– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via Lucasfilm

Image via Lucasfilm

The countdown is on! We’re officially just one week away from the release of the first standalone Star Wars flick, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As expected, this last week looks to be where Lucasfilm drops the entirety of the film via 30-second TV spots, clips, and trailers. Needless to say, if you’re already sold on this film, there’s no real need to indulge, but if you’re like me, you’re an idiot, and love to see as much of the movie as possible before actually seeing the movie.

The latest TV spot comes in the form of a rather impressive IMAX teaser that showcases the Death Star’s mammoth abilities, with Ben Mendelsohn’s villainous Director Krennick marveling at its beauty.

Check out the spot below.

Now, coming off this surprisingly good teaser, I was struck with a couple questions. First was, “did we just see Alderaan get blown up from a different perspective?” However, upon thinking for more than five seconds, I remembered the opening of A New Hope, wherein Princess Leia was shown inserting the Death Star plans into R2-D2. So that pretty much rules out that as a possibility. However, I did think it pretty interesting that the test shown in the spot took place on a planet without actually destroying it. I can only guess that they tested the Death Star’s capabilities at several different levels before resorting to a full-on planet destruction kick on Alderaan.

Either way, this was actually a killer teaser for the film, and has me all the more excited to see it all come to life on the big screen next week. 

What did you think of this new TV spot, and will you be seeing Rogue One next week? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.