I remember watching 2001: A Space Odyssey in my film history class and this particular scene came to mind instantly. This is easily one of the most iconic scenes in film history. Three million years ago, a troop of apes came in contact with monolith that was alien in nature. Through the monolith’s influence, these primitive apes started to evolve into the dominant species on the planet. I have always liked the idea that aliens influenced our evolution and development as sentient beings. In fact, I am thinking of doing something similar in my new superhero series. Similar to Captain Marvel, the powers of the superhumans in my new series will be alien in nature. I have chosen this route because it is clearly obvious that acquiring superhuman powers is not possible through Earth’s technology. Therefore, more advanced civilizations may have a way to make us superhuman without killing us.
Even though I HATE the idea of alien abduction with a passion, I am VERY interested in the idea of life on other planets. In recent years, we have discovered alien fossils in meteorites and in soil samples from Mars. These fossils are just microscopic organisms like bacteria, but the fact that they exist at all is significant. I wonder what other specimens exist outside of our solar system and galaxy. If we expand our conquest of the stars, we might find even more significant evidence of alien life.
What would we do if we found perfectly preserved alien DNA? Would we use it for medicinal science or some other means? In my dystopian series, there will be alien DNA and it will play a significant role in the series as a whole.
I had a potential new story idea for the future. I am thinking of someday write a science fiction version of Lewis and Clark. The only difference will be that instead of uncharted western America, these characters will be exploring the continent of an alien planet. I am even thinking of making it a comedy as well, which is something I do not do often with my writing. My loved ones say I have a funny sense of humor, but I think I can only access it on a subconscious level. Either way, I look forward to tinkering with this idea when I have time.
While reading Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End, I learned the ultimate fate of Jar Jar Binks, the least popular character in Star Wars history. After persuading the Galactic Senate to bestow emergency powers to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar was banished from his people AGAIN and became an outcast to all of Naboo. The reason for this is because by granting Palpatine emergency powers, Jar Jar inadvertently gave Palpatine the means to transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. As a result, everyone on Naboo hated Jar Jar. To get by, Jar Jar spent the remainder of his days in disgrace as a clown and street performer in Naboo’s capital city of Theed. Adults avoided him, but he was very popular with the Naboo children and orphans who sought refuge on Naboo. It is very fitting that everyone ended up hated Jar Jar Binks both in the real world and the Star Wars world.
I saw the alien science fiction film known as Life, which was like a combination between The Blob and Alien. A group of astronauts on the International Space Station are tasked with studying a sample from Mars. When the sample contained a dormant alien life form, all hell breaks lose. The creature reminded me in many ways to the real-life water bear in that it remained dormant for a very long time, started out microscopic, and was virtually indestructible. As the creature grew and evolved, it started out as a single-celled organism, then a starfish-like creature, then an octopus, and finally a stingray-sized monster that had tentacles, fin-like wings, and a head that resembled a rattlesnake skull. The ending of the film is not what you would expect. Overall, I recommend this film to anyone who is a scifi nut and loves scary thrills.
I think I know the origins of the Knights of Ren. In the Aftermath Trilogy, a new dark side order rose to replace the Sith: The Acolytes of the Beyond. Where these Acolytes came from no one knows, but they are devout Darth Vader fanatics and are obsessed with the dark side of the Force. In the first two books of the Aftermath Trilogy, it has been demonstrated that the Acolytes concentrated on acquiring lightsabers and earning their masks through a series of tests. From Taris to Corellia, the Acolytes have sparked chaos and revolutions across the galaxy. Kylo Ren shares much in common with the Acolytes in that he worshipped Darth Vader and wore a mask like his grandfather even though he did not need it for life support. With this in mind, I think that the Acolytes of the Beyond will eventually evolve into the Knights of Ren and recruited into the First Order. Hopefully, I will get some answers about the connection between the Acolytes and the Knights in either the third Aftermath book or future works.
I have a strong suspicion about the identity of Rey’s parents in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. I think they are Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels. The reason for this is because they would be around the same age as Luke and Leia and throughout Star Wars Rebels there was an obvious connection between them. Ezra and Sabine may have gone their separate ways for now, but I believe that they will be reunited one day. Rey was born 15 years after the Battle of Yavin so if they are Rey’s parents they would each be about 34 or 35 when they conceived her.
As for their ultimate fate, because Ezra has used the dark side of the Force a number of times, I suspect that he will turn to the dark side and join the Knights of Ren and the First Order. On the other hand, Ezra may have tried to help Luke rebuild the Jedi Order but was killed when Kylo Ren destroyed Luke’s students. Sabine denied being Mandalore’s leader in the latest episode, but I think necessity will force her either to become Mandalore or become a close follower of the new Mandalore.
As to why they left Rey on Jakku, I think it is mainly Sabine’s doing. The reason for this is because she has recently been revealed to be a member of the Mandalorian aristocracy; her mother being a countess. In addition, since the Jedi and Mandalorians have fought one another for centuries there is bound to be ancient bad blood between them. Due to this, a majority of the Mandalorian clans may not like the fact that one of their own had an affair with a Jedi and produced a half-breed child. Sabine may have left Rey on Jakku to prevent her daughter from being targeted by the other Mandalorian clans. Also, if Ezra turned to the dark side and joined the Knights of Ren then Sabine may have also hid Rey to protect her from her dark side wielding father; similar to how Obi-Wan protected Luke on Tatooine. In general, Sabine would realize that her daughter would be surrounded by enemies and would be hunted all her life. Due to this, Sabine would have hid Rey in a backwater planet where none of her enemies would be able to find her.
I also believe that Ezra and Sabine will appear in either Episode VIII or IX. It has been revealed that new cast members include Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern. I think Benecio del Toro is going to be an older Ezra while Laura Dern is going to be an older version of Sabine. Both actors are the same age just as Ezra and Sabine are close in age and would be old enough to portray an older and wiser version of the characters.
I hope these predictions come true either in Episode VIII or IX. Only time will tell.