Star Wars: The Last Jedi: My thoughts Part One-Luke-MASSIVE SPOILERS

His Compassion for you will be his undoing.-Palpatine

 

Remember, real heroes are never as polished as the legends that surround them.-Big Boss, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker

In my 400th post ūüôā I’m going to look at the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, and perhaps the final one in the Skywalker side of things….well, at least the ‘light side’ of the Skywalkers, that is.

I’ll start with Luke, and eventually do further character/plot/setting reviews in future posts.

Luke Skywalker

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Luke’s the big macguffin here, but he’s initially portrayed as a broken man, and far less idealistic than he was in the OT. He’s a bit like Yoda in ESB, somewhat reluctant and with a more mischievous sense of humor than we’ve seen before (although he probably picked up a bit of that from Han). Although with Yoda, he was mainly testing Luke’s patience, and found him lacking, but trained him anyway with a slight push from Obi-Wan; Luke just doesn’t really want to get involved anymore. Even when he does agree to train Rey-with R2-D2 showing him the old “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” message, he only does it to show that while she has the gift and all, generally bringing back the Jedi is a bad idea, as it also allows the Dark side to gain ascendance (With the old Jedi Order being responsible, in part, for the Empire being formed, and his own failings helping give rise to the first order). Although Rey manages to rekindle at least part of his connection to the force (As he’s shut himself off) and at least reconnect with the comatose Leia (Perhaps helping her to regain consciousness), in a scene somewhat reminiscent of another mid-trilogy moment, when he had his other darkest hour…..

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After Rey leaves in an attempt to try to save Kylo Ren, somewhat similar to his own quest in ROTJ, Luke just wants to torch the old Jedi tree library (although it appears Rey took the books with her for some reason, as they’re seen later in the Falcon close to the end of the film.) when Yoda appears as a force ghost (as predicted by Obi-Wan in ROTJ) …

 

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….shows up and pretty much does the job for him, seemingly repeating another ROTJ qoute: “Already know you that which you need” but referring to Rey’s abilities, as well as reminding Luke to focus on the here and now instead of worrying about the future . (I’ll deal with more of Yoda’s presence in this film in the future.)The film also shows Luke as even more flawed. While it’s clear in the first two films he was a bit impatient and occasionally ‘cocky’, the film reveals that in a way, that he shares some of the blame for Ben’s fall and the state of things-in part, because he had compassion….and cared for his nephew in a similar fashion to the way he cared for his father, despite the darkness in both, and couldn’t do a killing a blow. But while Luke staying his hand resulted in the light awakening in his father and Vader selflessly giving his life to take the Emperor down, here it only awakened more darkness. The Force awakens, indeed.

 

 

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Luke seems to accept that this time, there’s no way to turn Ben back to the good side, something Rey also learns (although episode 9 will probably answer that question for good), and we see him with a look resembling his ROTJ appearance-cropped hair, black suit etc….although much older with a beard. It’s a nice nod to when we last saw him. Looks like he got a quick haircut too from his time on Ach-To.

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When things seem kind of really bad for the resistance, the Prodigal son (of Vader) returns, and has a nice moment with Leia, with the ROTJ brother/sister theme playing, and Luke handing her the Millenium Falcon’s dice (sort of) as a bit of a reminder of their shared friend, Han. Also pretty great is Luke’s wink to C-3PO, with one final “Master Luke”.

Luke’s last stand is pretty spectacular, with the Walkers against the setting sun. And although Luke doesn’t really take down any walkers, I can’t help but be a bit reminded of this scene with Luke facing a Walker in the now non-canon EU, “Dark Empire”.

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(Although he was certainly no slouch in ESB either, but he didn’t use the force.)

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Despite a massive barrage, Luke is unscathed. While we’re led to believe this is mainly the force shielding him from the blast perhaps, but even more anomalies show up, as Luke has the saber-broken on-board the Supremacy-fully working.

The duel isn’t really meant to be spectacular or flashy, and the blades hardly connect-indeed, Luke is pretty much dodging them altogether to keep up his illusion to allow the Resistance/New Rebellion to escape. It’s perhaps the closest we’ve come to a mexican stand-off in a lightsaber duel in this films, which is kind of funny since the old Eastwood Westerns were certainly an influence on the original films (and the Western films-particularly the late 60’s ones-borrow heavily from Asian cinema such as Kurosawa movies, another inspiration.)

