I haven’t posted anything for a while and of course the first post of the new year is Star Wars, I mean it has to be, I hope you all had a great new year, on with the post. Well since the Force Awakens came out we have been left with some questions that weren’t answered or addressed in the film. The Novelization of The Force Awakens came out and has answered some of these questions.
Question 1: I thought the Rebellion won?
Now going in to the Force Awakens, I and others who had been keeping up with the new and rumors knew what happened, but in the film they don’t really address what happened to the Rebellion and why are they now the Resistance.
“Those who had led the rebellion had under-estimated the deeply buried desire of far too large a proportion of the population who simply preferred to be told what to do. Much easier it was to follow orders than to think for oneself. So everyone had argued and debated and discussed. Until it was too late.”
I had assumed that in the Galaxy Far Far Away that there would be some systems who preferred the Empire being in charge. I mean if the Empire are in charge then it is unlikely anyone would attack a system under the “protection” of the Empire.
Question 2: Why was Han Solo carrying Rathtars?
Yes in the film we get a very small line about why Han is carrying Rathtars and that is all we needed but here is an explanation in full.
“I got three going to King Prana. Kings not only like to collect, they like to boast about their collections. Seems Prana’s in competition with the regent of the Mol’leaj system. The regent doesn’t have a rathtar in his private zoo. Neither does anybody else.”
“There’s a reason for that,” Finn muttered.
While it would have been nice to get this in the film, it isn’t required or needed.
Question 3: Was Leia in touch with the republic?
We don’t really find out in the film if she has a relationship with the Republic, we know that the Resistance is a branch of the Republic but that is about it.In the Novel we find out that she fears her life will be at risk if she goes to plead the case for more force. Here she is, talking to her personal envoy to the Republic, Korr Sella.
“You need to go to the Senate right away. Tell them I insist that they take action against the First Order. The longer they bicker and delay, the stronger the Order becomes.” She leaned toward the other woman. “If they fail to take action soon, the Order will have grown so strong the Senate will be unable to do anything. It won’t matter what they think.” Sella indicated her understanding. “With all respect: Do you think the senators will listen?” “I don’t know.” Leia bit down on her lower lip. “So much time has passed. There was a time when they were at least willing to listen. And of course, the Senate’s makeup has changed. Some of those who were always willing to pay attention to me have retired. Some of those who have replaced them have their own agendas.” She smiled ruefully. “Not all senators think I’m crazy. Or maybe they do. I don’t care what they think about me as long as they take action.”
Question 4: Was Starkiller Base a Planet turned into a weapon?
To be honest this is another example of something that we didn’t answer to honestly but here it is if you were wondering.
“Spectacular and isolated, with a mean surface temperature varying from merely cold to permanently arctic, the planet had been altered: its mountains tunneled into, its glaciers hacked, and its valleys modified until it no longer resembled its original naturally eroded form. Those who had remade it had renamed it. Starkiller Base.”
So there you have it, it was a Planet and the First Order turned it into a Weapon.
Question 5: How far back does Snoke go? Hoe long has Snoke been around?
Snoke is one of the big unanswered questions of the film, who is he? is he a Sith? we simply don’t know. Here is a quote from the novel.
“Kylo Ren, I watched the Galactic Empire rise, and then fall. The gullible prattle on about the triumph of truth and justice, of individualism and free will. As if such things were solid and real instead of simple subjective judgments. The historians have it all wrong. It was neither poor strategy nor arrogance that brought down the Empire. You know too well what did.”
Ren nodded once. “Sentiment.”
“Yes. Such a simple thing. Such a foolish error of judgment. A momentary lapse in an otherwise exemplary life. Had Lord Vader not succumbed to emotion at the crucial moment — had the father killed the son — the Empire would have prevailed. And there would be no threat of Skywalker’s return today.”
So there we have it, a big unanswered question to do with Snoke, he is atleast 45 years old and by the look of him he is a lot older, but we don’t know who he is. Darth Plagueis maybe? I am still hoping that he is.
Question 6: How did Poe get off Jakku?
This is a question that gets a throw away line when Poe and Finn met up at the Resistance Base. Poe just says he woke up at night and Finn wasn’t there and he got back on a ship, not a very interesting line. Well here is a quote from the novel.
“A dark spot appeared between the dunes, expanding rapidly as it came toward him. Flat in front and bulging at the stern, the speeder was an unlovely construct, but to Poe at that moment it had lines as sweet as those of the fastest fighter in the Resistance fleet. Standing in the middle of the salt flat, he began jumping up and down and waving his arms.”
Question 7: Did whoever leave Rey on Jakky plan to come back for her?
This is a big questions because it has everyone specualting is she Luke’s son? well here is another piece to the puzzle.
Once more she climbed to her feet, her chilled breath preceding her. From in front of her, not far away, came the sounds of battle: the cries of the wounded and the clashing of weapons. Then behind her, another voice. That voice.
“Stay here. I’ll come back for you.”
She whirled, glazed eyes desperately scanning the dark gaps between the slender trees, trying to penetrate the darkness. “Where are you?” She started running toward the voice.
“I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.”
Question 8: How strong is Leia with the Force?
This is something many a fan, like me have been wondering for years and years, did she get training? we simply don’t know but here is a quote showing she is in tap with the force somewhat.
Leaning against a console for support, she steadied herself. “A great disturbance — in the Force. Deaths and passings. Too much death, too many passings.”
Question 9: Did Maz change her mind about Finn?
When Maz meets Finn she says that he has the eyes of a man who wants to run, well it looks like she does change her mind about Finn after the fight when Rey is taken by Kylo Ren.
“Oh wow… I see something else now.”
“See what?” Finn asked.
“I see the eyes of a warrior.”
