Intel on the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been thin on the ground compared to other movies we’ve seen of this scope. But now we know something we haven’t known before: the soundtrack titles. And they do give a tiny bit of insight into the film.
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1. Main Title and the Attack on the Jakku Village
2. The Scavenger
3. I Can Fly Anything
4. Rey Meets BB-8
5. Follow Me
6. Rey’s Theme
7. The Falcon
8. That Girl with the Staff
9. The Rathtars!
10. Finn’s Confession
11. Maz’s Counsel
12. The Starkiller
13. Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle
14. The Abduction
15. Han and Leia
16. March of the Resistance
18. On the Inside
19. Torn Apart
20. The Ways of the Force
21. Scherzo for X-Wings
22. Farewell and the Trip
23. The Jedi Steps and Finale
“Rey Meets BB-8” is one of the more intriguing titles, because, to me, it suggests that Rey will meet BB-8 before she meets its human pal, Poe Dameron. Another title of interest: “The Rathtars!” What in the name of the Force are Rathtars? And why do they deserve an exclamation point?
When I first saw the title “The Starkiller,” I had assumed it referred to a person: Starkiller was Luke Skywalker’s name back in an early draft of George Lucas’ magnum opus, as well as the code name of a character in the videogame Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. But it seems that Starkiller refers to Starkiller Base. According to StarWars.com, Starkiller is “An ice planet converted into a stronghold of the First Order and armed with a fiercely destructive new weapon capable of destroying entire star systems.” Uh-oh. Looks like trouble ahead for our heroes.
Not only that: Snoke, the villain mo-capped by Andy Serkis, is important enough to have his own song. Chances are he will be earning that musical tribute.
As with every other Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ music has been composed by John Williams. We see a few callbacks to his other work. “Rey’s Theme” is reminiscent of “Princess Leia’s Theme”; “March of the Resistance” is reminiscent of “The Imperial March.”
As for the “Scherzo for X-Wings,” my pal Wikipedia tells me that a “scherzo” is a music movement “that replaces the minuet as the third movement in a four-movement work, such as a symphony, sonata, or string quartet. Scherzo also frequently refers to a fast-moving humorous composition that may or may not be part of a larger work.”
A humorous piece of music involving X-Wings? We have to hear it to believe it. Luckily, we don’t have to wait long. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18.