With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, rumors and speculation have started to fly about the movie. While the movie may be nine months out, fans are already starting to debate the course of this beloved saga. What will it be about? Will there be any big twists and turns? Even more troublingly, who is Rey and why does Luke Skywalker not seem to know about her?
Since Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon and a great inspiration, it’s time to explore that last question in great detail. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting theories around the net, along with one that you may not have thought of before!
“Who Are You?”
Before we proceed, it’s important to point out the conditions that would make the most sense in the context of the overarching story. While this story may include a number of canon books and other works, most of the audience will not read or keep up with any of them. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does constrict or throw out a number of possibilities.
With this in mind, let’s look only at the movies, make like Maury Povich, and point out why Luke is not the father!
Disney shareholders have recently seen some footage from the movie. According to reports that are now all over the Internet, Luke does not seem to know Rey. While this is pretty damning evidence in itself, it’s important to ask a few fundamental questions about the narrative that will show why this theory doesn’t make any sense.
- Why would Luke leave her on a desert planet instead of taking her with him?
- Who was her mother?
- If she is alive, why wasn’t she mentioned during The Force Awakens?
- If she is dead, how did that happen and why are we not watching that?
- Why is it that Han and Leia don’t know anything about her?
People may offer up some kind of flimsy out for these questions, but let’s move onto the others!
Rey Is Not A Kenobi Or Palpatine Either.
It’s important to remember that Obi-Wan can be counted out in a similar manner. Why would this Jedi Master who devoted his life to The Force suddenly put aside his mission to protect Luke and get a woman pregnant? Better yet, why didn’t Yoda or Obi-Wan mention any of that during the Original Trilogy? It is extremely out of character, so it can be discarded with extreme prejudice.
As for Emperor Palpatine, that should be blatantly obvious. If he had a kid with a face like that, when did it happen and where can we all get some of that love potion?
Rather than flying off into nowhere land, it’s time to present a theory that makes some sense if you think about it for a little while. Let’s look at the movies from The Phantom Menace through The Force Awakens, add a pinch of the real world, and see what we can suss out for the sake of epic storytelling.
We know that the galaxy has advanced the science of genetics and cloning to the point where an army can be created in the prequels. In our own world, we know that DNA can be extracted from the hard tissues of burn victims with modern technologies, even though it can be extremely hard.
Hmm. Who do we know that has been burned and could be used to create the perfect weapon?
For a moment in The Force Awakens, it seems like Kylo is speaking to the helmet as a part of a quasi-religious devotional. It is entirely possible that the Knights of Ren tie themselves to a Dark Jedi or Sith in a way that is similar to a Roman or Greek patronage. For Kylo Ren, Darth Vader is the natural choice because they’re related, but what if there was another Knight of Ren that secretly wanted to prove her devotion to the Dark Side in a more thorough way?
It would be easy to create Rey in a laboratory with the technology available and a female template, but here’s where it all went wrong. At some point after Rey is “born”, what if the mother felt like she and Rey should kill her brethren in that old timey Sith tradition? What if Supreme Leader Snoke or Kylo Ren caught wind of the little lab experiment and forced them to flee?
With this in mind, Rey is dropped off on Jakku not to keep her safe, but to build a foundation of suffering that would make her strong. The mother may have fled and could appear in future installments, but it is likely that she was cornered. If she was hunted down, she would be devoted to protecting her secret and her blood. Therefore, she either duels one of her fellows to the death or commits suicide.
I don’t know about you, but it certainly fits the bill for a soap opera in outer space.
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