For this post I have attempted to take images from the trailers and behind the scenes footage and put them in chronological order and interspersed the images with my plot prediction for the Last Jedi.
In part 1 of my Sequel Trilogy Theory of Everything, I discussed my thoughts on the events that led up to the state of affairs that we find the major character’s in at the beginning of the Force Awakens.
The post can be found here:
The TLDR version is that I believe:
Snoke is a villain more akin to Voldemort or Suaron than to Palpatine in that I believe he is seeking to regain lost power and that he sees the members of the Skywalker family as a means to that end.
Rey is Luke’s daughter and was separated from her family when the Falcon was stolen from Han Solo during an attack on the Skywalker/Solo family orchestrated by Snoke. Luke, Han, Leia, and Ben were led to believe that Rey had been killed. The loss of Rey was the catalyst for a chain of events that culminated with Ben Solo’s fall to the Dark Side.
Luke is aware of the Chosen One prophecy and believes that his family are the ones that need to maintain the balance of the Force. He originally thought that Rey would be the one to carry on that legacy, but after her “death” he put all of his hopes on Ben. After Ben fell Luke went looking for answers at the First Temple to try to figure out both how he went so wrong and how to make things right again.
The Force Awakens drops hints to the back story and also poses a few other minor mysteries that I would like to address here.
What does Snoke want?
Is it just a coincidence that the ship belonging to the brother in law of the galaxy’s last Jedi and a highly Force sensitive little girl just happened to end up on the same backwater world with the same guy?
Why did Ben Solo fall?
Why did Luke go looking for the First Jedi Temple?
One of the things that makes Star Wars appeal across so many cultures is that it bases its characters on universal character archetypes. Below I have compiled the archetypes that I believe are being used for major characters in the Sequel Trilogy.
I think Rey and Luke’s story in The Last Jedi is going to be structured like a love story. Love stories are ultimately about two people coming to love each other and learning how to have a relationship with each other and that’s exactly what Rey and Luke’s story is only the love is familial rather than romantic.
Each of the Star Wars trilogies are very much a product of the era which they were created in. The villains represent the fears of their time, at least from an American perspective, and the good guys are a reflection of how America sees itself.
When patterns appear in films, especially as a series of specific actions taken by characters, it’s not accidental. Directors carefully choose everything about how shots are set up, the lighting, the body language, actions and line delivery of the actors to tell a compelling story.
J. J. Abrams’ favorite Star Wars film is the Empire Strikes Back and he pays homage to it in The Force Awakens by having the Bridge Scene in The Force Awakens parallel the “I am your father” scene in the Empire Strikes Back in many ways. But then at the end of the film he does something interesting, he mirrors the encounter between Kylo and Han in the Bridge Scene with the encounter between Luke and Rey on Ahch-To. From the behind the scene reel, Rian Johnson appears to be continuing this mirroring. J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, in interviews leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, talked a lot about the importance of visual storytelling in The Force Awakens. That the audience didn’t need to have everything told to them with dialog, instead it could be shown. The mirroring between the three scenes: “I am your father”, the Bridge Scene, and Ahch-To are meant to underscore that the three scenes cover the same topic, the reunion of a parent and child.
Let me show you what I mean.