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What we learned from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer

As we've come to expect in the "Star Wars"/J.J. Abrams universe, the new – and final – trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," which premiered during "Monday Night Football," kept the plot secretive and didn't give much of anything away. But it did give fans enough intriguing moments and quotes – and impressive battle scenes – to keep everyone buzzing until the film officially debuts Dec. 18 (with early screenings Dec. 17).

Here's the trailer:

The film – the seventh in the "Star Wars" franchise – picks up 30 years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi."

Here are some interesting things that we saw – or didn't – in the new 2.5-minute trailer.

The quotes

“Nothing will stand in our way. I will finish what he started,” Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the commander of the First Order, says in a very Darth Vaderish-voice as the camera holds on a battered Vader mask.

“It’s true … all of it. The Dark Side … the Jedi … They’re real.” – Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega).

“The force is calling to you … just let it in.” – Who is the woman saying this – and who is she saying it to?

What was that scene about?

Han Solo comforts a crying Leia (Carrie Fisher). They're together – fantastic. But why is she crying? (Those rumors better not be true.)

Han, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Finn with their arms behind their head appear to be captured.

Still no sighting

This film is filled with stars – but we still haven't seen many of them yet including Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o' (Maz Kanata), along with Max von Sydow.

He was there … briefly ...

Contrary to initial reports that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was missing from the trailer, there was a brief shot of a person who appeared to be Luke – unless there is another guy in a Jedi robe with a mechanical right hand who might want to tenderly touch a dusty old R-2D2. However, the same shot appeared in an earlier preview.

... but ...

It's a little unnerving at this point that there isn't new footage of Luke, nor is he in the new character-filled poster. What's going on here?

The Force Awakens art

We need answers

Why would Finn be brandishing a lightsaber and preparing to battle Kylo Ren? Hmm.

Why are both Leia and Rey crying in separate scenes?

Why was X-wing pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) being tortured, a la Han Solo? Or better yet, why is he important enough to torture?

Ticket sales

The trailer also acted as the kickoff to online ticket sales, which temporarily crashed ticket site Fandango, as well as AMC Theaters’ servers. There are currently 44 showings of "The Force Awakens" set for Dec. 17 starting at 7 p.m. according to Fandango; three shows already are sold out at the Transit Regal. The film will be shown in standard format, 3-D, Real D 3-D and IMAX. All are listed near the theater times.

Email Toni Ruberto at truberto@buffnews.com

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