The Force got out of the right side of bed, gulped down a double espresso, and well and truly woke up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In J.J. Abrams' fresh and exciting addition to the franchise, newcomer Rey becomes aware of her ability to emphatically switch the Jedi mind skill "on" button, using the Force to defeat Kylo Ren.
Her Force-sensitivity is even more impressive when you consider that she has never received Jedi training, instead relying on her raw ability as she managed to resist Kylo Ren's attempt to delve into her mind and manipulate her to reveal information, instead turning the tables and reading his mind. She then mind-controlled the Stormtrooper standing guard, allowing her to escape. Not bad for a scavenger from Jakku.
The Force Is Strong With This One
Thanks to the delightful droid BB-8 containing information of Luke Skywalker's location, and the support of new buddy and defected Stormtrooper Finn, after escaping Ren's clutches Rey managed to track down the now bearded Jedi master, before embarking on the most intense staring contest known to man.
Rey has been shown as having exceptional ability with the Force without training, so imagine what she could do with some guidance? By returning Luke's lightsaber at the end of The Force Awakens, it looks like she may be trained in the ways of the Jedi, as we already know that Luke trained new students before Kylo Ren massacred them.
All the Force related focus has been firmly on Rey, with her huge potential no doubt set to become an integral part of Star Wars 8 and beyond. But there is another newcomer, someone else who has been overlooked and may also have untapped ability: Finn.
Is Finn Also Force-Sensitive?
There was a sense of disappointment that Finn wasn't shown wielding the power of the Force. After all, marketing material in the build-up to the film's release strongly alluded to him being a modern Jedi; he was often pictured holding a lightsaber, while Rey was underplayed, giving no indication of her powerful ability.
Fortunately, this doesn't mean that all hopes of seeing Finn as a Jedi are completely dashed. There are some very subtle signs that Finn is Force-sensitive, he just may have to look a little harder for it.
For example in one scene, we hear the same score that signifies the Force with Kylo Ren and Rey when a Stormtrooper wipes blood on his mask. In another, we hear screams and see Finn notice a "great disturbance" in the Force when the Hosnian system is destroyed by the Starkiller base. Who else sensed a similar disturbance? Obi-Wan in A New Hope (1977). This surely can't be a coincidence.
Could Rey Help Finn Turn Into A Jedi?
Let's say Finn is Force-sensitive, where does this leave us? An outside bet could be Rey passing on her knowledge to Finn. When you think about it, it actually makes sense. If Rey is taught by Jedi Master Luke, it wouldn't be surprising for her to excel at an accelerated rate, considering the power she is harnessing.
Luke may be tired and weary of fighting the Dark Side, and in witnessing the potential in Rey, put his faith in her to continue his battle. Rey may then discover, through her use of the Force, that Finn has this power too, and then take him under her wing as her first student.
For all this to happen in Star Wars 8, the narrative would have to be told quickly, especially considering the beginning will pick up directly after the events in The Force Awakens. But there must be more under the surface. There's no doubt Finn is already a special character, having turned his back on the Dark Side. In order for his close relationship with Rey to evolve over the course of the next two films, Finn will have to keep up pace.
With Star Wars 8 rumored to take an in-depth look at the Force, this would be the perfect opportunity to transform our two new leads into influential Jedi Knights. Two things need to happen before then, though: Rey needs to be trained, and Finn needs to discover his Force-sensitivity.
There's one man out there who could get the ball rolling. Go on Luke, you know it makes sense.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is released on December 15, 2017.