There’s less than a month until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker takes over the world, so I imagine we’ll be getting a lot of this the next few weeks. And by “this,” I mean new clips, TV spots, and videos that poke at our nostalgia for Star Wars. And I’m here for every second of it. Check out all one of all three after the jump.
This clip has a definite Mad Max: Fury Road vibe, what with the race through the desert on crazy machines and people bouncing all over the place. But I’m thinking it, you’re thinking it, they’re thinking it… “They fly now?” I have to admit, I giggled, and this moment feels like a very Star Wars moment. It captures both the thrills and humor inherent in the saga, and I’m into it. And, I mean, storm troopers with jet packs, so…hell yeah.
This TV spot for The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t offer much when it comes to new footage, but we get glimpses of the rocket-propelled First Order soldier, Sith Troopers throwing down, the Knights of Ren, and all of our favorites. It may not reveal anything earth shattering, but it certainly does the trick.
Finally, there’s a new retrospective look at the Skywalker saga from beginning to end. It banks hard on nostalgia, and I have to admit, I’m a sucker for this kind of marketing, even if I know it’s mercenary in its approach to manipulating my emotions and affection for Star Wars.
That said, did you notice one big name that we haven’t heard anything about yet? Not an unexpected character, but Lin-Manuel Miranda shows up in this montage and that’s new. It does make a certain amount of sense, the recent Star Wars movies have tons of celebrities in various cameos—Daniel Craig, Ed Sheeran, Simon Pegg, to name a few—and Miranda provided music for the new cantina scene in The Force Awakens. Usually the famous faces show up in masks or under heavy effects so they’re not a distraction, but this looks like we’ll get a full glimpse of his mug. I’m pretty indifferent to the whole thing, but it’s noteworthy, I guess.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker takes over the world on December 20. Do you already have your tickets?