The trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII finally debuted yesterday at Star Wars Celebration! I am loathe not to be there, but regardless, I geeked out from my home office chair. Like any good Star Wars fan, I watched the trailer about a dozen times. (That’s not an exaggeration). More than one person commented that the trailer showed nothing. I beg to differ. Here is my analysis.
Rey and the Force
Rey is strong in the force, no doubt. But there are different types of force users. Some are stronger with it in different ways. You’ve got your empathic Jedi, those who are more in tune with its telepathic prowess, those that use it to enhance their physical abilities, and some who allow it to flow through them and gain clarity, whether in themselves, others, or about the general state of things. Rey is in tune with the force in a way that allows her to harness its raw power and to gain clarity and understanding. Think about her pause in her fight with Kylo Ren. Think about her vision when she touched Anakin’s lightsaber. She uses it in a very unique way.
In the beginning of the trailer she’s gasping, as if having some sort of revelation perhaps? Like something she saw in a vision? Hard to tell. It’s also clear that she’s learning how to use a lightsaber as training shots show. These are all obvious things though. The interesting parts are really when we think about her and Luke’s words.
The Grey Jedi
When Luke asks her what she sees. Her words are simple:
He goes on to say “It’s so much bigger.” He’s trying to understand something through her, or he’s trying to get her to understand what he sees. Later in the trailer he goes on to say:
Portentous, right?! Well when you put these things together, it seems that Luke has learned something that we don’t know yet about the Force, that perhaps there is a fallacy in the way of the Jedi and the way of the Sith, that perhaps true balance had nothing to do with that at all. This leads me to something about about 90% sure of-
Rey is going to be a Grey Jedi.
Something bigger than we know is happening. Luke knows what this something is, and I believe he learned it from his time spent with the Force Tree.
The Force Tree
The Force tree is a tree that was in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, that had strong sensitivity to the force. When Emperor Palpatine took over, the tree was destroyed, save for two twigs, which were taken to the planet Vetine for research. In the comic series Shattered Empire, which took place right after the Battle of Endor, Luke and Shara Bey (Poe Dameron’s Mom) went and retrieved the trees that were being regrown from the twigs from the Imperial base.
One tree was planted on Yavin 4, where Shara and her husband Kes Dameron settled down. Poe helped tend to the tree as he grew up. The other tree was taken by Luke Skywalker, and I think the tree we see in the trailer is that tree, now planted on Ahch-To, where the first Jedi Temple was, presumably. We don’t know exactly what the force tree does just yet, but we know it is important.
The Journal of the Wills
Whatever that book is Luke is reading is it’s important. My theory is that it is the Journal of the Whills. Why? Well first of all, the Jedi usually study via holocrons, not books, so if there is a book that Luke is referencing, it has to be important. Also, the Journal of the Whills is a plot device that George Lucas was playing with, way back when the first Star Wars film was being produced, but it never happened. But we know the book exists because there is a quote from it at the beginning of Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel and it’s directly referenced in the Aftermath: Empire’s End novel, so it’s very possible that that is what that is, but who knows?
Other Cool stuff
We are going to see some major showdowns between The Resistance and The First Order, no doubt. The First Order wants the resistance dead. If this plays out right, this movie will mirror the kind of action and revelation done in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Captain Phasma is back and in action. Finn is undergoing recovery. Kylo Ren’s mask is smashed. There is a lot going on! So, yes, there is a lot to be derived from this plot. Maybe not a lot of plot, but definitely a lot of information.
Oh by the way, if you’re still shaky on Rey and my Grey Jedi theory and why I think Luke is reading the Journal of the Whills…
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray
Through refined Jedi sight."
―Journal of the Whills, 7:477
Straight from The Force Awakens Novel.