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  1. Bill Cassinelli
    December 18, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

    .I honestly think that Rey is Kylo Ren’s twin sister, but she doesn’t know yet. I suspect that Kylo Ren does know this.

  2. Bill Cassinelli
    December 18, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

    .I think that Max Von Sydow’s character was either a Sith Lord or a General Tarkin-like bigwig on board that star destroyer that we see crashed in the desert. I think the village in the beginning was made up of survivors of that crash, and that Von Sydow unaligned himself with the Empire. In Rey’s flashback of being taken away as a kid, you hear Von Sydow telling her to come with him. My daughter says you see the Millennium Falcon fly away, but I cannot verify, which would mean that Han gave her to Von Sydow to hide her away, because they didn’t want the Empire/First Order getting ahold of her, like they did Ben/Kylo Ren

  3. Tom
    December 18, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

    I don’t think Rylo and Rey are twins. This would have been acknowledged more heavily when Han found her.

    I will have to watch for the make/model of the ship that leaves Rey on my next viewing…

  4. Frank Wolf Connell
    December 18, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

    Spoilers Below

    1. WHY WAS JAMES BOND IN THE MOVIE?
    Connected people get wishes granted

    2. WHO THE HELL IS SNOKE?
    smart moneys on Darth Plaguis ? the one who plapy mentioned to anakin at the opera

    3. WHO ARE REY’S PARENTS?
    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it’s Lukes kid and I’d love for Mara Jade to be involved or hinted at in some way. If it is Luke’s Kid I’d expect her Real Name to be Baru after the aunt that raised him. because most of the twin characters have the same 1st letter in their names Anakin/Amidalia Luke/Leia Rey/Ren Ben/Baru makes sense in that scheme

    4. WHERE DID LUKE’S BESPIN LIGHTSABER COME FROM? This is clearly a retcon as you can clearly see the saber fall into the gas giant in empire. so it doesn’t matter

    5. WHY DID FINN SUDDENLY TURN GOOD?
    I’m pretty sure once there are screen grabs with Finns file pulled up with baby pictures something will be on it to indicate a probably connection to either Lando or Mace.

    6. WHY IS C-3P0’s ARM RED?
    To sell new toys of course. otherwise it’s the same golden droid

    7. WHY WAS THERE NEED FOR A RESISTANCE IF THE REPUBLIC EXISTS AGAIN?
    This was a weak plot point I’m sure they’ll have it tied up with a bow in the new expanded universe stuff

    8. WHO WERE THE KNIGHTS OF REN? Tune in to Episode 8

    9. HOW DID MARK HAMILL GET SECOND BILLING WITH TWO MINUTES OF SCREEN TIME AND NO DIALOGUE? because his contract was for 3 films not just the one, unlike mr ford. and your answer is just as legit Because he’s awesome, that’s why.

    I had the biggest grin on my face through out most of this movie,fell in love with the Falcon all over again, loved the adventures of Han and Chewie in the 2nd act. and the new characters were engaging no one was chewing scenery with the exception of Hux. Over all it was a very solid Star Wars Movie. In my opinion it was far superior to the prequels in every way and it was probably better than Jedi. I’m seeing it again this afternoon. My only real gripe was that the John Williams score didn’t add anything new and Iconic and the only thing from the prequels I wanted in the movie wasn’t and that was for Duel of Fates to be referenced musically during the Kylo/Rey/Finn Light saber fight. Other than that I couldn’t see them doing any better with the story they chose to make. Thanks for the blog post all I want to do is talk star wars and everyone is all no spoilers blah blah blah I say if it was that important to you you would have seen it last night It wasn’t like you didn’t have months and months to plan for it.

  5. Tom
    December 18, 2015 @ 11:26 AM

    Ooooh… I like the Darth Plagueis theory! He was allegedly “immortal” – and that would work.

    I’m not sure that linking Lando or Mace to Finn will happen. I still prescribe to the “he’s a new character” theory, like Poe.

