The Star Wars: Episode IX trailer dropped this morning.
And, as someone who’s been waiting for years for another sweet, sweet injection of Star Wars in my life, I was wildly unprepared. I’ve got chills all over my body, I feel lightheaded, there’s one long scream sounding off in my head. To put it plainly, I’m shook, and I definitely need to go home and lie down for awhile, so I’m calling in sick for the rest of the day.
These are the moments that did me in.
- 0:00- 0:14
Let’s be honest, I was already hyperventilating as soon as I read the words Episode IX, so it makes a lot of sense that the trailer itself opens with Rey panting heavily, though her heavy breathing is probably from Jedi exertion. At this point, I’m just trying to calm myself down because I still have to make it through the rest of the goddamn trailer.
- 0:54 -1:08
Halfway thru the trailer and we are still on Rey, and I am here for it. All I want to see in Episode IX is Rey turn into the lightsaber-wielding galactic hero goddess we’ve been imagining for the last two years, and this moment in the trailer is telling you to buckle up because Rey is about to show you her new Force power: blowing your damn mind.
- 1:15 – 1:24
I’m still trying to recover from Rey taking on a starfighter on foot, single-handedly and then they decided to barrage us with quick cuts of all our favorites – Kylo, Finn, Poe (um hey can we see Poe again?), new droid alert! And then LANDO FRICKIN’ CALRISSIAN. I gasped, then gasped mid-gasp, and gasped again. In short, please bring me a paper bag to breathe into.
Leia giving Rey the hug we all need whenever we see Carrie Fisher’s face.
- 1:39 – 1:50
This was another one-two punch – they set me up and knocked me down. As a huge spherical structure fills the screen and I begin to realize oh crap that’s the Death Star, I wonder what this could possibly foreshadow — and then the Emperor Palpatine’s laugh in the darkness. My time of death? One minute and 46 seconds into the Episode IX trailer. Call it.
Title drop: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Please bring me my migraine medication, as I will be obsessing about the meaning of this title for the next eight months.
Are you excited for Star Wars Episode IX? Drop a comment below. And if you’ve got a favorite moment from the trailer tell me that too.