Star Wars fans roasted J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm, and the Star Wars franchise after releasing the latest clip from The Rise of Skywalker, which shows flying First Order Stormtroopers equipped with jetpacks.
Director J.J. Abrams released the clip during Good Morning America, which sees Stormtroopers equipped with jetpacks catapulted into the air as they pursue Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8.
Following the clip, Abrams stated:
“It’s incredible how much, and I’m of course only grateful that people care enough to look into this stuff and want it, but it’s amazing how much people read into the small details. It’s the key to doing a movie like this which is that you want to make sure the details have meaning and matter because you know they are going to be scrutinized like crazy.”
However, it appears he didn’t pay too much attention to the details in this clip as he has Finn questioning, “They fly now?”
Fans were quick to point out that jetpacks in Star Wars are nothing new and in fact First Order Stormtroopers have been equipped with them.
“They can fly now?!”
Note to JJ: The First Order (that HE created) already had Rocket Troopers that Finn would have known about…
What kind of Mickey Mouse organization are you guys running over there? pic.twitter.com/DRVSRa5R6B
— ⚡T E V E N – TFM #BabyYodaGang Illustrator (@StevenWayneArt) November 25, 2019
Just seemed odd that Finn, of all people, says “they can fly now?” Looking for confirmation from Poe. I’d be like, “dude you’re the one who was a stormtrooper for decades. Don’t you know this?”
— Mateo Garcia (@mateogarciajax) November 25, 2019
— Prequel Memes Droid (@PrequelMemesBot) November 26, 2019
Did you know? Three of the main characters in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ say ‘they fly now’ in reference to the Stormtroopers. This is because the Stormtroopers can fly in the new film. #StarWars pic.twitter.com/jAnaZaRJQk
— Orbonom (@Orbonom) November 26, 2019
jesus christ, this looks like a scene that a 3rd grader would’ve thought of. “tHeY cAn FlY nOw?” jet packs have been in Star Wars for years, apparently nobody knew that though.
even then, if the jet packs are faster than the bikes, why are they even on bikes? https://t.co/kKBcOX0auU
— crylyte XVII (@CrylyteV1) November 25, 2019
Bruh seriously though. “They can fly now” three fucking times like wtf they try so hard to make it a comedy and none of the jokes land cause they’re fucking stupid. I love Star Wars to death but Jesus Christ the new trilogy kills me lol
— Robert Lothringer (@MRfanceyPants) November 25, 2019
Did you see the other Star Wars preview today? The “they can fly now?!?” bit makes it looks bad
— Matt McGill (@Matt_McChill) November 26, 2019
Ha.. ha.. crazy. They have jet packs wow. They can fly now.. what a movie moment pic.twitter.com/WtmuPy2Uy2
— Fisto Roboto (@cybernetic_cat) November 26, 2019
That new Star Wars clip is do stupid. “They can fly now?!” It’s called jet packs, they have been in Star Wars the whole time….
— Brandon Shelton (@blshelton93) November 25, 2019
Having Stormtroopers that can fly should not be out of the ordinary as C-3PO, Finn, and Poe make it out to be.
As numerous fans stated, jetpacks have been in the Star Wars universe for quite a long time.
Boba Fett is seen using one in Return of the Jedi.
His father Jango Fett also deployed one in Attack of the Clones.
In Star Wars #21 Sergeant Kreel leads an elite squad of Stormtroopers known as Scar Troopers that answer directly to Darth Vader. His squad deploys jetpacks.
In Poe Dameron #1, First Order jetpack troopers are clearly seen in the events leading up to The Force Awakens when Poe Dameron is leading the Black Squadron and seeking out Luke Skywalker on the orders of General Leia Organa.
Jet packs, Stormtroopers using them, and especially First Order Stormtroopers using them should not be anything that surprises C-3PO, Finn, or Poe Dameron. However, that’s what this clip shows us, and it’s all for a bad laugh.
What do you make of this new Star Wars clip? Does it get you excited for The Rise of Skywalker, or does it just portend an impending disaster?