    I’d rather see Lando come up again as a solution for Luke’s lightsaber vs. the Finn question.

    We shall see. 🙂

  6. Frank Wolf Connell
    December 18, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

    yeah the Lando/Mace thing is an outlier but knowing the way they like to tie things together I wouldnt be surprised

  7. Ryan Mulligan
    December 18, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

    1. WHY WAS JAMES BOND IN THE MOVIE?
    Because awesome.

    2. WHO THE HELL IS SNOKE?
    Won’t be Plagueis. The conversation from RotS goes out of it’s way to make sure the audience knows that Sidious kills him: Sidious/Palpatine says, “Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew. Then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.” Because this is where we’re starting to figure out who Palpatine/Sidious really is. Sidious (questionably) knows the secrets to immortality and uses this knowledge to manipulate Anakin. This may not even be true. And a lot of the backstory to Plagueis was in the book “Darth Plagueis” which is no longer canon. My guess is Snoke is an unknown Sith Lord that was on Korriban or something, and is Kylo’s master to keep with the “Rule of Two”.

    Or – and I’m really reaching here – they’re picking out an element of the EU comics and he’s a Palpatine clone.

    3. WHO ARE REY’S PARENTS?
    Yeah, easy guess is Luke’s kid. But Luke is continually described as being blond, so I’m interested in seeing who the mother would be. Make sense too, as her history is “classified” so she might be hiding on Jakku for the same reasons Luke was hidden. The ship you see flying away is not the Falcon, I paid special attention to that. It’s just a ship, not even a YT model. Personally, I’d rather her have no relation to anyone in the trilogy and just be a special force-sensitive. The movie seemed to go out of it’s way to make us think she could be a Solo (natural piloting/engineering skills) or a Skywalker (Force sensitivity, all the secrecy).

    4. WHERE DID LUKE’S BESPIN LIGHTSABER COME FROM?
    You never see where the Saber ends up. In the Thrawn novels in the old EU, Vader finds his severed hand and creates a clone from it (“Luuke” – ugh). All we see in ESB is the hand falling down the vent shaft. When Luke fell, he got sucked into one of the side vents. Conceivably, his hand/saber could have done the same. Who FOUND it, is the real question…my guess is either Lando or some scavenger found it, then through Han’s connection, it found its way to Maz Kanata.

    5. WHY DID FINN SUDDENLY TURN GOOD?
    He was never bad. He says he worked sanitation on Starkiller base while he was in training as a trooper. The assault in the beginning of the movie he states is his first mission. Once he sees the atrocities he’s committing in living color, he can’t do, and runs.

    6. WHY IS C-3P0’s ARM RED?
    This was one of my few gripes. Abrams said several times we’d get an explanation for this.

    7. WHY WAS THERE NEED FOR A RESISTANCE IF THE REPUBLIC EXISTS AGAIN?
    The Republic is the face of the official Galactic government. When the First Order emerged and became the threat we see over an undefined amount of time, some people in the Republic decided to fight back, adopting the old logos of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The Republic supports them in their fight, but stays separate as a governing body. I figure we’ll get more about the formation of everything in the coming books/comics to fill the missing 30 years.

    8. WHO WERE THE KNIGHTS OF REN?
    The trailers had shots of Kylo with his mask off when he was standing with the other members of the Knights in the flashback/vision scene. We know that “Ren” is actually a surname like “Darth”, so therefore it’s an organization he joined…not necessarily led or created, like some people think. A big theory is that it’s an order obsessed with Darth Vader and his image/legacy, and that’s a hint as to how Kylo gets his hands on Vader’s helmet.

    9. HOW DID MARK HAMILL GET SECOND BILLING WITH TWO MINUTES OF SCREEN TIME AND NO DIALOGUE? He had dialogue. It was just in the trailer. 🙂

    I dug the way they picked and chose elements of the old EU and remixed them. In the novels, Luke and Mara had a son named Ben. Han and Leia’s oldest, Jacen, became a Sith Lord in his adult life. Jacen killed Mara. Here, Han and Leia have a kid named Ben who kills his own father. Starkiller base is an amalgamation of a couple of Eu superweapons. Luke training the next generation of Jedi and having a student turn on him is an EU thing (though a natural progression they’d probably have to follow no matter what). Luke going into exile/hiding and searching for the original Jedi Temple is a plot point of some old EU storylines, as well as the recovered saber/hand (I wonder if the hand will come into play at some point).

