Warning: Potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker lie ahead!
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In this edition of Weekend Watch, we’re breaking down the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. First up, we have a tremendous supercut that strings together all of the trailers for the Skywalker saga. After that, we have an in-depth breakdown that examines every nook and cranny in the final trailer. Following this, we showcase a quick video that explores a potential spoiler theory based on the trailer.
Next, we have a video that breaks down all of the potential Easter eggs hidden in the trailer. Finally, we’ll close things out with a problematic, but funny, celebrity Deepfake video that showcases George Lucas “reacting” to the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: Every Skywalker Saga Trailer
Up first, we have an excellent compilation video form IGN that showcases every single trailer for the Skywalker saga. Starting with the trailer for The Phantom Menace and ending with The Rise of Skywalker, this trailer offers some helpful context on the trailers for the saga as a whole. Right off the bat, it becomes readily apparent how much the marketing for each of these original trilogies has shifted throughout the years. It’s honestly kind of shocking how much the trailers for the original and prequel trilogy embraced spoilers. Although this supercut does provide an excellent baseline moving forward, it also sheds some light on how the trailers have evolved throughout the decades.
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown
Next is a great trailer breakdown from New Rockstars for The Rise of Skywalker. This shot by shot breakdown of all the Easter eggs and hidden details that are easy to miss in the final trailer. Even though the bulk of the video covers Palpatine’s mysterious presence, it also highlights what the heck is going on with Threepio in this final trailer.
The video also breaks down all of the many cameos from famous Star Wars ships – including The Ghost from Rebels. Aside from this, it also dissects that the mysterious new iceberg planet showcased in the trailer. Additionally, it also explores how Luke and Leia might return and how the story will probably return to Endor. Most importantly, it also covers the mysterious dagger that Rey is holding in the trailer.
Is Rey Holding The Dagger Of Mortis In The Final Trailer For The Rise of Skywalker?
While we’re on the subject of this mysterious dagger, this video from IGN posits that it’s The Dagger of Mortis. First introduced in the “Mortis Trilogy” during The Clone Wars, this mystical dagger might be the key to defeating Palpatine. The video digs into the lore of the blade, explaining where it came from and where it went. Although the design of the dagger seems to be different in The Rise of Skywalker trailer, it’s an interesting theory. Either way, there’s no doubt that this dagger will probably exist as a deus ex machina at some point in the story.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer Easter Eggs
Speaking of the story for The Rise Of Skywalker, this video from Screen Crush tries to make sense of the plot based on the trailers. Although the trailer is jam-packed with some great moments, information about the plot of the film is still relatively sparse. Instead of breaking down the trailer shot-by-shot, the video explores events in the order that they think things might occur. While much of the same information is covered, this breakdown does an excellent job of piecing together a potential plot.
George Lucas Reacts To The Rise Of Skywalker – Salty Celebrity Deepfake
This creepy deepfake video from Collider showcases an impressive George Lucas impersonator reacting to the final Rise of Skywalker trailer. There’s something to be said for how problematic deep fake technology is. With that said, this video is also absolutely hilarious in the context of the new trailer. While the sequel trilogy has famously eschewed any creative input or consolation from Disney, this might be for the best.
Despite this, the video pokes fun at some of the perceived missteps of the brand under Disney’s leadership. Even though some things are not as problematic as the video makes them out to be, there are some fun jabs at the franchise that are somewhat justified. Either way, this is an entertaining video that only proves one thing – there’s never enough room to make all the Star Wars fans happy no matter how hard they try.
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