Ben Solo had not thought about his past in a while. At least, he tried to forget his earlier days as an agent of the dark side existed. But Ora’s questions, her eyes that stared at him with such yearning for truth, as if willing him to say that everything her mother had told her was a lie, it had seared into his very being, reminding him of the ugliness and the regret of his younger years.
He didn’t want Ora to become like him. He had to make sure she was protected. That she wouldn’t use anger as a vent for her power. To use hatred to let herself be known, or heard. He wanted to let her know that everything would be okay. That the loss of her mother would not hurt her but help her. But he also knew, deep down, that he wouldn’t always be with her, and that was when she’d have the hardest time. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Forty-Four
Ora hadn’t felt this stabilized since before that ship appeared on her homeworld and she would meet her father for the first time. In short, she hadn’t found peace since the day she realized her destiny was upon her. Now, with her father standing alongside her not as a mentor, but as truly just that, a father, she felt a sense of closure that she had never had the opportunity of enjoying. She only wished her mother could be here as well.
Together, they ran through the forest, following the invisible trail created by the Force to wherever the mystical power was trying to take them before eventually discovering a single obelisk that stood out like a sore thumb in the middle of the woods. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Forty-One
Kylo Ren. He was my favorite character of the trilogy, hands down. He was just so…cool! Dressed in black, wielding a crossguard red lightsaber that crackled, armed with a fierce temper and plenty of lovable inner conflict, Kylo was the character that I was most interested in. And then The Rise of Skywalker happened.
Suddenly, this character who had the most intriguing storyline of anyone in the Sequel Trilogy was reduced to wearing a ridiculous mask covered in red lines, Force-skyping his lady friend like a creepy stalker, and becoming Ben Solo for a maximum of maybe five minutes. Why J.J?!
Anakin’s fall from grace and eventual redemption as Darth Vader was beautifully told (even if you may despise the prequels), giving him the conclusion he deserved. Seeing Luke Skywalker standing before that bonfire with Darth Vader’s burning in tribute is not only one of the best shots in all of Star Wars but it feels so emotionally moving.
Kylo Ren didn’t get this. Continue reading Was Kylo Ren’s Conclusion Rewarding or Disappointing?
Ora should’ve been exhausted but her determination outweighed her endurance. She ran for minutes on end, allowing the Force to lead her. To where? She could not tell, but she could feel whatever was calling to her drawing nearer.
And then she stopped. It was like she had been slammed with the Force, bringing herself to a grinding halt.
It screamed at her from all directions. She stepped back, her chest pumping in horror as she stood in a clearing lit only by the two moons overhead. And then she heard them. Slow footsteps approaching from behind. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Nine
“Catching up” left Ora, Ben Solo, and Maz Kanata even more confused at the predicament of their current situation. They had all been in hyperspace, ripped from lightspeed by a face in the stars, and undergone a strange adventure that had led them all to this foreign world where a kyber crystal could be discovered.
There was no doubt that the Force was involved and that greater things were at work here. But Ora didn’t feel any delight or wonder. She felt like a hole had been dug inside of her, one that would never be filled, and that was the void left behind by her mother’s passing.
She knew she had to be strong. She knew the galaxy needed her. And she understood, according to her father, that she had accepted her fate willingly, but she didn’t know how to handle an existence where her mother was no longer with her. Watching her planet be destroyed was bad enough. Now…
As Ben and Maz Kanata continued to speak with one another, embroiled in the mysteries of their scenario, Ora stood and left the room. Ben made to follow her but Maz placed a hand on his.
“She needs time to think,” she told him.
Ben nodded grimly. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Six
Strange creatures squawked in the forest and the sky, painted orange and pink from the sunset, was beginning to darken as Ora knelt before the ramp of her craft, unable to move. Her mother’s passing had entirely immobilized her, leaving her utterly distraught with grief.
With tears pouring down her face she whispered, “Ma, I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry.”
And yet there was clearly no response. Just that incessant emptiness where her mother’s presence used to be. And then, out of nowhere, she felt another presence. One that blared in the force bright like the sun. Her head rose and heart pounded with hope. She stood and began to run as fast as she could, hoping that the presence was not a trick. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Three