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Friday, April 14, 2017

SPOILERS - Who is Rey? Star Wars Can Advance Marriage Equality

[This entry is being bumped up because Episode VIII is in post-production and it would be great if it could make a difference for equality.]


You know the drill. If you haven't seen "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" yet and don't want any of it spoiled, just skip over this entry.


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OK, so Ben Solo/Kylo Ren is the offspring of Han and Leia. He went bad while training under Luke.



There are plausible theories that Rey is his younger, full-blooded sister, left where she was when she was about five years old to protect her until the time was right.

I propose that those in control of Star Wars canon do something a little more bold.

Stick with me here.


Remembering back to the original trilogy (the original movie and the first sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back"), there was clearly supposed to be some chemistry between Luke and Leia. Luke sees her recorded message and is struck by her beauty. Leia kisses him for "luck." In Empire, she kisses Luke on the lips in front of Han Solo to make a point to Han. Even in at least one of the early books (no longer considered canon), there is some erotic tension between Luke and Leia. Also in the movies, when Han asks Luke if he thinks he (Han) and Leia could ever be together, Luke quickly says "no," as if jealous.

We (and they) were later told they were siblings... twins, even... and Leia ends up with Han (but not before Han expresses jealousy and assumes Luke and Leia are in love).

What went on when Luke saw her recording and the later interaction between the two of them could be described as the very real thing called Genetic Sexual Attraction. They were full genetic siblings, separated at birth, and reunited post-puberty, and they felt a mutual attraction.

So what could the Star Wars creatives do that would shock audiences as much as Darth Vader revealing to Luke that he is his father? They could have Rey be Leia's daughter, but with Luke, not Han.

Again, stick with me here.

This could be tied in to Luke despairing over the devastating attack on the attempted revival of the Jedi, and seeking comfort from Leia,  and she despairing over the evil turn by her son, and turning to Luke. It could also tie in to estrangement between Leia and Han. Most importantly (story-wise), it could explain why Rey was able to start to develop her powers on her own and make her, ultimately, more powerful than Kylo Ren and Snoke.

Yes, there would be backlash from some of the audience. There would be some uptight people who'd be publicly burning their Star Wars items. However, classic mythology, which is one of the things from with the movie series draws inspiration, is filled with consanguineous lovers having important children, some historic royal dynasties (Leia is a princess) have traditions of consanguinamory, and if done right, it could do something even more important than be a fascinating story; it could help a group that deals with a lot of trouble; Friends of Lily, and anyone experiencing GSA.

The movie makers could wimp out and make Rey a product of artificial insemination (conceived in a desperate attempt to hedge against the Dark Side), but it makes a better story is she the result of a moment of loving, but conflicted passion.

So how about it, Masters of the Star Wars Canon? Make Rey more of an heir to Anakin Skywalker than Ben. If done right, the backlash would be minimized and it would be one of the most talked about plot twists in movie history. Shock audiences again and do something positive for equality.
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2 comments:

  1. You're not the only one to have this idea: http://moviepilot.com/posts/3712732

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  2. Might want to take a look at this.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/incest-is-no-longer-a-taboo-says-australian-judge-garry-neilson-9599552.html

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