 

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Although certainly there were elements of such a stand-off in TPM’s “Laser gate” sequence.

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But it turns out to be a ruse, and Luke was never there, and it’s Luke ‘broadcasting’ himself from Ach-To. It’s certainly something that’s been used in the Expanded Universe a lot…including the current Disney canon, where it was a Sith power…but I’ll get more on that later.

Luke’s last words,

“See you around, kid” seem to hint that, as he says he’ll be a presence in Kylo’s life going forward, although it’s unclear if it’ll be something that’ll weigh on his consciousness like his father’s death (Luke seems to indicate so when he states “If you strike me down in anger, I will always be with you. Just like your father.”

Luke then looks up at Ach-to’s twin suns (although this seems like a bit of a cheat-while it made sense for Tatooine to be a dried-out desert planet because of it’s two suns, Ach-To is pretty much the opposite….maybe they’re less powerful stars.), in an echo of course of that classic sequence…

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His journey, in a way, ends where it begins, although it’s possible the journey isn’t over yet, and maybe he’ll help the Rebellion in some fashion as a force ghost-as we saw with Yoda, it’s still possible for these ghosts to imprint on the physical world in some way, at least through the force.¬† Although we sort of saw this in ROTJ, with Obi-Wan at least being able to sit.

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And of course, in many ways having Leia still surviving sort of fits  ROTJ dialogue,

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“If I don’t make it back you’re the only hope for the alliance.”

Although due to unfortunate real-world events, this will not perhaps unfold that way. However, as we see towards the end of the film, Luke is no longer the last Jedi, Rey at least has “That what she needs” as Yoda would put it; and take the place of Luke as the Rebel’s Jedi inspiration….

 

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….and perhaps she can pass her knowledge on, as the end of the film hints that-despite their allies not responding, the legend of Luke facing down the Walkers and Kylo Ren has begun to grow among the orphans on Canto Bight, who wear the symbol of the Rebellion/resistance. So, like his father’s sacrifice, Luke’s sacrifice might eventually have deeper meaning, and allow for a true new beginning for the galaxy.

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Star Wars: Return of the Marvel Part II: Vader in the dog house

Marvel’s “Darth Vader” series ran cocurrently with their Star Wars comics, featuring at first, the tale of Vader’s humiliation after Yavin and his attempt to discover the identity of the mysterious boy who destroyed the Death Star and-as related in the Star Wars monthly-possessed his old lightsaber and was trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

 

Kieron Gillien, who was noted for his runs on X-men and Iron Man, became the writer (and now he’s currently writing the latest arc of the Star Wars monthly) while Salvador Larocca-also an X-men vet-was the artist.

 

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Following Vader screwing up both the Death Star *and* Cymoon-1, Palpatine is of course not pleased, and technically demotes Vader, placing him under the authority of General Tagge, the officer in Star Wars who warned Admiral Motti that the rebellion was no laughing matter. Turns out he left the station before it was destroyed (Which makes sense, as he doesn’t appear in that many later scenes along with other members of the DS council-Motti, Bast, and of course, Tarkin).

 

I can’t help but wonder setting up Tagge as a rival for Vader here was a nod to the old Marvel comics, where the Tagge family became a major thorn in Vader’s side. (Although in that continuity, now “Legends” Tagge died along with Tarkin and Motti on the Death Star).

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Vader-somewhat unnerved by this and the Emperor talking with another agent-a man called Cylo with an alien eye and other enhancements-he heads to Tatooine, appearing before Jabba the Hutt much like his son would years later-in part, to request a deal for his resources as had been the intention on Cymoon-1, but also to gain two bounty hunters-Boba Fett and the Wookie¬†Black Krrsantan-to aid him. Fett would try to find the identity of the boy (Luke) while Krrsantan would try to uncover what was up with the Emperor’s agent.

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Vader also takes the time to indulge in his favorite Tatooine past-time. No, not Podracing…

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Vader-not too pleased with servitude under Tagge and seeking to earn his way back into the Emperor’s favor, starts to work to undermine the “Grand general”‘s authority, using a pirate attack to frame Tagge’s agent….

