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Where Does Dryden Vos Rank Among the ‘Star Wars’ Villains?

When I think of iconic villains the first character that comes to mind is Darth Vader. His bravado, his baritone voice, the black cape, and the iconic “I am your father” line makes this antagonist memorable for all of the right reasons. Ever since then there have been Star Wars villains that have tried to dethrone Darth Vader from his top spot and it took forty years but that finally was achieved with Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren has been such a joy to watch in this current trilogy as his story has grown more complex and made the movies so much more enjoyable. Now with Solo a new villain has arrived and it’s time to find out where he ranks among all of the antagonists that have come before him.

1. Kylo Ren

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There aren’t a lot of characters that I can’t imagine being played by anyone else because the actors have taken a certain role and made it their own but I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Adam Driver playing this emotional character. He brings such an intimacy to the role that I feel like I can understand the guy even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s also hilarious too. I can’t wait until Episode IX.

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I’ve Discovered A Secret Force Connection in ‘The Last Jedi’

Last night I watched The Last Jedi for the umpteenth time and as I was watching the scene where the First Order ambushes the unsuspecting Resistance I realized a fascinating discovery. Rian Johnson introduced us to new possibilities with the Force by creating Force connections, revealing the fact that Force ghosts can still do things in the tangible world like summon lightning, and Luke was able to project an image of himself across a galaxy. The Force connections were obviously one of the coolest ideas brought to the Star Wars universe as it opened ideas of how Force-wielders can interact with each other but while it seems like the only connections that transpired were between Kylo Ren and Rey it turns out that isn’t true. Here’s the scene between Leia and Kylo Ren during the ambush.

As both Kylo Ren and Leia sense each other the camera keeps going back and forth between their faces much in the same way that the camera flips between Rey and Kylo. Leia and Kylo, in those moments stare at each other as if they’re really standing face to face. He quivers with emotion as he tries to push the trigger and she looks at him, questioning him with her stare if he has the guts to kill her.

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Looking Back on ‘5 Things I Would Love To See in ‘The Last Jedi’

Last August I wrote a post detailing 5 things I would love to see in The Last Jedi and to my great surprise everything I wanted to happen actually happened! So here’s a look back at that post I wrote nearly a year ago. Enjoy!

1. Luke and Leia Reunion

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(Last year): Luke and Leia haven’t seen each other for a very, very long time. I think not only would it be a great moment, story-wise but to see Luke and Leia together again after all of these years would not only be beautiful but would also probably be one of my favorite moments of the movie. I’m pretty sure it would be very emotional too. Woo, I can just imagine my tears flowing already.

Well, sure enough they did reunite in the actual movie and yes, my tears definitely flowed at this emotional reunion. I wanted to see the brother and sister together one last time and I’m so glad Rian Johnson provided us this beautiful scene to watch for years to come.

2. The Backstory of Luke’s Academy Being Betrayed by Kylo Ren

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(Last year): Another one of the great mysteries that came out of ‘The Force Awakens’ was the mystery revolving around Kylo Ren and just exactly what happened with Luke Skywalker. Of course, we all know Ben Solo turned to the dark side and destroyed Luke’s Jedi Academy but just exactly how did that happen. In the teaser trailer, a clip is shown of undoubtedly Luke falling to his knees beside R2-D2 as he watches a building on fire. This has to be a scene depicting what happened during that terrible time.

The Last Jedi has a chance to put some of the mysteries that sprouted from The Force Awakens to rest and this one, I hope, will be one of them.

Yes, the mystery revolving around Ben Solo’s fall to the dark side was depicted in the movie but definitely not in the way that I expected. To find out that it was Luke who pushed young Ben over the edge to commit that terrible deed of destroying the temple is unfortunate indeed. Yay, I know what happened now.

3. Finn and Rey’s Reunion

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(Last year): Finn and Rey were a great team in The Force Awakens. They survived deadly adventures and both ended up playing huge roles in the fight against the First Order, but their paths at the end of film split due to Finn’s injury and her destiny to find Luke. Now, in The Last Jedi, from what I’ve gleaned so far, Rey is, of course, training to become a Jedi on the remote world of Ach-To while Finn will be on adventures with the Resistance. But according to Rey at the end of The Force Awakens, they will see each other again and I’m hoping they’ll reunite sometime in The Last Jedi. When they do reunite I’m sure that’ll also be one of my favorite moments of the movie.

