STAR WARS: The Spoilers Awaken

Guys, I tried. I did. I tried to write a review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens without posting spoilers, because posting spoilers on the Internet is the path to the Dark Side. I thought I could be vague (“There’s a thing that happens and it’s amazing!”) and still get most of my pertinent feels across.

But…I can’t. I thought I could, but I can’t.

So if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, please — and I really can’t emphasize this enough, because this is a movie that deserves to be viewed completely unspoiled* — STOP. READING. This is not the spoiler-free review you’re looking for.

*I don’t care if you think you don’t mind spoilers, just this once, you should care.

Okay, so if you’re reading this, you’ve already seen the movie, right? RIGHT?

Don’t you lie to me.

*looks around* So now there shouldn’t be anybody left that hasn’t seen Episode VII. If you haven’t seen it and you keep reading, that’s not my fault. Your fault. Not my fault. Got it? Cool.

*clears throat*


Seriously, despite being One of Those People who teared up at every single trailer (how could you not at “Chewie, we’re home”?), and despite being an unapologetic Fan of J.J. Abrams (say what you will about the endings of LOST and Alias or Star Trek Into Darkness; the man knows how to begin things), I was not prepared for how much I loved The Force Awakens. I was ready to love the characters from the Original Trilogy, but I’d figured the others would require a warming period. After all, I’ve loved the Original Trilogy my entire life. I have three decades worth of emotional investment in these characters. How could the new blood possibly measure up?

Oh, how gloriously wrong I was.

So let’s take them one at a time, in the order they are introduced, shall we?

Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)

I was surprised that Poe is the first major character we meet. Based on the trailers, I thought it would be Rey, or possibly Finn. I also didn’t expect to have all that many feelings about him. But in just a few minutes of screen time, I was solidly Team Poe. His first line when he comes face to, er, mask with Kylo Ren endeared him to me forever. (“Do I talk first or you talk first? I talk first?”) Everything about Poe Dameron was utter perfection, from his clear affection for BB-8 (another surprise! I’d been all prepared for the Rey-BB-8 buddy show, but much as R2’s loyalty was to Luke, BB-8’s metal heart belongs to Poe Dameron) to his affable swagger when he teams up with Finn (“I can fly anything”) to his triumphant return later in the movie and his elated hug with Finn when they realize the other is still alive.

Let’s just dwell on that hug for a second. Poe and Finn had met exactly once, and while Finn latching on to Poe as his BFF is semi-understandable since Finn was a brainwashed Stormtrooper and had exactly zero friends, Poe is a charismatic guy with, presumably, other people he cares about, and who care about him. (Granted, probably a lot of them died in that opening scene, but hopefully not all of them.) And yet he is so elated to see Finn alive. It warmed my heart to see him care so genuinely and deeply about poor displaced Finn, and I am now significantly hopeful that a good chunk of Episode VIII will include The Broscapades of Finn and Poe.


First, let’s just get out of the way how utterly adorable the bond between BB-8 and Poe is. When Leia entrusted R2-D2 with her message for Obi-Wan in A New Hope, she was all business. There was no affection between her and the droid (C-3P0 didn’t even really know who Leia was, other than that she was a figure “of some importance”), and it wasn’t until R2 delivered his message to Obi-Wan and Luke that we really saw an emotional bond begin to form. But The Force Awakens puts the human-droid bond front and center, with Poe literally tearing up as he gives vital information to BB-8 and tells him to get as far away as possible, then promises, “I will find you.” (Dangit, now I’m getting emotional about Poe again, and I’m supposed to be talking about BB-8.) But I thought this was an excellent way to get the audience immediately invested in this new droid (I can’t have been the only one highly skeptical about a new cutesy addition to the Star Wars-verse, right?), since if Poe Dameron cares so deeply about him, and Poe Dameron is so clearly awesome, then surely I should care about him too.

And it didn’t take long for BB-8 to establish himself as worthy of that emotional investment. From the delightful physical gags (how a bike helmet on a beach ball managed to give a thumbs up was one of the funniest visuals of the movie) to his sassy personality (sure, we can’t understand him, but Rey can, and watching her react was enough), BB-8 quickly proved that not only did he deserve his place beside R2 and C-3P0 as one of the most beloved droids in Star Wars, but he might…actually…be my new favorite?

