Written by robotical712, speaking for myself only.
Kylo Ren is perhaps the franchise’s most divisive character. Some see him as a victim of his identity and the circumstances of his childhood. For those who see him that way, he’s a misguided and a lonely individual who is only missing love and understanding. To others he’s megalomaniacal monster who has refused every chance at redemption and must be put down. Unsurprisingly, speculation and opinions over what his fate will be in IX also vary the most of all of the characters. From an unrepentant death to atonement and forgiveness, little can stoke emotions like the debate over where his character is headed.
Several commonalities exist in the form of plot lines and visual parallels between The Last Jedi (TLJ) and the Original Trilogy (OT). Here, I explore the similarities among the “Throne Room” scenes of Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi, most of which play out in a beat-for-beat fashion (video below).
I’ve been wondering recently: just how much Carrie screen time is available to use in Episode IX? And is there a way to find out? Below, I estimate the available screen-time containing Carrie Fisher left on the cutting room floor of The Force Awakens including scenes with Maz Kanata and some potential dialogue with Rey that was likely cut from the film. All in all, the results may surprise you in that over an hour’s worth or more of various footage and dialogue is likely available containing our beloved Princess and General….
Update (02/18/19): Don’t forget, and as @Mirahtrunks rightly points out, none of these estimates include unused footage from TLJ, which only strengthens the conclusion that Leia could have some nice screen-time in IX and/or play a pivotal role!
The Last Jedi script was made available at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and podcaster Who Talks First managed to transcribe some of the exact lines from the script. The script line describing Rey and Finn’s embrace in the final moments of The Last Jedi caught my attention:
But even as Finn embraces her, we see it in his eyes, this is not the same Rey he knew before.
– The Last Jedi Script
This is an honest look into Finn’s perspective at the end of The Last Jedi. But how did Finn and Rey get here? And what exactly has changed about Rey from Finn’s perspective? As we embark on the journey to Episode IX, it’s worth reviewing the Sequel Trilogy through Finn’s Acts of True Love for Rey, along with the chemistry and bond they develop along the way, and yes, perhapseven romance….
What is a Narrative Foil? Well, I can tell you it doesn’t mean to wrap your character in aluminum foil and then microwave them. You could try, but they’d probably end up looking worse than Anakin post Mustafar duel. Narrative foils are characters that are completely different from each other in every way, yet their differences somehow also make them similar as well. Sometimes this trope is used to show how two different heroes could be, like naive, wide eyed Luke with cynical, rogue Han Solo. Other times it can be used to show a contrasting mirror for a hero and a villain, like how Luke and Vader were so different yet the same. Many have spoken about how Rey and Kylo are foils, and objectively speaking, they are. But what if I told you there was another foil dynamic in the sequel trilogy?
One of the most common objections to Rey being a Skywalker is that it would mean Luke had abandoned her on Jakku, destroying his noble and heroic character. However, this is not the only possible option for the story of Rey’s separation from her father, and there are, in fact, hints within the films that point a different direction.