1996 was a loooong time ago. But somehow, for all us kids who came of age in the 90s, the magic of Independence Day a.k.a. ID4 lives on. Which is why the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer gave us all kinds of feels.

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So: No Will Smith and no sign of the aliens yet. But here’s 5 things we learned from the Independence Day 2 trailer.

1There’s an alien base – or something

“Do you guys like this Instagram filter, or should i go with Nashville?” ©20th Century Fox

The trailer kicks off with a convoy of United Nations vehicles (when was the last time the UN actually did anything effective on the global scene?) on its way to investigate…something in the desert.

And that’s where David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum’s scientist character) comes in with all his science and his sciencey talk a.k.a. an excuse to bring him back. This is how we discover that there has been an alien presence on Earth all this time.

2Humans have been using alien technology

‘Do you think we have enough kamikaze bombers?” ©20th Century Fox

“I spent 20 years trying to get us ready for this. We used their technology to strengthen our planet, but it won’t be enough,” says Levinson.

Well, considering that their alien tech can be taken down by a human virus created on a shitty laptop, it obviously won’t be enough. Plus, it looks like them aliens have brought a lot more ships and stuff this time round.

3Liam Hemsworth takes the Will Smith role

“Call me Gale and I’ll beat your brains in.” ©20th Century Fox

Meet Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth), a dashing looking pilot/military man or other. He’s no Will Smith, but he’ll do. At least he won’t have to compete for screen time with a gorgeous leading woman.

4The president’s gone all beardy

“I need a shave.” ©20th Century Fox

“I see them in my dreams. They’re coming back,” says former president Thomas Whitmore (Bill Campbell), who looks a long way from the days when he was delivering inspirational monologues.

There’s also a shot of him going into a chamber filled with smoke, which either suggests that he’s a) undergoing some sorta sciencey procedure to turn him back into Inspirational President or b) been duped into going for an extremely dodgy spa treatment. If the latter, I sure hope he didn’t go for a package deal.

5THAT speech makes a comeback

“Play that speech again, maybe it’ll improve our accuracy.” ©20th Century Fox

It’s a smart move to link the sequel to President Whitmore’s stirring speech from ID4 – probably the most memorable part of it – via a scratchy voiceover that gets abruptly cut off. Given director Roland Emmerich’s track record, we can also expect to see a lot more shit blowing up.

Oh yes, and here’s the trailer:

The Indepedence Day: Resurgence Singapore release date has been tentatively set for June 23, 2016. In the meantime, tell us your thoughts on the Independence Day 2 trailer! Yay or nay?

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