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."

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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20 Disney Channel Original Movies That You HAD To See As Soon As It Came Out

You know you still have a soft spot for #11.

My friends and I were having a movie night and like many other movie nights before we couldn't decide on what we should watch. We scrolled through Netflix for what seemed like forever until I remembered that I had some Disney Channel Original Movies through an app my Dad set up. This opened up a whole new ball game because we all grew up watching these movies. I got to the app and started looking at all of them.

My friends and I were reminiscing about the movies we had seen when we were younger.

To people that may not know, a Disney Channel Original Movie (or DCOM for short), is a movie that was aired on Disney Channel and was not ever in a theater. Here is a list of the top DCOMs.

1. "Double Teamed" (2002)

Who doesn't love twin girl athletes originally wanting to do different things but both ending up playing basketball?

2. "Right On Track" (2003)

A sister movie where they are trying to be better than each other at racing. There's nothing wrong with some sibling competition is there?

3. "Quints" (2000)

After this movie, I was definitely glad I didn't have any younger siblings, especially not five.

4. "Cadet Kelly" (2002)

Cadet Kelly wanted me to join a military school; however, I know I definitely wouldn't have survived.

5. "Pixel Perfect" (2004)

Making a robot girl that is practically perfect? Yes, please! This movie also inspired me to want to learn how to do a one-handed cartwheel, which I did.

6. "The Cheetah Girls" (2003)

Every young girl and her friends would sing along to these songs and pretend to be them. And let's be real, the other two weren't as amazing as the first, especially after Raven, left.

7. "The Zenon Trilogy" (1999, 2001 & 2004)

Who didn't want to live in space after watching these movies?

8. "You Wish!" (2003)

I definitely know I wanted to wish on a lucky coin that I didn't have any siblings, but after this movie, I'm very glad I never did in case it actually came true.

9. "Starstruck" (2010)

It's every girl's dream to fall in love with a dreamy poster, and the song "Something About the Sunshine" is so catchy, and I have it on a Spotify playlist and have no regrets about jamming to it in the car.

10. "Twitches/Twitches Too" (2005 & 2007)

I definitely wanted a twin that was also a witch after watches these movies.

11. "High School Musical 1 and 2" (2006 & 2007)

These don't need explaining. If you haven't seen them or at least heard about them, then you probably live under a rock. I just wish high school was really like this. Also, "High School Musical 3" was also amazing but did not make the list because it was technically not a DCOM since it was released in theaters.

12. "Lemonade Mouth" (2011)

This one is pretty new, but it made me want to get detention to potentially meet my future bandmates even though I have no musical abilities.

13. "Gotta Kick It Up!" (2002)

If this movie didn't have you shouting "Si se Puede!" then you didn't appreciate it enough.

14. "Get A Clue" (2002)

This made me want to be a spy more than I already wanted to be one as a child. Solving crimes with your best friends sounded like a very great time.

15. "Smart House" (1999)

Winning a house that could talk to you and listen to what you told it? Seems like a dream come true, until the house gets a little too attached.

16. "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off" (2003)

Baseball or cooking? Waiting to see what Eddie chose was a nail-biter.

17. "Camp Rock 1 & 2" (2008 & 2010)

A movie with songs that made you get up and dance and want to go to summer camp.

18. "Descendants 1 & 2" (2015 & 2017)

These movies are really new so, not many people that are over the age of 10 have heard of them, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. They have really catchy songs even if they are pretty cheesy.

19. "Jump In!" (2007)

Who doesn't love Corbin Bleu jumping rope?

20. "Stuck In The Suburbs" (2004)

Another movie where a teenager gets befriends a dreamy pop star. Come on why couldn't that happen in real life? I'd totally be down to be best friends with Justin Bieber. DCOMs will always have a special place in my heart.

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As life moves through its stages.


I see it now.

I see that there is a distinction,

A difference,

Between the present.

Between the future.

Between the past.

We roam through the present,

Making the most of each day,

Living life to the fullest of capacities.

We aspire and discourage.

We succeed and we fail.

We love.

We hate.

We dream of the future,

Hoping to achieve our goals,

To exceed the expectations and break the stereotypes.

We imagine and dread.

We wish and obsess.

We accept.

We fear.

Yet, we live in the past,

Reminiscing on the best of times,

Wishing that we could relive those moments.

We have no choice but to remember the worst of times,

As old memories are forced to the back of the brain,

Crammed inside of a dusty storage box,

Exactly where we hope they will remain,

Until we are ready to revisit them.

That is,

If we are ever ready to revisit them.

We pray to remember,

We pray to forget,

As life moves through its stages.

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