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So the fiancee pointed out to me that the Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Star Wars: The Last Jedi keeps dropping! Hah! I can kind of guess why! And it has to to with one little thing: Rey’s parentage.
Now, hear me out. I’m not saying the latest Star Wars movie is horrible–it’s actually pretty good–but there’s one scene that my inner writer keeps nagging about, and it has to do with one lovely tool: CONTINUITY.
God, I cannot tell you how much I despise continuity errors. Especially those, I think, that mess up the story line in favor of the director’s personal bias. According to my fiancee, who is usually on to something, (You’re welcome for that shout out, dear!) Rian Johnson tends to aim away from legacies and lineage in his stories. Now, I’m not going to say that’s 100% the case, because, as humans, we tend to oversimplify things. But I definitely think it’s not helping Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
About halfway through the movie, Rey “finds out” who were parents were from Kylo Ren himself. (I say “finds out” because there’s still a little part of me that thinks Kylo is lying, even if Ryan Johnson says he isn’t. “He believes it’s the truth,” is his exact quote.) Rey’s parents are–duh, duh, duhhh–“Nobodies.”
Plot twist of all plot twists!! And I’m completely torn about it!
I mean, it’s kind of cool that The Last Jedi apparently cancels out that Jedis can come from a specific line; that anyone can become a Jedi! It’s something that gives every Star Wars fan hope: that even the lowest person out there can develop superpowers!
But wait–hang on–this puts a severe dent in Star Wars’s continuity. What about that stuff regarding the midichlorians in the prequels? Midichlorians only come through specific bloodlines. It’s the reason why the original trilogy only lets Luke and Leia have powers; because they’re Anakin’s children.
So how can Rey have superpowers, if her parents were nobodies; junk traders who sold her for a bit of drink money?
Now I have full faith in the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars doesn’t deliver something so simple with a question this big. Really, I don’t think Rey’s parents were really nobodies. I think there’s more to the story. On a basic level, her parents being junk traders is too simple an answer; frankly, if it is the truth, I would be really upset, because I’d feel like the writers and Johnson didn’t really give it too much thought and just caved. And, from the backlash that has cried out over the internet, I bet a lot of you fellow Star Wars fans are feeling the same way.
Me? I’m still hoping Rey is a Kenobi. Maybe she’s a grandchild of old Ben.
What are your theories about Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Do you think her parents really are junk traders? Or are the movies trying to build up to something?