The Force Awakens is filled with mystery and the question I find myself asking the most is, “Who is Rey and who are her parents?” Every time I watch it it seems like I’m finding another interesting clue or deciphering another hidden observation I hadn’t noticed before. This is my latest consensus about the mystifying scavenger on Jakku.
Is She Luke’s Daughter?
Everything about Rey and her connection to Luke’s lightsaber points to the fact that she is Luke’s daughter. I mean it’s so obvious right? No, it actually isn’t. I just recently realized this revelation. If Luke was her parent then why when she finally saw him on that island did she not say something like, “Father?” Of course I know it turned off before either of them could say anything but just hear me out. Rey, when she first sees him, doesn’t look at him like she’s just found her missing parent. Instead she looks at him like as if she’s just found Luke, the legend, the man who she thought was a myth because he was just too incredible to be real. Now if her mind was wiped, which I believe it was, she of course wouldn’t know who he was. This, however, is what is keeping me from completely believing she’s another Skywalker. Maybe they’re making it seem like she’s obviously a Skywalker when she’s really somebody else entirely. Here’s where my theory about Rey starts getting a little complicated.
Rey’s Recollection of her Parents
The only time she mentions anything about her family in the movie is when she’s talking to BB-8. She tells BB-8 to wait paitently for “whoever he’s waiting for” and she happens to mention she knows what it’s like to wait for someone. BB-8 asks her who she’s waiting for and she says, and I’m quoting her here, “For my family. They’ll be back…one day.” Now this is what I realized. When she says that it seems like she knows who her family is. If her mind was wiped as a child how would she even know she had a family? Wouldn’t she be living on Jakku completely oblivious to anything besides her day-to-day activities? And also if her mind was wiped wouldn’t she not know what her parents would look like if they did come back for her? That’s why that moment in The Force Awakens seems unimportant but really might be revealing a very important clue that no one knows about.
I mean think about it. The way she looks at the sky like as if she’s imagining her family appearing shows that she remembers them. She knows what they look like and that means Luke is definitely not a candidate to be her father.
Now this is where that theory messes up. When she has that vision at Maz Kanada’s castle and she sees herself as a little girl hollering for someone to come back she seems horrified. It’s like as if she didn’t remember that moment in her life. That brings back the theory that she’s had her mind wiped which means she doesn’t know what her parents look like. Maybe her mind wasn’t wiped completely and she recalls having a family but she can’t remember their features.
If Luke Isn’t Her Father Then Who Is?
I said earlier in the post that they might be making it look like Luke is obviously her father just so they can set up an unfathomable bomb shell at the premiere. And what better bombshell could there be than to have Snoke be her father? Now how could this be possible, I have no idea. I don’t delve deep into theories or Star Wars lore but this is how she could be his daughter.
First of all when Kylo Ren tells him about Rey after failing to interrogate her Snoke seems to be very interested. Of course maybe he’s like Palpatine and only wants to convert her to the dark side so he’ll have another powerful apprentice. Or maybe he’s interested in her because she’s his daughter who has been missing throughout all of these long years. That does work in the timeline because let’s say she’s about nineteen years old. When she was abandoned on Jakku she looked to be around five years old. That means Kylo Ren has been causing chaos with his frightening band of Knights for fourteen years. That would make him about sixteen years old when he decided to go bad and destroy everything Luke tried to build. If she is Snoke’s daughter then that means someone hid her like Obi-Wan and Senator Organa hid Luke and Leia. The question is who would do that?
If you look at the ship in her vision it’s flying towards red light that looks awfully like the red laser shot from StarKiller Base. And who was watching the red laser weave its path of destruction…Kylo Ren. Is Kylo Ren possibly the one who put her on Jakku? There’s about 25% chance that he did. I have always thought it was peculiar how he seemed to know who she was but then again maybe he doesn’t know who she is. What makes that theory very invalid however is why would he do that? Why would the evil Kylo Ren hide a child on a desert planet to keep her from being found by his even more evil master? That makes zero sense and that’s why he probably isn’t the person who left her on Jakku.