It took until the final minutes of The Last Jedi for Finn and Rey to finally reunite again and when they did it actually did become one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Not only does it make me teary nearly every time I watch it but it’s just so nice seeing them together after being apart for so long. It’s simply a heartwarming moment between two of my favorite Star Wars characters. I can’t wait to see them together again in Episode IX.

4. The Mystery Surrounding Rey Somewhat Revealed

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(Last year): I don’t need a complete explanation of who Rey’s parents are. I just want at least a hint. If ‘The Last Jedi’ ended without so much as a reference to her parentage or some sort of closure about that topic the wait for the ninth Star Wars will be just as agonizing as waiting for ‘The Last Jedi’ is. I mean, it would just be unnecessarily cruel considering that LucasFilm knows all of us fans want to know who her parents are so we can stop wondering who she is and just exactly why she’s so important.

Well, Lucasfilm didn’t break out hearts and actually answered our nagging questions about Rey’s parentage…or did they? Only time will tell but as it stands Rey is a nobody whose parents are dead in Jakku (which I don’t think is the final answer to that burning question of ours but who knows.)

5. Kylo Ren and Leia’s Not-So-Happy Reunion

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(Last year): If Leia sees her son again it is not going to be pretty. I’m really hoping they do manage to come face to face in ‘The Last Jedi’ because I know, for a fact, that that will be a crucial moment in the movie, much like in ‘The Force Awakens’ when Kylo Ren confronted Han Solo. Hopefully, it won’t have the same outcome though.

The reason why that would be such a riveting scene is the conversation between them would undoubtedly be fascinating. Would she scald him for the evil he has committed and his willingness to follow the dark path? Will she be, in some way, glad to see her son after not seeing him for so long? Will he be angry when he sees her or will he be ashamed? I know he hated Han, that much was obvious, but I don’t know how he feels about his mother. Will they fight?! Two force wielders in an epic battle, mother, and son. That would be awesome. Oh, there are so many implications of awesomeness if they do meet in ‘The Last Jedi’. I’m just really hoping that it won’t have a devastating outcome, for either of them.

So…they did have a reunion but it was nothing like I had imagined it being, as you can see from this post last year. Leia would end up using the Force but not in a fight against Kylo Ren and there wouldn’t actually be any words between them but the brief reunion between mother and son was definitely one of the best moments in The Last Jedi.

Every once in a while I like to look back at posts I wrote describing a movie before I’ve seen it and this was just so interesting to see that all of these points I wanted to see actually did come to fruition. That’s awesome. And while each topic I wanted The Last Jedi to broach didn’t happen in the way that I could’ve imagined it’s cool to know that the movie did prevail at hitting all of these fascinating points.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I did and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

How ‘Solo’ Has Impacted The Way I See ‘Star Wars’

After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story last week nearly my entire view surrounding Han Solo and Chewbacca’s stories has changed, as this standalone film has filled in gaps I didn’t even know I wanted to be answered and provided me tantalizing ideas for the future of Star Wars as well. So, with no further delay, let me relay to you all of the ways Solo has changed the way I look at these movies. Enjoy!

How Han Got His Name

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Oh my goodness, undoubtedly one of the coolest moments in Solo for me was learning how Han got his iconic name, Han Solo. I always figured that the name was probably made up because the idea of someone having the name Solo didn’t exactly quantify as a legitimate last name to me. I thought that maybe Han called himself that after realizing that he didn’t have any friends, except for Chewbacca, but to learn that an Imperial recruiter provided him the title, Han Solo, is simply one of the coolest things that has ever happened in Star Wars. It was definitely much cooler than when Emperor Palpatine named Anakin Darth Vader.

 Han’s Lucky Dice

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Who knew a simple pair of golden dice would become so important to Star Wars in the last couple of years but it truly has and now, seeing these dice, I feel a pang of sadness because of what they represent. In Han’s younger days the dice meant good luck and for the most part that strange sense of luck he always managed to have during his adventures could be contributed to those magical dice.

And then the dice extends beyond his life and into the complex story of The Last Jedi where we see them, given from Luke Skywalker to Leia, as a sign of that continuing hope and then later disappearing away into nothingness in Kylo Ren’s hands. For Leia the dice’s symbol of luck won out and the last of the Resistance, by luck, managed to get away. And then for Kylo Ren, on the other hand, the dice symbolize that he just might be the unluckiest guy in the galaxy. I love the way Star Wars is slowly connecting the dots and enhancing these films by utilizing simple things like a pair of dice.

