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Is Rey the Next Chosen One or Another Darth Vader In the Making?

The story of Star Wars really harks back to the tale of destiny that has been told for centuries through fairy tales and epic plays. In the original trilogy the story revolved around Luke and his journey as he turned from being just a hopeful farm boy wanting to go an adventure to a powerful Jedi who would then bring peace and order back to the galaxy. His journey was complex and difficult but it all led to a rather satisfying end. For Anakin his journey was reminiscent to Luke’s and the exact opposite at the same time. He was a young slave boy who wanted to travel the galaxy and explore the stars but instead of him becoming a hero like Luke did he became a galactic monster as he transformed into Darth Vader and brought a terrible darkness to the galaxy. Both of these men were central figures in their trilogies and while their humble beginnings were very similar their outcomes were much different. And that’s where I come to Rey.

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Rey, like Luke and Anakin, has a nearly identical humble beginning to her incredible journey. She was a scavenger surviving day by day by providing Unkar Plutt mechanical scraps in return for food. She too, like them, wanted to journey beyond the stars and make a better life for herself. She was basically a slave, like Anakin was, and she also came from a sand planet. If you really think about it, it’s kind of odd how much alike Luke, Anakin, and Rey’s stories are.

So yeah, Rey is very much like these two past central characters but, judging from her story in the two movies of her journey so far, what does it look like the end of her journey will entail for her? Well, let’s take a quick look at that journey she’s partaken on.

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Could Kylo Ren and Poe Be Good Leaders?

The Last Jedi has been out on Blu-Ray and Digital for quite some time now and after having seen the film a numerous amount of times I can finally start looking forward to the future and what this movie might be setting up. I’m not trying to create any outlandish theories or bring any exciting ideas to the table just yet, I’ll let other people do that, but I am starting to look at what Rian Johnson left in Episode VIII and what it could mean moving forward. Like the aspect of new leadership by the end of The Last Jedi for the Resistance and the First Order.

At the beginning of The Last Jedi both Poe and Kylo Ren were headstrong commanders making forging their own paths in the universe but by the end of the movie they are both powerful leaders heading into the next movie but can they handle that responsibility of being, well, a leader? And that’s what I’m excited to talk with you about in this post and I hope you enjoy.

So, let’s first look at Kylo Ren.

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The Cosmic Force Just Might Be the Coolest New Creation in ‘Star Wars’

The Last Jedi brought a lot of new concepts to the Star Wars table as it tore down preconceived notions of the Force and the Jedi and created some new things that’ll ensure years of more Star Wars movies. The greatest new addition that has been presented to the Star Wars universe since Kylo Ren…and Rey, of course, isn’t a tangible thing like the Praetorian Guards or the jaw dropping Supremacy but rather a new element of the Force called the Cosmic Force. Let me give you a rundown on the powers of the Force if you’re not familiar.

The Living Force: The concept of the Living Force was brought to life in The Phantom Menace as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jin spoke about it to his then padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi but it’s been around since The Empire Strikes Back when Yoda tried to teach young Luke what the meaning of the Force was.

The Living Force is the force between all living things. It’s the here and the now, the constant energy that imbues the Star Wars universe and can be felt by everything despite the thing knowing it’s being manipulated by the Force or not. And then there’s a new area of the Force that has been introduced and it’s called the Cosmic Force.

The Cosmic Force: The concept of the Cosmic Force is simply the balance between the Light and the Dark. Both Snoke and Luke Skywalker understood this deeper notion of the Force.

Snoke: “Darkness rises, and light to meet it.”

Luke Skywalker: “Powerful light, powerful darkness.”

But here’s why the Cosmic Force is so ridiculously awesome. Let me take you through the Star Wars movie timeline, from the years of The Phantom Menace all the way until the present years of The Last Jedi to give you a full idea of powerfully incredible the Cosmic Force is.

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The Things I Would Love To See in ‘Episode IX’ of ‘Star Wars’

I know, Episode IX isn’t going to be here anytime soon and I should probably focus on Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is actually going to be in theaters in about three months, but I can’t help but think about the final installment of this current Star Wars trilogy.

The Last Jedi was amazing and now that the novel for The Last Jedi is almost upon us a lot of my questions will be answered and there will undoubtedly be some juicy content that I won’t even see coming that’ll hopefully shine a light on the upcoming sequel. Outside of the hints that The Last Jedi movie and novel might provide here are the things that I would love to see happen or explained in Episode IX. Enjoy!

The Knights of Ren

Adam Driver in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

In The Force Awakens we were given a brief, but very cool, glimpse of the evil cult Kylo Ren leads, the Knights of Ren, but since then there has been little mention of these black clad warriors. I believe this was intentional.

Rian Johnson took J.J Abrams’ ideas and upended them for the better by killing Snoke, making Kylo Ren the Supreme Leader of the First Order, literally grounding Poe to make him a better person, having Finn embark on a mission away from the friends that he knew to also help him grow, revealed that Rey’s parents are deadbeats, turned Luke into a depressed hermit/hero, and basically annihilating the Resistance. These were some of the more striking choices that Rian Johnson made and I loved them. One thing he didn’t tamper with, however, were the Knights of Ren.

