In the many hours we’ve spent poring over the newly-released Rogue One: A Star Wars trailer this week (we know how to have fun), we couldn’t help returning to one shot in particular, where a hooded figure in black kneels in front of a strange tube.
Was the figure Darth Vader, we wondered, or could it be the Emperor, given the presence of his red-suited Imperial guards? Or was it someone else entirely reporting back to one of them?
How we pondered over that seconds-long shot – but now we think we might have spotted something we overlooked the first time around, which ties this scene back to a crucial point in second original Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back.
Basically, instead of looking at the people in the room we should have been looking at the tube. You see, we reckon it looks an awful lot like the life support “Bacta” tank used by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the 1980 film after being attacked by a Wampa and almost freezing to death on the icy planet of Hoth.
They look a LITTLE different, sure, but check out those hanging tubes at the top of both – that’s seems to similar to be a coincidence, making these two pieces of tech seem like different models of the same basic design.
As to what this means, well we couldn’t tell you – perhaps Darth Vader IS in the scene but in the tube rather than in the cloak, recuperating after the events of Revenge of the Sith (where he was burned by lava and mutilated by Obi-Wan Kenobi) while outside his trademark black suit.
Or maybe it’s the Emperor or some other important Imperial figure, injured in some way and guarded by those stylish red-suited fellas.
Then again, it could be somebody else entirely, leaving us back at square one. But we’ll pretend that’s not an option, because we’d rather not think about the 8-month wait until we find out the truth…
Rogue One: A Star Wars story will be released on the 16th December