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)

I am so excited about Kylo Ren, guys. Until now, Star Wars has given us a very clear line between the Light and Dark sides of the Force. Even Luke and Anakin/Vader, the only truly conflicted characters, tended to not straddle the line so much as pole-vault across it when it served their purpose. But Kylo! He is something we haven’t seen before. A character who actively chose the Dark Side but is tempted by the Light. A character estranged from his parents (no one was really surprised to find that Kylo Ren — formerly one Ben Solo — was Han and Leia’s son, right?), pressured by his father to turn away from what he knows and give into temptation — but in the opposite way of how we’ve seen this play out before.

Kylo Ren is like a film negative of Luke Skywalker, and I love it. Such possibilities for future installments! Will Kylo give into his temptation to join the good guys? What was it that pushed him to join the Dark Side in the first place, since his full heart clearly wasn’t in it? (Obviously he has some anger issues, but that can’t be the whole story, can it?)

I know now is where I should talk about That Major Thing He Does, but I’m not ready for that. I’ll get to it in a bit. Just as soon as I talk about —

Finn (John Boyega)

I’d like to thank J.J. Abrams, along with whoever else was responsible for casting, for bringing John Boyega into the Star Wars-verse. From surprising fans at Star Wars screenings to freaking out on his first viewing of the Force Awakens trailer to just being genuinely classy in the face of some genuinely unclassy comments about his casting, he’s just been a real treat to watch and I’m glad that Star Wars brought him onto my radar.

But I’m not here to talk about John Boyega. I’m here to talk about Finn. Finn.

Admittedly, we don’t get a ton of backstory on Finn (which is nothing new for Star Wars; the Original Trilogy gave us practically nothing on the Main Trio), but what we do know — taken from his family at an age so young he doesn’t remember them, trained as a soldier, treated as a slave, “conditioned” not to have any thoughts of his own — makes him even more interesting. When we see the Stormtroopers burning Poe’s village to the ground, Finn is the only one hesitates to kill the innocent civilians. Finn is the only one visibly shaken by the death of his comrades (perhaps even friends?). Finn is also the only Stormtrooper in the entire series to willingly remove his helmet (correct me if I’m wrong, as I’ve purposely blocked out the prequels, but in the Original Trilogy, the only helmets we see removed are worn by Luke and Han).

What is it about him that allows him to break free? Could it be…a capacity for the Force? Or is Finn just an innately good person, and that goodness couldn’t be wiped out of him, no matter how much First Order conditioning he received? Surely his line when he rescues Poe — “It’s the right thing to do” — shows his strength of character (where did he even learn the difference between right and wrong during his conditioning?). Despite Finn’s struggle throughout the movie between taking care of himself and taking care of his new friends, nothing highlights that inner strength more than at the end when he takes up Luke’s lightsaber(!) and battles (!) Kylo Ren(!!!).

Compared to how flashy and over-choreographed the prequel lightsaber battles were, can I just tell you how much I loved how raw the fights were in The Force Awakens? You have Kylo — a partially trained Jedi with a serious temper problem — and Finn, a former Stormtrooper who knows his way around a blaster, but has never trained with any other form of weaponry, just flailing madly at each other. It’s not polished, it’s not pretty, but it is amazing. Never before have any of the other Star Wars movies ever driven home the pure brutality of these weapons, but in this fight we have sizzling snow and smoldering garments and burned flesh. Even when Vader was lopping off Luke’s hand in Empire, it was all very clean and precise, but this fight was messy. And so when Finn loses — Finn loses — it hurts. It hurts him, and it hurts us, because we saw how much effort that battle took, how scared he was, how far out of his league, but how he kept fighting a losing battle because it was the right thing to do.

I need a minute. I’m awash in Finn feels and my screen is suddenly blurry. And I need my full wits about me to talk about —

Rey (Daisy Ridley)

Can we just…take a moment and bask in the glory that is Rey?

I was not prepared for how much I loved Rey (and how much I loved Daisy Ridley as Rey. It reminded me of the feeling I had watching Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, another character I was not prepared to love half as much as I did/do, and how even though I’d only seen her in the one movie, I was now willing to follow her to every movie ever). Every time I thought, okay, this is it, I love her as much as I possibly can, the movie would give us something else to love. The entire sequence where she meets Finn, from her knocking out her assailants before Finn can “rescue” her, to her constant “I know how to run without you holding my hand!” protests, to her reluctance to steal the “garbage” Millennium Falcon, followed by her surprise!ability to pilot the Millennium Falcon, was pure gold.