    My only other real nitpick was that I wish they more clearly explained what Artoo was doing in low-power mode and why (other than the fact that he’s been like that since Luke vanished), and what exactly triggers him to come back fully online with the map. And I want to know how Kylo got Vader’s helmet.

  8. Ryan Mulligan
    December 18, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

    *correction – Vader finds Luke’s hand and Joruus C’Baoth makes a clone from it. Got too rushed typing. 😛

  9. Stacy
    December 18, 2015 @ 1:19 PM

    First time I heard about Bond. Well played! I loved the way he dropped his gun.

    I think they could be twins. Cousins, at least. A Mara reference here would indeed be awesome!

    But that only raises another question! Who knows this and who doesn’t? Ren knows it. He’s pissed when he hears a “girl” was with BB-8 on Jakku. Leia knew where to send her pilot in the first place. And if Han was really there on accident, I think he suspects/figures it out pretty quick.

    For the record, I am pretty sure that the ship dropping off Rey was NOT the Falcon.

    But even after we answer where the lightsaber came from–here’s the real question: Did Han know it was there??? And is that partly why he brings them there? Or was that just destiny (as Yoda would say) / the will of the force (as Qui Gon would say)?

    As for politics, I thought they said the Resistance was supported by factions within the Republic. As if not everyone in the Republic thought the First Order was worth fighting off. Oops.

    My last comment will be to point out 3 facts about that teaser trailer with Luke’s *only* spoken line we’ve heard so far about how his father has it, he has it, his sister has it, and “you” have it.

    3 facts:
    1) The line appears to be spoken to either Luke’s or Leia’s child.
    2) Anakin died at the end of Ep 6.
    3) LUKE REFERENCES HIS FATHER IN THE PRESENT TENSE.

    Maybe Darth Plagueis isn’t the only one learned how to cheat death after all?

  10. Ryan Mulligan
    December 18, 2015 @ 1:56 PM

    Not discounting the theory, but Leia sent Poe there to meet with Tekka, as he had the piece of the map. Then Poe got captured and he hid the piece with BB-8.

  11. Stacy
    December 18, 2015 @ 2:32 PM

    Yes. But what connection did Tekka have to Rey and did Leia know about this? Maybe she didn’t know when she sent Poe, but in the end she knew just asking Luke to come back wouldn’t be enough. With Rey, with lightsaber… now that’s motivation.

    Another question: What triggered R2 to suddenly remember he had the rest of map? Was it just what BB-8 said to him? Or can Luke influence him (or the Force) over that distance?

    And by the way, Mr. Croom, tell that wife of yours, she must be saint to deal with weirdo ex-girlfriends messaging you in the middle of night to discuss obscure nerd lore. And thank you for hosting this outlet to vent my nerdiness among kindred spirits!

  12. Tom
    December 18, 2015 @ 3:11 PM

    RE: R2-D2… I think the proximity of Luke’s lightsaber caused R2 to “wake up”. Just a thought. 🙂

    And, as Ryan can confirm, Shannon is used to my weird life.

  13. Stacy
    December 18, 2015 @ 3:38 PM

    As a good a theory as any. Or perhaps even Rey herself, once she awakened the Force within her.

    Also, there is no reason for a map to Luke to be hiding out in an ancient Imperial database. A map to the Jedi Temple, that is. Is something there Luke must guard from Ren?

  14. Ken Nabbe
    December 18, 2015 @ 6:18 PM

    No one noticed that BIG PILE OF ASHES Ben slams his helmet in… He has a burn out Vader Helmet… and a big pile of ashes… You put 2 and 2 together.

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