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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Trailer makes a splash, and ticket websites avoid a crash

The Drive is clearly with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The trailer for Episode VIII of the film saga made its debut within the midst of Monday Evening Soccer, kicking off ticket gross sales for the Dec. 14 premiere and past.

And the actually magical half was that you can truly purchase tickets.

First, about that trailer: Though followers have gotten glimpses of the upcoming film at Comedian-Con and different particular occasions, that is the most important absolutely loaded dose of Star Wars lore to go public because the first official trailer was released in April.

Spoiler alert: Even director Rian Johnson agonized over whether or not hard-core followers ought to watch tonight’s trailer — and if you happen to’re a super-stickler about spoilers, cease studying (and watching) now.

I a legitimately torn. If you wish to are available clear, completely avoid it.

However it’s gooooood….. https://t.co/Y29K5yz8i4

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 8, 2017

FORGET EVERYTHING I SAID AND WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT https://t.co/itreyIVN8A

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 10, 2017

Suffice it to say that the villains in addition to the heroes are clearly taking it up a notch. “When I discovered you, I noticed uncooked untamed energy … and past that, one thing actually particular,” super-baddie Snoke may be heard saying in a voice-over.

The episode’s budding darkish lord, Kylo Ren, says, “Let the previous die” — adopted by heart-tugging close-ups of Normal Leia Organa, played by the late Carrie Fisher.

Luke Skywalker, in the meantime, seems to be anxious as he says, “I’ve seen this uncooked power solely as soon as earlier than. It didn’t scare me sufficient then. It does now.”

And Rey, the heroine of “The Drive Awakens,” sounds conflicted as she says, “I would like somebody to indicate me my place in all this” — and somebody’s hand reaches out.

If Rian Johnson says you must watch it, who’re we to argue?

Now, concerning the tickets: When the trailer aired at halftime on ESPN, that was the sign for ticket home windows to open at theaters and at websites starting from Fandango to Seattle’s Pacific Science Center and Cinerama.

To spice up fan curiosity, shops supplied posters, buying and selling playing cards and different goodies. (The official theatrical poster was unveiled tonight along with the trailer.)

Prospects going after Dec. 14’s first showings hardly wanted such enticements. These tickets have been snapped up inside minutes.

The excellent news is that there was hardly any of the angst we noticed when tickets went on sale for “The Drive Awakens” in 2015, not to mention the chaos that broke out final 12 months when the Cinerama opened its online ticket window for “Rogue One.”

Last 12 months, customers encountered repeated error messages once they tried to attach. Even when they have been capable of get by to the web site, many couldn’t get throughout the cost course of. “Might Not Get Seat Knowledge” was a frequent response. The theater was pressured to apologize on Twitter.

Since then, Cinerama has up to date its database server, modified {hardware} firewalls, modified from a microwave to fiber-based web service supplier, and rebuilt how the net servers discuss to the database server — all geared toward making certain a smoother expertise for “The Last Jedi.”

Prospects who logged onto Cinerama.com tonight have been shunted over to a digital queue, the place they lined up for turns to pick out and pay for reserved seats.

Concerning #TheLastJedi on-line ticket gross sales… pic.twitter.com/kKa2D6Pqi7

— Seattle Cinerama (@SeattleCinerama) October 9, 2017

In the meantime, about 200 patrons lined up for actual on the Cinerama’s ticket window, workers members instructed me tonight. By the point I confirmed up, at round 7:10 p.m., the road had disappeared. Happily, there have been nonetheless about a dozen tickets left for the Dec. 14 opening double characteristic, a $45 extravaganza with “Drive Awakens” setting the stage for “Last Jedi.”

It’s a good factor I confirmed up in particular person: Regardless that there was nonetheless a smattering of seats out there on the brick-and-mortar ticket sales space, the digital ticket sales space had been shut down by the point I bought by the net queue.

Geek Life author/editor Kurt Schlosser contributed to this report. P.S.: If you happen to actually love spoilers, try Entertainment Weekly’s shot-by-shot analysis of the trailer.

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