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Luke Skywalker is the First True Jedi

One of the lines in Star Wars that has always confused me is something that Yoda told Luke once when he was training him on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. Luke wanted to know how he could distinguish the good guys from the bad guys and Yoda said he would know if he was calm and at peace with himself. Then he said: “The Force is used for knowledge and defense. Never for attack.” Now, while this was an interesting idea that the Jedi supposedly believed in they didn’t exactly follow through that concept with their actions. I mean think about it, for decades the Jedi used violence to try to keep “peace and order” in the galaxy but their ways only begot more war, more enemies, and more suffering. In The Clone Wars Obi-Wan’s former lady friend, Duchess Satine Kryze, confronted him with this truth.

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Duchess Satine was the ruler of the once war-torn world of Mandalore and instead of joining either the Separatists or the Republic she decided to keep her world a neutral zone, for she wanted to keep her planet out of the conflict and remain as a peaceful nation. On a diplomatic mission to Coruscant with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker joining her for protection she told Obi-Wan how she felt about the Jedi’s ways.

The Jedi were supposedly the guardians of the galaxy (I’m not trying to actually reference Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.) The inhabitants of the universe looked up to the Jedi Order to save them from the Separatists but the Jedi didn’t even try to achieve peace by fighting war with harmless negotiating. They solved every problem, every crisis, with violence and Satine didn’t believe in that. In her eyes the Jedi were just robed hypocrites using their religion to belittle others and claim dominion over the weak while spouting “wisdom” about the Force and destiny to glorify their violent reasoning to save the galaxy.

The Jedi were so blinded by their own power that they didn’t even sense the ruler of the Republic (who was a Sith lord!) manipulating every event to his own eventual dominion because there was just no way the Jedi could be beaten.

So, long story short, the Jedi were nearly wiped from existence and Yoda and Obi-Wan went into exile, waiting for a new hope to restore order to the galaxy.

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Luke Skywalker is the First True Jedi

One of the lines in Star Wars that has always confused me is something that Yoda told Luke once when he was training him on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. Luke wanted to know how he could distinguish the good guys from the bad guys and Yoda said he would know if he was calm and at peace with himself. Then he said: “The Force is used for knowledge and defense. Never for attack.” Now, while this was an interesting idea that the Jedi supposedly believed in they didn’t exactly follow through with that concept with their actions. I mean think about it, for decades the Jedi used violence to try to keep “peace and order” in the galaxy but their ways only begot more war, more enemies, and more suffering. In The Clone Wars Obi-Wan’s old lady friend, Duchess Satine Kryze, confronted him with this truth.

Duchess Satine Kryze

Duchess Satine was the ruler of the once war-torn world of Mandalore and instead of joining either the Separatists or the Republic she decided to keep her world a neutral zone, for she wanted to keep her world out of the conflict and remain as a peaceful nation. On a diplomatic mission to Coruscant with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker joining her for protection she told Obi-Wan how she felt about the Jedi’s ways.

The Jedi were supposedly the guardians of the galaxy (I’m not trying to actually reference Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.) The inhabitants of the universe looked up to the Jedi Order to save them from the Separatists but the Jedi didn’t even try to achieve peace by fighting war with harmless negotiating. They solved every problem, every crisis, with violence and Satine didn’t believe in that. In her eyes the Jedi were just robed hypocrites using their religion to belittle others and claim dominion over the weak while spouting “wisdom” about the Force and destiny to glorify their violent reasoning to save the galaxy.

The Jedi were so blinded by their own power that they didn’t even sense the ruler of the Republic (who was a Sith lord!) manipulating every event to his own eventual dominion because there was just no way the Jedi could be beaten.

So, long story short, the Jedi were nearly wiped from existence and Yoda and Obi-Wan went into exile, waiting for a new hope to restore order to the galaxy.

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Chirrut’s Greatest Moments

One of my favorite things about Rogue One were the characters. You had Jyn Erso, the daughter of the man who built the Death Star! Captain Cassian Andor, a rebel spy. K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial droid. Bodhi Rook, a defected Imperial pilot. Baze Malbus, a seasoned soldier. And finally you have Chirrut, the spiritual warrior who believed in the ways of the Force wholeheartedly.

I loved the concept of Chirrut ever since I saw him in the first teaser because there had never been a blind person in Star Wars and it’s always exciting seeing new characters with unique characteristics about themselves. But to also find out that he had the Force was beyond awesome. Even though he wasn’t a Jedi he was so cool and he really became one of my favorite characters in Star Wars. So today on this segment of Greatest Moments I’m going to share with you all of the things that made me like his character so much in Rogue One.