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…As well as meeting some old Clone Wars enemies (although modified)

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Vader, impressed with the souped-up Droidekas, decides to find the woman who had modified and programmed them- Doctor Aphra, a former archaeologist and droid programmer (and now a lady with her own comic, but I’ll get into that a bit later).

 

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….but soon he’ll have to content with his rival for the Emperor’s favor-Cylo IV-and of course, certain personal revelations coming to him via Boba Fett very soon…

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Star Wars Comics history-Return of the Marvel Part One)

*Jumping ahead a bit here from the other Star Wars comics history, but don’t worry, I’ll get back to the many Dark Horse Star Wars comics eventually!*

In 2009, Disney studios bought Marvel.

In 2012, in a surprising move, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, launching new films (Of which we now have III). For over twenty years, Dark Horse comics held the licence to the comics, mixing post-ROTJ fiction with spin-off stories such as Crimson Empire and Rogue Squadron, as well as a great deal of prequel tales, with some of their continuity bleeding over to the films themselves (The blue Twi’lek Jedi, Aayla Secura).

However, by 2014 the licence shifted back to Marvel, along with much of Dark Horse’s canon relegated to non-canon status (or “Legends”) . Marvel’s initial line-up for the series was an ongoing monthly series, a 25 issue Darth Vader series that pretty much tied in with that series (A second Vader monthly was launched recently, but is set at an earlier time after ROTS, although “Doctor Aphra” continues the adventures of characters introduced in DV, although with fewer appearances by the Man in Black) and a rotating series of limited series focusing on a character, starting with Princess Leia.

 

For this article we’ll focus on the first few arcs of the ongoing monthly.

 

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The series was written first by Jason Aaron, well-known at Marvel for his X-men and Thor work. It was drawn by John Cassidy, who had a memorable run on Astonishing X-men with Joss Whedon.

The series begins with the rebels, fresh off the Yavin victory, heading towards Cymoon-1, an Imperial factory world, in order to destroy it. Han-not quite on the Empire’s most wanted list yet-tries to pose as an emissary of Jabba the Hutt, while Luke and Leia try to destroy the facility and also free Imperial prisoners at the same time. Unfortunately, the mission quickly goes south when Vader arrives, and Luke finds himself meeting his father in person for the first time. Except he doesn’t know it yet. Vader however, is kind of puzzled that the boy has his old lightsaber, although he does get a partial answer-that he was trained, in part, by his old friend turned enemy Obi-Wan.

 

 

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Before Vader can interrogate Luke any further, however Han literally crashes the party by commandeering an AT-AT. He also attempts to smoosh Vader with it, but Vader’s got an advantage…..

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Although he doesn’t get stepped on, Han uses the AT-AT’s blasters on him which knock his helmet off-and once Vader recovers, isn’t too happy about that and would rather not his face be shown. Scratch one Stormtrooper witness.

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Eventually, the factory is destroyed and the group escape, although this encounter leaves Luke and Vader with more questions about each other’s identity. Luke takes a leave of absence for the alliance, while Han and Leia go on a scouting mission of their own, but end up getting shot down by TIE fighters. Their unlikely savior? Solo’s “wife” Sana, although this in fact part of a con he had pulled years before.

 

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Meanwhile, looking for more answers, Luke goes back to Tatooine to see if he can glean anything from Obi-Wan’s hut (He does find a journal). However, Vader has also hired Boba Fett to capture him. Although he’s unable to capture the young jedi, he’s able to glean something else from one of Luke’s fellow Tatooine youths. A name: Luke Skywalker.

 

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These events sort of match up with the “Darth Vader” monthly, in which Boba tells Vader the name of the youth (I’ll cover the DV issues a bit later). Vader-shocked by this revelation and that the Emperor sort of lied to him, uses his force powers to crack a Star Destroyer window, and vows to not only make Luke his, but the Empire as well….

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Star Wars comics history-Experience it for the first time in 3D!

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Star Wars has had an interesting history with 3D. While the current Disney films are of course 3D (It’s hard to think of big budget blockbusters these days which *don’t* have a 3D option, save maybe the Bond films which have stayed away from the trend), Star Wars has dabbed in it long before Disney.

TOPPS has of course made many card lines using “lenticular” technology-something that’s often used on Blu-Ray/DVD covers (especially the 3D ones, naturally).

