Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Chris Nolan Fan Trailer

Let’s take a trip in the wayback machine to when Colin Trevorrow was axed from Episode IX. It seems so long ago. Do you remember where you where? God, such a tragedy.


Before J.J. Abrams was announced (which already had seemed like the most likely outcome), some of us here on The Shadow Council were more or less pipe-dreaming about who would be a dream director to do Ep IX. Chris Nolan was, of course, mentioned among Spielberg, Jackson, Villeneuve, etc.

Chris Nolan would actually be a logistical impossibility with this short of notice, full stop. His production company, Syncopy, is contractually tied to Warner Bros. almost forevermore. But, hell, let’s dream.

So with that idea in mind–and because I was already deep into an editing project–I decided to put together my own edit inspired by the Inception trailer. What occurred to me was that the Inception trailer itself wasn’t only putting on display the overall plot of the film, but we saw hints of Cobb’s motivation really was just him trying to “go home.” This theme plays throughout The Force Awakens of errybody goin’ home, so I used a touch of that as well. I hope you enjoy.


The Rise of the First Order

There is considerable confusion in the fandom of how the First Order arose from the ashes of the Empire. There is much we don’t know, but enough has been provided to create a broad picture of how it arose however. This article will analyze and chronicle the First Order’s conception and slow rise into a major galactic power and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Also posted and maintained on r/StarWarsReference.

Warning: Contains Spoilers

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The “Love Story” in The Last Jedi Isn’t a Romance

I think Rey and Luke’s story in The Last Jedi is going to be structured like a love story. Love stories are ultimately about two people coming to love each other and learning how to have a relationship with each other and that’s exactly what Rey and Luke’s story is only the love is familial rather than romantic.

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Facing Their Fathers

When patterns appear in films, especially as a series of specific actions taken by characters, it’s not accidental. Directors carefully choose everything about how shots are set up, the lighting, the body language, actions and line delivery of the actors to tell a compelling story.

J. J. Abrams’ favorite Star Wars film is the Empire Strikes Back and he pays homage to it in The Force Awakens by having the Bridge Scene in The Force Awakens parallel the “I am your father” scene in the Empire Strikes Back in many ways. But then at the end of the film he does something interesting, he mirrors the encounter between Kylo and Han in the Bridge Scene with the encounter between Luke and Rey on Ahch-To. From the behind the scene reel, Rian Johnson appears to be continuing this mirroring. J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, in interviews leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, talked a lot about the importance of visual storytelling in The Force Awakens. That the audience didn’t need to have everything told to them with dialog, instead it could be shown. The mirroring between the three scenes: “I am your father”, the Bridge Scene, and Ahch-To are meant to underscore that the three scenes cover the same topic, the reunion of a parent and child.

Let me show you what I mean.

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Show Me Again…

During this scene in The Force Awakens, we see that Kylo has set up a shrine for Vader’s helmet and seems almost to be praying to it, and through it to his grandfather. Kylo is pleading with Vader to show him again meaning he believes that Vader has shown him the power of the dark side before. People have speculated that this could have been Snoke manipulating him by giving him visions of Vader. But what if Kylo pleading to the helmet is meant completely literally? It’s possible that when Kylo first found Vader’s helmet he saw visions similar to what Rey saw when she first touched the lightsaber. These visions would have shown him Vader at his worst and at his most powerful, a level of power that Kylo aspires to. When he feels the pull to the light he doesn’t go to Snoke asking for guidance, he goes back to the helmet hoping to see Vader at his most fearsome once again, to remind him of the power he can have if he doesn’t stray back to the light.

An Analogy for the Mystery of Rey

I’ve seen quite a few people saying they don’t want Rey to be a Skywalker because that would be boring. I’ve also seen people complaining that JJ screwed Rian Johnson over by not revealing who Rey is in The Force Awakens because now there’s no answer for who she could be that would satisfy everyone. I’d like to propose an analogy for why I think who she is isn’t the point of the mystery they have created.

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