This mysterious group he left to the devices of J.J Abrams in Episode IX and I am seriously hoping they finally make their major Star Wars debut in this ninth film. Snoke had his Praetorian Guards. I believe it’s only fair that Kylo Ren should have his Knights of Ren to be his personal guard. That would probably lead to a rather epic battle that I don’t even want to imagine just in case it doesn’t happen and I won’t be disappointed. Still sounds awesome though. 🙂

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Should Rey and Poe Have A Romance in ‘Episode IX’?

The Last Jedi came out nearly a month ago and while us Star Wars fans still have a lot of questions concerning this long-awaited sequel we also have a few questions leading into Episode IX and one of those questions is whether Rey and Poe might end up having a romantic relationship in the final movie of the trilogy?

The reason for this question is because of the brief exchange between Rey and Poe at the end of the movie. Now for me, I didn’t see anything between the two characters as they introduced themselves that sparked my future-couple spidey sense but a lot of people are wondering if they might end up becoming something more than just rebellion buddies. Personally, I think having them become a couple would be a terrible idea for several reasons.

One, Rey is just too awesome for Poe (sorry Poe.)

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I mean she’s this super powerful force-wielder (I don’t know if I can officially call her a Jedi yet) whose ideas and goals simply far exceed his. And yes she’s much more powerful than the likes of Finn but she began her incredible journey with the ex-stormtrooper before she even knew she had the Force. And they had a lot in common. They were two young, alone individuals who were trying to find their way in the universe. The thought of Rey and Poe being together is about as icky as when Black Widow and The Hulk started having a romance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The second reason they shouldn’t be together is because it would be highly sexist.

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Rey is a very, strong independent character. She isn’t in the movies because she’s a love interest. She’s in the movies because she has a story that’s important and doesn’t exactly need the assistance of men. And yes she has feelings for Finn and even Kylo Ren but it’s not as if her only role in the films is to aid in the romantic aspect of the movies.

Now, due to the way things shook out in The Last Jedi, her relationship status at the moment is kind of in the air. Finn has possibly become fully invested, romantically, in his new friend, Rose and Kylo Ren is an evil monster who can’t see beyond his hate, thus he and Rey are now mortal enemies but just because the two men she likes might not be into her anymore doesn’t mean she has to resort to the next best guy which, in that case, would be Finn’s best friend, Poe Dameron. And yes, Poe is a very charming and handsome man but come on. Is it really so important for her to be in a romantic relationship that they would force a strange and very unrealistic romance between her and the dashing pilot? I don’t think so.

Third, it wouldn’t help Poe’s story at all either.

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Poe is awesome, there’s no doubt about that, but the very concept of him ending up with a potential Jedi just does not match his character nor his story line. He’s a man with little patience, as was advertised heavily in The Last Jedi. He acts brashly and makes his decisions quickly with no thought of the consequences. Do you really think a man like that could even have a romantic relationship with a Jedi? I don’t think so.

And how would it possibly aid his story? The next time we see him he’ll probably the new General of the Resistance which means he’ll be way too busy to try to keep up with Rey. I mean Leia couldn’t even find time for her own son. But Poe will be so in love with Rey that he’ll make their relationship work? *rolling my eyes* Okay.

All in all, it would just be a very terrible idea if J.J Abrams decides to take that route for both of these characters. Even Daisy Ridley basically said in an interview the other day that she doesn’t want to see Rey in a romantic relationship with Poe. It would be unrealistic, kind of gross, and it would highly undermine her awesomeness.

Now I’m not saying I don’t want her to have a romantic relationship in Episode IX. I’m a big fan of love stories in movies, especially Star Wars films. I just don’t want it to be with Poe. *shudder*

Well, I thank you for reading my opinion about this interesting subject and I hope you have a glorious day. May the Force Be With You.

 

 

 

J.J Abrams Is Directing Episode IX: Is That A Good or Bad Thing?

So this is exciting news in the Star Wars galaxy. I have to say, I was very relieved when LucasFilm got rid of Colin Trevorrow for so many reasons. First, I didn’t like Jurassic World that much, and mainly because of the woman in the film. The fact that she was running from dinosaurs, trekking across mud, and never once got rid of those heels she was wearing was not realistic and rather irritating. You can’t have a director who treats their female characters like that in charge of a movie about heroines like Rey, that just doesn’t work. And secondly, the movie he directed this year, The Book of Henry, was so terribly critiqued that I was really starting to become nervous for Episode IX. Would he end this fantastic trilogy in the wrong way? Would it become another blotch in the Star Wars timeline like the prequels? So, obviously, LucasFilm didn’t like what they were seeing and got rid of him and I was ecstatic to see who they would replace him with.

And then it was announced two days ago that J.J Abrams would write and direct Episode IX and I’m two parts excited two parts disappointed. This is why.

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