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And of course, there’s this-The 2012 re-release of The Phantom Menace, which also featured a lot of heavy marketing-and of course, a heavily mixed reaction. Lucas also intended to 3D the remaining episodes as well, but only II-III seemed to have finished conversions, which were never released wide and screened only at conventions (I think).

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I can’t help but wonder if the lukewarm reaction to the film was one of the reasons George decided to sell the franchise to Disney later that same year.

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But anyway, back to the comics. Blackthorne Publishing, a short-lived comics company known mainly for reprints of classic comic strips and 3D comics for various franchises at the time, did a short Star Wars 3D comic, using the traditional 3D “tech” of the time, with red/blue pages.¬† This came out during Star Wars’s 10th anniversary, and between the end of the original Marvel series in 1986, and Dark Horse acquiring the license in 1991 (and keeping it for the next 23 years).

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The comics are set between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back”, and tell of the Rebels fleeing to Hoth, although the first issue has Luke revisit Tatooine and give the Lars farm to an alien.

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The series ends with Luke confronting Vader on Dantoine (Site of an abandoned rebel base, as mentioned in the original film.) Further issues were planned that would’ve dealt with the Bothan spies (Those guys from ROTJ that either resemble elves, camels, dogs, or horses depending on the artist), but ultimately the series was cancelled.

These comics are pretty much mindless fun, and nothing too special. It’s worth noting however that the writer was none other than the late Len Wein, the same guy who co-created these guys…

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In addition to that, he incorporated Wolverine into the relaunch of the X-men….which also featured the debut of Storm, Collosus, and Nightcrawler, as well as the ill-fated Thunderbird (Two other members, Banshee and Sunfire, had appeared earlier in the series). Although the first writer on the series, Chris Claremont pretty much took control of the series after this, although he heavily credits Len for giving him a starting point.

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Although these are far from Len’s only contributions to comics, as he wrote for years on various titles for DC, Marvel, and other companies, as well as for various animated TV shows (Including the animated X-men).

 

 

 

 

Star Wars comics history-Bane of the Sith

Darth Bane was a character sort of introduced in George Lucas’s story notes for The Phantom Menace-basically, one of the lone survivors of the extinction of the Sith, who decided to make the order a secret two-person cult of Master and Apprentice, working through the next millennia to eventually overthrow the Republic and the Jedi from within-culminating in the Empire. It was also-for a while-thought that he had originated the title of “Darth”, although the Knights of the Old Republic games-taking place 3000 years earlier-quickly tossed that concept out. Oops.

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This final conflict is partially portrayed in “Jedi Vs. Sith”, a 2001 comic series in which three cousins-Bug(Hardin),Rain( Zannah), and Davorit-are swept up into this conflict, now taking place on the world of Ruusan. The Jedi are led by Lord Hoth-who is probably the namesake for the Ice planet seen in Empire-and the Sith, by Lord Kaan, with Bane and female Sith Lord-Githany-as soldiers in this war, although with larger ambitions.

 

 

The series takes the “knight” concept of the Jedi to an interesting look,¬† with both Jedi and Sith wearing armor and capes that wouldn’t look out of place in “Lord of the Rings” or “Game of thrones” (The concept of Jedi wearing armor was briefly considered during the Phantom Menace, and utilized to a degree in the Clone Wars animated series).

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There’s even a guy who’s pretty much a centaur/Elf-Lord Farfella, one of the few Jedi survivors.

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In the conflict, Davorit finds himself drawn to the dark side, but eventually doesn’t give in; Bug dies, and Zannah….

The Sith-and the large Jedi army (although of course not all the Jedi)-are eliminated eventually by a “Thought bomb” which destroys their bodies and largely traps their souls. Bane’s the only Sith Lord left standing (although Gitany *almost* makes it), and takes Zannah-who has used the force to kill a man on the battlefield-as his apprentice.

 

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The story of Zannah and Bane-as well as Bane’s backstory-would be embellished later on in the Darth Bane series of novels, released five years later.¬† The novel would also attempt to explain certain discrepancies between the “ancient” Star Wars universe and the prequel movies, explaining why everybody says the Republic is only a thousand years old, and why it’s also been disarmed (minus the Jedi) ever since and needs the Clone Army.

