To say that I’m excited for this movie is a dire understatement, and this trailer has only fueled the fire of my anticipation.
A few things that really grabbed my attention..
The teaser for The Last Jedi seems to follow the exact same beats that the teaser for The Force Awakens did, a soft opening to a dramatic punch of one of out heroes seemingly in some sort of distress.
It’s undeniable that Rey is being trained by Luke as I’m sure that we had all collectively expected.. But I’m not entirely convinced that Luke is training Rey to be a Jedi. Luke’s voice ask’s “What do you see?” and laced behind Rey’s reply are some almost unintelligible whispers. Rey gives us the standard “Light”, “Darkness” (Was that a smashed Darth Vader Helmet? A subtle reflection of how this film is completely breaking away from the original trilogy and Star Wars lore as were once knew it?), “The Balance”.. and Luke responds with “It’s so much bigger”… then Luke’s big bombsehell “I only know one truth, it’s time for the Jedi to end”.
Now my fanboy analysis:
I’m thinking Luke took his own training to a whole new level, a level that Yoda and Obi-Wan would not have approved of. I don’t by any means believe that Luke has gone Dark Side, but I also don’t think that Luke would have entirely kept to the light.
After Vader destroyed the Emperor, Return of the Jedi showed us that Anakin’s spirit became available through The Force, for a son who grew up not knowing his parents, it’s foolish to think that Luke wouldn’t have taken advantage of this new found accessibility to his father.
Though Anakin did restore balance to The Force by ending the rein of the Sith doesn’t mean that his faith in the Jedi order had followed suit.
Luke’s rushed training by the last 2 known Jedi Knights had to have left holes in his understanding of the true nature of the Jedi Order, holes that I’d like to think he didn’t stop seeking to fill.
It’s clear, to me at least, that Yoda and Obi-Wan would have provided Luke with a very one sided story. Vader was a traitor one who could never be redeemed, and with how Anakin left The Order, that’s completely understandable. Luke however felt the restored light within his father right before Anakin’s death. If Luke were to hold a continued connection to his father after Anakin’s death, Luke would be provided an entirely new view into how the Jedi Order truly operated.
Luke’s closing statements of there being so much more to the force and that the Jedi Order needing to end leads me to believe that Luke may have opened the door into the whole “Gray Jedi” phenomenon that has been becoming more prevalent in recent years.
Luke may blame the original Order for what had happened to his family, or under Anakin’s influence mad have tapped into the Dark Side while continuing his independent mastery of the force and expanding his understanding into what the “balance” of The Force truly means.
Does true “balance” of The Force mean that it’s wielder must hold an even mastery of both the Light and The Dark?
If so, then the Jedi are just as guilty as the Sith it’s misuse and therefore must also be put to an end.