'The Last Jedi' Teaser: Where Is Finn?

'The Last Jedi' Teaser: Where Is Finn?

Why is the new promo material missing its leading male?

As any fan of "Star Wars" is aware by now, the first teaser for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiered at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this past Friday, and fans are already studying and analyzing every detail of it. The teaser makes the film look noticeably different from "The Force Awakens," the trailer for which looks bright and whimsical in comparison to the high contrast of blacks and reds in the new teaser, and every bit of it has been paused and pulled apart. From Luke falling to his knees beside R2-D2 in what looks to be the same moment we see in Rey's force vision to the fleeting audio of Leia saying, "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi," Obi-Wan saying, "Seduced by the dark side," and Yoda saying, "Surrounds us and binds us" as Rey describes all she sees to Luke, every bit of information that can be gleaned from this teaser seems to have been found and has sparked a hundred conversations. Does Luke mean to train Rey as a Gray Jedi so that she can bring true balance to the Force? What did Luke find while researching the Jedi? What happened to make him decide that the Jedi need to end, and what exactly did he mean by that?

However, the second film in every trilogy contains two stories: one of a lone traveler, and one of the two other members of the trio on their own journey. As Mark Hamill said at Celebration, a teaser is meant to tease the story to come so that people will want to see the trailer, and yet this teaser only teases Rey's section of the story. Her co-stars, Poe and especially Finn, were unfortunately spare in the teaser, and Kelly Marie Tran's new character Rose is completely absent, despite descriptions of "The Last Jedi" placing heavy emphasis on the importance of her and Finn's storyline. If a teaser is meant to tease the story, why was the only shot to tease this major story a single shot of Finn asleep in a bacta tank? When combined with the fact that Finn was completely absent from the poster and that Kathleen Kennedy didn't acknowledge John or Kelly's existence on the stage with her despite Finn being as "iconic as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo" according to "The Last Jedi" panel, it almost feels as if Finn is being intentionally scrubbed from promotional material for this film.

The only possible solace from this is that he was so heavily focused on in the original teaser for "The Force Awakens," since Rey only received one shot there, leading many to believe Finn would be the central character and suggesting this teaser may follow in the same pattern and reveal Finn to be central in the next film. However, this shot of Rey actually showed her in action and teased her character. Even if Finn and Rose's story is so essential that showing a piece of it would reveal too much, that can't mean there isn't an ambiguous action shot of him to replace the image of him literally unconscious and hardly teasing anything. The only possible reasoning for this would be that to show him would mean revealing a spoiler, like if he was visibly scarred or disabled from his fight with Kylo Ren. It's still hard to buy that this is the reason, but it is a way to somewhat ease the minds of Finn's fans.

Don't get me wrong, the teaser is still exciting to watch. Getting to finally hear Luke's voice is almost overwhelming and Rian Johnson's directing is already noteworthy before the film even comes out. The way the teaser completely downplays Finn's character, though, one that is essential to the franchise and that basically kickstarted the entire new trilogy in favor of drawn out and vague references to the Jedi and the First Order, feels almost purposeful, a concept that is leaving plenty of fans feeling uneasy. We can only hope he and his storyline are at least featured in the first trailer.

The full teaser for "The Last Jedi" can be found here.

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In the wake of Logan Paul's suicide forest debacle, I decided to explore how this could even happen in the first place.

Wow, 2018 sure has started off with a bang, hasn't it? First, Donald Trump seemingly threatens North Korea with nuclear annihilation. Then, all these stupid memes about tide pods and Knuckles the echidna circulate across the web, and finally, Logan Paul decided that he would not be outdone.

Yes, the YouTube star decided to vlog in Japan, and every foreigner who has ever hated American tourists for their arrogance and ignorance has been validated. When he arrived in the country, Paul stated that Japanese culture was all about respect. He then proceeded to run around streets in traditional Japanese attire, buy a Game Boy Color from a store only to immediately spike it on the road like a football, and oh yeah, went to the suicide forest, and decided to film the body of a man they found who had recently hung himself in the forest.

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Logan Paul is one of, if not the fastest growing star on YouTube, and this controversy has barely affected his ascent in subscribers, some of which defended his actions, and even sent threats to those who didn't. Also, I feel I am justified in saying that both Logan and his brother Jake Paul (a former Disney channel actor turned YouTuber) are both arrogant pricks who make their livings messing with people and being an overall nuisance to anyone they encounter and have no concept of consequences for their actions, but this article isn't about them.

I believe that their popularity is only a result of several fundamental problems with YouTube.

First, I want to get into YouTube's algorithms. It's how the site decides what videos are recommended for you, and more importantly to this story, what videos are on the trending page. Logan Paul's suicide forest video, the one with the dead body in the thumbnail, and the one with the words "dead body" in the title was NUMBER 1 on trending.

YouTube's algorithm exposed millions of people to this deplorable video.

YouTube wasn't even able to take the video down; this was a video that had to have been flagged thousands of times, and it was only removed because Logan Paul himself took it down after all of the backlashes. YouTube was simply unable to do anything about this, and there have to be changed to ensure that they don't let things like this slip through the cracks again.

The real question, at least to me, is why even make a video this ridiculous and ignorant and disrespectful in the first place?

The answer, of course, is for the content. Unfortunately, this is not new. YouTubers have been doing shocking things to get views for years now, and this has led to the bar being raised. Many things that were shocking before simply aren't anymore. We've seen it so many times we get numb, so creators come up with even crazier things to do. Eventually, it becomes normalized, and the cycle continues on and on until we have people filming dead bodies in haunted forests.

YouTubers are trying to get a rise out of us so that we click on their videos, and they're seeing how much they can get away with. It seems that on the internet, no matter which site you go to, the loudest, most obnoxious, most divisive voices always rise to the top, but they don't have to. We can resist that knee-jerk angry share that they want from us.

We don't have to give these idiots the light of day, and we can tell them that we have had enough of their crap, not with our voices, but with our views, because once those go away, they'll have no choice but to listen up.

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