The Force Awakens Symbolism: Duality of Hands

Introduction

The continuing Star Wars mythos is no stranger to symbolism. We see plenty of it in the prequel trilogy as well as the original trilogy. It only makes sense that this storytelling technique be continued into the sequel trilogy of movies.

I believed I have identified symbolism being used in The Force Awakens in regards to how Rey and Luke’s relationship will function in The Last Jedi. Rey and Luke’s “hands” act as symbols that enhance a story of a damaged and lost master and an innocent and naive learner coming together to complete one another.

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Finishing What Vader Started

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I was thinking about how the First Order came about and its composition going into TFA and it occurred to me that could hint at how Kylo might be redeemed without dying.

In Canon we learn a large number of planets leave the Republic and form the political backbone of the First Order. Even if the the invasion is stopped, it’s unlikely the Resistance will have the forces or will to conquer these worlds. Further, the military resources of the FO are formidable and its forces fanatical. Even if Snoke and the military leadership were killed, it would still take a lot of fighting to stop the war. In fact, it would leave the galaxy in much the same position as it was after RotJ, a leaderless Empire fighting itself and the rebellion turned Republic. This eventually resulted in the FO. How then, to break the cycle of violence?

This is where Kylo comes in. Once Snoke and Hux are gone, Kylo would be the leader of the FO. Instead of going into exile or submitting himself to a non-existent court, he would be in a position to order a stop to the war and maneuver the FO towards demilitarization and peace. It would go far in showing his redemption was serious and prevent a repeat of the end of the OT. He would finish what Vader started and bring peace and order to the galaxy, just not in the way he envisioned.

Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Chris Nolan Fan Trailer

Let’s take a trip in the wayback machine to when Colin Trevorrow was axed from Episode IX. It seems so long ago. Do you remember where you where? God, such a tragedy.

Anyway.

Before J.J. Abrams was announced (which already had seemed like the most likely outcome), some of us here on The Shadow Council were more or less pipe-dreaming about who would be a dream director to do Ep IX. Chris Nolan was, of course, mentioned among Spielberg, Jackson, Villeneuve, etc.

Chris Nolan would actually be a logistical impossibility with this short of notice, full stop. His production company, Syncopy, is contractually tied to Warner Bros. almost forevermore. But, hell, let’s dream.

So with that idea in mind–and because I was already deep into an editing project–I decided to put together my own edit inspired by the Inception trailer. What occurred to me was that the Inception trailer itself wasn’t only putting on display the overall plot of the film, but we saw hints of Cobb’s motivation really was just him trying to “go home.” This theme plays throughout The Force Awakens of errybody goin’ home, so I used a touch of that as well. I hope you enjoy.

The Rise of the First Order

There is considerable confusion in the fandom of how the First Order arose from the ashes of the Empire. There is much we don’t know, but enough has been provided to create a broad picture of how it arose however. This article will analyze and chronicle the First Order’s conception and slow rise into a major galactic power and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Also posted and maintained on r/StarWarsReference.

Warning: Contains Spoilers

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The “Love Story” in The Last Jedi Isn’t a Romance

I think Rey and Luke’s story in The Last Jedi is going to be structured like a love story. Love stories are ultimately about two people coming to love each other and learning how to have a relationship with each other and that’s exactly what Rey and Luke’s story is only the love is familial rather than romantic.

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Facing Their Fathers

When patterns appear in films, especially as a series of specific actions taken by characters, it’s not accidental. Directors carefully choose everything about how shots are set up, the lighting, the body language, actions and line delivery of the actors to tell a compelling story.

J. J. Abrams’ favorite Star Wars film is the Empire Strikes Back and he pays homage to it in The Force Awakens by having the Bridge Scene in The Force Awakens parallel the “I am your father” scene in the Empire Strikes Back in many ways. But then at the end of the film he does something interesting, he mirrors the encounter between Kylo and Han in the Bridge Scene with the encounter between Luke and Rey on Ahch-To. From the behind the scene reel, Rian Johnson appears to be continuing this mirroring. J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, in interviews leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, talked a lot about the importance of visual storytelling in The Force Awakens. That the audience didn’t need to have everything told to them with dialog, instead it could be shown. The mirroring between the three scenes: “I am your father”, the Bridge Scene, and Ahch-To are meant to underscore that the three scenes cover the same topic, the reunion of a parent and child.

Let me show you what I mean.

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