Show Me Again…

During this scene in The Force Awakens, we see that Kylo has set up a shrine for Vader’s helmet and seems almost to be praying to it, and through it to his grandfather. Kylo is pleading with Vader to show him again meaning he believes that Vader has shown him the power of the dark side before. People have speculated that this could have been Snoke manipulating him by giving him visions of Vader. But what if Kylo pleading to the helmet is meant completely literally? It’s possible that when Kylo first found Vader’s helmet he saw visions similar to what Rey saw when she first touched the lightsaber. These visions would have shown him Vader at his worst and at his most powerful, a level of power that Kylo aspires to. When he feels the pull to the light he doesn’t go to Snoke asking for guidance, he goes back to the helmet hoping to see Vader at his most fearsome once again, to remind him of the power he can have if he doesn’t stray back to the light.

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An Analogy for the Mystery of Rey

I’ve seen quite a few people saying they don’t want Rey to be a Skywalker because that would be boring. I’ve also seen people complaining that JJ screwed Rian Johnson over by not revealing who Rey is in The Force Awakens because now there’s no answer for who she could be that would satisfy everyone. I’d like to propose an analogy for why I think who she is isn’t the point of the mystery they have created.

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Rey’s Origins: Themes and Effects

Most of the speculation I’ve seen about Rey’s parentage falls into either the evidence based theorizing camp or the “wouldn’t it be cool if” camp. I want to take a different approach and look at her potential origins from a narrative perspective. Specifically I want to look at what themes various popular theories could be used to express and how they could tie into the major themes of the series. I also want to look at how each theory could potentially affect character development and relationships among the major characters.

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More Secrets of Jakku

Originally posted on reddit.

I was looking at the preview images from On the Frontlines and noticed something first mentioned in the TFA Visual Dictionary. Towards the end of the Battle of Jakku, the Empire fell back on the research installation located there and defended it for a time before destroying it and jumping to the Unknown Regions. At first glance, this seems completely consistent with the Observatory in Empire’s End; however, we also know the location of the research facility from Rey’s Survival Guide – Carbon Ridge. This is not the same location as the Observatory, which was built on the Plaintive Hand Plateau, which is far enough that Rax used a ship to travel from his base at Carbon Ridge to the Observatory.

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