Whatever the case these are my theories about Rey. Who could her parents be? Maybe it’s Luke, maybe it’s Snoke, maybe it’s Obi-Wan Kenobi (that’s a little less likely in my opinion,) and then again she might be an entirely new character who’s just a little too similar to other major characters in Star Wars. Whoever she is we unfortunately will not find out until December 15. Thank you for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed.
I love Star Wars for many reasons. I love the characters whether they’re significant or not, I love the vast array of interesting planets, and I love the stories throughout all of the movies (maybe not so much for Attack of the Clones but that’s another topic.) Throughout all of the Star Wars films there is always a villain or villains and these notorious bad guys are part of the reason Star Wars is so great today.
Take the Star Wars merchandise for example. When I walk through Target and I see something affiliated with Star Wars who is the person usually on the products…Kylo Ren. His hooded masked face and his red lightsaber are so easily recognizable you don’t even have to look twice to know that the product has something to do with Star Wars. That’s how memorable the villains are in this sci-fi goliath. Now of course some aren’t as prominent as Kylo Ren and that’s where my list of the top ten Star Wars villains begins.
10. Director Orson Krennic
Director Krennic barely made my top ten for a very valid reason…he’s kind of lame. If weren’t for villains like the corny General Grievous or the posh Count Dooku he would definitely not be in this list. Let me explain my reasons a little further.
Krennic does possess a very beautiful outfit. That white cape of his is so illustrious and gorgeous it’s really the only reason why he’s on my list. If you think about his role in Rogue One he really didn’t do anything that special. Yes he ordered for Jyn Erso’s mother to be killed as well as Galen Erso’s assistant scientists but besides that he wasn’t very villainous. The real villain of the movie was Tarkin and that makes Krennic the white cape wearing lacky that he was. If you think about it, were he not to have that grand white outfit would he even be memorable…no! And that’s why he’s tenth on my list.
9. Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma is an awesome villain for a couple of reasons. First of all she’s the first and only (for now) female villain in Star Wars. That already makes her very special. Then she’s the first stormtrooper with chrome armor and a cape making her only that much cooler. The only reason why she’s not higher in the list is because she, unfortunately, was in The Force Awakens for only about six minutes, and that’s being generous. I’m pretty sure after The Last Jedi she’ll be higher in the ranking.
8. General Hux
General Hux probably wouldn’t have made my list if he hadn’t had that wrathful, thunderous speech about annihilating the New Republic before watching Starkiller Base shoot its ginormous red laser into space with a look of stone cold pride upon his face. That scene right there is why he’s number eight in my list of villains.
Snoke is very mysterious. Every time I watch The Force Awakens I think to myself, “Who is Snoke?” He seems like somebody who’s been around for a while but what really makes him puzzling is the fact that Leia, Han, and probably Luke know who he is yet they didn’t try to stop him converting Ben Solo to the dark side. Who is this evil mastermind of the First Order who sits on a throne and tells Kylo Ren stuff? I don’t know and I can’t wait to find out. His mystique is what puts him at seventh place. If he’s as frightening as I think he has the potential to be he’ll definitely rise in the ranks of infamous villains.
6. Jango Fett
Jango Fett is so cool there was no way I wasn’t putting him in my list. His silver armor, his jet pack, his two blasters, that’s everything someone needs to either be a tremendous hero or an astounding villain. The Attack of the Clones could’ve been so much better if it had just been about Obi-Wan and Jango Fett because they had the best scenes of the entire movie. Jango Fett was another one of those characters who died too early in the prequels. Why introduce a character that impressive only to kill him off. That’s like if Kylo Ren had actually died in The Force Awakens. That would’ve been a waste of character development. Jango Fett will always be one of the coolest villains in Star Wars despite the fact that he was so underused.
5. Grand Moff Tarkin
Grand Moff Tarkin is one of the most conniving villains in Star Wars and after Rogue One his status as a merciless mastermind of the Empire has been reinforced. Tarkin is a very memorable villain for his stone cold visage and his determination to make the Empire the most powerful faction in the galaxy. He absolutely deserves the fourth spot in my list of Star Wars villains.
