Just imagining Rey’s training going forward. Maybe Luke lost confidence teaching the last batch of apprentices, so he reverts to teaching the way he was taught.
This one is really just my musings on how Kylo Ren’s character and mood changes depending on how his ensemble looks in a given scene. The attitude he projects is very different whether he’s wearing his hood or not, or wearing his helmet or not. Maybe it’s a visual way of saying he’s still a very malleable character.
Special thanks to Sarah Bergfeld for telling me about Adam Driver’s feline look-alike.
When Pat Johnson and I were talking about the new movie, Snoke’s gigantic hologram came up (of course). While I thought he’d either be normal-sized or Liliputian, Pat thought the hologram shouldn’t just be grand-standing. “What if he’s a giant with a two-story lightsaber! How do you fight that?!”
Pat’s idea, hence his initials at the bottom.
After seeing TFA for the third second time, I started thinking about Kylo Ren’s potential character arc, and how he and Rey might accomplish something in the new trilogy that was only barely managed in the original three movies. Episode VII might be the perfect set-up for converting a Dark Side user back to the light.
Kylo Ren says in a conversation with Vader’s mask that he feels the call to the Light. He is tormented by his desire for power and his angsty daddy issues conflicting with his upbringing and knowing what is right. Killing his father may have cemented the issue for some. I know I’ve never hated a Sith more than Kylo Ren in that moment. What a bastard.
But what if that didn’t do it? What if he feels the conflict even more now that he’s crossed that line?
Kylo is obviously fixated on Rey, and it wouldn’t be hard to assume he’s attracted to her. She clouded his judgement on Takodana, she resisted him in the interrogation chamber, and on Starkiller base he offered to teach her the ways of the Force. He didn’t monologue about the power of the Dark Side. He just said “the Force.”
Speaking of the interrogation chamber, Rey did a bit of an embarrassed double-take when Kylo took off his mask. She was surprised that she was attracted to him, at least physically. All the pieces of a budding romance are there. If Luke is able to calm her anger over Han’s death, and convince her that Kylo Ren could still turn back to the Light, then she might undertake the same mission Luke did in the original trilogy.
Rey uses Ben’s attraction to turn him back to the light, and together they defeat Snoke.
Then they hook up, have lots of super Force babies, and protect the galaxy forever and ever.
Just my theory.
To answer the question posed by the title, yes. Well, sorta. This last year has been a whirlwind of personal and professional activity. Well, more of a tsunami, or a really slow moving stream of lava. Pointless metaphors aside, there will be new content coming soon. Top ten lists for summer movies, updates on new projects, pointless links to funny shit. You know, distractions. That are coming…soon…ish.
To help tide you over, here is the product of our most recent collaboration:
We have been fascinated by Disney’s Wonderful World of Corporate Synergy and its cross-promotional franchise possibilities. You know, Jiminy Cricket and Galactus now exist under the same media umbrella. So does Ant-Man and It’s A Small World. And there’s a whole gang of captains: America, Sparrow, Solo, Eo. The point is, the Disney-verse is expanding faster than our own and there are some laughs to be had. At least, until we get a cease-and-desist from the House of Mouse.
Also, after our Kickstarter ended we were happy to donate some super-signed editions of Coming Distractions to Worldbuilders. In part, it was a thank you to Patrick Rothfuss for writing the introduction to our book, but mostly it was because it’s an awesome charity. If you’re interested in picking up a copy, or helping make the world a better place, hurry your cursor over here.
Thanks for stopping by and there will be more soon.