By now, the majority of people who are interested in seeing the 7th installment of the Star Wars franchise, “The Force Awakens”, have most likely already seen it (and probably within the first 72 hours). Therefore, I will not feel any remorse for releasing any spoilers in this piece. But for those who may not have seen it yet, I shall just give you this simple warning to stop reading this right now though, as spoilers are ahead.
Now, instead of doing a typical movie review on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, I’ve decided to mix it up a little and cover different controversial fan theories that have come up since the release of the film. As many of you may know, there are countless amounts of theories that have popped up. I have narrowed them down to four of the most crucial and/or realistic ones, in my opinion.
1. Rey is Luke Skywalker’s daughter a.k.a. Kylo Ren’s cousin.
This theory is one of the most popular and plausible ones that have been swirling around people’s minds and social media since opening day. Jumping right into support on this theory, the filmmakers don’t touch on who Rey’s parents actually are – all we know is that her family left Jakku, as a flashback showed us, and that’s pretty much all. Now to get down to details, Luke’s lightsaber (previously Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber) specifically calls out to Rey in the basement of Maz Kanata’s place. The moment she touches the lightsaber, Rey instantly has visions all around her – one in which she sees Luke.
Aside from that, she has such a strong energy with The Force – a strength that some viewers felt was unrealistic. But would it be unrealistic if she were a Skywalker? The daughter and granddaughter of both lead characters in the previous trilogies? You see Rey’s power and ability to control The Force in many instances throughout the film. One of the first times that power stands out is when Kylo attempts to torture her for information; Rey seems to put up an invisible shield, pushing his powers right back to himself, leaving Kylo visibly shocked (which we all loved). And then fast forward to the battle between Kylo and Rey towards the end of the film, with the lightsaber acting so naturally connected to her – not to mention she appears to have done this a thousand times before. Lastly, there is the crowning moment at the end: Rey goes to find Luke. And Luke looks at her. And she looks at him. and she then hands him his lightsaber…
2. Is Supreme Leader Snoke Darth Plagueis?
This one is a little hidden, as Darth Plagueis is not necessarily well known to everyone. He is a legendary Sith Lord that Emperor Palpatine (a.k.a. Darth Sidious and Anakin’s master) briefly mentioned to Anakin in episode III. Darth Plagueis was also Palpatine’s master and has a deeper background in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. He is known for being such a strong Dark Lord of the Sith that he could create life, and he became obsessed with cheating death. Besides some feeling his appearance resembles how he was portrayed in the Expanded Universe, the main support for this theory is the score that John Williams composed for Snoke. As The Telegraph reported, it is “known as the Darth Plageuis theme” and is basically the same score that was played in episode III as Palpatine is telling Anakin about who Darth Plageuis is.
3. Maz Kanata and Yoda were old pals.
As Comicbook.com released during the global press day for the new installment of the franchise, Director J.J. Abrams was quoted saying, “I do believe that Maz and Yoda at one point had crossed paths. But that is not something, of course, due to the events of past films, that happens in this one.” All that is really known to the public about Maz is that she rules a pirate kingdom and is some sort of a space queen who is about 1,000 years old. She talks and people listen. It would seem unlikely for the 900-year-old Jedi Master, Yoda and herself to not have had some sort of a relationship over the years. Did they fight in any previous wars together? Did they help one another hideout in times of trouble? Did Yoda secretly teach Maz the way of The Force?
4. Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter.
This one is pretty detailed, and some believe it to be unlikely. The Huffington Post pointed out various clues as to how this would be possible: First off, Rey and Obi-Wan (Ben) both have British accents. Whether this is accidental or not, is of course the question. Secondly, the Jedi mind trick scene, where Rey controls the mind of the stormtrooper guarding her cell (hello, Daniel Craig), telling him to remove her restraints and to leave the door open, is a well known, signature mind trick of Obi-Wan. And lastly, Rey sneaks around Starkiller base in a similar fashion to Obi-Wan, tip-toeing around on the Death Star in “Star Wars: A New Hope”.
There are also other nods to Obi-Wan in the film, of course, that relate to Rey, including hearing his voice, both Ewan McGregor’s and Alec Guinness’s (who played the young and old Ben Kenobi’s in the previous episodes) in the visual when Rey touches Luke’s lightsaber in Maz’s basement. There is also the similarity of the outfits they wear – very rugged and pieced together with similar fabrics. One can only ponder as to which theories are the truth, until the following films release and we see with our own eyes.
Jessie was the Editor-in-Chief of the University Chronicle during the 2017-2018 academic year. She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Geography, and a minor in British Studies. Jessie’s social media channels are a mix of film and video game goodness, along with gender equality and inspiration vibes. Follow her on twitter @jessieannwade to connect.