson. Becca is a monthly blog contributor to Coffee with Kenobi and can also be heard on the TGR Hour Podcast every week, discussing anything and everything Star Wars!