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Thanos or Kylo Ren: Who’s The Better Villain?

Disney has made me SOOO happy over the past few years with their mega-franchises, Star Wars and Marvel. Marvel has slowly but gradually become more and more entertaining over the years and Star Wars, well, Star Wars is the best. One thing Star Wars always had better than Marvel however were the villains. Marvel’s villain conundrum was the franchise’s main setback and made the films a little boring to watch because at the end of the day I knew, somehow, with every film that the heroes were going to win. Now, Marvel crafted a perfect formula at shaking things up and keeping the films fun and interesting but that’s exactly what it was; a formula that was never shaken or eradicated.

Star Wars on the other hand truly allows creative freedom to the movies’ individual creators and that was almost to a fault, for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were so different from each other that a lot of people rebuked the new direction the current Star Wars trilogy had headed and that slightly hurt the franchise.

With Avengers: Infinity War that formula was flipped on its head as the MCU finally created a villain that not only was compelling and memorable but so powerful that the heroes, no matter what they did, couldn’t defeat him! It was honestly one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Thanos was basically a ridiculously difficult endgame boss brought to the big screen. Um…awesome!

And then The Last Jedi helped elevate Kylo Ren to a level where he wasn’t looked at as just a villain but as an individual who had just as much of a compelling storyline as Rey which isn’t usually seen in movies. At the end of The Force Awakens I despised Kylo Ren with all my being but by the end of The Last Jedi he was my favorite character of the current trilogy and that is a huge transition achieved by fantastic storytelling on Rian Johnson’s part. So…which villain is greater? Well, I’m going to base this analysis off of five criteria; design, villainy, storyline, victories, and music. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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I Have The Proof That Kylo Ren Didn’t Tell The Full Truth About Rey’s Parents

One of the biggest mysteries coming out of The Force Awakens was the topic around Rey’s parents. Some thought she was a Kenobi, others believed she may be a secret child of Han and Leia, the most common belief was that she was Luke’s daughter, and then some Star Wars theorists were concocting outrageous theories that she was a clone from Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand.

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Then The Last Jedi came out and all of those theories were ultimately squashed as she discovered, through Kylo Ren, that her parents were apparent Jakku drunks whose skeletons were slowly being buried beneath the sands of Jakku. And while that seemed like the most unlikely scenario for Rey it was a smart decision on Rian Johnson’s part because it was an answer we definitely weren’t expecting and it erased the idea that you have to be someone special to be a destined Jedi in the story of Star Wars. But here’s the thing.

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A lot of people think that Kylo Ren was lying about her parents to manipulate her to join him in his quest for supposed “peace” in the galaxy. Now I think he was telling the truth that her parents were dead (because even Maz Kanata said the same thing to Rey in The Force Awakens) but I don’t think he was telling the complete truth about who her parents were because of one simple reason…her vision in The Force Awakens.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Is Really Kylo Ren’s Movie

The other day I watched The Last Jedi (mainly because I wanted to see the Praetorian Guard part again) and as I was watching the movie I realized that while the movie, of course, focused on every character the overall heart and soul of the film was provided by Kylo Ren. Rian Johnson has said many times that Kylo Ren was the character he was most excited to tackle and you can totally tell. He provided a compelling storyline to the Star Wars villain that helped incorporate him into the trilogy in a fascinating way while most of the other characters weren’t treated with as much care and attention. And I love that!

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When J.J Abrams introduced this new villain in Kylo Ren I liked him but he ultimately felt too much like a ripoff of Darth Vader’s iconic character. He needed a little more substance and identity so that I could look at him and not immediately see this Darth Vader-wannabe. His best scenes in The Force Awakens were the scenes that involved him without his helmet because not only did we get to see him as his true self but Adam Driver is such a fantastic actor that you want to see his face and his emotions when he’s experiencing things. Rian Johnson knew this so he had Kylo Ren destroy his helmet within his first five minutes in The Last Jedi. Brilliant! That was the first step to his ultimate transformation and a sign that this movie was going to approach this character much differently.

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Secondly, we got a truly heartfelt final moment between Ben Solo and his mother, Leia Organa. That was another important scene in the film that helped spur the story along in a rather epic fashion and created some empathy for his character.

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