Easter egg: “I don’t know what I saw”

The making-of documentary on the blu-ray of The Force Awakens – titled Secrets of The Force Awakens – is mostly composed of fluff and effusive praise. It’s a PR fluff piece lacking in anything of substantial interest – except for a single exchange between Han and Leia glimpsed in a fleeting piece of behind-the-scenes footage. … More Easter egg: “I don’t know what I saw”

Analysis: The meaning behind a mask (or the lack of one)

Star Wars is famous for its masked villains: Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Captain Phasma are all iconic as much for their costumes as their characters (with the costume arguably overshadowing the character in the cases of Fett and Phasma). A mask generates mystery and intrigue over what might lie beneath, and makes the moment … More Analysis: The meaning behind a mask (or the lack of one)

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: Kylo Ren – The shadow of Luke Skywalker

While it’s almost certainly a comparison that would induce an equipment-slashing tantrum from him, there are many reasons to view Kylo Ren and his uncle as parallels to each other. In particular, it’s constructive to view Kylo as the shadow version of Luke – a character who represents an inversion of the qualities that so … More Analysis: Kylo Ren – The shadow of Luke Skywalker

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

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

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: Hux & Kylo – Children of War

I recommend the Visual Dictionary to anyone with even the slightest interest in furthering their knowledge of The Force Awakens – it’s filled with marvellous photos, bizarre names and amusingly petty labels (one points at Hux’s pasty face and says “pallor from time spent indoors”). It’s also very helpful for illuminating backstories and character motivations, … More Analysis: Hux & Kylo – Children of War