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STAR WARS EPISODE IX: KYLO REN

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I heard a rumor of how Kylo Ren will evolve in Episode IX. J. J. Abrams will be taking over in the film’s creation and he has HUGE ambitions in Kylo Ren’s character development. A year after becoming the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren is said to become more powerful and more evil than his grandfather, Darth Vader. J. J. Abrams wasn’t kidding when he said he had big ambitions about Kylo Ren’s character development. Making him more evil than Darth Vader, the most infamous Star Wars villain of all time, is definitely as ambitious as you can get. Some may find this to be impossible, but I can see the method to their madness.

Ever since Revenge of the Sith, we wondered just how powerful Darth Vader would have been if he never became more machine than man. The Force is generated by living things and it took living flesh to manipulate it. Because of this, Vader lost most of his Force potential after he was maimed and burned alive on Mustafar. With most of his power gone, Vader never had the strength he needed to overthrow Palpatine and rule the galaxy under his own power.

Kylo Ren’s limitations in the Force are mental instead of physical, but he apparently overcomes these limitations by Episode IX. Also, unlike his grandfather, Kylo Ren has all his flesh and blood, which means his Force potential is at full power. If Kylo Ren overcomes his psychological restrictions, he would finally have access to all the power at his disposal and become the dark side practitioner he was meant to be.

In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren said, “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That’s the only way you can become what you were meant to be.” Maybe the reason Kylo Ren became more powerful over the last year was because he was destroying anything that could be linked to his past as Ben Solo. It is as the Sith say, “Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.” By destroying anything linking him to his past, Kylo Ren is effectively breaking his chains, becoming stronger and more sinister with each chain broken.

In addition, with the Knights of Ren at his side, Kylo Ren’s new dark side order will be a force to be reckoned with. Like Kylo Ren, the Knights of Ren are said to become even more powerful and dangerous than they were before. They could be the makings of an order that could rival the Sith. If Kylo Ren is defeated and a single Knight of Ren survives, then their order can start anew. If that happens, then the Jedi will rise again through Rey and the Sith will rise again through Kylo Ren’s legacy.

Overall, Kylo Ren will represent what Darth Vader could have been if he overthrew Palpatine and ruled the Galactic Empire in his stead.

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STAR WARS: FUTURE OF THE DARK SIDE

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As Star Wars Episode IX draws closer, I brainstorm on what will happen next in the Star Wars universe. Obviously, Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren will be defeated and that will leave us wondering what will happen next. In order for there to be balance in the Force, the resurgence of the Jedi must be balanced by the rise of another group of dark side practitioners. The Sith may have died with Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, but I think there will be ways for the Sith to be reborn just like in the Legends Universe.

To begin with, Star Wars Rebels revealed how Sith Holocrons can be found and used to learn dark side knowledge and techniques. Ezra Bridger learned how to completely control a person’s mind as well as draw strength from his rage. It is likely that there are other Sith holocrons yet to be discovered, especially in the Sith’s home world of Moraband. If someone somewhere discovers a Sith Holocron, it is possible that someone will learn the knowledge and power that is inside and become a Sith.

In the Aftermath book series, we were introduced to a Sith cult known as the Acolytes of the Beyond, who collected Sith artifacts such as lightsabers and masks. Even though their owners are long dead, the artifacts still have a strong dark side essence imprinted on them. This essence is still strong enough to possess an unsuspecting victim and turn them to the dark side. One Acolyte wore a Sith mask and wielded a Sith lightsaber, which drove her into a dark side rage. We do not know if the Acolytes have any connection with the Knights of Ren nor do we know what their fate is during the Sequel Trilogy. Like real life terrorist cells, I believe that even if the Jedi and New Republic manage to wipe out most of the Acolytes, it is possible that the Acolytes will reform when enough time passes. If the Acolytes become more refined dark side practitioners and get their hands of more powerful Sith artifacts, then it is possible that they could become a new generation of Sith.

The corrupting nature of Sith artifacts was made apparent in the Lando comics. When Lando Calrissian and his companions highjacked Emperor Palpatine’s personal yacht, they came upon his collection of Sith artifacts. Within moments, some members of Lando’s crew became corrupted and possessed by the dark side essence of the artifacts. Even though they may not be true Sith, Sith artifacts would have the potential to turn unsuspecting victims into dark side driven murderers.