4. Emperor Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine is pure evil. I mean look at his picture. I shudder just looking at him. And his plan to wipe out the Jedi and take over the galaxy was so immaculately planned it’s terrible. He knew everything that was going to happen before it happened. The entire fate of the galaxy was wrapped around his little finger from when he became the Supreme Chancellor to when he was Emperor. If it wasn’t for Luke Skywalker’s resolve and Darth Vader’s sudden decision to become a good guy again the galaxy would’ve probably never torn itself from his tyrannical rule.
3. Darth Maul
Darth Maul is definitely one of the most ingenious characters of all the Star Wars films. He’s still the only force wielder to have a lightsaber with two blades on each side of the hilt making him extra special in the long list of Sith and Jedi in the movies. His fighting style is rooted in a martial arts sort of vibe that’s really astounding and memorable. His look with the red and black face, yellow eyes, and the spikes spouting from his head give him a frightening appearance. He’s unfortunately another one of those grand characters whose use in the prequels was under utilized. And even though he’s a character in the Star Wars: Rebels show and made an appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars I don’t watch the cartoons so he’s still dead to me. It’s such a shame and really unfortunate.
2. Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren is beyond awesome. His outfit is frighteningly beautiful, his rugged lightsaber is unlike any other in the films, and his story is very, very intriguing. The only reason why he’s not number one is because he’s literally a Darth Vader wannabe. If it wasn’t for Darth Vader he wouldn’t be as cool as he is. I am very excited to see him in The Last Jedi. Maybe he’ll be even better than in The Force Awakens and if so he’ll definitely give Darth Vader a run for his money as the coolest villain. Until then he’ll remain a close second.
1. Darth Vader
And, unsurprisingly, Darth Vader is my favorite villain in Star Wars. His breath is one of the most iconic things in film history. I didn’t know how petrifying that sound can be until I watched Rogue One. That last scene with him was so mind blowing no other villain in Stat Wars so far can surpass him.
So these are my ten favorite villains in Star Wars. Maybe in the upcoming films there will be new baddies to rise in the ranks but until then this is my list. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post.
I love Star Wars and part of the reason why I love Star Wars so much are the characters. When there are awesome characters like Darth Vader or Rey I can’t help but love this franchise. Still there are some people I like more than others and that’s where I begin this post.
10. Emperor Palpatine a.k.a Darth Sidious
Palpatine is one of the most evil villains in film history. How he managed to hide right beneath the Jedis’ noses even though they were desperately looking for him is amazing. And he was so crafty. He waited patiently like a spider for his prey for a little over two decades before he overturned the Republic and created the evil Empire. Not only did he do that and wipe out nearly all of the Jedi but he took one of their strongest Jedi, Anakin, and with some serious manipulation turned him into a Sith. Emperor Palpatine is to me the most evil villain in Star Wars. He doesn’t have the swagger of someone like Darth Vader but he definitely is a true Sith Lord. And to top off his incredible power he can summon lightning without even thinking. He definitely deserves a spot in my top ten list.
9. Chirrut Imwe
Chirrut managed to grace my top ten list because he is so, so very cool. He’s the first character in the Star Wars films to be one with the Force as well as he was without being a Jedi. I remember watching Rogue One and thinking to myself what if he was a Jedi? That would have been pretty awesome. The fact that he wasn’t however was what made him really special. He’s also the first blind character which added to his originality and made me like him that much more. If there is a Star Wars story in the future that’ll explain Chirrut and Baze’s story I would be so happy. Until then I’ll enjoy him in Rogue One.
8. Captain Cassian Andor
Cassian was my favorite character in Rogue One so of course he would be in my top ten list. I loved that when I saw him in the commercials and trailers they didn’t really show anything with him so his story in the movie was a complete surprise. I liked his accent because it made him different and added a sort of grit to the movie other Star Wars films haven’t had. He is another character in Rogue One whose story will hopefully be explored a little further in future anthology Star Wars films.
7. Han Solo
Han Solo is a great character. He’s funny, pretty talented in terms of his flying and shooting skills, and he’s rather heroic in his own Han way. When I watched The Force Awakens the first time I was so glad to see him back in a Star Wars film and he was just as great as he was in the original trilogy. When he was killed by Kylo Ren I was so distraught I cried like a baby. I still can’t watch that scene without getting a little teary. As great as Han Solo is (and he is awesome) the next six characters are to me better than him. There was no way he wasn’t going to be in my list though.
