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Four Years Ago Today, Star Wars Revealed What Really Makes A Jedi Knight-TGN

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s final trailer released four years ago to the day, emphasizing the key to what truly makes someone a Jedi Knight.

Summary

  • The final trailer of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker four years ago generated universal hype for the film, showcasing exciting shots of Rey and Kylo Ren’s duel and a foreboding monologue by Emperor Palpatine.
  • The trailer’s line “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi” echoes Luke Skywalker’s journey in Return of the Jedi, where he became a true Jedi Knight by facing his fears and confronting Darth Vader and the Emperor.
  • Rey, as the one carrying on the Jedi mantle, learns from Luke’s wisdom and successfully confronts her own fears in The Rise of Skywalker.


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s final trailer premiered four years ago to the day during a Monday Night Football game that saw the New England Patriots destroy the New York Jets on national television. Branded the last trailer of Star Wars‘ Skywalker saga, the promotional footage revealed new exciting shots of Rey and Kylo Ren’s duel on the Death Star II, the Galaxy Fleet, and a foreboding monologue by Emperor Palpatine as the main theme swelled. While no one could anticipate the disaster that would ensue in December, The Rise of Skywalker‘s trailer can confidently be said to be the last time there was universal hype for the film.

Four years ago today, The Rise of Skywalker‘s trailer included the following line from Luke Skywalker: “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi.” In retrospect, this plays off the precedent set by Return of the Jedi, which saw Luke become a true Jedi Knight by confronting Darth Vader and the Emperor. The High Republic is poised to continue this school of thought, with Phase III subtitled “Trials of the Jedi” as the heroes must face the Nameless and conquer their fears.

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A Jedi Trial Is All About Confronting Fear

Luke, Rey, and Anakin Skywalker from each Star Wars trilogy.

Luke’s line in the trailer is fittingly said to Rey in the film, as she’s the one to carry on the Jedi mantle. Having learned first hand that he wasn’t a true Jedi until conquering Vader and his Emperor in a selfless way, Luke is the perfect person to impart this wisdom. It’s a lesson his father never learned; Anakin went through the traditional Jedi trials, but when forced to make a galaxy-altering choice, he succumbed to his fears and made a deal with the devil, falling to the dark side in the process. One doesn’t truly become a Jedi until they’re ready to let go of everything they fear to lose, forcing them to confront the greatest evils in the galaxy. Rey succeeded in The Rise of Skywalker by resisting Palpatine’s temptations, putting belief in her friends to win the day and faith in the Jedi past to help her confront the ultimate villain.

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