Thursday, October 15, 2015

Some Star Wars: The Force Awakens theories that are actually plausible

It seems like everyone has a theory about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some of these garner attention in the news and social media. Most have either been stated a dozen times already or are so far-fetched that it's not even worth the time it takes to read them. Mine are different for two main reasons:

  1. They are fairly unique
  2. They are graded. A = very likely, B = likely, C = possible. Why would I bother sharing a theory that was doubtful?
Without further ado, here are my theories:

1. Kylo Ren is tasked with retrieving Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber as a rite of passage into the Knights of Ren. It's fairly well established that Kylo is after the blue lightsaber, but so far, no one has expressly stated why, except to say that there's a bit of a Darth Vader cult obsessed with getting all his paraphernalia. I'm surprised I haven't seen it making the rounds on the internet, but it makes sense that Kylo must retrieve the lightsaber as his rite of passage to become a full Knight of Ren, just as Yoda told Luke Skywalker he had to face his father to become a full Jedi Knight. J.J. Abrams already revealed that Kylo is not fully formed and that his path is similar to that of Luke Skywalker. Final grade = A.

2. The main character of the trilogy is Rey, not Finn. The first character who appears in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens is Finn, suggesting that this film is about him. Rey appears to be helping him in the second trailer, and the third glimpse we've had of Finn shows him wielding Anakin Skywalker's blue lightsaber. Everything we've seen suggests that he's the hero. But Disney has been purposely keeping us in the dark about the plot, so we can't trust our eyes until we have a longer trailer or, more likely, until we see the film in theaters. Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, has gone on record stating that the trilogy follows the Skywalker family. It's possible Finn is related to the Skywalkers, but doubtful, given that he'd either have to be adopted or of mixed race to be related to Luke or Leia. Rey is much more likely to be a Skywalker, and shooting for Episode 8 has already placed her and Luke Skywalker together, probably for her training as a Jedi. I anticipate that Finn will be the center of attention in Episode 7, but that he will either be wounded or die at Kylo Ren's hand in the snowy woods, whereas Rey will come out towards the end of the film to show she is indeed both a Skywalker and strong in the force. Final grade = B.

(On a side note, some have suggested that Kylo Ren is the next Skywalker, and that his story arc will be more or less the inversion of Anakin Skywalker's in the prequel trilogy. This too is possible, but not as likely as Rey being the heir. If he truly is a Skywalker, I expect that he and Rey will be revealed to be siblings in Episodes 8 or 9. I give this theory a grade of C.)

3. The Resistance is just that, a resistance movement. This theory comes in two flavors. In the first,  the Rebel Alliance eventually fought to a standstill with the First Order (Empire) and then signed an armistice agreement to end hostilities. In the agreement, some star systems were ceded to the First Order. Those who had been loyal to the Rebel Alliance felt betrayed by their cause and formed a resistance movement to continue the fight. In the second, rather than star systems being ceded, the First Order lay dormant for some time and has recently reopened hostilities. Through their blitzkrieg tactics they've occupied multiple star systems. Thus arose a resistance movement. I'd like to give this theory a B, but since there's been nothing explicitly stated about this, I'm afraid I don't have any evidence to support it. Final grade = C.

4. We will see a return of the Mandalorian armor. Now that Disney has retconned the entire Expanded Universe, including the part where Boba Fett escapes from the Sarlaac, we have no idea if he or anyone else will be showing up in that armor. Since it was featured in both the original and the prequel trilogies, as well as a female version in Star Wars Rebels, don't be surprised if we see that armor again. I'd give it a D (doubtful) for showing up in The Force Awakens, but there's a good chance we'll see it in Episode 8. Final grade = B.

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