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

Analysis: Kylo Ren, Snoke and the Vader precedent

The Force Awakens has a tendency to veer between being aggressively obvious and being subtle to the point that certain aspects of it have flown completely over most people’s heads (see the climactic duel for the perfect illustration of this). One aspect of the film that embodies both of these elements is the dynamic between … More Analysis: Kylo Ren, Snoke and the Vader precedent

Analysis: Hux and Kylo, daddy issues, and the Snoke masterplan

In General Hux and Kylo Ren, you have two men characterised by fanaticism, power and – more intriguingly – youth. Their very faces are jarring – Kylo Ren’s soft, attractive features aren’t what you expect from the dark side enforcer of the First Order, just as Hux’s petulant sneer isn’t especially befitting of the General … More Analysis: Hux and Kylo, daddy issues, and the Snoke masterplan