Since The Force Awakens, there’s been one searing question that fans of the new trilogy couldn’t help clamoring for; who are Rey’s parents? At the end of The Force Awakens, the two most popular theories saw Rey as Luke’s daughter or as a Solo. Those theories were aggressively debunked as Rian Johnson changed gears and told all of us that Rey was the daughter of “nobodies” who had abandoned her for drinking money. But I knew this was a cruel ploy Kylo used to try to get her to join him. I even wrote a post about it a couple of years ago.
I was saying it all throughout last year. Rey was a Palpatine. There was nothing that could convince me otherwise. So when I watched The Rise of Skywalker and Kylo told her, in a specifically momentous point of the movie, that she was Rey Palpatine, I wasn’t surprised, nor was I that happy either.
The concept of Rey’s connection to Palpatine was a brilliant idea in theory if done correctly, but the way J.J Abrams handled the reveal and the following storyline surrounding this tale of lineage felt a bit…if I’m being honest, corny.
Learning that Palpatine was her grandfather and that he has been secretly waiting for her to succeed him as Empress Palpatine seemed like a lazy way to bring him back into the story. Especially considering at the beginning of the film he wanted Kylo to kill her. Unless he was so smart that he knew Kylo wouldn’t follow his plan and would bring Rey to him where he would give her the ultimatum; join me or watch your friends die.
Cue the evil cackling.
There is just so much wrong in this scenario. One of the lines I was particularly unfond of in the film was when Kylo says to Rey, “They were nobodies because they chose to be.” This, of course, pertains to her parents.
It was yet another slap to Rian Johnson’s storytelling for The Last Jedi and the several stark contrasts in choices he made for that film which obviously peeved Abrams, whether he wants to admit or not.
I, personally, would’ve been more satisfied if she had been a Palpatine clone. It would’ve made for a better story, one in which sees Rey coming face to face with another (or maybe even several) Palpatine clones, hence Dark Rey. This would’ve made her storyline more sensible, for she would’ve been a clone that a certain someone rescued and placed on Jakku for her own safety.
All in all, Rey was deemed a Palpatine. Ooh. *rolling my eyes* She renounced that lineage and chose to adopt the Skywalker title. Yay? I wish I could sit here and say I loved what they did with Rey’s storyline but seeing her opposite her “grandfather”, Darth Sidious, just didn’t strike me as an epic or exciting moment.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.