BB-8 is definitely my favorite droid because he’s so cute. K-2SO was great in Rogue One and C-3PO and R2-D2 are the classics but I really love BB-8. I can’t wait to see what new gadgets he might use in the next Star Wars and what he’ll be up to. I didn’t expect it but yes, he’s my sixth favorite character in Star Wars.
Obi-Wan is the coolest Jedi in Star Wars. He was great in the prequel trilogy. In fact he made the prequel trilogy worth watching. I loved how he would go on clandestine missions, he was very wise, and he was awesome. There’s a reason why he was, besides Yoda and a few others, one of the last Jedi remaining. And not only did he survive the horrible massacre but he taught Anakin a hard lesson in that epic fight on Mustafar. That’s pretty cool because Anakin was and still is so annoying.
Then in the classic trilogy he was just as great. He was older, wiser, but still the same Obi-Wan. Yes he is part of the lamest lightsaber duel in the history of Star Wars but it doesn’t degrade him because he’s still awesome. I really, really hope that in the near future Obi-Wan will get his own movie because since I was a little girl I have always wondered what he was doing between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It’s also perfect because Ewan McGregor has gotten older as well so he could easily reprise the role as Obi-Wan. And after seeing Rogue One I am even more excited for there to be a standalone Obi-Wan film. It would be perfect if Gareth Edwards directed it.
4. Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic characters in film history. Luke is great. His story in the original trilogy was fantastic and his story nowadays is even better. I didn’t realize just how magical Luke’s presence in a Star Wars film was until I watched The Force Awakens and I saw him at the end. I still get goosebumps and grow teary eyed every time I see that scene. After the next Star Wars he might end up higher on my list.
3. Kylo Ren
This was very, very difficult for me to decide. Kylo Ren is so ridiculously cool, I mean look at this picture. This picture emanates awesomeness. Still he’s third on my list just because the next two characters are a little cooler but he’s third only by a smidgeon. Now that the title of the next Star Wars has been announced I know the teaser will be coming sooner rather than later. I am so excited to see Kylo Ren again. I remember when I saw him for the first time in the teaser for The Force Awakens I about lost my mind. He was and still is the first person to have a lightsaber with a crossguard. And the sound of his lightsaber is awesome because it’s not made correctly so it emerges from the hilt with this sort of electric noise. Who knows what he’ll be doing in The Last Jedi but I’m so excited.
Rey is one of the coolest heroines of any movie. She’s powerful, independent, and simply awesome. The fact that’s she a Jedi only solidifies her greatness. I can’t wait to find out the mystery of her parents. I think Luke is her father but I might be wrong. If she is Luke’s daughter that would be so cool! Come on December 15th! So she’s definitely second on my list. Maybe after The Last Jedi she’ll be my favorite Star Wars character. Who knows.
1. Darth Vader
Yes, as great as the other nine characters are (and they are great) no one, at the moment, can top the one and only Darth Vader. Ever since the first time I saw Darth Vader I have been fascinated by his shiny black armor and his muffled voice. He was already legendary from the original trilogy but after Rogue One I love Darth Vader even more now. If there is ever a Star Wars story about Darth Vader I will be the happiest person on Earth. He is definitely my favorite Star Wars character and probably will be for a long time.
Who knows, maybe after The Last Jedi comes out there’ll be new characters in my top ten list.
It’s been a month since Rogue One has graced the big screen and wowed audiences around the world. In that time I have watched this new Star Wars film three times. I believe because it has been out so long this is the perfect chance to really see how it stacks up against The Force Awakens. Of course there will be spoilers so if you’re someone who still hasn’t seen Rogue One yet please do not read any further.
The Main Characters:
In the last two Star Wars movies there have been two female leads. In The Force Awakens there was Rey. In the movie we first find her as a scavenger living off of scraps. She’s been abandoned on Jakku but she never gives up hope that her family will come back for her. She quickly displays her toughness when she takes down Unkar Plott’s thugs within seconds. Then she grows in awesomeness when she flies the Millenium Falcon better than Han Solo himself which is saying something. She’s a mechanic. And most of important of all, she has the force! I remember watching The Force Awakens for the first time and being mind blown when I found out that she was basically the next Luke of the Star Wars franchise. I also love that she never depended on getting rescued but got herself out of sticky situations. And she’ll only become cooler considering that in the next movie we’ll finally find out who her parents are.
