ByCassius Ribhkus, writer at

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried foul over the recently released Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens film.

Sensing something terrible had happened, I pored through numerous articles and fan forums on Facebook to scrutinise what was eating at them.

As it turned out, a handful of movie goers and Star Wars fans who were critical of the prequels were now aiming their blasters at the seventh episode, dubbing it a lazy but expensive gimmick of A New Hope.

At the surface level, it is understood as to why they were groaning away like Chewbacca because the movie had almost a similar plot sequence to that of the 1977 movie which started the entire saga.

Yes, many literally did sound like Chewie
Yes, many literally did sound like Chewie

Jumping to light-speed past anti-spoiler freaks via a competent hyperdrive system to provide a gist of the film (because it has been more than ten days now since it had been released so no excuse for any die-hard fans for not seeing it) the latest instalment of the space opera basically concerns a young Force sensitive individual who lives by herself in a desert planet called Jakku where she then bumps into a droid carrying important information to be transmitted to the Resistance in order to bring back hope to the galaxy but not before destroying a planet sized space station capable of destroying star systems. Phew!

Sounds familiar?

That is because it was the same plot used in A New Hope, carefully planned, cleverly executed by JJ Abrams to invoke a sense of nostalgia for an older generation of fans watching The Force Awakens, and at the same time holding the same intensity of the prequels when it comes to the dog fights and lightsaber duels.

Because let's admit it, the lightsaber fight between Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the fourth episode was Bantha fodder compared to the standards set in current times.

However, the film also gave the impression that the film-makers were lazy in creating newer materials and instead chose to recycle the plot lines of A New Hope and at the same time left many plot holes unfilled leading many to consider this a cinematic recycle of the original trilogy.

Or is it?

Though I share the same grief and frustration as some fans over the creation of another bigger, much badder, well equipped and seemingly better defended Death Star which had one tiny flaw just like the other two, I also felt many oversaw the fact that Rey could quickly master the Force by herself.

Those who didn't, instead questioned and ridiculed her feat.

Which brings me to the heart of this post as we're dealing with the subject of midi-chlorians (George Lucas' version of atoms governing Force sensitive beings) and so the answer to that query lies in the title of the film itself; The Force Awakens.

This recent instalment not only reveals newer and younger characters, but also somewhat depicts the evolution of beings who are capable in wielding the Force.

Unlike Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin and Luke Skywalker, Rey did not have any prior formal training by a Jedi Master in the art of Jedi mind trickery, nor in lightsaber duels - a common thing during the days of the Old Republic when one had to enrol and undergo an orthodox bureaucratic system perpetuated by the Jedi Council.

Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren to a certain extent are basically a depiction of how the Force wielders of the old acquired their powers; the Force spontaneously and naturally awakens in them.

There has been an awakening in all three
There has been an awakening in all three

The Force is also strong in not only Jedis but others too as Maz Kanata reveals in the movie.

This is the first time in the entire saga where the film seeks to explore what actually goes through the mind of a stormtrooper, Finn, who since birth had been strategically brainwashed to serve the First Order. Upon his "awakening" to the reality taking place before him, Finn realises that everything he had been taught and ordered to do was a lie.

A great big lie to serve a sinister agenda.

Rey's spontaneity in using the Force when captured by Kylo Ren is another evidence of just how the Force spontaneously awakens when the need arises. Or rather, in this case, when the wielder herself allows it to naturally occur.

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. - Obi Wan Kenobi

It is confusing to a certain extent to understand as the Force had always been spiritually viewed and compared to Qi and Prana and one has to deeply understand what Obi Wan profoundly says about it in A New Hope.

If one studies this film diligently, there is a scene where Kylo Ren orders the stormtroopers to quickly arrest Rey before she is able to experiment further with her Force powers.

His response to Rey experimenting with the Force reveals just how much he knows about experimenting with his own Force powers. For someone who is capable of controlling a blaster shot and using the Force to read Poe's mind, Kylo seems to be someone who also experienced a form of awakening just like Rey, leading him to be exceptionally good in show boating his Force skills.

I did wish he had the mask on throughout though
I did wish he had the mask on throughout though

However, lacking in maturity, he is still an amateur when it comes to the likes of Luke simply because he, just like Finn and Rey, is youthfully inexperienced.

In conclusion, the seventh episode might have appeared to cater to an older generation of fans who clamoured to be brought to the good old nostalgic fun and excitement of the original trilogy, it also satiated the thirst for fans who are into intense lightsaber duels and action sequences of the prequels and at the same time brought a whole new perspective on just how the Force "awakens" in an individual.

Because, let's face it, the previous six movies never actually cared explaining much about the Force, much less depict how it actually manifests in an individual. It was always cast aside as one of the extras behind all those glittery computer-generated imagery and terrible screenplay.

Not this time. Because after 38-years of keeping the entire saga woven together, we are finally witnessing the Force being placed at the centre stage, giving it a well deserved credit it had direly needed as a main cast of the movie.

Thus the title, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.


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