And then I could take you through all the best Rey moments in the rest of the movie, but I won’t, because that’s like the entire movie? Every single scene she was in was magical. When she taught herself to use the Force on the Stormtrooper? When Luke’s lightsaber flew past Kylo into her hand? When she met Leia’s eyes and went straight into her arms without ever meeting her (IN THIS MOVIE, ANYWAY)? When it was just understood that the Falcon was hers now, and Chewie was her new co-pilot, and she found Luke and held out the lightsaber and a world of understanding passed between them?

*deep breath*

Suffice it to say that Rey is a phenomenal character to hang this new franchise on, and I can’t wait to see the rest of her journey.

The Original Trilogy Characters 

I don’t want to say I was worried about seeing Han, Leia, Chewie, C-3P0, R2-D2, and Luke again. I wasn’t. I was actually overjoyed to see them again. But I worried a bit that they’d feel shoehorned into the new story, that their inclusion would wind up feeling more sad than triumphant, that they’d feel peripheral to the main plot.

I was so wrong. I was so pleased with how the old and new wove together seamlessly. I loved that we are not dealing just with “the next generation” in terms of age, but with the literal next generation of these characters, since Kylo is Han and Leia’s offspring. Not only did they fit in this story, but this story could not have existed without them. But at the same time, the new characters were allowed to carry most of the weight. That is no small feat, and I was so, so impressed with how they pulled it off. I’ve rarely (right now, I’d say never, but I could probably think of something if I gave myself enough time to think about it) seen such a smooth passing of the torch in a franchise.

I loved the little ways they aged up the characters. Han and Leia, being human, aged more obviously, but they also gave us C-3P0’s red arm (“You probably don’t recognize me.”), and even Chewie has become a bit of a crotchety old man. I was nervous about Mark Hamill, having just seen him as The Trickster on The Flash, where he was looking markedly un-Jedi-like, but I thought he pulled off the Force Hermit look well. I do wish we’d gotten at least one line out of him, but with Han gone, I’m guessing Episode VIII will be the Luke and Rey show.

Which brings me to…

That Big Thing Kylo Does

Guys, I know, I know, I am as devastated as you are, but Han had to die. Not just because Harrison Ford has wanted him dead for 30 years, but because this is not Han’s story. It never was, really. It was always Luke’s story. Han arguably had a small arc in the original trilogy — he went from being someone who was only out to save his own skin to someone who would risk himself to save his friends — but Star Wars has never been about Han Solo. At its core, one of the central conflicts of Star Wars has always been about identity, and the struggle between who you think you are vs. who others want you to be. Han Solo has always had a firm grasp on who he is and what he wants, and that hasn’t changed throughout the entire saga.

But by killing Han Solo off — killing him at the hand of his son, so that he can complete his transition to the Dark Side — we’ve once again put that central conflict of identity front and center. Because it’s not about Han, it’s about Kylo. Who Kylo wants to be versus who Han still hopes he is. It’s that pivotal Luke Skywalker choice all over again, but flipped, and it is even more gutting than Luke’s original confrontation with Vader, because when Kylo triumphs over his father, it’s not what we want at all. For so much of this movie, we were lulled into believing that if Rey is this generation’s Luke, Kylo is Vader, but that’s not the case. They’re both Luke — one as we know him, the other as he could have been. And this choice — for Kylo to kill Han as Rey looks on, horrified — drives that parallel home.

So much of The Force Awakens was re-treading familiar ground, but Han’s death sets the story on a new path we haven’t been down before. What if Luke gave in to the emperor’s taunts and struck down his father? What if, despite the part of him that still felt pulled toward the Light Side, he chose the Dark? What if, instead of balancing on that line, he toppled over it? Could he ever climb back to the other side? Would we even want him to?

Honestly, my only beef with that entire scene — which was so, so well done — was that the writers missed an opportunity for this exchange:

Kylo: [holds out saber hilt]

Han: [taking Kylo’s hand] Your mother and I…we love you.

Kylo: [tears in his eyes] I know.

Kylo: [stabs Han]

WHY DID THIS NOT HAPPEN? I can only imagine it’s because they’re saving the “I love you”/”I know” exchange for Leia/Kylo in a future installment. Because if this franchise does not give me the Solo Family turning that iconic endearment from an expression of romantic love into one of familial love, I just don’t even understand what I’m doing here.

