There was something I realised as I sat re-watching every single Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer so far. Yes, sometimes I do that. No, you are not allowed to question it. Because Star Wars, that's why.
Anyway, so what I realised was that, while we know Finn is the son of Lando Calrissian, we do not yet know who Rey's family are (yes the one that she has been waiting for). We know of course that there is a hefty chance she is a Skywalker, due to JJ Abrams saying in an interview that we are still "telling the story of the Skywalkers" but that's not a guarantee. Now, the likeliest options are that Rey is either the child of Han Solo and Leia, or Luke's daughter. Personally I am expecting her to be the son of Han and Leia, and here are a couple of reasons why!
Han Comes To Rescue Them!
As we've seen in multiple trailers, it looks like at the end of the first act in the film Han and Chewbacca will swoop in to rescue Rey and Finn (and BB-8!) in the trusty Millenium Falcon! Why would he choose to do this? There's surely no way that he can know (especially since he can't really be in contact with Luke) that Finn is a Jedi, so it must be because he wanted to save Rey! Another reason though is...
At the beginning of one of the TV spots for the film there is a voiceover. While I don't know who the woman giving it is, I am certain of what she speaks of.
Listen carefully to the words while you see the faces on the screen. The woman says:
"I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes, I know your eyes."
While she says those words it switches from a shot of Rey to a shot of Han. I am almost certain that Rey is the child of Han and Leia. The big question that you would quickly ask after finding out this information is why did they leave her there? But this is the wrong question to ask. I started wondering about earlier trailers, in particular this one.
A little bit more narration to listen to here. Luke this time, and here's what he says:
"The force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it, my sister has it. You have that power too."
Now this makes it certain he is talking to someone in his family right? Or else why would he say it? It seems pretty clear he must be talking to Rey in this scene, you know, his niece, because he wouldn't need to give Finn the history of the Skywalkers. So when I realised this, I realised that it made sense, if Leia had the force, for Rey to have it too. This really started to get me thinking about how Luke was the last Jedi... then I realised WHY THE HELL IS HE THE LAST JEDI???
My question, and a huge question Star Wars fans should have been asking for thirty years or so is...
WHY ISN'T LEIA A JEDI???
Let's not kid ourselves. Why did Yoda not demand the presence of Leia so he could teach her too in The Empire Strikes Back? And indeed, why didn't Luke train her at some point during the thirty year interval? Of course I understand that the latter may be explained during the new film, but the former remains. If Yoda was worried about Luke not being strong enough to defeat his father, why the hell didn't he double his odds of a win by training Leia as well? With any training at all she could have at least escaped with the rebels and trained someone else after finding them. Wouldn't it make a hell of a lot more sense to make sure that any of the meager number of people with the ability to access the force have the training to do so? I can understand that perhaps the writers only wanted the one protagonist to go up against Vader, but couldn't they have thrown in something about how Leia's force ability isn't as strong as Luke's for some reason? Anything? I worry that there may be another, less sensible reason for the exclusion of Leia from the Jedi party...
Were the writers against female Jedi in the 80's?
I don't like jumping on the sexism in Hollywood bandwagon but... were the writers just leaving Leia to one side with all of her potentially useful force abilities while the men went and played with their lightsabers? Possibly, I mean we all saw what she spent her time on screen doing while they were all fighting right?
Yeah, that's right. Is it possible Hollywood was being sexist towards Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia? Did they make her Han Solo's future wife instead of a Jedi because they wanted to keep the focus on Luke or because they wanted to keep a woman from having equal importance to the story as a man? We'll never know truly, but the fact of the matter is that this is a plot hole in the original Star Wars franchise, and it was never sufficiently explained. End of story.
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