When I was 11, I received my first copy of Star Wars Insider from Lucasfilm after writing a letter to George Lucas (I did not get reply from him, alas). Within the issue, they had a section where they printed letters from fans and readers. One letter started out as:
I have been a Star Wars fan for over 20 years…
That sentence has stuck with me throughout my life. Why? Because family and friends thought I was going through a “fad” or “stage” in life with my Star Wars obsession. And there is nothing that irks me more, even at that young age, than people thinking I’ll grow out of something or won’t like something as much in a while. I saw that sentence and thought, “I want to be a Star Wars fan for over 20 years as well.”
I haven’t reached 20 years, but I’m currently at 18 years. Actually, technically I’m over 20 years if you count when I first saw Star Wars, but I only count the age when I became obsessed as the starting point in my Star Wars journey.
Throughout this journey I have:
Yup, that Star Wars party happened this past weekend. Why? Because what better time to celebrate my true love than around Valentine’s Day?
I know “first annual” is an oxymoron of sorts, but I wanted to make it clear that this is something that will be continual on a yearly basis. Due to some bad weather the day before, we only had seven people show up (12 RSVP’d as a yes) but I was more than happy with that! This was the greatest party I could ever throw, in my opinion.
And, oh the discussions! It was so wonderful to sit with friends, drink some wine and blue milk (yes, I had some blue milk and Yoda soda), watch a Star Wars movie, and discuss Star Wars for four hours. Heaven.
What movie did we watch? Ah, the suspense! No one knew until they showed up and there was a prize for those who guessed correctly. Surprisingly, there were a lot of ROTS guesses, which I thought was very strange.
But the movie I chose was The Force Awakens for two reasons: 1) In honor of my daughter, whom I hope will grow to be like Rey, and 2) It was the one movie I had not seen and discussed with a lot of my friends.
To reiterate: the discussions! I have missed talking about Star Wars and guessing what will be coming next with good friends. Here were my favorite discussions that happened during the party…please chime in with any thoughts you might have as well.
1. The Force Vision/Knights of Ren
When Rey touches Luke’s lightsaber on Takodona, there a bunch of scenes that go by very quickly. One of them involves what looks like a massacre by the Knights of Ren, with Kylo leading them with a lightsaber in the rain. We don’t know where this is or what happened. Rey sees someone coming towards her who looks like they are about to kill her, but instead gets killed by Kylo Ren. When Kylo Ren starts stepping towards her, she gets scared and backs up, where the scene immediately shifts to a young Rey being left behind on Jakku with Unkar Plutt dragging her away.
My friend brought up this theory: what if Kylo Ren had, in fact, saved a young Rey (though we are seeing her as an adult) from another Knight of Ren? That Knight of Ren could have been going to kill Rey as part of the massacre, but Kylo Ren steps in to save her. He then takes her to Jakku where she is left behind, which would explain why it seems like Kylo Ren knows her. Why would he save her? That’s the question. Guilt? Is he related to her? If so – why wouldn’t Han recognize her?
When I previously thought about this scene, I thought Rey was seeing some insight into what happened when Kylo Ren turned to the dark side and those were all of Luke’s Jedi pupils. I never thought about her actually being there, but the more I think about it, the more I like this theory and it seems to make sense.
2.The Force Vision/Artoo Shut Down
This is my theory and I have brought it up before, but it did become a discussion point again at the party. In the Force vision, we see Luke put a hand on Artoo. Artoo is clearly “awake” here and not in hibernation. Is Luke shutting Artoo down and somehow using the Force to make sure the next time he awakes, it will be because of Rey?
This theory is a little far-fetched, but I keep coming back to it, because WHY are they showing Artoo in this vision? It could be because Abrams wanted to keep Luke as hidden as possible until the end of the movie, but I also don’t think there were any throwaways in this movie. They could have not had this scene if he wanted Luke to remain hidden. Why show Artoo?
I believe Artoo was getting some kind of direction here and it is interesting that he is “awakened” just when Rey shows up on D’Qar.
Here’s a video of the Force vision for your reference:
3. Your favorite 15-20 minutes in Star Wars
This was a question someone asked at the end of the party. What is your favorite 15-20 minutes out of all the Star Wars movies?
I thought that would be hard and there were scenes that flit across my brain very fast as I tried to think of something. I thought of Amidala speaking to the senate (“I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die…”), I remembered Luke staring out at the binary sunset, I thought about Vader revealing he is Luke’s father, I thought about Rey rescuing BB-8, I remember Order 66, I remember Leia and Han’s exchange before he went into carbonite (“I love you!” “I know.”), but then one part of the saga stood out to me the most.
My favorite scene in the Star Wars saga would be the end of Return of the Jedi. Luke is trying to control his emotions but Vader gets to him when he realizes that Luke has a sister and says he will turn her to the dark side. Luke loses it and goes after Vader with such hatred and bests him in their final lightsaber match. He cuts of his hand in anger – only to hear the Emperor’s sinister laugh behind him. The Emperor is sure of his victory; sure that Luke will take Vader’s place. And then….Luke turns away from the dark side. Seeing his own hand cut off, he turns to the Emperor and tells him:
You failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.
It makes me want to woop with joy every time I see that scene. Talk about good triumphing over all! Talk about doing the right thing even when you know it means death! Aggggh that scene – everything about it: the lightsabers, the ominous music, the Emperor’s moment of triumph – only to have Luke come out on top and throw away his lightsaber.
The best. That is, in my eyes, the best scene from the entire saga.
My party was wonderful and I had a great time. It’s the perfect thing for me to look forward to since I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. This is a way to celebrate my true love in a way that honors it.
I can’t wait until next year’s party.