ETA: Also! I just want to point out the beautiful symmetry between how we meet Han in A New Hope and how he leaves in The Force Awakens. The first time we see him, after he’s finished wheeling and dealing with Obi-Wan, is when he’s confronted by Greedo, and Han — as all true Star Wars fans can attest — shoots first. It’s Han on the offensive, acting before anyone else can, motivated by a strong sense of self-preservation.

But in his last scene, his death is the direct result of Han deliberately choosing not to act. Han Solo has finally found something he cares about more than himself, and he is willing to forego that self-preservation instinct — to go as far as having a weapon placed in his hand and still not using it — if there’s a chance it might save his son. Like so much else surrounding Kylo Ren, this scene mirrors that first one, but takes it in the opposite way of what we’ve seen before. I thought it was a brilliant, moving way to say goodbye to this beloved character, and highlighted the character growth in Han that’s been happening off-screen for the past 30 years.

So there are (most of) my spoilerific thoughts on The Force Awakens! (There are more, but this post is already a dissertation.) What were your favorite parts? Who was your favorite character? I can discuss this forever, so please, if I forgot to mention something awesome, LET ME KNOW.

ETA: Rey is totally Luke’s daughter, right?

13 thoughts on “STAR WARS: The Spoilers Awaken

  1. I was hoping for the “I love you/I know” exchange to happen when Han hugs Leia. I wanted him to say “I love you” and her to say “I know! “

  2. I can’t help but agree with so much of what you said. Love Finn and I’m also dying to know if they’re planning on finding any plot-important reasoning for his “betrayal” or if it’s just going to end up as “every now and then it doesn’t stick”. I’m certainly hoping for the former. Rey is also great. I really appreciated how her entire introduction had almost no dialogue. It was beautiful shots of her in the desert going through a rough day, and then still showing her putting on that fighter helmet and day dreaming.

    I would jump in to add that had that crack not appeared between Rey and Rylo, it’s possible she would’ve killed him there and perhaps been pushed into the dark side. I’m hoping they continue to reference the feelings from that moment as we see her struggling over the Two Paths in future films.

    I will say I’m conflicted by Rylo. Rather, I think Rylo (mask on) is great, but I’m conflicted by Ben Solo. For some reason when he took of the helmet, I couldn’t read what him. Maybe that’s intentional, but it took me out of a couple scenes. In particular, the one where he and Rey have that mental fight for information. Something in that scene just didn’t work for me. I understood what was happening, but I didn’t feel it. In some ways, similarly with The Scene. I just couldn’t feel his feelings. But I definitely love the part of him that’s struggling against the light side. That’s so cool, and for exactly the reasons you brought up.

    I have a couple issues that I wish went a little differently. Han’s introduction into the story line felt like a smidge too abrupt and/or lucky. It makes sense when I think about it, but I didn’t quite get the proper pacing for it.

    I also think it could’ve used a couple more slower scenes in the middle. It felt a little bit too much like rushing from action scene to action scene. But I might change my mind on that after a rewatch. I definitely think about scenes like New Hope where they’re on the Falcon and talking about the Force and stuff. I know we had that scene with Maz, but it wasn’t enough and it felt like it started and ended abruptly wedged between two action scenes.

    And of course, my biggest issue… is Death Star 3.0. At least it’s was a legit and cool upgrade (actually legit too, but it’s the same plot device. Heck, it’s even the same solution to the same plot device: find a weak spot and blow it up. I was honestly hoping (and half expecting) that they were going to fail to blow it up and the Starkiller was going to destroy the rebellion’s base with Leia on it, just to make it different.

    Oh, and the one other super tiny nitpick, is that R2’s map had a hole that fit the map, and R2’s map had a partial path into the region. I could imagine if instead R2 just had a whole map with no X on it, and BB8 had a piece with X marking the spot but didn’t have the whole thing to compare it too. I think I would’ve been okay with that. (Although, I still haven’t figured out who made the map and with what information they made it… I think just the name of the system would’ve made more sense than the trail.)

    Oh, Kacey also wanted an “I love you / I know”, but she wanted it when Han was leaving Leia (but with roles reversed).

    Nitpicks aside, this was absolutely a fantastic film with amazing characters and all sorts of great Star Warsy stuff. After seeing it I was immediately torn between feelings of wanting to watch it again or wanting to have the next film to watch right away.

