I went, with my wife, to see The Force Awakens on 19 December, in Imax 3D. Because Imax. I’m generally not a 3D fan, and the first couple minutes (fortunately just previews) reminded me why. But I will say the 3D thing did add a bit of coolness to the show. Certainly the Imax HUGE screen did.
So…did I like it?
Of course! It was pretty awesome, and great fun. Was it repetitive from the first Star Wars (don’t tell me that’s not the first. There are only 4 Star Wars movies. We do not acknowledge any others in my household.)? Completely. Were there some head-scratchingly contrived and cheesy moments? Absolutely. Were there things that made no sense at all (like how the hell did the computer-generated-lady get Luke’s blue lightsaber when it fell down the hole at Bespin after Vader cut his hand off, and was lost in the clouds of that gas giant)? Yup. Was Rey a total Mary Sue? 100%, without a doubt, no question, utterly cannot be argued, what are you nuts if you don’t agree, yes.
The movie was still great. I never thought I’d have a Star Wars movie to like, after the abortions we don’t mention. I now do.
More than that, it sucked me (and the Admiral at home) in, and we left the theater discussing the many questions left by the movie. Specifically (duh) who the hell is Rey?
It’s immediately obvious that she’s part of the family. Not just because Star Wars is, at its core, a family saga. But also because of all the clues dropped in the movie. But what part of the family is she?
After the movie, the Admiral and I went to a bar and discussed it, at length. In the end, we came up with a theory that I think holds the water completely. I’ve since read many inane and, frankly, idiotic theories on the internet. And one or two that closely approximate our theory. In the interest of being able to say “I told you so and I knew it before XXXX posted it on the internet”, I present it here, for your evaluation.
And remember, we came up with this at about 1600 on 19 December, 2015.
Just saying. :P
So here goes:
Han and Leia had two children: Ben (who later became Kylo Ren) and a daughter (who we know as Rey but who probably was not born with that name). Ren was the older brother, but both were blessed with talent in the Force (just as Luke and Leia were…and why didn’t she train, like it was implied that she would in Jedi and like she did in the EU books? But that’s another question).
When Luke started his school, Ren and Rey went, despite their very young ages. At the school was another student that Ren began to look up to as a surrogate father figure because for some reason he was angry with Han (maybe because Han sent him off to the school at just the age when he needed his father most? Or maybe something else. Ren’s a gamma-male emo bitch, so it could just be because Han disapproved of his hair style. I presume we’ll find out why later in the movies). That student was the man who we now know as Snoke.
Snoke betrayed Luke and destroyed his school. Ren helped him, for the reason I stated above. Or maybe he just stood by, and in the midst of the carnage, followed Snoke. Either way, Ren followed Snoke instead of Luke.
In the process of overthrowing the school, all the other students were killed, and Luke barely escaped with his life. Both Ren and Snoke believed Rey perished, and they went off to gather the remnants of the Empire and form the First Order.
When he came to his senses, Luke found Rey and spirited her away. He would have brought her back to Han and Leia, but by then they had split up in their grief and anger over what happened, and he feared that leaving Rey in the midst of that anger would cause her to grow up already fallen to the Dark Side. So he left her with Leia’s trusted ally on Jakku (The guy Poe went to see at the beginning of The Force Awakens) with instructions to keep her safe until Han and Leia straightened things out.
But they never did. And for some reason, Rey and the ally (what’s his name anyway?) got separated (maybe she got pissed at him when she hit puberty or something…or maybe he dropped the ball…who knows).
Still, the ally kept tabs on her in the vain hope that, when the time came, he would be able to help her get back to her parents. And so she languished there on Jakku until BB happened to come across her in the desert. And we know what happened from there.
And that’s our theory.
Think about it, and consider these things:
- The immediate connection between Rey and Han. Han thinks his daughter’s dead, but he sees something of her in Rey and can’t help feeling close to her.
- The apparent, and immediate, connection between Rey and Ren. Same reason.
- Why does no one in the general populace know that Luke was actually real? Apparently he’s only remembered as a legend, which means he vanished quite a while ago. Which means Ren COULD NOT have been his betrayer, because he’s far too young to have done that and have enough time pass that Luke’s not remembered as a real person.
- Rey’s flashbacks. She saw the end of Luke’s school. She saw a spaceship flying away from her at Jakku and a voice telling her to stay there. Now, I’ll admit when I first heard that voice I thought it sounded like Kylo Ren in his mask suit. Which makes one think maybe he was the person who dropped her off. But as I said in #3, he’s too young. And really that could have been anyone’s voice, really.
- Han tells Leia that he saw their son, but neither mentions a daughter. This checks, because they thought their daughter died in Snoke’s rebellion. They wouldn’t discuss their dead daughter, because that would tear the scab off the not-totally-healed wound that was her death.
So…what do you think?