 

 

In addition to providing an explanation for the Sith’s near-extinction mentioned in the prequel’s, Jedi vs Sith also ties itself to the Jedi Knight video game, in particular the graphic novel which sheds some light on the Valley of the Jedi-which is in fact, Ruusan itself, with the Dark Jedi Jerec eager to use the trapped Jedi/Sith souls to put the Empire back on top.

 

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Bane himself-wearing a biomechanical armor detailed in the novels-would also appear as a hologram in the “Legacy ” comics…

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as well as get his own figure, as a three pack along with shirtless Darth Maul and Nihillus from the Old Republic series of games: 

However, given the 2014 re-shuffling of Star Wars canon, the events in the above material is no longer considered canon, although Bane sort of got it off easy, as he’s part of Lucas’s main story canon, and also made an appearance in the final season of the still-canon “Clone Wars” series as an illusion on the Sith World of “Moriband” (Formerly Korriban). Although the circumstances of the events are different, and his armor has more in common with Darth Vader’s than his formerly bald and organic looks, his basic place in Star Wars history is still sound as we hear from his dialogue.

 

The Sith killed each other, victims of their own greed. But from the ashes of destruction, I was the last survivor. I chose to pass my knowledge onto only one, I created a legacy so resilient, that now you come before me. Have you come to be my apprentice? You must kill me to gain my place. 

 

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It remains to be seen if the other parts of his backstory are re-introduced into Disney’s canon.

 

Star Wars-The Big Question-Who are Rey’s parents? *possible spoilers!*

Along with the background of villain Supreme Leader Snoke, this is probably the no.1 question on Star Wars fan’s minds….who were Rey’s parents?

 

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Rey is introduced in “The Force Awakens” living alone on Jaaku, collecting junk from the long-ago battle (chronicled in many Star Wars novels and games by now) and selling it for food. She also appeared to be semi-raised by Unkar Platt, but like with Watto and Anakin there’s little love lost between the two.

We know that Rey was left on Jaaku by her parents, as revealed in the force vision in Maz’s castle. We don’t know anything really beyond that, except that she was waiting on Jaaku for them to come back, and once she embarked on her journey, she was often adamant about going back in case they showed up. How and why are of course still unknown.

 

 

 

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Let’s look at some of the candidates.

 

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Luke

Of course, the big one, and perhaps the most obvious. Luke of course might have had reasons for leaving her behind (although it’s fairly implied by some sources that Luke’s exile/Ben’s fall is fairly recent, about 5 years before, and Rey is born considerably earlier).¬† If Luke is the father, makes you wonder who the mother is; and while Luke of course got married and had a son (and also apparently didn’t age for twenty years) in the now non-canon Expanded Universe legends stuff (His Jedi order was a bit different on the attachment/marriage issue)….

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…Maybe his giving away of Rey has something to do with the Jedi rules forbidden attachment? Although of course Luke’s attachment to his father brought him back to the light in the end, Anakin’s fear about Padme’s death drove him in part to the dark side. Maybe Luke in this continuity is trying to follow the old Jedi rules? Then again, wouldn’t his nephew, Ben (Who, ironically, is the name of his son in the “Legends” stuff) count?

 

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Certainly Rey being related to Luke would explain why the Lightsaber “calls” to her, and her affinity for the force. The second trailer for “The Force Awakens” also used Luke’s line from ROTJ, although edited a bit. “The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too”. Although of course nothing was revealed in TFA regarding that (Unless you count Ben/Kylo, as he’s that same bloodline as well), it still makes you think….

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Plus of course Rey’s also a good pilot and mechanic, which of course also apply to Anakin and Luke…. (although I wouldn’t say piloting is genetic…)

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But it could also apply to….

 

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Han and Leia

I gotta admit, this one’s considerably more far-fetched and unlikely. Rey’s a good pilot and pretty much the new captain of the Millennium Falcon, and of course saw Han as a father figure. While many also speculated that Rey was their daughter in the initial buildup to TFA, neither Han or Leia seems to have any family connection. Also, why would they dump their daughter behind and simply raise Ben? Although the Falcon eventually ends up on Jaaku, I’m thinking there isn’t any connection here either. Although being a good pilot¬†and a Jedi are both attributes of their “Legends” daughter, Jaina Solo…..(Who almost got her own book series before the Lucasfilm sale to Disney pulled the plug).

