A Countdown to Star Wars

By: Nina Schwelm

Run the clock, oh PLEASE, run the clock!

“One minute and thirty-three seconds till the half!”

Two months ago, I had shouted this to my mother upstairs; I was almost in a panic. It was a blowout; the Patriots were up twenty-four nothing against the Jets, so I wasn’t concerned about the actual score. I wanted to get to halftime. I knew I was about to experience a soul-combusting moment for an obsessive Star Wars fan who actually likes the sequel trilogy. I was about watch the world premiere of the final trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

Before it aired, a million questions raced through my mind:

How will it open?

Will it reveal anything about the plot?

How long is the time jump?

Will Kylo Ren have his helmet on or off?

..and on and on…

I was in a daze. I had been waiting for this moment for what seemed to be my entire life. Since early January 2016, I had been a hardcore Star Wars fan. Contrary to popular opinion, I loved the sequel trilogy. My interest in the franchise as a whole re-“awakened” with the release of Episode VII. As I walked out of the theater after seeing that film, I thought, “Wow. My life is complete. I now know my purpose.” And, despite the haters, doubly so for The Last Jedi.

As I sat down on the couch with my mom to watch the final trailer, I felt as if a life-changing journey was beginning to end as the screen darkened and a familiar metallic Lucasfilm Ltd logo came into view. This was it.

My thoughts on the final trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (in theaters December 20th) came fast and furious; here I am sharing them with you.

-“Okay here’s Rey. Gosh, she’s so cool and pretty. I wish I was like Rey.”

-“Is Kylo in that tie-fighter? Oh my gosh are they fighting or training?”

-“Oh, I really love this music. John Williams is such a legend.”

-“Hi Finn! Your hair is longer, how interesting.”

-“That shot gave me Rogue One vibes.”

-“What’s Rose doing?”

-“Cool dialogue between Ren and Rey. I hope that wasn’t edited just for the trailer.”

-“Very nice cinematography. Lighting choices already look spectacular.”

-“Really, Palpatine???”

“Aww, C3-P0 is going to make me cry!”


“Did Rey and Kylo just- oh my gosh they’re going to fight side by side again!”

“Okay that was brilliant.”

“I have to go cry now.”

Will these thoughts and feelings hold up ten days from now after the final credits roll, the lights come up, and the Skywalker Saga has ended? I can’t speak for everyone, but I have a good feeling about this.

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