Star Wars Musings


This was originally posted on January 8th
After a quick read through, I am making some small adjustments to bring it up to date.

Updated 26/02/15
I’m hoping by now that everyone who wanted to see Star Wars have actually seen it!
It’s been out a couple of months now so there will definately be some spoilery details about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If you are stupid enough to continue reading if you haven’t seen the film, don’t come crying to me if I spoil it for you!!

The Juggernaut that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still very much on the move.
It is now sitting at Number 3 in the all time worldwide box office record chart with $2,041,536,449 (£1,464,098,513.77)

To date I have seen it nine times!
Yes, 9 times and before you start going on about the money I must have spent, I have a Cineworld Unlimited card.
All 9 showings (2 of them in 3D) have cost me just £34!
I can go and see a film over and over again without feeling guilty about doing it!
I love my Unlimited Card.

Anyway, I think I can safely say, I’ve got it out of my system for now….. at least until the Bluray is released.

Now the fun comes from reading other fans reactions and theories.
My interest has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the film’s villain, Kylo Ren.
You wouldn’t believe the arguments brewing about this character and what he did in the movie.

In the midst of all the argueing you get the occasional glimmer of someone else who, like me, likes the bad guy and actually stands up for him!
Don’t get me wrong.
In the real world I would always stomp on the bad guy.
But this is the movies.
It’s not real.
It’s story telling to the max and I can root for the bad guy if I want to!

Anyway, while having a morning coffee recently I came across this little beaut of an article.
Posted on by SomedayWeMightBeDead. (I have no idea what his real name is)
If you want to access the article direct the go to

The article is titled,


People keep complaining about the fact that Finn and Rey beat Kylo at the end of TFA.
“He’s so weak!”
“Beat by two nobodies!”
“Bitch got rofl-stomped by newbs!”

Did you watch the movie?
Did you pay attention at all?

Let’s rewind a bit, and talk about something that comes up over a dozen times; Chewie’s bowcaster.
The movie is like a freaking infomercial for the epic tons of fuck you and everything around you for the next twenty feet that this badass piece of weaponry dishes out like second helpings of your grandma’s world famous mashed potatoes.
We see time again Chewie dealing heaping truckloads of fuck that guy and his entire lineage with this death-dealing weapon of pure carnage.
He hits a Stormtrooper in the breadbasket and sends that poor sod flying twenty feet back into a wall as his armor shatters on the ground.
Han makes a point of asking Chewie if he can try it out, and then proceeds to obliterate five (two*) troopers with one easy shot.
Let’s not mince words here.
Chewie’s Bowcaster is like the unholy love child of the original fucking crossbow and a howitzer. The Empire should have just strapped this piece of weaponized fuck you to the front of an asteroid, aimed it Alderaan, and saved themselves the trouble of housing a giant space station.
So…after being shown the pure unadulterated hell that spews forth from this hand-held death cannon in a deluge of destruction and demise, we can all agree that being shot with this thing tops a long list of things you don’t want to happen to you.
Well, it happens to Kylo Ren.
And, what does he do?
Well, he doesn’t get thrown through the air like every other fucking thing that gets hit by this murder machine.
In fact, he just kind of takes a knee for a minute. He doesn’t get instantly wrecked while careening through the air hoping for the sweet release of death.
He gets up, and proceeds to walk it the fuck off. But, he doesn’t just quit there. He doesn’t just walk off what everything else in the universe instantly dies from. He goes out to find a couple bitches, and tear them apart.
The amount of control, the amount of pure Force power to stay standing after taking a shot like that is mind-bending.
But, he doesn’t just stay standing. He goes out and fights. He should have been dead right there, or at least screaming in pain as his insides fought to be outside his body. But, he fights. He’s using untold amounts of pure Force energy to keep his insides inside, to keep himself conscious, to keep his legs, arms, and body moving, all while fighting two people who, until this point, haven’t really been spending a ton of energy. They’re practically fresh.
And, no training?
Finn’s a STORMTROOPER! He’s been combat trained since childhood. You bet your ass he can handle himself in a fight.
And, Rey?
Rey’s been kicking ass hand-to-hand since before she can remember. Sure, it’s an unfamiliar weapon, but you give someone, with an inkling of how to fight, a stick and they’ll hold their own.
Of course two people beat Kylo at the end.
Dude’s nursing a gut wound that would put down a Rhino on steroids.
The question shouldn’t be how did Finn and Rey beat him. It should be this:
If Kylo Ren could do all of that after taking that kind of hit…how in the fuck are they going to stop him when he’s at one hundred percent?

So there you have it.
The next couple of movies are going to be very interesting.
Can’t wait to see where they take this character.
Even after the events of TFA, I am still hoping there’s good in him.

I read another article a few days ago with a real ‘outside the box’ theory about Kylo Ren.
If I can find it, I’ll post it later.

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