Fear is the Past to the Dark Side: Skywalker Family Allegories in The Last Jedi

– by HanSpinel

Many have used the visual parallels between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi as suggestion to a romantic connection. However, I suggest a more thematic and resonating connection of family and fear of the past is being presented, particularly when including Luke Skywalker’s perspective….

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A Rey Skywalker Origin Story as told by John Williams & Kylo Ren

– by HanSpinel

Here, I present a thematic analysis to highlight that Rey’s musical motif is a note-for-note reverse composition of “Anakin’s theme.” In contrast, Kylo Ren’s musical motif is inspired by “Anakin’s Dark Deeds.” I argue this as foreshadowing to Kylo Ren attempting to “finish what [Vader] started,” whereas Rey’s reversal of Anakin’s fall suggests her ultimate narrative arc is to “Rise” and reverse the original sin of the Skywalker father, Anakin….

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You Won’t Believe these Theories About Episode IX!!!

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If there’s one thing we’re known for sure here at the Star Wars Shadow Council, it’s reasonable and conservative predictions about Episode IX that more or less square with what the rest of the fandom thinks will happen. But today, we’ve decided to break with tradition. Read on to find out what brilliant, iconoclastic ideas we’ve been cooking up in the Shadow Council think tank…

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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.

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Saving Ben Solo: No One’s Ever Really Gone

written by HanSpinel, and speaking for myself only 

From the first statement of The Force Awakens’ opening crawl, the Sequel Trilogy introduces us to a Skywalker family in peril:

“Luke Skywalker has vanished.”

We quickly learn also that Han and Leia have been split apart for some time. The catalyst to it all? The Fall of Ben Solo, and his rise in darkness as the Master of the Knights of Ren.

Many fans are quite literally “Torn Apart” regarding Ben Solo’s ultimate fate in the Sequel Trilogy, this very council included. Can Ben Solo be redeemed? I argue in this article that this is the wrong question to ask because it places emphasis on audience perception and opinion to define Kylo Ren’s evil deeds vs. any redeeming qualities – this discussion often goes in circles. Here, arguments about Kylo/Ben’s visual portrayal (e.g., puppy dog eyes) will be few and far between (though I’ve included an accompanying video character study here). Indeed, if we are to save Ben Solo or find any hope in the Sequel Trilogy for the light left in Ben (and yes “there is still light in him, I know it”), focus must instead be placed entirely on the intentional direction and writing for the sacrifices of, undying love from, and perceptions of the most trusted characters in the galaxy: Han, Luke, Leia, and also, the continuing theme of healing that Rey brings to the shattered Skywalker Legacy….

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Episode IX: Tying Together Leaks and the Saga

Here I ponder how recent Episode IX leaks will tie into the rest of the Skywalker Saga.

WARNING! BASED OFF LEAKED INFORMATION! POSSIBLE MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Kylo Ren’s Fate in Episode IX

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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.

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