ByKambria Rhee, writer at
My nerd major is in Lord of the Rings but I'm a Trekkie for life and the Mortal Instruments are my precious.
Kambria Rhee

Since that wonderful trailer came out last week all everyone has been talking about is Star Wars and what we can expect from the newest installment that many feared would never come. The moment at the end of the trailer, you know the one, those three words: “Chewy, we’re home.” I for one made strange noises and jumped up and down for fifteen minutes then re-watched the entire series, but that’s just me. The first look at Han Solo, arguably the most beloved character of the entire series, played by the one and only Harrison Ford, is the first of our original three to be shown in the flesh and the reaction from the fans was incredible.

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However, as excited as I was to see the legend back in character, a terrible thought occurred to me. Though the two trilogies are very different there is a certain similarity with the first movie in both trilogies and the plot lines. There is a formula for both trilogies and the movies in them that repeats it's self that i believe Abrams will keep in the new series, especially with his known love of the series.

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I’ll start my theory with the name of the first movie in the trilogies, something I read about a while ago, a fan (Queen Gimmedala) correctly guessed the name of the first movie in the new trilogy two years ago. The fan later explained that she noticed the first movie of each trilogy explained the state of the force at the beginning of the trilogy in three words.

  • The Phantom Menace: a phantom, or a dark figure is effecting the force- the return of the sith as they begin to rise back to power with Darth Sidious's plan being put into action.
  • A New Hope: pretty self explanatory, there if a new hope or the force.

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens: the force is back, perhaps the balance is finally being restored and the force has begun to recover.

Names are one thing, nothing to necessarily say that the movies are similar but now lets look at some of the events from the two movies.

  • Easy one- the Queen (Padme) and Princess (Leia) being held captive, Padme by the Trade Confederation, a tool of the sith and Leia by Vader, a sith but also a tool of the sith lord Sidious.
  • A young Skywalker leaves his family on Tatooine, led by older, wiser jedi, both eventually trained by Obi-wan Kenobi, referring to Anakin and Luke.
  • The heroes barter their ways off Tatooine.
  • Leia covers Luke with a blanket just as Padme did for Anakin, the difference being that Luke and Leia are siblings.
  • The climax of the film revolves around a battle in space in which Skywalker blows up the ship of the enemy, winning the battle, with R2-D2 in tow.
  • A couple of minor similarities, the first appearance of the Radians, Greedo's species.
  • The award celebrations at the end of both.

The final comparison that makes me fear for Han's life is the most obvious, the death of the wise leader who is leading the mission. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Most would see the similarities and ask, “that could be a valid point but wouldn’t that mean Luke’s death, not Han’s?” That may very well be true, Luke may be the one to perish near the end of the movie but in my own opinion I don’t think it will be Luke. From what I’ve been reading about the plot of the movie, Han seems to be the member of the original trio that will show up the most throughout the movie with possible connections to Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, the Sith Lord in the trailer with the cross guard lightsaber. According to reports from the set, Han, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and John Boyega’s Finn will be accompanying Han to find Luke. If these spoilers are true, Han will be in Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s position, which doesn’t bode well for the swashbuckling hero.

In my opinion, if Luke does die, it will be in the end of Episode VIII or beginning of IX, putting Luke in the place of Yoda instead of Obi-Wan. If the title is indeed implying that the force has begun to return to it’s former self and it’s begun to awaken in individuals around the galaxy, someone will need to teach these potential Jedi, after all, what would Luke have done if Yoda hadn’t existed and he’d been let with no way to continue learning about the force?

If you want to read about more similarities between the two trilogies look here.

Do you agree with my [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) theory? Do you have one of your own? Let me know in the comments!


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