The ancient Sith Lord known as Momin was able to preserve his essence in his mask. Whenever someone wore the mask, Momin’s spirit was able to possess them and take control of their bodies. Even though Momin claimed that he could not use the Force while possessing someone, he was still able to open a portal into the dark side in order to resurrect his physical body. So even though they may not be as powerful as they were in life, a Sith spirit can still call on the dark side to a certain degree while possessing someone. It is possible that Momin may not have been the only Sith Lord who cheated death in this fashion. If another Sith mask with a Sith spirit exists somewhere in the galaxy and possesses someone, they could pass their knowledge to a collection of apprentices and acolytes. Through this method, the Sith could rise again with the wielder of the mask being the new Dark Lord of the Sith.

Overall, I don’t think we have seen the last of the Sith. If we have another trilogy that takes place after the Sequel Trilogy, we may see the Sith rise like a dark phoenix from the ashes. There can be no light without darkness to balance it. That is the fundamental law in the Star Wars lore regarding the nature of the Force. I hope my theories are right and I look forward to finding out.

DEATH OF SNOKE

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I was surprised as anyone when Kylo Ren killed Supreme Leader Snoke, but I am not displeased. This provides us with a very interesting scenario because Kylo Ren succeeded where his grandfather failed with Palpatine. Throughout Palpatine’s reign, Darth Vader remained the Emperor’s loyal enforcer and did not take significant opportunities to overthrow him. Now, the Sith may be gone, but Snoke and Kylo Ren obviously continued Darth Bane’s Rule of Two, which dictates that there can only be one master and one apprentice: one to embody power (Snoke) and the other to crave it (Kylo Ren). It was clear that Kylo Ren was no match for his master in a direct contest of raw power. However, knowing Snoke was constantly reading his mind, Kylo Ren was able to manipulate his own thoughts so that he would thinking of something that was technically true. That was what allowed Kylo Ren to outsmart his master. It is as Palpatine once said in the Legends continuity, “Choose someone more cunning and you won’t be able to block the blade at your throat.” Kylo Ren may not yet be as powerful as his grandfather, but he is certainly more cunning. Now, Kylo Ren is the Supreme Leader of the First Order, which will be a way for us to see what it would have been like if Darth Vader overthrew Palpatine and became Emperor.

THE LAST JEDI: KYLO REN AND REY

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After looking over the trailer for The Last Jedi, I discovered some details that I would like to talk about Kylo Ren and Rey. Apparently, their connection to the Force is more complicated than we originally thought. Supreme Leader Snoke described Kylo Ren’s connection to the Force as “raw, untamed power” and “something special”. Luke Skywalker said the same thing about Rey having “raw strength” and that it frightened him. This indicates that both Kylo Ren and Rey have a connection to the Force that is so deep and profound that their Force potential rivals or even surpasses Luke Skywalker himself. Because both of these characters have raw Force power, it could be argued that Kylo Ren and Rey could be physical representations of both the light and the dark sides of the Force. Also, it looks like these characters are going to do unexpected things in this next film. With Kylo Ren, patricide was not enough so it looks like he will commit matricide as well. If this happens, we might see Kylo Ren be pushed even deeper into the dark side. With Rey, it looks like she is going to turn to the dark side. If this happens, it could be seen as a representation of what might have happened if Luke Skywalker joined Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Overall, I am looking forward to seeing how these characters will develop in The Last Jedi.

DARTH VADER’S CASTLE

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In Rogue One, we got to see Darth Vader’s personal residence. Shortly after the film was released, it was confirmed that the castle was on Mustafar, which was the volcanic planet where Darth Vader was maimed and burned alive after fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. It makes perfect sense that this is where Vader would live. The reason for this is because Mustafar is where Vader’s pain and hatred was born and where he truly became Darth Vader. In addition, Star Wars Rebels revealed that Mustafar was where Jedi go to die, which made it the ideal fortress against potential Jedi attacks. I have a strong feeling that we will see more of this castle in future stories. The Knights of Ren such as Kylo Ren were devout Darth Vader fanatics so it would make sense that Vader’s castle would be their headquarters. This could also be where Supreme Leader Snoke resides. Who knows? We may get to see it more detail in either Episode VIII or IX.