1. Chirrut Kicks Stormtrooper Booty

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I remember the first time I saw this scene. Before this scene Chirrut had already been briefly inserted into the movie as he participated in a quick conversation with Jyn Erso but this scene was the true debut for him. I recall watching this part carefully watching what was going to happen as he was surrounded by stormtroopers ready to kill him. Then he went plum off on them martial arts style and defeated all of them without even getting a scratch. And may I remind you, he’s blind!!! How incredible is that? Chirrut might not have been a Jedi but his ability with the Force was off the charts. After this scene I immediately knew I was a Chirrut fan and that’s why this is undoubtedly one of his greatest moments.

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So Here’s A Question: Is Finn Force-Sensitive or Not?

The Last Jedi had a lot of great character development for the characters new and old but there was one character who I felt got a little lost in the weeds and that is Finn.

One of the reasons why I didn’t like The Last Jedi after the first viewing was I felt that Rian Johnson took Finn, who was one of the most important characters in The Force Awakens, and placed him on the back burner to introduce a new heroine, Rose. After the second viewing of the movie I realized he actually had been given some development as Rian Johnson cemented his stance as a Resistance fighter rather than still remaining on the fence of his allegiances. But there’s still something about Finn’s story that has been lost in the creative process of there being two different writers between two movies and that is the topic of Finn’s Force-sensitivity.

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Stormtroopers have faced death and the loss of their comrades for decades (The Clone Wars series is full of this) but its never made a stormtrooper suddenly rethink his life and want to become a good person. So why did this happen to FN-2187? What’s so different about this stormtrooper? Simple. He has the Force and it awakened within him at that moment! It’s the only logical thing that makes sense. If you watch that scene and you hear the sound effects they use at that moment when he realizes the horror of his situation it’s kind of clear the subtle implications they were pushing of him having the Force. And then the fact that Kylo Ren sensed him also sends slight signals that Finn had dregs of the Force.

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Rey’s Greatest Moments

For nine days last month I had a segment celebrating The Defining Moments of some of Star Wars’ most beloved characters and this month I’m excited to present to you a new segment celebrating the greatest moments featuring my fifteen favorite Star Wars’ characters. Enjoy!

1. Saving BB-8

One of my favorite scenes in The Force Awakens is when she rescues BB-8 from the grasp of Teedo, the mean Jakku native. It’s the first time you see her interact with another character and the immediate bond between her and the droid is simply beautiful.

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This was the first movie poster I saw in the movie theaters and it was utterly magical seeing Rey and BB-8 against the backdrop of the sun and it’s probably the reason why I love this scene so much. The Force Awakens was the Star Wars movie I had been waiting for and this poster embodied that euphoric feeling the idea of another Star Wars movie gave me.

2. “Let Go of Me!”

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I know I always bring this scene up whenever I talk about the awesomeness of Rey but that’s how much this scene impacted me the first time I watched The Force Awakens. I mean Rey was already awesome leading up to her first encounter with Finn but as they ran from stormtroopers trying to kill them and Finn had her hand in his I absolutely loved seeing her tell him to let her go. That was the moment that I realized I liked Rey a whole lot.

Men in movies always think they have to take care of us as women because we’re usually depicted as damsels in distress but she immediately squashed that narrative as soon as she said, “Let go of me!” That scene right there is a huge part of the reason why she’s my favorite heroine of all time.

3. Piloting the Millenium Falcon

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Like I said before, Rey was already awesome and then they made her pilot the Millenium Falcon. Drop the mic. I was stunned. She flew the ship better than Han Solo!!!! Not only is it one of the better action scenes in all of Star Wars but to see Rey pilot the Millenium Falcon was sensational and undoubtedly one of her greatest moments.

4. Defeating Kylo Ren

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Hah! Kylo Ren really thought he was going to put his probing Force fingers into her mind and make her all spill all the tea but instead he was met with a Force fist in his face. Rey had already demonstrated time and time again how awesome of a character she was and how brave she was in the face of evil but this was the perfect way for them to have a face-to-face conversation for the first time with her beating him in a Force battle (she barely knew the concept of the Force by the way.) I absolutely love this scene.

5. Retrieving the Lightsaber

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I watched The Force Awakens the other day and after seeing this movie over a hundred times I still got teary at this part. This is such a powerful moment for Rey in the movie. Han is dead, Finn is possibly dead, Rey is hurt, it seems like all hope is lost and Kylo Ren will be the victor and then when she Force snatches that lightsaber out of the snow instead of him the pure horror on her face speaks it all. She’s so afraid at that moment (remember, the last time she held the lightsaber she had that terrifying vision) but she gripped that lightsaber with determination and charged Kylo Ren with nothing but pure bravery. And that’s why I love Rey.

