Now that the new teaser for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has arrived and you’ve had ample time to watch it once or twice — or 700 times — it’s time to really study it. There’s a lot packed into those two minutes and it’s possible even the most keen-eyed viewer missed something.
With that in mind, Zap2it is breaking the teaser down, shot-by-shot. Follow along to see just what director J.J. Abrams has in store for the seventh installation of the “Star Wars” saga.
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Fans initially speculated that this desert landscape — which was also seen in the first teaser — was Tattooine. However, director JJ Abrams revealed during the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel at “Celebration” that this is actually Jakku.
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It also looks to be the ship graveyard Rey scavenges in, if the crashed Star Destroyer is any indication. But what war happened here, and why are there so many destroyed Imperial ships? Hopefully the film provides some answers.
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In a voiceover seemingly partially snatched from “Return of the Jedi,” Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) mentions how his father had the Force. Cut to all that remains of Dark Vader: His skull and melted helmet. Fans will remember his body was burned on a funeral pyre on Endor at the end of “The Return of the Jedi.”

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Next up is a clear shot of R2D2 with a hooded figure next to him. Chances are this is the first look at Luke Skywalker, draped in a black robe and hood.

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The easiest way to figure that out is the robotic hand, much different from the one he utilizes in the original trilogy. Gone is the skin that makes it look like a normal appendage.

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As Luke mentions his sister during this shot, it’s a natural conclusion to assume one of these hands belongs to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Which one, though? The hand on the left — receiving the lightsaber — looks younger than the one on the right. Either Leia is the one on the right or this is some form of flashback sequence. As for the lightsaber being handed off, it looks a lot like the second one used by Anakin Skywalker.

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Finally, the trailer gets its first big action moment, with a group of X-Wing jets flying over a very colorful terrain.

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One of them is, naturally, piloted by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). According to Isaac, Dameron is the “best freakin’ pilot in the galaxy.” If he’s so good, you’d think his helmet would fit. Maybe that’s just part of his charm?

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Whether you like is or not, Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber is here to stay and it makes for quite the visual.

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Back on Jakku, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) escape an explosion, with BB-8 hot on their trail. In case you’re wondering what could have caused the blast, take a close look to the skies on the left and you’ll notice a little TIE fighter causing all kinds of trouble.

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It’s hard to tell exactly where this shot takes place, what with all the fire and doom. That should be your biggest clue as to who caused it, though: A Sith.

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Not just any Sith, but Kylo Ren. Something alerts Ren, who spins around with a and holds up his hand, ready to use the Force. It’s impossible to see who’s approaching him, but the better question is who’s under that mask. Speculation is Ren is portrayed by “Girls” star Adam Driver.

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In this shot, which looks eerily like a propaganda film, Stormtroopers stand guard in front of a stage on a snowy planet. Who’s on the stage is anyone’s guess, but the symbol hanging in the background is new.

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Rey gets her first close up of the teaser.

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Here’s another look at the new TIE fighter designs seen in the first teaser.

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This is where things get weird. Obviously there is an attack on the TIE fighter landing bay happening. The problem is, the attack is coming from a TIE fighter. Who’s in control of the Imperial craft? It’s certainly not the stormtroopers.

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Perhaps the chaos is connected to Finn, who is seen with what looks like smeared blood on his stormtrooper helmet. Is he attempting to escape?

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Whatever is happening, it’s certainly not sitting well with Finn. Perhaps this is that “incredible danger” Boyega mentioned about his character.

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This is the “Star Wars” imagery fans know and love. A shot of a Star Destroyer in space, with crafts approaching.

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The trailer quickly moves to a shot of the new Chrome Stormtrooper. Who is this character? It’s a mystery that will likely haunt fans for months to come (some people think it might be Gwendoline Christie’s mystery character), but the character design — right down to the cape — is fantastic.

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Meanwhile, on the Millennium Falcon, BB-8 gets a quick moment to shine as it peeks around a corner.

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In this moment, both Rey and Finn are wearing the same outfits as the attack on Jakku above. Whether it takes place before or after that is a unclear.

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That mystery is quickly forgotten though, when the Millennium Falcon makes its grand return, being chased by a TIE fighter. The teaser shows just a small snippet of the chase, but it’s a thrilling one, nonetheless — especially when you find out who’s chasing them.

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The Chrome Stormtrooper makes one final appearance in the teaser, piloting the TIE fighter trying to gun down the Millennium Falcon.

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He or she doesn’t stand a chance, though. Not with these two at the wheel. The most exciting moment is the trailer is definitely the return of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). Welcome home, indeed.
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The title card says it all. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” flies into theaters Dec. 18, 2015.
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