Many in the “Twilight” fan community thought they’d have to wait until this afternoon to the brand-new “Eclipse” trailer on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” But Oprah in her infinite generosity posted it on her Web site as soon as her show aired in Chicago (at 9 a.m. CT). And now we can all determine whether this second look at “Eclipse” has resolved any the problems there were with the first one.
Most important, this new trailer highlights the the violence of “Eclipse,” and a lot of it. While the first teaser focused on the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner), this one is all about the threat bad-girl vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) is posing with her newborn vampire army.
The trailer kicks off with Jacob confronting Bella and Edward at their school. “Jacob, what are you doing?” Bella asks him. “I’m here to warn you,” he replies, adding as he looks at Edward, “She has a right to know.” The tension between the three of them is pronounced, setting up that dynamic without having to dedicate an entire trailer to it.
While Edward narrates the “situation in Seattle” for Bella, the trailer shows a man being attacked by a vampire on the dark streets of the city. Continued shots of newborn vampires trashing cars and causing havoc are spliced with the Cullens planning their response. “Sounds pretty alarming,” Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) says.
Finally there are some clear shots of the new vampires climbing over what looks like an unused lumber yard and walking up to a body of water. Then there’s a close-up shot of Riley (Xavier Samuel), their leader. “They’re coming here,” Alice (Ashley Greene) foresees.
“This means an ugly fight, with lives lost,” Carlisle tells an unseen person, and then Jacob replies, “We’re in.” The next scene shows the werewolf pack walking out of the woods, for the first time showing the alliance between the vampires and werewolves. “As long as we get to kill some vampires,” Jacob adds while looking at Edward.
This trailer also shows the Volturi as a presiding force over the battle between the newborns and Cullen/Quileute team. It’s a bit surprising that the vampire elite have been featured so much in both trailers, considering they have a fairly small role in the actual novel. Fortunately, after their brief moment in the trailer, the much-hyped epic “Eclipse” battle is shown, and plenty of violence ensues.
In the midst of the final battle scene, a scene with Edward pressing an engagement ring into Bella’s hand is cut in, showing that the editors of this trailer didn’t forget the romance that accompanies the action-packed plot.
In the last 20 seconds of the trailer, Victoria runs through the woods, away from what seems to be Edward. Then we see the wolf pack leap into the fight, in a shot reminiscent of Jacob’s transformation at the end of the “New Moon” trailer.
Unlike the first “Eclipse” teaser, this newest trailer will give viewers an adequate idea of what they have to expect from the third installment of “The Twilight Saga.” Judging by the great action scenes shown in this newest video, “Eclipse” might convert some new fans to the “Saga” after all.