‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ is About How Anyone Can be a Jedi – and That Anyone Can be a Sith

/Film | 1/29/2020 | Donna Dickens
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With over four decades of history, Star Wars has explored many themes. Overarching motifs include questioning the past, fighting for those you love, overcoming fear, and examining how extreme beliefs stifle growth and flexibility. The original trilogy also focused on overcoming adversity, no matter the odds. The prequel trilogy narrowed in on hubris, complacency, and the slippery slope of the ends justifying the means. As for the sequel trilogy? It highlighted in neon lights the need to look beyond bloodlines when determining a person’s inherent morality. It just didn’t do it by making Rey a “nobody.”

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Kylo - Ren - Character - Villain - Grandfather

Kylo Ren is a fantastic character. A complex, layered villain like his grandfather before him whom Adam Driver plays with an intense, wounded charm. The son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Kylo Ren believed he was in the right, that by virtue of his Skywalker blood he was destined for greatness, to bring order and stability to the galaxy. But make no mistake, Kylo Ren is a villain. Had he lived through the end of The Rise of Skywalker, Ben Solo wouldn’t have gotten a happy ending. Nor did he deserve one. At best, he could have hoped for a speedy trial at the hands of whatever remnant of the New Republic government remained, followed by execution for crimes against humanity. He was responsible — either by his own hand or on his orders — for the deaths of countless innocents. And that’s not even including the Starkiller Base Incident.

As such, Kylo Ren is the first part of the theme that blood doesn’t matter. The fact that his uncle, Luke Skywalker, is a legendary hero does not automatically christen Ben Solo as the savior of the next generation or even guarantee his moral...
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