Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the end of villainy!? Or the start of it?
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We have been asked about the villains from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The good news? There’s no shortage of villainy in this film. The bad news, from a certain point of view, is they don’t have a ton of screen time. Kylo has a ton of screen time, he’s our new main villain. Everyone else is a very far second to him. Right now “Uber” (Andy Serkis’ character) has a few short scenes, like three. I feel like Captain Phasma is a Boba Fett-type. She’s going to look cool but I don’t think she does all that much in The Force Awakens. It appears she will be seen in the Star Wars: Episode VIII and doesn’t have a lot going on yet. I think she’s an emerging character.
Everyone seems to want elaboration on Kylo Ren and his connection to the heroes. I really feel there is a connection; however, elaboration is difficult at this juncture. All we have is implication. We know that when “Uber” wants to use the Catapult, Kylo is worried and he is told not to get “sentimental” by “Uber.” There’s a sequence in the middle of the film that sticks out to me, furthering that connection: Han Solo and Chewbacca pilot the Falcon. Rey and Finn are aboard. The Falcon is shot down by Kylo’s ship. The Falcon crashes onto the snow planet’s surface. Kylo and his troops track down the ship and Stormtroopers board it, followed by Kylo. Kylo walks into the cockpit of the Falcon and sits in the pilot’s seat and has a moment. That’s the hero’s sphere. You would never see Darth Vader do that. But Kylo does that. There’s almost an implication of remorse, maybe frustration, in that action to me. There’s emotion there. To me that says there’s a connection between Kylo, the ship and its pilot. It is almost as if he is sitting at the desk of the job he felt he would one day hold and now due to circumstances never will. Maybe Han is his father? We know this relationship ends badly though. He sits in the man’s chair before he kills him.
There is a moment where “The General has final check-in with his boss.” “The General” is Domhnall Gleeson, an Imperial Officer-type character. His boss is “Uber,” Andy Serkis’ character. There were really strong, even credible rumors he was Luke’s son, but I don’t see evidence of that in the stuff we’re getting now (which is pretty solid).
- EXT NIGHT EVIL CASTLE – PARADE GROUND (SNOW) General watches in horror as the Parade Ground falls away
- INT DAY EVIL CASTLE – GREAT HALL The General has final check-in with his boss.
There is no more mention of him again and the film only has 16 shots left. If you recall the good guys have dismantled the shields around the castle and set charges. It appears to me “The General” watches as the charges blow and he eventually dies as they trigger one by one and the castle area collapses. I’m guessing he tells “Uber” he has failed and the weapon is lost.
I feel this is the “parade ground (snow)” which Indie Revolver first showed us:
- CLIFF EDGE: Finn & Rey’s duel with Kylo Ren ends. Ground falls away behind Rey. Rey and Finn on precipice. Kylo Ren exits. Chewbacca arrives.
The duel between Finn and Rey ends with Kylo when the side of the mountain collapses. Kylo exits at this moment and there is never a follow up with him. Does he fall? That is the last time we see him in The Force Awakens. Chewbacca arrives in a repaired Falcon and saves Rey and Finn from falling to their doom.
It appears that Kylo and “Uber” live to fight another day. Captain Phasma will be seen again but I’m not betting on “The General.”
At this moment that is everything that really comes to mind about the bad guys. I still find it very strange that Kylo has this connection to Han Solo. I find it interesting Finn and Poe don’t have code names but “Kira” is the name used for Rey. I also think its interesting that Kylo sits in the chair that belonged to Han Solo but it ends up belonging to Rey. I’m sure I’ve written this before but there are just those moments that make me want to write Rey and Kylo are brother and sister, the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia. It might be in my reading of it. But I’m leaning towards that being the story here, especially after that flashback sequence, as confusing as it may be.