Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens- Our Biggest Questions After the Film PART ONE
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is taking over the world right now. It's on its way to becoming one of the biggest films of all time, and it's breaking records left and right. And it's a really good film. You can read our review here, but I'll sum up my basic thoughts on it quick. It did a masterful job of re-introducing the old and blending it with the new. It gave us unique and dynamic characters that we care about, and also gave us a visual spectacle at the same time. It was supposed to make everyone fans of Star Wars again and set up the future of this franchise, which it succeeded at. But the film didn't answer all of our questions going in, and even posed some new ones. It was never meant to tie everything up in a neat little bow, but there are some big, lingering questions that we still have about the film.
This is a two-part editorial, so for this one we will talk about who Rey's parents are.
This article will contain spoilers for The Force Awakens, so if you haven't seen the film yet, go see it three times and then come back and read this.
Who are Rey's Parents?
The Force Awakens did a fantastic job of introducing us to the franchise's lead and main focus, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. The movie sets Rey up as a scavenger on Jakku, who is simply waiting for her family to return. She refuses to leave Jakku, because she is absolutely convinced that her family will return to get her. After she touches Luke's lightsaber at Maz Katana's (Lupita Nyong'o), she sees a vision that reveals the history behind the Knights of Ren, the future battle between her and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the woods, and her past of being left on Jakku as a child. So the big question since the movie has been who Rey's parents are.
There are three major viewpoints. Some think she is Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) daughter, which is entirely understandable. She is clearly a force-user, and even Maz says that Luke's lightsaber is calling to her. She becomes obsessed with finding Luke, who has put himself into self-exile. Her being Luke's daughter makes a lot of sense. This franchise has always focused on the lineage of the Skywalkers. The prequels were about Anakin. The original trilogy were about Luke. So it would make sense that, since Rey seems to be the focus on this new trilogy, she would be a Skywalker. But for me, Luke has always been a loner. The one time he was really in love the woman turned out to be his sister. He doesn't strike me as a person who would fall in love and have kids. This is a very plausible theory and one that I would not die over in shock from. But I just don't think Rey is the daughter of Luke. He will undoubtedly become her mentor and train her, but I don't think he is her father.
Some think that Rey is the granddaughter of Obi Wan Kenobi, which is an interesting theory. It would be a twist not many people would see coming, and it would make Rey more meaningful to Luke. He was trained by Obi Wan, and has such a deep appreciation for this father figure in his life that he would then feel compelled to become a father figure to Rey. However, I think Rey's heritage needs to be self-contained in the franchise (making her related to some secondary character would ruin the suspense of it). Even though Kenobi isn't a secondary character, but very vital to the story of the franchise, I think he is outside of that realm of whom she should be related to. Basically, for me, it comes down to her being either a Skywalker or a Solo, and right now I believe she is the latter.
Just look at her dialogue with Han Solo (Harrison Ford). When talking with him, they finish each other's sentences. I recently re-watched the film, and their connection is palpable. Rey really looks up to Han as a father figure in the short time she knows him; Maz even says it herself. She is also a natural pilot, and is fascinated with the Millennium Falcon. We also see a stark turn in Kylo Ren's view of Rey. After prodding her mind, he becomes obsessed with her. I think it is because he learns that she is his sister. That would bring about a better dynamic between the two, a stronger dynamic than if they were cousins.
We get the sense that Kylo Ren's journey in the new trilogy mirrors Luke's, but on the dark side. Kylo Ren struggles between the light and the dark, and he proved his devotion to the dark by killing his father. If Rey is his sister, then she is the ghost of that decision that will haunt him. She is a physical reminder of what he has done, which he feels guilt over. At the same time, she is his way to redemption, whether he consciously wants to or not. I honestly feel that the connection between the two would be stronger and work best for the trilogy if they were brother and sister battling it out, taking sides as Jedi and Sith.
What do you think? Who do you think Rey's parents are? Is she a Skywalker, a Solo or a Kenobi? Is there another parentage we're forgetting. What are some of your big questions after seeing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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