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REY “SKYWALKER”

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When I saw Rise of Skywalker, I received a very intriguing revelation about Rey. She is the granddaughter and heir of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine! That explains why she is so strong in the Force. Her grandfather was strong enough to fight a Jedi of Yoda’s caliber to a draw. In Legends, Palpatine was a dangerous Force-sensitive even before he received training and he was able to use his natural power to deadly effect when he killed his whole family and their personal guards. That power flows in Rey’s veins.

I like the thought that Rey can use her hereditary Force power for good. Rey has proven that even though evil created her and left its mark on her, evil does not rule her. The end of her story has a delicious sense of irony. The reason for this is because one Palpatine destroyed the Jedi and now another Palpatine will rebuild the Jedi. One way or another, the future of the Jedi Order rests in Rey’s hands. With Darth Sidious gone forever and no longer able to influence her future students, Rey will succeed where Luke Skywalker had failed.

Most significant of all about Rey’s ending is that she renounced her Palpatine name and Sith heritage. She did not let her bloodline define her. Darth Sidious may have been Rey’s blood relative, but he was NEVER her family. The Skywalker family (Luke, Leia, Han, and even Kylo Ren) were collectively the family she never had. Han Solo was both a mentor and father figure for Rey. Not only did Luke and Leia teach Rey the ways of the Force, but they each had their own life lessons to teach her. Luke taught Rey to face her fears and not let her heritage define her while Leia gave Rey a mother’s love and guidance. Kylo Ren/Ben Solo taught Rey to always see the good in everyone even when they are beyond saving. Along with all Jedi who came before her, Anakin Skywalker’s Force ghost encouraged Rey to take a stand against her grandfather, giving her a sense of willpower and perseverance. Rey’s interactions with the Skywalker family helped her become the person she is now. Taking the Skywalker name for herself was not just a way to honor them. It was also a way of Rey acknowledging them as her true family. When the Force ghosts of Luke and Leia appeared to Rey in the end, it was their way of adopting Rey and welcoming her into their family.

GALAXY’S EDGE: MERCHANDISE

As excited and thrilled as I was at Galaxy’s Edge, my only complaint was how expensive all the merchandise was. I mean it costs $200 just to build and buy a lightsaber! I know Disney is milking Star Wars for everything it’s worth, but come on!

SMUGGLER’S RUN

I was completely giddy when I found out that Galaxy’s Edge had another simulator ride like Star Tours. Unlike Star Tours, you got to control the starship instead of just ride it. This was not just any starship; my godmother and I got to pilot the Millennium Falcon itself! Under normal circumstances, we would have been assigned gunners and engineers. However, due to an unknown factor, my godmother and I had to pilot the Falcon by ourselves. So, we were down four crew members and we had to evade the First Order alone! We managed to get to our destination and aid the Resistance, but we took a lot of damage, which cost us valuable credits. I love my godmother more than life itself, but she is a useless copilot. Still, it was completely fun and nostalgic to be inside and pilot the most legendary smuggling freighter in the galaxy!

A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY . . .

As I immersed myself in Galaxy’s Edge, I got to see so many nostalgic sights. Unlike the stormtroopers, I found the droids I was looking for. I saw Wild Space architecture, Jedi runes and statues, and even a flock of nunas being roasted next to a pod racer engine. I’m glad I did not eat the nunas because I didn’t want to get coaxium poisoning. For those of you who don’t know, coaxium is a type of hyperspace fuel that is potent yet unstable. It appeared in the Han Solo movie. I also found some die hard fans who spoke both Mandoa and Huttese like me and we had a conversation in both languages. I actually felt like I was in a settlement in the Star Wars universe.