The Entire 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Is One Big Red Herring

The Entire 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Is One Big Red Herring

"This is not going to go the way you think."
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Monday night, thousands of Star Wars fans suffered through half a football game in hopes of seeing Luke Skywalker again. The trailer for the upcoming installment to the newest trilogy, The Last Jedi, premiered at halftime, and it immediately sparked controversy. Through a series of cleverly edited clips, the trailer seems to suggest that Luke's reluctance to train Rey out of a fear of how similar her power is to Kylo Ren's leads her to seek guidance from the dark side of the force -- and Kylo Ren himself.

Though a part of every Jedi's journey in Star Wars includes being tempted by the dark side, that last moment in the trailer, when Kylo Ren extends a hand toward Rey, was quick to come under scrutiny. What at first glance looked like Rey speaking to Kylo is beginning to look more and more like two separate scene cut together. Kylo stands in a large, outdoor space where fire rains down, his face lit in red and orange. Rey stands in what looks like a room lit in softer, yellow light. She's also wearing her Ahch-To outfit, which, based on the footage, she only wears for the first portion of the film, before she would likely see Kylo again. If anything, she's talking to Luke.

That doesn't rule out the idea that Kylo is extending his hand to Rey in his clip, though. Maybe there's something about Rey's appearance that would be spoiled by showing her in that scene, like a new lightsaber or a missing hand. Maybe Rey isn't as compliant as she appears in the trailer and is gearing up to cut his hand off. If it's not Rey, though, then the real speculation begins. It could be Leia, as Kylo either tries to redeem himself or tries to pull the same trick he did on Han. It could be Finn since he seems to be on an equally destroyed world in what looks like the First Order hanger in his clip fighting Phasma. Either way, the entire final sequence in the trailer is deliberately misleading.

The same can easily be said for the rest of the trailer, though. The opening lines themselves may even be a bait and switch, meant for Rey rather than Kylo as Snoke attempts to bring her to the dark side the way the Emperor did to Luke. A major hint at the fact that this trailer is manipulating the story is in the Luke and Rey plot, though. The same power Luke sees in Rey is exactly what made the Jedi refuse to trust and fully train Anakin, and the idea that Luke would refuse to teach her upon recognizing a power that is rampant in his family's past and present would be backtracking both for the story and the character.

Luke's storyline in the original trilogy was about turning from the old ways of the Jedi and allowing for the strong attachments and emotions they feared the power of. If Luke did go to the Jedi temple and learn more about the Jedi, he knows the Jedi's fear of "raw, untamed power" was his father's undoing. When combined with the fact that we do see Rey training with Luke in what looks like a scene after he tells her he's afraid of her power, it doesn't sound like Luke will turn away from her at all.

Aside from this trailer's paralleling of Rey and Kylo so that we might fear Rey's inevitable run-in with the dark side of the force, the majority shows moments we already knew were coming. Finn goes undercover and fights Phasma. Poe gives inspiring speeches. Snoke is ugly. Finn and Rose's story is apparently still too deep under wraps to be in promotional material like Rey's and Kylo's, unfortunately, but even those that did make the trailer seem heavily skewed. Let the next two months of speculation begin.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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5 Reasons Why The Saints Are Inbound To Win The Super Bowl

With the Saints rolling this year, there are 5 crucial reasons why they have a great chance to make the Superbowl.

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When you're reading this is February, you're gonna ask yourself, "How did he know?" I'm a wizard; that's why I know the Saints are going to the Superbowl this year. I'm just kidding, but in all seriousness, I can say with confidence that the Saints have one of the better chances in the NFL to make it to the Superbowl. Below are 5 reasons why they'll make the Superbowl in February 2019.

1. Breesus Christ

The Saints have Drew "freaking" Brees. I literally do not need to say more, but I will anyway.

Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league period. He will break the record for most passing yards in a career this season, and he has the record for highest completion percentage. To all the people that say Tom Brady is better, you're wrong. Tom Brady has always had a defense to rely on when he needed; Drew Brees hasn't.

Whenever the Saints need Brees, he's always there. The Saints rely on him to get them out of big holes and us Saints fans know that he's the best QB in the league and will lead us to another Superbowl this year.

2. Lighting and Thunder

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram being the best running back duo in the league isn't new news. We saw all of last season that Ingram was a bruiser and Kamara was a shifty back. They form a lighting and thunder duo. This season, Ingram has been suspended for the first four games and the Saints were still able to go 3-1. Just imagine how great the Saints are going to be when Ingram comes back this week. It's going to be SCARY.

How do defenses stop Kamara, Ingram, Brees, and Thomas? Defenses beware because the Saints are marching in.

3. Can't Guard Mike

Michael Thomas has been unstoppable this year. No one can guard him. In my opinion he's the best receiver in the league, and while others disagree, they can't deny the impact Thomas has had for the Saints. With the best QB in the league, Thomas is in a prime position to lead a major push to the Superbowl for the Saints. When the offense is rolling, no one can stop the Saints. Cornerbacks can prepare as hard as they need, but they can't guard Mike.

4. Boonk Gang

The Saints defense made major strides last year and helped propel them to many wins. If not for a freak play that resulted in the Saints losing in the divisional round, I believe the Saints would have moved on to the Superbowl. While the defense has been pretty bad at the beginning of the season, in week three, the Saints defense showed what they are capable of. With Ingram coming back and controlling the pace of the offense, watch for the defense to get much better through the season.

5. "Put me in Coach Payton"

Sean Payton may be the second best coach in the league after Bill Belichick.

Coach Payton has had the Saints offense in the top 10 offenses every single year since he became head coach in 2006. With his offensive creativity and his ability to use players such as backup QB Taysom Hill in positions where no other coach would dare to use them, Coach Payton will be the driving force in leading the Saints to the Superbowl.

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