In this special episode of Hyperspace Theories, Tricia and B.J. share their reactions to the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that debuted on Monday, October 21, 2019. Recorded two days later, our discussion begins with our first impressions of the trailer, followed by our favorite moments and favorite details.
The context of the trailer’s release also provides a chance to revisit one of the ongoing themes of Hyperspace Theories: how to speculate wisely. We consider several recent interview remarks by J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio and evaluate what they suggest about the storytellers’ perspectives while creating Episode IX.
In the final segment of the episode, which we specifically indicate before starting it, we examine the content of the trailer in light of potential spoilers contained in the leak and rumor reports available online. Fans familiar with this information will view the trailer through different eyes, but those intending to stay spoiler-free for December should definitely avoid this portion of the episode.
- Disney Parks Blog announcement of new Star Tours planet, revealing “the ocean moon of Kef Bir” in The Rise of Skywalker (Oct. 23)
- io9’s trailer breakdown (James Whitbrook, Oct. 22)
- Adam Driver interview in The New Yorker (online edition Oct. 21) (via Club Jade)
- J.J. Abrams interview with EW (Oct. 18)
- Shadow Council article on monster movie tropes and Kylo Ren (Oct. 14)
- music in the trailer: composer @getblake explains his contribution, and David Collins notes the opening arpeggios as Leia’s theme and the Main Theme as Luke’s theme
- fleet junkie Twitter thread by @AdmiralNick22
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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