NOTE: This post contains discussion of a spoiler in the movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". If you don't want to read the spoiler, please do not read this post. Otherwise, this post proceeds in:
Hello, sci-fi geeks in the HoCo and everywhere else! Heaven knows there have been enough serious topics of discussion on these pages in the year 2017, so as the year starts to come to a close, let's discuss a lighter topic. That would be the blockbuster movie of 2017, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". Specifically, the identity of Rey's parents. And how did Rey get the Force so strong within her that she would be worthy of being trained by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker himself?
Theories abound as to Rey's parentage and source of her Jedi powers. I'm sure what I posit below is not original. But it is original to me, today. And my theory, to add to all those out there, is that Rey is a Skywalker. But she is neither Luke's nor Leia's child. Instead, she is a descendant of a second virgin birth of Shmi Skywalker.
Before we look at the evidence, let's define our generations. Let's guesstimate that Rey and Kylo Ren are 25-30. That would make the Luke/Leia/Han generation 60-70. The Anakin/Obi-Wan generation would be 80-90. That would make Shmi Skywalker about 120. Now, of course, Shmi is no longer with us.
So Kylo tells Rey in "The Last Jedi" words to the effect of, "I know who your parents were. And they were nobody. They sold you so they could profit!". So Rey was an indentured servant, eh? So was Shmi.
I believe that Anakin Skywalker wasn't Shmi's only virgin birth. I believe there was another one (male or female) who was sprung forth via the midichlorians, who was sold for a profit on Tatooine and taken elsewhere. Like maybe another desert planet called Jakku? I do not think that child was Rey, but rather, her parent or more likely, (plus it would add the concept of many Jedi-powered cousins/aunts/uncles) her grandparent. Rey's grandparent, nor that person's offspring, realized their Forcey powers. Or, they did and were believed delusional or crazy or used their powers in stupid ways. But, only Rey had the power manifest in such a way where she desired to learn the ways of the Force.
What problems in "Star Wars" mythos would this theory solve? Alas, let me count the ways:
- It would establish Kylo as a liar about Rey's parentage;
- Again with the Kylo jealousy, Rey would be as close to Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (and Kylo's hero) as Kylo himself. Maybe even closer, if Anakin's sibling were Rey's parent rather than grandparent);
- It would connect the "prequel trilogy" to this "final trilogy", creating an arc across all three trilogies;
- It would add new meaning to Yoda's line in "Empire Strikes Back", when he tells Force Ghost Obi-Wan, "No. There is another." Everyone thought he meant Leia, but what if he didn't?
- It would explain the magnitude of Force power that Luke felt from Rey in "The Last Jedi"; and Luke probably realizes Rey's true lineage but held the secret; and
- It explains Rey's and Kylo's Force connection, which definitely is not one based in a physical/sexual attraction, but rather, of two people with a similar condition attempting to learn about their condition from the other person. More of a familial connection, is it not portrayed as so in these movies?
Holes in can punch in this theory are: none. Well, there are a couple:
- Shmi couldn't have had another kid. Well, why not?
- Rey's ancestor would've been found by Darth Vader. Who did such a great job finding Obi-Wan, who was only hiding out on THE PLANET OF VADER'S BIRTH!!!
- Han had another kid and that's why he and Leia split up. Except Han was not a Jedi or had Forcey powers.
- The other sibling of Anakin would have been enlisted to fight Darth Vader between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope". But not if they were siblings. There would have been too much danger of the other sibling going to the dark side. But, second cousins? That's enough familial distance to make sense!
So there you have it. I haven't written a post like this in awhile. Felt good!
Later, more things about other things. For now-- whaddaya think of my theory? I have until December 20, 2019, and the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode IX" to be proven wrong. Or right!
Let's be careful out there.
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