As long-time readers will know, I have many problems with The Force Awakens.
Whilst there are a few issues that will never go away (the absolute destruction of Han Solo’s character since Return of the Jedi being a major one), I’ve still held out a faint hope that The Last Jedi could redeem some of TFA’s missteps and get the new trilogy on track. I admit that this hope has been tested, particularly as the woes of the ill-conceived Han Solo film roll on, but in recent weeks there has been one thing to make me feel more optimistic about the film than ever before – and that, ladies and gents, has been the spoilers.
I’ll be discussing some of these revelations in detail after the jump, so don’t click through if you want to stay unspoiled!
OK, where were we? That’s right: spoilers. Or more specifically The Last Jedi spoilers.
So, I appreciate I’m a little late to the party here, but last week I got caught up with the 4chan leaks. If you don’t know, the backstory is that a former Lucasfilm employee, one of several let go by the marketing department, decided to take revenge by leaking some plot details. While the legitimacy of the leaks is questionable (and rightly so, given the NDAs that are no doubt in place), there’s something about the tone of the story that rings true – and that’s massively reassuring.
Here’s a summary of the good bits…
- Rey is a reincarnation of the first Force user
- Rey’s parents abandoned her because they were afraid of her abilities
- Luke agrees to train Rey, but tells her that when Snoke is gone they will not continue the Jedi Order
- Her training is emotional, arduous, and includes the appearance of Anakin Skywalker
- Luke hates Snoke for corrupting Ben
- Luke used the Force to shut down R2-D2 until the new Force user appeared – Rey
- Yoda appears in some form to speak to Luke
There are more details, in particular about the battle with Kylo and the Knights of Ren, but these are the main points that give me hope for the film.
To begin with, Rey as a reincarnation of the first Force user works alongside the established story; after all, Anakin Skywalker was born purely of the Force. This origin for Rey makes so much sense given what she can do in TFA, and it’s a better development than her simply being the next Skywalker.
Luke’s attitude – questioning the Jedi Order, torn between his duty and his love for his friends and family – feels right for his character after the way TFA played out. I still don’t agree with how the OT characters were treated in that film, but at least it sounds like Luke is responding in a way that’s true to him.
Finally (and this was such an easy point to clear up but it’s nice to see it touched on), Luke setting R2 to sleep and only wake in Rey’s presence is a great way to explain that whole contrived scenario. The best bit is that it touches on Yoda’s teachings that the Force connects everything – even droids such as R2, which also goes some way to explaining R5-D4’s bad motivator…
These leaks point to a much more spiritual, Force-led take on Star Wars; or at least with regards to Luke and Rey, the characters that I’m most interested in.
I’m aware that all the above could turn out to be false; after all, Disney themselves misled everyone into thinking that the actual Han Solo was in TFA, rather than just Harrison Ford playing a deadbeat failure. But if further spoilers and promotional materials continue to support these leaks, I’m going to feel a lot less jittery by the time December rolls around…