 

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

While this one’s also far-fetched, it’s gained a bit of traction, and could explain why we hear Ben’s voice-in a mix of Alec Guiness(“Rey!”) and Ewan Mcgregor’s (“There are your first steps”) when her force vision ends. While Kenobi of course is shown to be a pretty straight-laced Jedi in the films, the “Clone Wars” series established that Obi-Wan had a past relationship with the queen of Mandalore, Satine (Which is said to not be an intentional Moulin Rouge reference, but it just seems like a major coincidence if it isn’t)

 

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….and nearly left the Jedi Order for her (presumably during his apprenticeship under Qui-Gon). The two were reunited during the wars, and still had some feelings for each other, although Obi-Wan of course was committed to the Jedi Order. Their story forms an interesting parallel to Anakin/Padme’s. Unfortunately, Satine is later killed.

 

 

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Although Satine leaves no heirs, this does show that Obi-Wan, much like his apprentice-but with less recklessness and anger-was sometimes willing to ‘bend’ the rules of the order just a bit….and so it’s possible he might’ve gotten in a relationship during his exile on Tatooine-or perhaps even earlier? That could’ve produced a son or daughter who might also be one of Rey’s parents. (He’s a bit too old and dead to be Rey’s direct parent, unless we’re talking something like Anakin’s birth). It also could explain Rey’s British accent.

 

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Palpatine

While Palpatine never is shown to have taken an Empress or any form of female relationship, several of the old “Legends” expanded universe books did imply that he did possibly have heirs. They were….a bit odd, to say the least….Triclops, Triocolous from the strange YA books, and Irek Ismaren, AKA “Lord Nyax”, whose eventual form in the New Jedi Order books looks more like a video game boss than a believable Star Wars villain.

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The last two ended up as pretenders to the throne, although the first one was kind of legit. Anyway, like with Kenobi, it’s possible, although somewhat more unlikely, and would form an interesting link with Kylo Ren-both being the grandchildren of Sith Lords….

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Snoke

Here’s another theory, that Rey is possibly related to Snoke somehow. Granted, we don’t know much about Snoke quite yet, although he does appear to have a larger-and more corporeal-role in The Last Jedi. Could his talk of “raw power” be him talking to Rey?

 

“When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special.”

Somehow supported by Luke later on, talking to Rey…

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me then. It does now.”

Of course, in both instances this could be referring to Kylo Ren….but maybe not?

 

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Jyn Erso

This gained a bit of traction before Rogue One came out, due in part to her similar looks and accent. Since then, not so much, for good reason .

 

 

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Idien Verso and Del Meeko

This is a new one.

 

Spoilers for Battlefront II-these two former Imperial “Inferno Squad” special forces members who eventually defect to the rebel alliance, fall in love, and apparently get married and have a daughter, although Meeko eventually meets his end at Kylo Ren’s hand. An upcoming DLC will continue her story. Some fans of course assume that the daughter might be Rey, but¬† I think that’s a bit far fetched. Even though the “Lucasfilm story group” generally keeps the movies/comics/novels/games tightly connected these days compared to the old EU, with several characters crossing over (Admiral Rae Sloane, for instance) I seriously doubt they’d have such an important plot point be relegated to spin-off media that will probably be seen by a fraction of the viewing audience. Although there is a bit of precedent for this-Poe Dameron’s parents were revealed in a Marvel Star Wars comic, Shattered Empire.

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But let’s face it, Poe’s parentage isn’t exactly a big deal, and from all accounts he was raised pretty normally by these people (and of course inherited his mother’s piloting skills) as opposed to Rey and Finn. So it’s not a huge plot point like Rey’s parents.

 

Just Some ordinary people

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In Marvel comics history, part of the reason that Steve Ditko left the Amazing Spider-Man is that he had a different idea for the reveal of the man behind the mask of the Green Goblin-he would just be some ordinary guy Peter Parker didn’t know. Stan Lee however, decided to have him be Norman Osborn, a character introduced a few issues before, and the father of Peter’s college friend, Harry Osborn.

So perhaps the ‘reveal’ will be something like Ditko’s original plan for the character, and not some “big reveal” like Stan’s plan, or of course, that other famous Star Wars revelation….

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So maybe the parents aren’t that important or any character we’re aware of at all, maybe they couldn’t care for Rey somehow, didn’t care to, gave her to Platt to pay off some debt etc. or were scared of her force powers or something.

