An In-Depth Analysis of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Photos

This week Star Wars fans were met with a delightful treat as Vanity Fair delivered us a tantalizing look at The Rise of Skywalker with some jaw-dropping pictures. Many of the pictures were downright fascinating but some were also interesting because they may contain clues to certain storylines in the film. So, as someone who loves to theorize about my favorite movies, here are a few theories I have concocted after seeing these pictures.

1. This Actually May Not Be Kylo Ren

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In the teaser we see Rey preparing to fight someone on the sandy plains of Pasaana. It’s an epic scene as she sprints away from the attacker at full speed. We get a glimpse at a pair of gloved hands, the ones you see in the picture above, piloting the upgraded TIE silencer. At first glance, it seems pretty clear that Kylo Ren is driving the craft but now, after the Vanity Fair issue, maybe it isn’t him after all.

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It’s been revealed that we will see the Knights of Ren in this film but what’s the most intriguing is the obvious fact that they will be on the same planet as Rey, Finn, and Poe. That leads me to ask the question; is Kylo Ren even in this section of the story?

In the first picture, the shot focuses on the pilot’s gloves and gives us a view of the character’s chest but no hints of the face. Is this deliberate? I think so.

Take a look at Kylo Ren on this Vanity Fair cover.

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The Chosen One: Chapter Thirty-Four

Aruban

Ben Solo’s heart pounded in his chest as he sat behind the controls of his craft. Trish’s freighter hovered in the space before him as they zoomed through hyperspace to the location she said the planet named Aruban. He wanted to believe that maybe this time he would find Rey but so many times he had been disappointed. This would probably be yet another failed attempt at finding the woman he loved so much.

His eyes, closed, snapped open as his ship began to beep. Trish’s voice came over the comms.

“Coming out of hyperspace in three, two, one.”

Ben pressed the compressor and vroom, out of hyperspace they came, only to find themselves barreling toward what clearly looked like a massive tentacle. Ben yelled, yanking the controls to the left, barely avoiding the tentacle.

“What is that?” he yelled as he tried to get a better look at the ginormous monster.

“I don’t know,” Trish replied. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Ben looked closer and began to grasp an idea of what the massive creature looked like. There were thick dark blue tentacles, black claws equipped with Star Destroyer sized nails, intense red eyes, a furry maw filled with racks of teeth, and a monstrous form.

“Oh my,” he said, his eyes widening.

The creature swung at their ships but they were able to evade the monster’s attack with ease, as it moved slower because of its size.

“Are you sure this is where the planet is?” Ben asked.

“That’s what Maz told me,” Trish replied.

And then Ben saw it. A pale green planet that sat in the distance.

“There it is,” he said, moving his ship toward the planet. Trish followed his lead.

And then the creature bellowed, pouring forth a wall of purplish light that nearly struck their ships. Ben pressed the accelerator. He had gone too far, been through too much, to die now by the angry wrath of a gigantic space creature.

Evading more attacks by the beast they successfully dipped beneath the hemisphere of the planet where Ben found himself staring at a lush world with jungles and marshes with rivers forking through the vegetation and collecting in dazzling lakes. The planet was simply stunning.

“Wow,” he breathed.

“Where should we land?” Trish asked.

Ben had a feeling. A feeling he had not felt since…

“Down here,” he said, directing the ship to a hill that sat in the middle of a marsh.

Exiting his craft he stared up at the cloudy sky, his gaze following a flock of reptilian birds that flew by squawking their foreign cries. Trish left her own vessel, moving to join his side.

“This place is beautiful,” she said, as she gazed at the marshlands surrounding them.

The marsh was a vast plain of tall yellow-green grass that stood nine-feet-tall in every direction as far as the eye could see. Ben Solo immediately stormed down the hill. Trish followed after him.

“Hey, what up,” she said. “We don’t even know where we’re going.”

He didn’t even respond. He just continued walking forward, letting the Force guide him. With every planet, he had ever visited the unmistakable presence of the Force had ever been this strong on him. It was practically blanketing his senses and he was determined to find out why.

Trish jumped as she heard a loud rustle in the grass to their immediate right. She unholstered her blaster.

“This place is creeping me out,” she said. She looked at Ben’s back. “Especially with you not talking to me!” she continued, trying to catch his attention.

Once again he did not respond. It was almost as if he was in a trance. And then he stopped as they came before a small creek. He stopped so suddenly Trish ran into him.

“Now what?” she hissed.

He raised his hand, his gaze slowly searching his surroundings. “We’re not alone,” he finally whispered. “Someone’s following us.”

Trish’s heart pounded in her chest and the grip on her blaster tightened.