    Oh, and yes the score was fantastic!

    • I totally agree with you on the Rey intro – I’d forgotten that it was mostly sans dialogue, and it absolutely gave us so much insight into her character without needing to say anything. And good point about the crack in the earth possibly being the only reason she didn’t kill Kylo. Lots of things in this installment that could be coincidental and never discussed again, but I’m HOPING they revisit in a bigger way later.

      It’s funny you had trouble connecting with Mask-Off Kylo, and I wonder if it’s just an Adam Driver thing? He’s a somewhat polarizing actor, and although I had no problems with him, I’ve had other friends say that they also had trouble connecting. Will be interested to hear if this continues to be the case after multiple viewings of the movie, once his performance has had a chance to settle more.

      I agree with you on Han’s entrance (could it have been that he was always looking for the Falcon, but could only detect it once it had powered up? That’s what I’ve been telling myself to make it make sense), but it’s one of those things that I’m willing to overlook because it was just so cool. And I didn’t feel the pacing issue – but I was also watching it with my kids, and I think movies feel different when you’re constantly aware that if we wait too long between action/humor pieces, the kids will get bored. So I wonder if it will feel different to me when I see it again this week without them.

      And yeah, Death Star 3.0 wasn’t the strongest. I get that they were deliberately calling back to A New Hope on quite a few of their plot points (a droid carries the key to the resistance! an orphan on a desert planet is the savior of the Force! exploding planets! hiding in the smuggler’s hatch! probably a hundred other things!), but this one felt like it was stretching too hard for that parallel, plus it didn’t even make a ton of sense (if the goal of the First Order is to wipe out the Jedi, and Luke is the only one left, why…do they even need Starkiller Base?)

      But on the other hand, destroying Starkiller Base gave me more Heroic Poe scenes, so I can’t complain too much about that.

      And you make a good point about the map. It seemed weird to me, too (it’s SPACE, why do you need a map? Wouldn’t coordinates suffice?). Maybe they’ll answer that in Episode VIII, or, more likely, it’s just one of those things to accept and move on from.

      Oh! And as far as the score goes, I enjoyed this interview with John Williams:

      Although I was surprised to read that he says there are only seven minutes worth of references to classic themes? It felt like a lot more than that. Possibly he wove some familiar motifs into the new themes, and that’s why? I’m definitely going to need to pay closer attention on second viewing.

  3. Excellent analysis! 😀

    I’m totally on board with you. They walked a fine line between homage and plot-repurposing, and I think they successfully pulled it off. Turning so many classic minutiae on their heads was a great way to switch up a winning formula.

    And I think it’s safe to say that Rey kind of has to be Luke’s kid.
    (Anybody else catch the image Kylo pulled out if her head regarding a father figure on an island? I can’t recall the exact wording, but at the end it made me go: “Ah! She knew where he was the whole time!”) At any rate, SOMEBODY apparently violated their Jedi vows of celibacy. >.> The question isn’t so much who’s her daddy, but who is her mother? In a handful of scenes, Rey went from a scraggly dessert-dweller totally ignorant of her Force propensities, to duking it out with her Vader-wanna-be cousin and holding her own. It took Luke two whole movies to gather the skill level Rey attained in only the second half of The Force Awakens–and all without a decrepit old man coaching her in the background. Which suggests she’s STRONGER than Luke was.

    I can buy this, of course. Luke and Leia were technically watered down a bit in the genetic sense, despite Anakin’s Force paternal origins. (Padme had no particular Force propensity that was ever mentioned, unless one counts fantastic hair days. >.>) So… hopefully, Rey’s mother turned out to be strong with the Force as well, and this will all make perfect sense when they finally do give us some backstory?
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    • Discovering Rey’s mother will be interesting, since it will have to be a new character (thanks, OT, for giving us exactly zero potential candidates) and the OT pretty firmly establishes that Luke and Leia were the only potential Jedi left. So for Rey’s mom to have a natural propensity for the Force would mean she somehow managed to reach adulthood while flying under Yoda’s, Obi-Wan’s, and Vader’s radar. How will THAT come into play? And I’d agree that there is absolutely more to Rey’s backstory that we’re not seeing — Force!Memories aside, why does she know how to pilot ships and speak all these languages? — and am wondering if perhaps she was also in Luke’s Jedi school but somehow had her memories erased (Force!Obliviate!) when she was deposited on Jakku? So she already HAS been trained, but just doesn’t remember? Regardless, I am pretty excited to see how Rey’s story plays out, as the only thing I’m sure of is that there’s more to her than meets the eye.

