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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV spot packs in tons of battle action

During ABC's block of three-hour Thursday night programming, Disney aired its second official TV spot for its upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

There are only a couple of scenes in the trailer that are completely new, but fans looking to get their fix will be pleased.

Some of this may contain spoilers, so consider this your official warning, dear reader!

The trailer opens up with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) running away from a tie fighter that's opened fire on them. Although the extended look at the scene, which has previously only shown Rey talking to a droid, doesn't offer too much information, it's probably a safe bet to assume this isn't the first time they've met based on their body language.

It's also a great moment to use for setting the tone for the entire trailer. Unlike the last official trailer the focused heavily on exploring the characters as much as it could in under three minutes, this spot packs in as much action as possible.

In one scene, for example, Rey is standing beside Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and although we can't see what's happening, it's obvious from Han Solo's only line that a massive battle is about to take place.

"You might need this," he says, handing Rey a gun.

Kylo Ren

The spot also gives a little more insight into Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) character. It's the first time, for example, that the character has uttered the words "the dark side" in a trailer.

The scene shifts quickly when he says it, moving from the image of Kylo Ren standing aboard a ship and looking out into the distance to him and his First World troops marching through a town, clearly hunting someone down, and setting fire to various buildings.

The last shot of Kylo Ren in the trailer, while not new, has him throw his arm out, hand open and palm facing forward, as he wields his lightsaber in the other hand. It’s a scene the studio has incorporated into a couple of trailers, which makes me believe it’s got some significance to the plot in the film. This could mean that he has Sith-like powers not uncommon to Darth Vader, but again, that's just a guess based on a very small amount of footage glimpsed over the past few trailers.

With just over a month until the movie hits theaters, there may be one more major TV spot. Director J.J. Abrams has already confirmed there won't be any more official trailers.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Dec. 18.

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