“Shoot.” She also began looking at their immediate area. Suddenly the planet didn’t seem so inviting.

And then Ben whirled, his lightsaber igniting, as a person jumped from the grass behind them with, to Trish’s immense shock, a purple double-bladed lightsaber. Trish aimed her gun at the individual and then halted as she noticed the one wielding the weapon was a girl clad in black.

Ben’s red saber clashed with the girl’s purple one and as their colorful blades locked Ben looked at his opponent. His eyes widened and then narrowed in confusion. His lapse of focus worked to the girl’s advantage as she pushed him back to the ground. The girl then, with a simple slice of her weapon, cut Trish’s blaster in half before knocking her to the grassy floor beside Ben.

She aimed her buzzing purple blade at Ben’s chest.

“Who are you?” the girl asked.

Ben stared at the girl for a few seconds in confusion as he carefully studied her face. At first glance, she looked like an exact replica of Rey and yet there was a clear difference. One, this was a child while Rey was clearly a woman. Two, her hair, tied back into a ponytail, was black. Three, there were slight facial differences like the fuller lips and the slightly larger nose. And four, she was definitely shorter than Rey. And yet, she seemed so familiar. Like Ben should know exactly who she was.

“Who are you and what you are doing here?” the girl demanded.

She even sounded like Rey, Ben realized.

“My name is Sorren and this is my companion, Trish. I’m…” he swallowed, “I’m looking for someone you may have heard of. A woman named Rey.”

The girl’s eyes narrowed and her blade inched closer to his chest. “How do you know my mother’s name?”

Ben couldn’t even speak. Everything seemed to slow down as the girl’s words sunk in. He looked at her closer and suddenly noticed why she seemed so familiar. The differences that made her not resemble Rey completely were his very own features. The black hair, the full lips, there was no doubt. This girl was his daughter.

“You don’t have to believe me but I think I’m your father,” he said.

The girl’s narrowed eyes widened and her saber moved away from her chest. She stumbled backward as her dark brown eyes searched his, scanning him for the truth. He stood, gazing down at her with a tender expression. The purple blades retracted into the hilt as the girl dropped the saber to the ground.

“Daddy?” she spoke quietly, tears welling in her eyes. “Is it really you?”

Ben smiled. “I think so.”

The girl charged forward, clobbering Ben in a fierce hug as she silently cried against his broad chest. Ben held her, his own tears flowing as he tried to understand what was happening. This girl that he was holding in his arms was his daughter? This was a child he had no idea existed and yet he could already feel a powerful link growing between him and his daughter through the Force.

Trish, who wasn’t often a fan of sappy occasions, could only watch the beautiful moment with tears running down her own face as the father and daughter embraced for a long while.

Ben eventually pulled away enough where he could look down into his daughter’s eyes. He wiped her wet cheeks.

“And what is the name of my beautiful daughter?” he asked.

“Ora,” she replied with a smile.

Ben could’ve started crying again when he heard the name, for it was Rey’s true name that she had been given by her parents. He stroked her face.

“It’s beautiful, as I figured it would be.”

Ora suddenly started grinning. “Mother is not going to believe it when she sees you. She’s told me about you every day. She always felt that you were still alive somewhere but she had begun to lose hope. Now, that hope will be restored.” She Force pulled her lightsaber to her before tugging on Ben’s hand.

“Come,” she said excitedly. “Come.”

Ben didn’t need to be told twice. He let Ora pull him after her through the marsh, for he had been waiting to find Rey for fifteen years, and now the time had finally come to see her again.

He couldn’t have been happier.

 

Throwback Saturday: My Favorite New Things From ‘The Last Jedi’

As what happens every once in the blue moon I forget to share with you all a Throwback Friday post, leaving me to have to write a Throwback “Saturday” post. But this one, in particular, is fun because it’s a look back two years ago when the Vanity Fair issue featuring The Last Jedi came out. So, on that note, here’s a flashback to that exciting day two years ago. Enjoy!

Two Years Ago

The Last Jedi is coming out later out this year and I am ecstatic! In April fans (like me) were finally shown a teaser for the highly anticipated film and was introduced to a brand new character, the small but mighty Rose. Ever since the Star Wars Celebration, there has been little news about The Last Jedi, even fewer spoilers, and a whole bunch of theories fans have tried to glean from the teaser. Then out of nowhere last Tuesday Vanity Fair let loose a fantastic spread for The Last Jedi and it blew my mind. There were exclusive photos, interesting interviews, and new characters to marvel over and theorize about. So on that note let me talk about some of my favorite moments from the awesome spread.

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