Contains spoilers. Go see the film.
Everyone loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fact. But if there was a Star Wars-shaped hole that needed filling well we've got a crater now. Who is Snoke? Why is Kylo Ren so evil? Where is Rey's family? And why has Luke ran off and never returned, leaving the universe in the hands of the dastardly First Order?
This is a brief overview of those characters that had the biggest impact on the cinema audience. Honestly, there are SO many new characters and SO many potential plots, the mind boggles. Here is an attempt to ease you into a little bit of the three main characters.
FN-2187 a.k.a "Finn"
John Boyega's character is hugely important in TFA, but what struck me the most was his defiance against the First Order. People calling him a coward don't understand he defied Kylo Ren and battled against the institution that indoctrinated him. Being one of many who were stolen from their families, he has spent his whole life as a soldier. His only idea of right and wrong comes from his training, so his sudden epiphany during the skirmish on Jakku cannot be understated.
Finn's outgoing and courageous nature won over hearts all around the world. On the Starkiller Base, first and foremost his singular aim is to save Rey. Yeah, yeah we will deal with the shields somehow, he says, but one thing is for sure we don't leave without Rey. That's very admirable from a man who has no family and no home.
Now Finn's future is still uncertain. He is left unconscious after his battle with Kylo Ren but where will his story go? Will he be reunited with Rey? Is he Force sensitive? Not sure, but he certainly wields a lightsaber like a boss.
Rey is a skilled pilot, immensely strong with the Force (but seemingly unaware) and not too shabby with a lightsaber. Not to mention she is from a dusty barren planet. Sound familiar?
There have been many popular theories suggesting she is a Skywalker, making Kylo Ren her cousin, and the arguments made are strong ones. But if they are blood-related, would Ren not sense this? He felt his father's presence, would he not recognise his Force-sensitive cousin?
Daisy Ridley's character remains shrouded in mystery, but it is refreshing to see a female lead character not bow to the whims of another male character. She stands up to Ren impressively and he is unable to defeat her, both with the Force and with a lightsaber. We saw flutters between her and Finn, but she seems a strong, independent woman with a clear moral compass and incredible focus.
Let us get one thing straight: the man is demented. There have been issues with many fans that claim he is too whiny and looks too much like that kid who would go to school in massive black boots and a cape. I even likened him to a young Snape with his mask off. Another issue is fans wanted a completely evil-to-the-bone character, whereas Ren seems to battle with the Light and Dark Side within himself.
Nevertheless, he is cruel, cold, and very powerful with the Force. You only need to see him stop Poe's blaster in the opening scene to understand that. What's more, he has not even finished his training. We have yet to see the full power of Kylo Ren.
Importantly, he is not a Sith, he does not go under the prefix Darth. He also seems to operate at cross purposes with the First Order, or more specifically, General Hux. His uneasy relationship may be a result of the pair tangling with one another over Supreme Leader Snoke's approval.
This article has summed up three characters, but there are so many more.
There's Poe Dameron; the daring and dashing Resistance pilot who delivers the final blow on the thermal oscillator blowing up Starkiller Base.
There's Supreme Leader Snoke; mysterious and evil, who is dedicated to eliminating Luke Skywalker.
His general, Hux; who has a passionate hatred of the Resistance and cherished the ways of the Empire.
Then there's Maz Konata; Yoda-like in her age and wisdom, who, in unexplained circumstances, had possession of Luke's lightsaber.
No doubt the following movies will deliver much better insight into each of these characters. Most of us are already counting down the days until we get to see the next installment of the trilogy, which is already shaping up to be one of the greatest in film history.