6. Defeating Kylo Ren Again

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Rey is off the chain, pure and simple, and this scene solidifies that. Kylo Ren thought he had her beat but he didn’t realize how exactly wrong he was. She calmed her emotions, felt the Force, and kicked. His. Butt! And it was absolutely beautiful to watch. Girlpower!

7. Lightsaber Training

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I honestly did not think I would end up loving this scene as much I did because I saw it so often in the trailers and commercials but this scene was AWESOME! The music was magically perfect, the setting was impeccable, and seeing Rey practice with the lightsaber kind of highlighted her growth and her confidence with the ancient weapon. This is actually one of my favorite scenes in The Last Jedi because it’s that great.

8. Fighting the Praetorian Guards

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This is already one of the best scenes in The Last Jedi and it helped show how powerful Rey has become. While Kylo Ren did kill most of the guards she totally held her own against them and that’s very impressive. Besides, any time Rey is part of an action scene makes me ridiculously happy.

9. Saving the Resistance from Eminent Doom and Saying Goodbye to Kylo Ren

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Another one of my favorite scenes in The Last Jedi is when Rey saves the Resistance as she Force lifts the boulders covering their escape. It’s another one of those powerful Rey moments that happens to make me emotional because it’s kind of amazing seeing her come into her own as a Jedi. And seeing her hug Finn is the emotional icing on the cake.

Secondly, as she experiences her final Force connection with Kylo Ren that’s another quiet moment the two share that is positively juicy to watch. They don’t speak to each other, they just stare at one another, Kylo Ren on one side looking at her with a look of, I don’t know, despair or regret, and Rey looking at him with quiet dismissal and anger. When she severs their connection it’s like a slap in the face for Kylo Ren and I love it.

The question is, does this mean they are now mortal enemies or will they once again find themselves on neutral ground? I have over a year and a half to find out. (Boo.)

Well, these are, to me, Rey’s greatest moments. Stay tuned for the next two weeks as I share with you the greatest moments of fourteen other amazing Star Wars characters. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.

The Defining Moments of Rey

For the next nine days I’m writing about the defining moments of nine of Star Wars’ most important characters and today, on this fascinating segment, I’ll talk about my favorite moments from Rey throughout The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi so far.

SPOILER ALERT! This post will contain spoilers from The Last Jedi and so if you haven’t seen the film yet I advise you to discontinue reading now. Thank you for heeding my warning and enjoy!

1. When Rey Refused To Sell BB-8 To Unkar Plutt

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When we first meet Rey in The Force Awakens we don’t exactly know if she’s the good guy or not. We figure she is but there is no guarantee. And then when you see her save BB-8 from the clutches of the vile Teedo you get a sense that she is definitely, at least, a kind person. This is explored even further however when she is given a serious choice. She could have sold BB-8 for sixty rations which would’ve been great for herself but she instead chose the selfless act by giving herself only one-half portion of food to keep BB-8 from the grubby hands of Unkar. It immediately relayed her benevolent character to the audience and established her as this trilogy’s seemingly clear-cut new hero.

2. The Jakku Chase

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The moment that made me an immediate Rey fan was when she and Finn had to escape the stormtroopers. In the moment when Finn spotted the stormtroopers he took Rey’s hand and pulled her into a run because he felt that he had to protect her but Rey quickly squashed that idea as she wiggled free of his grasp. She established, in that moment, that she wasn’t going to be a damsel in distress. She was going to be the Luke of this trilogy and the men were going to have to follow her lead. Awesome!

3. Discovering Luke’s Lightsaber

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Rey had no idea that running into Finn and BB-8 on Jakku would change her life in the way that did but it set in motion the Force awakening within her. The Force led her to Luke’s lightsaber locked away in a chest deep within a castle thousands of lightyears away which, of course, led her eventually to the man himself, Luke Skywalker.

The vision she received as she touched the lightsaber also hinted at her connection to Kylo Ren by showing him a couple of times even though she had never seen him before. At one point it shows him saving her from a mysterious person about to attack her as she lay vulnerable upon the ground (I believe this is referenced to him saving her from Snoke) and at another time poised to fight her in the snowy forest of StarKiller Base which did eventually take place as well.

This is a powerful moment for Rey that sets her on the path of her destiny.

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