Disney owns, among other things, ESPN. This means The Mouse owns Monday Night Football, and the geniuses who paired the 6-0 Patriots against the 1-4 Jets had to find another way to get people to watch a game that one side considered a mere scrimmage. As a Patriots fan myself, even I cringed watching the Jets assume the attitude of a French pastry chef, producing a tasty tray of turnovers that were really more sweets than one should consume.
The hook was that, at halftime, Disney would reveal the “final official trailer” for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” So I stayed up through the first two quarters of sugar overload (or Jets fans tears) to catch it. The previous big teaser, revealing the Emperor’s laugh at the end, hinted at some redemption to a film anthology that had really become lost in its own complexity, and slave to our own cultural zeitgeist. That’s never good.
As the Jets fans felt in the first 30 seconds of the MNF game, I felt profound disappointment at the trailer. I kept waiting for some punch. I kept waiting for more than just Daisy Ridley’s heaving breaths, John Boyega’s breathless heaving, Adam Driver’s one-emo sullenness (even his lightsaber is sullen, leaking emotion), and a well-known appearance by the late Carrie Fisher. I never got it, like the Jets moving the ball into the endzone.
Then I checked Twitter, and found it seems the entire universe had with one voice shouted “meh!”
The most emotional clip in the trailer is C3PO’s line. That should say a lot. And that was pretty much lifted from Rogue One. That’s also says a lot.
Let’s hope the movie is a lot better than the trailer. But I am not wagering The Force will be with this one.
Here’s the trailer…judge for yourself.
(By the way…the final score of the game was 33-0. Not that it mattered. [Insert Tom Brady’s wicked laughter here.])
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