In Rogue One there was Jyn. From the commercials and trailers, I thought she was going to be another awesome heroine. And she had the potential to be just as cool as Rey. She came off as tough when she took out those rebels in the very beginning on Wobani. She could take care of herself very well during the dispute on Jedha. After that, however, she never got to really show off her skills again. Cassian was always saving her, her story arc wasn’t that special, and yes, she became the leader of the small rebel group to retrieve the Death Star plans but not really. Cassian was the brains behind the whole operation.
I mean why couldn’t she have helped fight those Death Troopers and Krennic when they were climbing the data tower? If she had Cassian probably wouldn’t have gotten shot. And why couldn’t she and Krennic have gone head to head at the end? I would’ve loved seeing her, after a fierce fight, push Krennic off of the top of the tower and watch him fall as if to say, “That’s for my parents.” That, of course, didn’t happen and she instead got saved by Cassian again! Yes, she transmitted the plans but besides that, the only reason why she was important is that she was Galen Erso’s daughter. Rey is clearly the better heroine of the two movies.
Now alongside Rey is Finn. Finn is a great character. He is the first stormtrooper in a Star Wars film to have turned good. That makes him such a different character than anyone in the Star Wars movies. He’s immediately lovable and is hilarious. I loved his growth in the movie. He went from being a man fleeing from the terrible evil of the First Order to co-leading a mission alongside Poe to destroy Starkiller Base. And he fearlessly fought Kylo Ren at the end and did a pretty good job against him. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be up to in the next Star Wars.
Then in Rogue One, there was Cassian. He’s my favorite new addition to the Star Wars universe. To me, his story arc in this new Star Wars film was way more heroic than Jyn’s was supposed to be. I mean when you first meet him he was a cold blooded rebel intelligence officer who was willing to do anything without question for the rebellion. Halfway through the movie, he has the chance to kill Jyn’s father, Galen Erso, but his conscience finally prevails. It’s a crucial moment that eventually influences him to get that ragtag band of rebels together to aid Jyn on her mission to steal the Death Star plans.
Besides Chirrut his backstory is very interesting to me. I hope that sometime in the future he’ll appear in another movie so we’ll get to know a little more about the rebel captain. Yes I love Finn, he’s a great character, but Cassian is just better. He’s more interesting and I really, really wished he hadn’t died so we can see more movies with him.
This category has both movies tied when it comes to the main characters. Rogue One: 1 pt. The Force Awakens: 1 pt.
This category is pretty straightforward. In The Force Awakens there was Han, Chewbacca, and Poe barely. Han and Chewie were already well known from the original trilogy so they weren’t anything new in Star Wars. Poe wasn’t supposed to live when they first started making the movie so of course his story wasn’t thoroughly developed. In Rogue One there was K-2SO, Chirrut, Bodhi, and Baze. The co-stars in Rogue One were so much more dynamic and thoughtfully written. None of their stories were rushed and they all brought a different skill to the team.
Rogue One clearly wins this category. Rogue One: 2 pts. The Force Awakens: 1 pt.
Droids are a large part of Star Wars. Ever since The Phantom Menace which was the first Star Wars movie I saw I have loved C-3PO and R2-D2. Even though they’re robots they are just as important as Luke or Darth Vader. The last two Star Wars have introduced a couple of amazing new droids.
In The Force Awakens there was BB-8. I remember when I first saw BB-8 I was disappointed because I thought that he was just another R2 except he had a soccer ball body. BB-8 ended up being such a cute, wonderful droid that he is definitely one of the highlights of the film.
Now Rogue One had K-2SO. A droid like BB-8 or C-3PO would’ve been out of place. His cold personality and bluntness made him the perfect droid to be part of the group. He was also the only character in the movie that made me laugh which was needed to cut through the intense scenes.
