I have always been fascinated by Kylo Ren’s mask. While Darth Vader’s mask was both functional and symbolic, Kylo Ren’s mask was purely symbolic in nature. Kylo Ren’s mask is not just a common prop. It is a representation of his identity as a dark side practitioner. The first version of the mask in The Force Awakens represented Ben Solo’s initial turn to the dark side. When the mask was shattered in The Last Jedi, it represented Kylo Ren’s soul being shattered as a result of him killing his father. Now, in The Rise of Skywalker, the mask is being rebuilt. The mask looks like the original mask, but its numerous pieces are held together by red cracks. This symbolizes that Kylo Ren’s previously shattered dark side identity was reforged into something stronger. This transformation started when he killed Supreme Leader Snoke, which allowed Kylo Ren to complete the Rule of Two. Upon his ascension as the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren’s reforged dark side identity solidifies. Those red cracks represent the fragments of his soul being held together by his dark side rage. His identity may be reforged, but the flaws of his old identity as Ben Solo are still there. Now, Kylo Ren is not as conflicted as he was when we first met him and his turn to the dark side is closer to completion.
I went to Disneyland with my godmother and we went to all the new and old Star Wars attractions. First, we went to a ride from my childhood: Star Tours! It is a flight simulator ride that shows you traveling to the various parts of the Star Wars galaxy. Simulator rides I can do, but I cannot handle roller coasters. They added new simulations since The Last Jedi. I was sent to the desert world of Jakku and the mineral world of Crait. It was so fun and immersive. I NEVER get tired of Star Tours! Also, since we might lose C-3PO in Rise of Skywalker, I said my last goodbyes to him as I passed.
It looks like after being a part of the franchise since the very beginning, we will see the last of everyone’s favorite protocol droid, C-3PO. In the trailers, we saw C-3PO hooking his mind up to something and that he was taking one last look at his friends. That implies that what he is about to do will either wipe his mind again or destroy him completely. I think I know what C-3PO is going to do. Due to the losses the Resistance sustained in The Last Jedi, they are in desperate need of weapons, warships, and soldiers. There is one one army the Resistance could summon that would give them a numerical advantage over the First Order: the Separatist Droid Army. In this image, you can clearly see a dormant B1-series battle droid behind C-3PO. At its height, the Separatist Droid Army numbered in the quintillions before they were collectively deactivated after the Clone Wars. It has been more than half a century since the Clone Wars and it is likely the Droid Army is still dormant and scattered across the galaxy. There have been cases where some battle droids did not deactivate or were reactivated through rogue parties, but the majority of the droid army is still dormant. You might ask how C-3PO could raise the entire droid army by himself. I think the answer is Attack of the Clones, which showed C-3PO switching heads and bodies with a B1-series battle droid. I think something else happened when this happened to C-3PO. I think he also formed some kind of connection with the droid army and now C-3PO might be accessing that connection in order to give the Resistance the army it needs to defeat the First Order once and for all. However, even though the droid army outnumbers the First Order, the First Order’s forces are more advanced and in better condition. The droid army has not fought a single battle in over fifty years, which means most of them must be rusted to a pulp. Still, what they lack in maintenance and advanced weaponry, the droid army makes up for in sheer numbers, which means they could overwhelm the First Order. On the downside, it will be sad to see such a favorite character die after all this time, but I know he will give his life for the good of the galaxy. C-3PO, the Force will be with you. Always.
At the end of The Last Jedi, some fans complained about Luke Skywalker’s “duel” with Kylo Ren because Luke wasn’t even there and Kylo Ren only fought an illusion of Luke. However, as I explained in my previous post, this was another Force power from the old Expanded Universe that Rian Johnson was reintroducing us to through the movies. In many of the old Star Wars books, such as Legacy of the Force, Force users were seen projecting realistic illusions of themselves great distances. The Star Wars fans who were not pleased with the “duel” should read the Legacy of the Force books even though they are not longer Canon. The reason for this is because they will be able to get a better understanding of just what the heck happened on the big screen. Also, Legacy of the Force was about Kylo Ren’s counterpart Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus, which ties it even closer to The Last Jedi. I look forward to what other unorthodox Force powers from the old Expanded Universe we will see in the future.
Initially, I was one of those die hard Star Wars fans who hated how Rian Johnson made The Last Jedi. At the time, I could not even stomach watching it a second time. However, after doing some research, I discovered something Johnson did that was unexpected. What Rian Johnson did was find ways to depict certain aspects of the old Expanded Universe and reintroduce them to us through the movies. For example, we got to see Kylo Ren and Rey form a what is known as a Force Bond, which is a phenomenon in which two Force wielders become connected spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We were first introduced to the Force Bond in the first Knights of the Old Republic game where Revan shared a Force Bond with Bastilla Shan. Both in the old Canon and the new, there were other examples of the Force Bond. Jedi Master Yoda shared a Force Bond with his former apprentice, Count Dooku. Darth Sidious attempted to use this bond to attack Yoda with Sith sorcery. With Kylo Ren and Rey, we finally got to see how the Force Bond worked in live action on the big screen. Now that I think about it, I think there were aspects of The Last Jedi that were creatively executed.
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.
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.