There could be spoiler in this Rambling piece. If so, they are uninformed and nothing more than idle speculation on my part. Warned you have been!
In case you have been living under a rock and somehow missed the new trailer to Star Wars: The Force Awaken, here is a link to have a look:
YouTube Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer 3
No Luke. No, I should clarify. No obvious Luke. There is one short scene with an unknown, hooded figure reaching out a mechanical hand to R2D2. Could this be Luke? Maybe. Maybe not. I think it probably is. R2 has been Luke’s droid and near constant companion since A New Hope. It wouldn’t been too much of a stretch to imagine R2 is still hanging with Luke in some capacity.
The mechanical arm, though, throws this theory a little for me. When last we saw Luke on Endor, had a hand that essentially looked human. Why now, 40 odd years into the future, would Luke’s hand change from synthetic to mechanical? Unless, for some reason, Luke no longer has access to the necessary technology to repair/maintain his artificial hand…
Which leads me to a little speculation on Luke’s whereabouts. There have been theories that Luke has been living as a hermit, and a possible plot/subplot for Episode 7 is the search for Luke. I think this is entirely possible, and probably likely. I think Luke has hidden himself away from the galaxy, fearing the power of the Dark Side could corrupt him somehow. Luke may believe the only way to prevent this is to hide away.
I have a few reasons for this little theory. And they start in Return of the Jedi. Let’s look at that final confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader on the Death Star. Vader had Luke’s measure through the majority of that fight. Admittedly, Luke wasn’t fighting his hardest – he was trying to redeem Vader after all, not kill him. The fight stalls when Luke hides under the platform. Vader is searching for him, and all the while taunting him, trying to get him to come out and fight. The conversation goes something like this:
Vader: You cannot hide forever, Luke.
Luke: I will not fight you.
Vader: Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for … sister! So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her too. Obi Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now, his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will.
Luke attacks Vader, seemingly in a rage. The fury of his assaults drives Vader backwards, and knocks him from his feet. Luke continues to pound at Vader, smashing his saber again, and again, until he finally cuts Vader’s hand from his arm. Luke then sees what he has done, and that Vader is defeated.
It is this scene that makes me think Luke knows the Dark Side is within him. To beat Vader, he used his anger, rage, and love for Leia to win – essentially, he uses the Dark Side to beat Vader. This would have stuck with Luke, made him think about the power and danger of the Dark Side, and how easily it can corrupt even the most powerful of Jedi. Luke, being the only Jedi left, couldn’t risk allowing himself to fall to the Dark Side. There would be none to stop him. Leia has had not training. Luke knew that two Sith could rule, he had seen it for himself. He knows his family has a strong history with the force, and, in particular, the Dark Side. To allow himself to remain at large in the galaxy, with a potential fall to the Dark Side always a possibility, was/is unacceptable to Luke. Therefore, he hides himself away.
Where? Dagobah wouldn’t be a surprise. Yoda hid there for many years without issue. Likely? Who knows.
Rey – who is she? She claims to be no-one in the trailer. But, based on that same trailer, and the official movie poster, Rey clearly IS somebody. The main character, with Finn, more than likely. But WHO is she? The daughter of Han and Leia? Based on the trailers, there is absolutely no evidence to back this. But director J.J. Abrams has withheld her surname (and the same with Finn). Unsurprisingly, this has only fanned fan speculation over her origins. I’m guessing she will be the daughter of Han and Leia. But I am only guessing.
Kylo Ren – a dark sider, but, apparently, not a Sith. A Vader junkie. Again, there is similar speculation about his origin. In this Extended Universe (which is now gone, in favour of the new, official universe), Han and Leia had three children. The eldest were twins, Jacen and Jaini. Both were Jedi, but, in true Skywalker family tradition, Jacen fell to the dark side and turned to the Sith. There is some fan speculation that this storyline has been grabbed from the Extended Universe and worked into this film. I doubt this will be true. I think he will be an independent character with no family ties to the Skywalkers.
The overall look of the film from the trailer is incredible. It LOOKS right – and by right, I mean it looks like it fits into the world of the original trilogy. It looks dirty, the ships have marks on them like they have seen battle. I have heard the original trilogy described as looking like a world that is ‘lived in’, as opposed to the prequel trilogy, which looked too clean and sterile. There is emotion (Han and Leia embracing, Rey crying and firing her gun while screaming). There is plenty that looks inspired by the original trilogy, but updated (X-Wings, TIE fighters, etc).
There were plenty of scenes shown, but there were no spoilers. I still have no idea what the plot will be, other than guesses based on assumptions. We see Finn holding a blue light saber that looks like the one Luke lost in Bespin in Empire when Vader chopped off his hand. Kylo Ren is there too. Ren approaches Finn, and ignites his broadsword style sabre. Finn appears to panic at this stage, and the scene changes. Clearly, Finn is not a Jedi yet (if at all).
I cannot wait to see this film. Tickets have been purchased, and now it is simply a count down to a movie I never thought would happen.