  4. Also, I don’t mean to pick nits here…. but why did Han and Leia name their kid Ben? It’s kind of hard not to see that as a nod to Obi-Wan. But the homage would only really make sense if Luke were to use it. Leia never actually met the guy, as he kind of died in the middle of her rescue in New Hope, and she previously only seemed to known him as a friend of her father’s. And Han only knew Obi-Wan as a client for a very brief period of time.

    I guess that wondering has more to do with the sense that the Expanded Universe has been rendered null and void by this movie. Between the OT and episodes 1-3, I’d found myself a happy little time reading up on Luke’s Jedi academy and the Solo twins–Jacen and Jaina. (My initial hope with these previews was that Rey was Jaina, but that doesn’t seem possible anymore.)

    Although… I noticed nobody went so far as to indicate that Ben was Han and Leia’s ONLY child… just sayin.’ >.>

    Did you have much experience with the expanded universe?

    • I did NOT read any of the EU, but my understanding of it is that Luke and Mara Jade’s son was named Ben, and Han and Leia’s son Jacen turned to the Dark Side. So my guess is that “Ben Solo” is meant to be a bit of a nod to both of those characters, and not so much a naming decision that actually makes sense in THIS universe. Because I totally agree, based on what we know of the movies, Leia and Han wouldn’t have had any reason to name their son after Obi-Wan. The only thing I can figure is that they were doing it to honor Uncle Luke’s memory of him, since Luke didn’t have a son of his own?
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      • Well thank you–I feel better now. ^_^

        It’s probably better for you that you didn’t explore the EU, if they’re just wiping the slate of it now. I fear I’m going to have a lot more confusion to deal with in trying to separate them out. Especially if they change something with Boba Fett’s post-ROTJ story. >.>

        DON’T DO IT, DISNEY!!! I can only take so much change! >.<

  5. So…yes to everything except…it’s pretty clear from the flashback, and how the force is stronger in Rey than in Kylo and EVERYTHING that Rey is Luke’s daughter, right? You didn’t want to mention that? I mean, that’s a pretty great thing to set up, with the generational thing happening in TWO characters, who will clearly need to confront one another. Or join forces? And is Rey friendzoning Finn? And why is a middle-aged man using that phrase or even writing this? I guess these movies bring out the teen in all of us! It was fantastic to see it with our eleven-year-old son, who is not totally invested in the Star Wars thang, (he enjoys it but never dressed up as the characters or watched the movies endless times – more of a LEGO connection) but definitely loved every minute of it.

    • I did mention! It was the very last sentence of my post (which is easy to miss; it’s a very long post).

      As far as Rey’s relationship with Finn goes, I think they were a little too busy fleeing for their lives to really worry about qualifying their feelings? But personally, I’m very much hoping for a friendship between them. Star Wars has already given us a solid romance and a brother-sister relationship, so to me, a platonic friendship holds the most possibility for freshness.

  6. Finally saw it! Overall, 10% disappointed that it felt more like a remix of the original trilogy than a new film, but that’s probably the safer error. Sad we won’t really get to see JJ expand the universe much. But still: patricide; falling into pits; X-Wings hitting the secret weak spot; skulking around poorly secured Empire bases; a cantina;

    I am a little bummed we got ANOTHER Jedi prodigy orphan from a desert homeworld. I hope Rey is not Luke’s daughter. I like to think he (a) wouldn’t have broken his Jedi vows to that degree, and (b) wouldn’t have left her behind. I’m fine with her character being new cloth, and leaving her parentage a mystery as a nice counterpoint to the Skywalker family dramarama.

    Another problem: NO EWOKS. They couldn’t have had one Ewok in the Rebel base?

    I also really hope Rey and Finn don’t evolve into a romance. Would love to see Rey take up with Chewie and Finn with Poe. If we don’t get one LGBT or alien romance pairing, I officially declare shenanigans on space operas.

    Finally: I officially don’t understand (a) how the Empire is still around / so powerful; (b) why they changed the name; (c) what is going on in the Galactic Senate.

    Also, I appreciate that the movie largely forgets the prequels, but I was hoping JJ would redeem them in some way. Make Naboo still be a thing. I guess we implicitly can discern that the clones are no more?

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