In The Last Jedi, I saw the most epic scene I have ever seen in a Star Wars film: HYPERSPACE KAMIKAZE!!! Some people questioned the move, but it is basic physics. A ship going that fast is going to blow through everything in its path regardless of how big its target is. So the size and shields of Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship are of no use against such an attack. Also, the resulting debris is still moving at light speed and will shred through any other ships that are in the area, which is why the surrounding Star Destroyers were demolished as well. Overall, a hyperspace kamikaze is a fleet-killing technique that I think the Resistance will use more often in the future. To defeat the First Order, the Resistance needed a “divine wind” and they had just that.
With The Last Jedi fast approaching, I think it is important for me to inform you of some specific details of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. Wonder why its crimson blade crackles and sparks the way it does? This is for two reasons. One, the Kyber Crystal that powers it is cracked and therefore produces unstable energy. The crossguard was in place out of necessity because they filter out the cracked crystal’s excess energy in order to somewhat stabilize it. Two, the overall lightsaber is not properly built. As we learned in the Clone Wars show when a lightsaber is poorly built it eventually explodes. Due to this, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is not a lightsaber at all but a time bomb. We know it is going to explode, but we don’t know when. Maybe The Last Jedi will be when the lightsaber explodes and takes Kylo Ren’s hand with it. This would be fitting because it has become a tradition for members of the Skywalker bloodline to have a hand chopped off in the middle film of their trilogy. Luke Skywalker had his hand chopped off by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back while Anakin Skywalker had his hand chopped off by Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones. In Kylo Ren’s case, his hand might not be chopped off but blown to pieces by his exploding lightsaber. I guess we will wait and see this weekend. May the Force be with you. Always.
In The Last Jedi, we will get to see yet another weapon in the First Order’s arsenal: The All Terrain Megacalibur Six or AT-M6. Apparently, this vehicle is an upgrade of the Old Empire’s AT-AT with a larger size, thicker armor, and augmented weapons. The original AT-AT’s armor was too thick for traditional blasterfire to penetrate except for the neck. In the AT-M6, its armor is not only thicker but broader as well and its neck is much shorter. All of these features give the AT-M6 much better protection than the old AT-AT. As for weapons, the AT-M6 has the same number of turbolasers on its face as the AT-AT, but it also has a more powerful cannon mounted on its back for extra firepower. Another interesting feature that the AT-M6 has compared to the AT-AT is the way its front legs are structured. The AT-M6’s front legs are larger and more sturdy than their back legs and their feet resembles a gorilla walking on its knuckles. This could be how the First Order thought to counter the weakness in the AT-AT’s legs when the Rebels wrapped tangled it with a cable. With legs that sturdy and strong, good luck trying to trip the AT-M6 with a cable. The vehicle’s overall larger size also gives it the added bonus of carrying more troops into battle. Overall, I like the AT-M6 as a military vehicle and I look forward to seeing its destructive combat capabilities when The Last Jedi comes out.
After much analysis, I have come to like the First Order as a villainous organization for Star Wars. When you consider their origins and history, you would understand why. After Emperor Palpatine died in Return of the Jedi, his protege Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax activated an insurance policy known as The Contingency. The purpose of the Contingency was to make sure the Galactic Empire died with Palpatine if he died prematurely. Apparently, Palpatine was so greedy and capricious that he did not want anyone ruling his Empire but him, not even his own apprentice Darth Vader. After reading the latest Star Wars books and comics, I discovered that the Contingency involved wiping out Imperial commanders that were deemed unworthy and purging prominent Imperial worlds, including Palpatine’s homeworld, Naboo. Eventually, the Contingency wiped out so many Imperial remnants that only a few fragments remained. The largest and most powerful of these remnants was stationed on Jakku and led by Palpatine’s protege, Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax. Eventually, the Contingency culminated to the Battle of Jakku, which resulted in the final defeat of the Galactic Empire and permanent end to the Galactic Civil War. However, even though the Empire was defeated and gone, Gallius Rax arranged for a select few Imperials to flee into the uncharted Unknown Regions onboard Palpatine’s flagship, The Eclipse. Over time, this handful of devout Imperials gave rise to the First Order. In a way, Palpatine’s Contingency was the best thing that could have happened to the Galactic Empire because it allowed Gallius Rax to exterminate all of the weak and useless Imperials and resources, leaving behind only the strongest and most efficient of the bunch. Among these strong Imperials was Commandant Brendol Hux, father of General Hux. Commandant Hux started a new training program for the Stormtrooper Corps in which soldiers are trained and indoctrinated from birth like the clone troopers were. This resulted in the First Order’s stormtroopers to be better trained and more lethal than the Empire’s. By the time of The Force Awakens, the First Order’s military was significantly smaller than the New Republic’s. In order to compensate for this, the First Order established a quality over quantity policy that allowed them to have better-trained soldiers and more technologically advanced weapons and warships. While the Galactic Empire was ruled by a bunch of pompous bureaucrats who felt nothing but arrogance, the First Order is run by determined and relentless zealots who know the odds are stacked against them yet cannot ignore the promise of a war. Because of their highly trained army, advanced arsenal and navy, and their blindly intense devotion to their cause, the First Order is going to be a much tougher enemy to overcome than the Galactic Empire ever was. Plus, if something happens to the First Order, it is likely that they will repeat the Contingency and rise even stronger and harder than before.
I watched the walkthrough videos of Star Wars Battlefront II and I think we have just discovered the identity of Rey’s parents. I think Rey’s parents may be Iden Versio and Del Meeko, two ex-Imperials who defected to the New Republic during Emperor Palpatine’s Contingency. These two individuals were not just any Imperial defectors. They were members of the special forces unit known as Inferno Squad, who were the best of the best in the Imperial military. Sometime after the Battle of Jakku and the final defeat of the Galactic Empire, Iden and Del got married and had a daughter. These details were revealed in the epilogue, which shows an older Del coming face-to-face with Kylo Ren himself. This was sometime after Ben Solo turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren yet before The Force Awakens. When the Master of the Knights of Ren ripped Del’s mind apart with the Force, Kylo Ren looked through Del’s memories and found that Del was married Iden and had a daughter with her. The whereabouts of Iden and her daughter are unknown and may be revealed in the next Battlefront game. This is where I think Iden and Del’s daughter is Rey. If Rey is Iden and Del’s daughter, then when we first see her in The Force Awakens she may have been scavenging from the very Star Destroyer her grandfather Admiral Garrick Versio died, which would further bind Rey’s story to Jakku. Maybe we will find more details and revelations in The Last Jedi. I can’t wait.
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.
I just purchased my midnight premiere tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and watched the new trailer. The Force is strong with me tonight! Based on the trailer, it looks like patricide was not enough for Kylo Ren because it looks like he will commit matricide as well. Also, I saw Luke Skywalker (the mightiest Jedi who ever lived) exhibit true fear and the possibility of Rey turning to the dark side. It looks like it is going to be a much darker film than The Force Awakens and I am looking forward to it. Lightspeed to December!