For me BB-8 is a better droid because at the end of the day BB-8 is a tangible droid. K-2SO is not. The Force Awakens wins this category. Rogue One: 2 pts. The Force Awakens: 2 pts.
Star Wars is known for their iconic villians, presumably Darth Vader. The last two Star Wars films have presented a few new villains to the Star Wars Universe. This category has another clear winner.
Kylo Ren, besides Darth Vader, is my favorite villain in Star Wars. First of all his outfit is so cool. I love his short ragged, one shoulder cape, his silver lined mask, and his very awesome lightsaber. He also had one of the most surprising moments of The Force Awakens when he took his helmet off and instead of looking like some sort of evil, twisted being like Palpatine he actually looked human. Secondly his story is so interesting because unlike other villains in Star Wars he’s still developing. He killed Han Solo (which is still heartbreaking to this day) and, according to Supreme Leader Snoke, in the next movie he will be completing his training. That means he’ll only get scarier and more evil. I am very excited for this next Star Wars film.
Hux is cool because even as powerful as Kylo Ren is he’s the general of the First Order. It’s terrible because he was the one to come up with the idea to destroy the New Republic. One of my favorite planets in Star Wars is Coruscant so the part where Starkiller Base blows it up is very sad. I’m afraid to see what terrible new ideas he’ll concoct in the next movie.
Captain Phasma is so awesome! First of all she’s the first and only female villain to be in a Star Wars movie. And she is so cool. I love her cape that only goes over one shoulder and her chromium armor is just beautiful. Unfortunately she didn’t have much of a role in The Force Awakens but thankfully she did live so I can’t wait to see her again.
Director Orson Krennic
In Rogue One there was Director Krennic. He was okay. He’s not very diabolical. He is ruthless but I wouldn’t call him truly evil. He’s just a tool of the Empire and Tarkin, who to me was the real villain of the movie, showed him that by taking command of the nearly completed Death Star. He’s not very memorable in the list of villains in Star Wars. The only thing that makes him cool is his squad of Death Troopers which were undoubtedly scarier than him and his beautiful white cape. If he didn’t have those two things he just might be the worst villain in Star Wars.
The Force Awakens definitely wins this category. Rogue One: 3 pts. The Force Awakens: 3 pts
This category has another clear winner. The Force Awakens has a good story. It introduced us to great new characters and situations but this movie was basically a prologue. On top of that it relied heavily on plot points of A New Hope. Rogue One was original, did a superb job of tying the movie to A New Hope, and it was a complete story.
Rogue One clearly gets the point. Rogue One: 4 pts. The Force Awakens: 3 pts.
Music is a central piece of Star Wars. Without that beautiful score John Williams created for A New Hope back in 1977 Star Wars might not have become as legendary as it is now. Michael Giacchino did a great job picking up the essence of John Williams’ score while giving Rogue One a different feeling than other Star Wars movies. I still love The Force Awaken’s music more because as good a job Giacchino did John Williams is still the master.
The Force Awakens ties again. Rogue One: 4 pts. The Force Awakens: 4 pts.
This is the final category so after this there will be a winner. I loved The Force Awaken’s cinematography but it was rather basic and straightforward. The best shot in the entire movie to me was when Rey, Finn, and BB-8 are running across the sand on Jakku with those awesome explosions happening in the background and the tie fighter chasing after them. That was a special moment that stuck in my head since the first official trailer. Unfortunately, that was the only mind blowing shot in the whole movie. Rogue One had multiple mind blowing shots that wowed me. Here are just three amazing shots that had me stunned in the movies.
There was the Death Star eclipsing the sun while blowing the city on Jedha into oblivion. That was a terrifying moment. The giant AT-ACT appearing out of the smoke was amazing because it showed how terrifying the Empire is in the rebel’s eyes. And then finally, when the Death Star appears at the end of the movie like a horrible planet. That was another beautiful shot that stuck with me since the trailer.
Rogue One clearly wins this category. Gareth Edwards did such a great job directing Rogue One I really hope he makes another Star Wars movie. Rogue One: 5 pts. The Force Awakens: 4 pts.
So the winner is…Rogue One!
The Force Awakens put up a good fight but Rogue One just managed to edge it out. I hope the next Star Wars is better than both of these films combined.