Question 10: Were Han and Leia married?
Now in the film we only find out that they had a son together, I assumed that they were married at somepoint, well here we have confirmation. here we see a quote from the book saying that they were married.
“husband and wife stood regarding each other for the first time in years.”
Question 11: How long has Snoke had his eyes on Ben Solo?
We don’t find out in the film if Snoke was watching Ben or if Ben went dark and then found Snoke. Here is a conversation between Leia and Han.
“He knew our child would be strong with the Force. That he was born with equal potential for good or evil.”
“You knew this from the beginning? Why didn’t you tell me?”
She sighed. “Many reasons. I was hoping that I was wrong, that it wasn’t true. I hoped I could sway him, turn him away from the dark side, without having to involve you.” A small smile appeared. “You had— you have— wonderful qualities, Han, but patience and understanding were never among them. I was afraid that your reactions would only drive him farther to the dark side. I thought I could shield him from Snoke’s influence and you from what was happening.”
Her voice dropped. “It’s clear now that I was wrong. Whether your involvement would have made a difference, we’ll never know.”
He had trouble believing what he was hearing. “So Snoke was watching our son.”
“Always,” she told him. “From the shadows, in the beginning, even before I realized what was happening, he was manipulating everything, pulling our son toward the dark side. But nothing’s impossible, Han. Not even now, at this late time. I have this feeling that if anyone can save him— it’s you.”
So we find out that Snoke was watching Ben since he was born, knowing that when he is born he has potential to be wither good or bad.
Question 12: Why did Captain Phasma give up so easily?
This is one of the big points of the film that annoy me. Well here is a quote from the novel.
She managed a slight shake of her head. “Even a Wookiee can’t crush First Order armor.” In response, Chewbacca tightened his grip further. Her mask emitted a slight but perceptible wheeze.
“Well,” Han said nonchalantly, “there’s one way to find out.”
I have to admit if Chewie was able to break my armor I might also take the shields down.
Question 13: Did Han and Chewie say goodbye?
This is something that I never needed an answer to but it is here regardless, I feel like Ben killed Han, the moment when Chewie shot Ben with his Bowcaster said everything.
Unintentionally, their eyes met— and the stare held. Man and Wookiee realized it might be for the last time. Nothing more was said. Nothing more needed to be. There never had been, over the years, an excess of superficial chatter between the two whenever there was work to be done. Each knew his job and did it. That did not keep Han from pausing a moment to look back. When he did, he discovered Chewbacca gazing in his direction. Same ethic, different species, same thought, Han mused.
He pointed stiffly. “Go! Before things get messy.”
Chewie complied, this time without looking back. Han watched him for a long moment. Then he, too, turned and raced off.
Question 14: How long has it been since Han seen his son?
Here is a quote from the book.
Reaching up, he slowly removed the mask. For the first time Han saw the face of his son as a grown man — and it jolted him.
My guess it has been anywhere between 13-20 years, that is about the guess for me for Han to not have seen his son become a man.
Question 15: What was Ben feeling when he killed Han and what Han was feeling?
To me personally I didn’t need to know this, what summed up the answer it’s self was the scene of Ben crying choosing between going or bad, and the look that Han gives his son when he stabs him tells me everything.
Accepting without quite believing, Han stared back into the face of the creature that had been his son. There was nothing to see there. Only darkness in the shape of a face: alien, unthinking, unfeeling.
Then from Ben’s perspective, which certainly seems to suggest he is no Resistance agent:
Stunned by his own action, Kylo Ren fell to his knees. Following through on the act ought to have made him stronger, a part of him believed. Instead, he found himself weakened.
Question 16: Does Kylo know something about Rey that she doesn’t?
Rey appeared equally shocked that her reach for the device had exceeded his. She gazed down at the weapon now resting in her grip.
“It is you,” Ren murmured.
His words unsettled her: Not for the first time, he seemed to know more about her than she did about herself.
To me this quote seems to back up that Rey is Luke’s daughter, and that he dropped her off on Jakku or someone else did, she at least trained at the new Jedi Temple.
Question 17: Was Rey tempted by the Dark Side?
“Kill him,” a voice inside her head said. It was amorphous, unidentifiable, raw. Pure vengeful emotion. So easy, she told herself. So quick.
She recoiled from it. From the dark side.
I feel like this maybe Snoke, I do think it is interesting if Rey was born from the dark and is good while Ben was from the good and went to the dark.
Question 18: How did Kylo Ren and General Hix get off Starkiller Base?
This is something that I felt needed to be seen in the film.
Utilizing the tiny position sensor emplaced in Ren’s belt, Hux had tracked him to this spot. He would have taken Rey and Finn, as well, if not for the command that had been issued by the Supreme Leader. That took precedence over everything. There was simply no time left. The two renegades were going to die here anyway, he told himself as he followed the troopers carrying Ren into the nearby shuttle.
Question 19: Did Poe and Rey meet?
In the film we see Poe look at Rey when Finn is being taken to get checked up on, that is the all the interaction they have in the film. Well here is a quote from the book.
Rey and Poe were not excluded, though their sudden, tight clinch of shared excitement led to a moment of mutual awkwardness. “Uh, hi,” the pilot mumbled. “I’m Poe.”
She nodded slowly, searching his face and finding that she liked it. “I recognize the name. So you’re Poe. Poe Dameron, the X-wing pilot. I’m Rey.”
“I know.” He smiled back, a little more at ease. “Nice to meet you.”
A possible romance in the horizon, maybe, I don’ know although there are rumors that Poe is gay. That is all for this post, I know it is a long one, but there are 19 questions answered. I hope you have some more information on the Force Awakens, Tweet me, go to my Facebook or comment below, thanks.