There was no father.

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One of the other theories that’s a bit weird is that Rey doesn’t have a parent, or even that she’s actually a¬†reincarnation of Anakin,¬†and that maybe it’s the force making amends for kind of screwing up that whole thing in the first place.

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While an interesting theory, it just seems a bit weird even for Star Wars, although I’m sure the film will delve into some arcane Jedi lore, if the shots in the trailer of the books in Luke’s tree are any indication. But something kind of feels a bit too hokey about this one. And it would certainly make the training a bit awkward for Luke.

 

Star Wars Comics history: Quinlan Vos,-Part one

Master Vos has moved his troops to Boz Pity.-Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Revenge of the Sith”

 

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The Star Wars expanded universe has always had a history of taking a background character in the films and building a whole complex backstory around them. One of the more interesting examples is Quinlan Vos, a character that’s seen briefly in the background of a “Phantom Menace” scene where Sebulba nearly picks a fight with Jar-Jar, but is bailed out by Anakin. So writer Jon Ostrander decided to expand on this face-painted character, and we therefore got Quinlan Vos.

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Vos first appears in “Twilight”, a storyline where he appears amnesiac,¬† and first sort of gets his ‘sidekick’: Vilmarh Grahk, kind of the “Han Solo” to his Luke Skywalker. We learn that Vos also has a fairly unique force ability-Psychometry, the ability to read the histories of objects by touching them (slightly similar to Rey’s touching of the lightsaber in TFA started her force vision, although perhaps a bit more complex).

 

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Eventually it turns out Vos-along with his apprentice Aayla Secura-had gotten too far into their investigation of a spice smuggling ring involving the Twi’leks (Those guys with tails coming out of their heads first seen in ROTJ, and of whom Aayla is also a member) and Vos’s own surviving family. Throughout the adventure, Vos is able to recover some of his memories, but unfortunately discovers that his apprentice Aayla is even more amnesiac, and has become a servant girl much like Oola, the ill-fated dancing girl from ROTJ. Unfortunately, he’s not able to do much for her, although he himself rejoins the Jedi Order, although he needs to be retrained a bit.

 

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Vos next appears in the storyline “Infinity’s End” which has him confront the Witches of Dathomir. Although the story has little to do with Vos’s overall storyline, it’s notable for using the “Sith witch” design for the witches (Also used in the “Darth Maul” comic) which would carry over to the use of the witches in Clone Wars.

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Zos’s major story arc continues in “Darkness” where he once again finds himself with Aayla Secura, as well as teaming up with three Jedi masters- Tholme, his former master; T’ra Saa (Who has a relationship with Tholme, which he kind of justifies to be within the Jedi code…sort of) and Zao, who’se basically similar to one of TPM’s podracers.

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Turns out Aayla is under the dark side control of thousand-year old dark jedi Vollfe Karko, who is pretty close to “Dracula” as Star Wars gets. He’s of the Ansazi species, who are vampiric.

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One of these guys is in the Star Wars cantina. Basically, they eat brains through their cheeks. Kind of nasty.

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After the mission, Aayla recovers her memories, and rejoins the order. As a Padawan however, she can’t be apprenticed to Vos, who the Jedi still feel isn’t quite ready to train her again, and so they assign her to Tholme instead. Vos decides to leave the order temporarily and work with Grahk.

Something kind of interesting happens with Aayla around this period. George Lucas saw this:

 

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and found the visual interesting enough that he decided to incorporate the character as a Jedi into the upcoming “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” played by Amy Allen.

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So when Aayla shows up next in “Rite of Passage”, she notably has her AOTC outfit and the likeness of actress Amy Allen.

 

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In “Rite of Passage”, Tholme is kidnapped by a group of Nikto (Nikto were seen in “ROTJ” as members of Jabba’s guards) and Aayla teams up with Vos to stop them.¬† She’s uncertain about her former Master, who has flirted close to the dark side since he lost his memory. Together, they rescue Tholme and overcome the Nikto.

 

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The comic also went into detail about how the two first met when Vos was just a Padawan, saving her from a wampa.

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Ultimately, they are promoted for their actions-Aayla becomes a full knight, and Vos a Master for selfless acts.

 

…..And just in time too. For, “Begun this Clone War has”.

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