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We've seen the trailers. We've heard the voice overs. Up until now Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has given us nothing but unconnected images to tease us with how the Skywalker Saga will come to an end. Now, with just under a month before the film's release, we have 30 glorious seconds of continuous footage. Hey, you take what you can get.
The new scene shows the First Order in pursuit of our heroes, and the time jump that we know will be taking place has apparently given the bad guys time to develop some new tech to take out the Resistance. Check out the chase sequence in the clip below.
They fly now. Not only do they fly now, but they have some pretty sweet dirt bikes. We've seen shots of this sequence in the trailers previously. Our heroes are on some sort of land speeder on a desert world and they're moving fast. We now know why, they're being chased by First Order Stormtroopers.
The Stormtroopers have pretty cool transportation, what are essentially motorcycles with very wide wheels, one assumes they get better traction on the soft sand. Of course, things go from bad to worse when the troopers on the back seats get catapulted into the sky. They have jet packs which means Rey and company are now fighting off attacks from the ground and the air.
One thing new that this clip, shared to Twitter, does give us is all of our heroes in one place, something that essentially has never happened in the trilogy up to this point. Poe Dameron and Rey had never even met each other until the final moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but they're side-by-side here, along with Finn, C-3PO, BB-8, and Chewbacca. R2-D2 appears to be missing, though it's hard to tell. Everybody else is spread across the two speeders trying to escape.
This single clip certainly doesn't give us any real answers. We don't know where they are, why both the Resistance and the First Order are here. Which one followed which here? Still, it's great to get a look, however brief, at enough of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to get that feeling that we're watching Star Wars once again.
Of course, it's not like most people really needed help getting excited for Star Wars. Fans have already bought tickets in record numbers. This movie is going to be big, the only question is how big.
From a box office standpoint it will take a lot of ticket sales for The Rise of Skywalker to outdo Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a movie that grossed nearly a billion dollars domestically.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be here December 20, just under a month from now. There's plenty of time for more clips to drop, though it seems unlikely we'll be getting a lot more., and certainly nothing that's going to tell us too much about what's in store when the movie finally gets here.