The Sin of Hubris, and the Dangerous Myth of the Mighty Skywalker Bloodline

This post will contain extensive spoilers for The Last Jedi – consider yourself warned! The Last Jedi is full of parallels and, in particular, parallel characters. You have Rey and Kylo Ren at the forefront, but you also have the pair of Luke and Snoke looming behind them. And while Luke may merely be bitter … More The Sin of Hubris, and the Dangerous Myth of the Mighty Skywalker Bloodline

The Tangled Thread of Fate – The Beauty and the Tragedy of the Bond Between Kylo Ren and Rey

This post will contain extensive spoilers for The Last Jedi – consider yourself warned! Before the release of The Last Jedi, very interesting language was being used to describe the connection between Rey and Kylo Ren. Rian Johnson called them “two halves of our protagonist”, and the Star Wars Databank described their “intertwined destinies” and mutual fascination. … More The Tangled Thread of Fate – The Beauty and the Tragedy of the Bond Between Kylo Ren and Rey

Intertwined Destinies I: A Great and Terrible Power

In the ‘Intertwined Destinies’ meta series, I intend on taking a deep dive into the mysterious connection between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. In this first instalment, I cover their pasts – exploring what might have brought Rey and Kylo to where we find them in The Force Awakens, and how their histories … More Intertwined Destinies I: A Great and Terrible Power

The Wrath of Luke – The Last Jedi as a Riff on Old Testament Tropes

* A single paragraph late in this essay contains potential spoilers for The Last Jedi. This paragraph is clearly indicated, and can be skipped if you prefer. * The Luke shown in the poster for The Last Jedi is, in many ways, a shocking subversion of the Luke of the popular imagination. His expression doesn’t … More The Wrath of Luke – The Last Jedi as a Riff on Old Testament Tropes

Parallels: Comparing the climaxes of Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens

I have seen several parallels made between the climatic fights of Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, but I haven’t seen this particular comparison made – instead of focusing on Rey as a parallel for Obi-Wan Kenobi, I’m going to focus on Rey as a parallel for Padmé Amidala. While the circumstances are … More Parallels: Comparing the climaxes of Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens

Analysis: Through a glass, darkly – Or, ruminations on a vision

The vision in The Force Awakens is deeply confusing and jumbled, especially as it is represented in the tie-in books. One of the most interesting elements of the vision (as it is described in the afore-mentioned books) is a strange boy, who appears down the Bespin corridor from Rey. This subject has been discussed before, … More Analysis: Through a glass, darkly – Or, ruminations on a vision

Easter egg: “You will be tempted”

Now that The Force Awakens is out on blu-ray, people have leapt on Rey’s vision and picked apart every image and every element of the audio track. Unsurprisingly, there’s much more to listen to than you would initially think. Star Wars News Net posted the following breakdown of the dialogue, and it’s absolutely legit (incidentally, it’s … More Easter egg: “You will be tempted”

Analysis: The emotional aesthetics of The Force Awakens

Cinema is primarily a visual medium, which is easily forgotten now in an age where derided blockbusters are often mocked for having more money spent on the spectacle than the script. Visual beauty is undervalued and seen as mere surface, lacking in deeper meaning or resonance. And that, in my view, is a shamefully reductive … More Analysis: The emotional aesthetics of The Force Awakens