Ben Solo || Medicine

– written and video edit by HanSpinel

Below is a video character study on Kylo Ren, and what redemptive narrative, if any, remains for his arc within the Sequel Trilogy. Full article essay here.

As highlighted in the article, Saving Ben Solo: No One’s Ever Really Gone, Kylo Ren has crossed over the Moral Event Horizon on several occasions (namely committing patricide). However, the fandom appears “Torn Apart” over Ben Solo’s fate in Episode IX. After everything, is it still possible to redeem Ben Solo? Was Luke Skywalker right; is no one ever really gone?

I personally approach this from the perspective of the legacy characters and pose a different question: what is worth saving? Han, Luke, and now Leia, all believed that whatever light was left in Ben solo was worth fighting for; worth dying for. Are we, the audience, meant to disagree, or learn why they were wrong? I think not, and that a redemption arc is still on the table.

I’ve always felt that the Dark Side represents the addictive qualities of the Force – “For once you start down the Dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” This is why I’ve chosen the track, “Medicine,” from the band, Daughter. It is a beautiful piece of music with extraordinarily introspective lyrics (provided in full, below). I personally find that the lyrics to “Medicine” directly associate with any number of unhealthy coping mechanisms to trauma, or perhaps even guilt from our own wrong doings (e.g., anger, aggression, self-harm, etc.). For Ben Solo, the persona of Kylo Ren and the mask represent this coping mechanism – even the Master of the Knights of Ren still feels the pull to the light.

Ultimately, I believe the lyrics present a narrative of hope even in the darkest of hours. And that beneath all the problems of those that we love, a lighted path exists – *if* they finally *choose* that path.

—Daughter – Medicine—

Pick it up, pick it all up
And start again
You’ve got a second chance
You could go home
Escape it all
It’s just irrelevant

It’s just medicine
It’s just medicine

You could still be
What you want to
What you said you were
When I met you

You’ve got a warm heart
You’ve got a beautiful brain
But it’s disintegrating

From all the medicine
From all the medicine
From all the medicine
Medicine

You could still be
What you want to be
What you said you were
When you met me

You could still be
What you want to
What you said you were
When I met you
When you met me
When I met you

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