We've all heard several theories regarding the plot line from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We've even got a few trailers to whet our pallets. Before I go into detail on my theory, take a look at the most recent trailer.
We're once again hearing the Awakening into narrated by Andy Serkis. However, there are a few more details shown that weren't in neither of the previously released trailers.
Production has done a nice job keeping everyone guessing as to what's really going to happen. The most popular theory seems to revolve around Rey and Finn discovering Luke Skywalker's long lost lightsaber from The Empire Strikes Back. It's interesting that Disney and J.J. Abrams haven't quashed that notion; this could be a form of audience misdirection.
While there may be some truth to that, the theory seems too naive from a cinematic and historical standpoint. Consider, for a moment, World War I and World War 2 were separated by eerily similar time frames. Another eerie similarity is how much of a Nazi feel that opening image had in the trailer above. My gut is telling me that Andy Serkis will be playing someone who worshiped Emperor Palpatine from afar. Maybe not the emperor himself, but what the emperor was trying to accomplish. Very similar to how Hitler, himself, felt after Germany's defeat in World War I.
A New Hope was a mixture of George Lucas' love for pirate movies and World War II's fighter battles. While the prequels focused more on political agendas, it makes sense for Disney and J.J. Abrams to build off the political story line.
Another known fact about the Nazi party was their fascination with mythology and mysticism. There are a couple shots in the trailers of Vader's damaged mask and another of a mysterious lightsaber. If this lightsaber was Luke Skywalker's, why would the dark side have an interest in the artifact that eventually led to Darth Vader's demise? For that matter, why would any of the Sith want a legendary Jedi weapon? It makes more sense that the mysterious lightsaber was Darth Vader's.
I'm sure, J.J. Abrams will stay away from the whole midichlorian explanation. Quantum theory could be at the heart of the matter, within The Force Awakens. Light attracts light and darkness attracts darkness.
The real question I'm interested in discovering is who's trying to do what. What is the ultimate goal? I think we're about to be thrown in the middle of a major crisis. We, as the audience, are going to be treated to a similar feeling as our favorite heroes. Who do we side with?
What if our villains aren't remnants of the imperials, but of the former rebel alliance? Someone running the rebels, with villainous long term intentions. It does appear that Luke Skywalker has been busy since the end of Return of the Jedi. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if he's been hiding in a secret Jedi training ground. After all, Kylo Ren had to have started his training somewhere.
I know this is all theory, but it sure is fun to let the imagination soar.