As you probably guessed from the title of this post, THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen it yet – don’t read on.
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Okay. Saw it. Loved it. Was is perfect? No film is – but the most important part was intact… it was fun. The story was an adventure, and it wasn’t a bogged down political drama that the prequels gave us. It was space opera. Here are the questions that are rattling in my brain:
1. WHY WAS JAMES BOND IN THE MOVIE?
Okay – this isn’t really a question, but my chance to point out a really great easter egg. In case you haven’t heard yet, the Stormtrooper that Rey uses a Jedi mind trick on was none other than Daniel Craig. Pretty cool: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/12/17/daniel-craig-makes-cameo-star-wars-force-awakens
2. WHO THE HELL IS SNOKE?
The new “Supreme Leader” seems Force sensitive – and allegedly able to train in the Jedi arts – but all the Jedi are dead save for Luke Skywalker, so who the hell is he? I have a funny feeling that this will turn out to be a minor character dating as far back as the prequels returning somehow. Remember: Yoda lived to over 800 years old, and Chewbacca is pushing 250. There are races that can be around in the Star Wars universe for a long, long time.
3. WHO ARE REY’S PARENTS?
She got dumped and left on Jakku by her parents. Did they know her lineage? What IS her lineage? The most popular/easiest answer is that she’s a Skywalker – and that Luke sired a daughter. I don’t know if I’m on board with this. Maybe Qui-Gon? If there were ever a Jedi that “bent the rules” of being a Jedi, it was him. I could totally see him having a child without anyone’s knowledge and a family line continuing from there. There’s also Obi Wan. He had a LOT of spare time on Tatooine. Is Rey his granddaughter? Who’s to say he didn’t start a family.
THAT SAID – there are a couple of things that lean towards the Skywalker theory.
- Luke’s speech in the second teaser trailer. He’s speaking to a family member and it COULD be Ben/Kylo Ren – or not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngElkyQ6Rhs
- Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) had the map to Luke on Jakku… so why is he there? Is he in an Obi Wan Kenobi capacity to watch over Rey – like when Luke was growing up? If Luke had to find a way to hide Rey from the galaxy, that would make sense.
4. WHERE DID LUKE’S BESPIN LIGHTSABER COME FROM?
I, personally, think Lando found it and held on to it. It’s in character for him since he’s a “business man” – you know? Lando is also the ONLY character I can think of that would have had access to get this… unless Vader had an Imperial lackey grab it after his duel. Hopefully this gets explained.
5. WHY DID FINN SUDDENLY TURN GOOD?
Does he have a reason for this? Is it the Force? Is he related to someone? I have a feeling, though, this will be a case of “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” and his character is what it is. No backstory. Just someone who decided to “do the right thing.”
6. WHY IS C-3P0’s ARM RED?
7. WHY WAS THERE NEED FOR A RESISTANCE IF THE REPUBLIC EXISTS AGAIN?
The story goes: The Republic ran the galaxy. Palpatine took it over and turned the Republic into the Empire. By Star Wars (1977) he killed off the rest of the Republic in order to keep control of the galaxy, and the remaining Republic sympathizers were The Rebellion. Then the Rebellion won – and the Empire fell. Thus, the Republic was back in place.
So why is the Republic a separate faction from the Resistance (former Rebellion)? I mean, I get the First Order (former Empire) – but not the existence of the other two separately.
8. WHO WERE THE KNIGHTS OF REN?
This was a throw away line in the movie, but one that hopefully gets clarified. Were they “wanna be” Jedi or something?
9. HOW DID MARK HAMILL GET SECOND BILLING WITH TWO MINUTES OF SCREEN TIME AND NO DIALOGUE?
Because he’s awesome, that’s why.
BEYOND THAT – every question is speculation. Can Leia forgive Kylo Ren for murdering his father? Can Luke? Why did Luke need to find the old Jedi Temple? Does Luke still have a green saber? Why did Luke stop wearing a glove? Will Kylo me more “mechanical” in the next movie – like his grandfather?
It’s fun to see how Star Wars, when done right, can bring people together. Familiarity breeds interaction. Sure, we all got excited when the prequels showed up – but this is different. Case and point:
- Friends of mine coordinated a private screening so we could watch it in good company (minus the “masses”) last night. It seemed that special of an occasion.
- Fathers worked hard to make the connection of generations for their children (see my blog post from yesterday: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/10637)
- One of my ex-girlfriends from high school started messaging me on Facebook last night. She and I were both going back and forth at rapid succession over our theories from the movie pretty late. (Our love for the trilogy was part of how we started dating as teenagers.) I’m sure her husband was looking at her as odd as my wife was… but hey, Star Wars fans!
- My cousin Jim and I grew up on Star Wars together. We don’t talk regularly (beyond usual Facebook stuff) – but he called me this morning, out of the blue, to talk about the movie. The best part: it seemed like the normal thing to do.
So there you go fellow Star Wars nerds. Theories are welcome here (since you can post without the comments floating onto social media) because, as Mr. Hamill put it, “don’t be a Homer” https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/677185970987515904