Star Wars is obsessed with destiny and with
Episode 9 completing the sequel trilogy, Rey and Kylo Ren’s stories come to a dramatic
close with huge reveals about Rey’s parents, her connection to the Dark Side, and Kylo’s
fate. Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, I’m Jan and in
this video I’ll be explaining Rey and Kylo Ren’s journey in The Rise of Skywalker and
revealing all the hidden clues that foretold their ultimate destiny. There will of course be spoilers, so take
care if you haven’t seen the movie yet. In the very final scene of Episode 9, we see
Rey visit Luke’s old home, the Lars homestead on Tatooine, where she buries both Luke and
Leia’s sabers in honour of their sacrifice for the freedom of the galaxy. She then unveils her own new lightsaber, and
when an old lady asks who she is, Rey replies that she’s “Rey Skywalker”, as the Force Ghosts
of Luke and Leia look upon her. It’s a bold statement that will doubtless
spark debate because Rey isn’t a Skywalker by blood. What Rey’s really doing here though is two-fold. Firstly, on a personal note, she’s showing
her allegiance and adopting the family she identifies with over her biological one. Rey is not a Jedi because of her heritage
but because of how she chooses to act and who she chooses to be. And secondly, she’s taking the legendary family
name and establishing it as an identity or title for the future Jedi. And Rey looking out over Tatooine with the
twin suns in the distance is, of course, a nostalgic call back to a New Hope when Luke
looked out over the sunset and dreamed of adventure, and it signals Rey as the new hope
for future generations. In fact, Rey becoming an honorary or adoptive
Skywalker is something that the new trilogy set up early on in The Force Awakens. At Maz Kanata’s castle, Rey hears voices from
the basement that lead her to Luke’s old lightsaber that he lost during his duel with Darth Vader. “That lightsaber was Luke’s. And his father’s before him. And now, it calls to you.” This is the saber that Rey uses through the
whole of the trilogy and, as Maz mentioned, it also originally belonged to Anakin Skywalker. Later in The Force Awakens when Rey and Kylo
Ren battle for control of the lightsaber, it flies to Rey’s hand, not Kylo’s even though
he is a Skywalker via his mother Leia’s bloodline. And Kylo felt entitled to that Skywalker saber
because of his heritage. “That lightsaber..
it belongs to me.” He eventually gets to wield it in The Rise
of Skywalker when Rey passes it to him through their Force Bond after he arrives on Exogol. At that point, he’s given up the identity
of Kylo Ren, having turned to the light and become Ben again, making him worthy of wielding
the saber. Rey ultimately defeats the Emperor by combining
that legendary lightsaber with Leia’s saber, which symbolises the passing of the baton
from both the Skywalker siblings as well as Rey’s vital connection with them and their
crucial impact on her character and journey in this saga. The way Rey crosses the sabers together in
this scene is a moment that visually recalls how Luke and Darth Vader crossed lightsabers
as they duelled in front of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. And that defensive lightsaber technique which
deflects Palpatine’s lightning back to him reminds me of what Yoda once taught Luke:
“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense.. never for attack.” Rey embracing the Skywalker legacy as a title
that future Jedi can use and honour also gives meaning to the title of Episode 9, “The Rise
of Skywalker”. And is something that Snoke foresaw in The
Force Awakens: “If Skywalker returns…
the new Jedi will rise.” And by the way, there’s also precedence in
the history of our own galaxy of famous family names becoming titles that future leaders
acquire. The title of “Caesar” that numerous Roman
Emperors gave themselves was taken from the most famous man of that name, “Julius Caesar”,
even though they weren’t related to him by blood. The traditional phrase “The king is dead,
long live the king!” is another example of this idea of continuity with change and the
idea that the “Skywalker” name will now live on through future generations of Jedi:
“We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. We’ll always be with you.” And that Jedi legacy is what Rey felt when
the voices of Jedi past called to her, giving her the strength to finally defeat Palpatine. But what about Rey’s actual bloodline? After all, in The Force Awakens, Rey’s ancestry
and background was set up as an important detail to pay attention to:
“Where do you come from? Classified, really? Me too. Big secret.” The Last Jedi intriguingly subverted many
fans’ expectations when we discovered her parents were nobodies. “So you want to know the truth about your
parents? They were filthy junk traders who sold you
off for drinking money.” But similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s ‘certain point
of view’ explanation of his original statement that Darth Vader killed Luke’s father, in
Episode 9, Kylo tells Rey that her parents chose to be nobodies to protect her as her
father was Palpatine’s son, making her a descendant of the Emperor, his granddaughter. Rey’s link to the Dark Side was strongly hinted
at during her training with Luke in Episode 8, when she discovered she had a powerful
connection with the dark force beneath the island. “You went straight to the dark.” “That place was trying to show me something.” “It offered something you needed.” “And you didn’t even try to stop yourself.” Luke was terrified of this given his previous
experience with his nephew: “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,
in Ben Solo. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.” Episode 9 further develops this theme of Dark
Side Rey when she gives in to anger and accidentally lets loose a lightning blast that blows up
a transport ship, thereby revealing her connection to the Emperor. Lightning blasts are, of course, Palpatine’s
signature attack style and Rey even acknowledges that the lightning power came from within
her. We witness Rey’s struggle to contain her anger
and path towards the Dark Side in Episode 9 when she arrives on the wreck of the second
Death Star and enters the old destroyed throne room of the Emperor. After she picks up the Sith wayfinder, she
has a vision and encounter with a dark version of herself who seemingly bests her. The moment has some parallels with Luke’s
Dark Side Cave encounter on Dagobah when he struck down in anger a vision of Darth Vader
only to reveal his own face underneath the helmet. And when Kylo confronts her on the Death Star
and destroys the wayfinder, Rey gives in to anger again and attacks him. In this duel, Rey’s anger fuels her Dark Side
in a similar way to how Luke became enraged when he confronted Vader again in Return of
the Jedi. “Good! Your hate has made you powerful.” And just as Luke chopped off Vader’s hand,
Rey attacks Kylo with his own red lightsaber and stabs him while he’s distracted by a Force
call from Leia. It’s a crucial moment for Rey who is brought
back from the brink of giving in entirely to the Dark Side when she senses Leia’s passing. And it makes me think of how Luke also pulled
himself back from the Dark Side when the Emperor tried to goad him into killing his father
Darth Vader. After Rey’s failure to control her fear and
anger, she goes to the island to withdraw herself from the world as Luke did. Here she’s reunited with Luke’s Force Ghost
who gives her that crucial third lesson she seems to have missed in The Last Jedi. Luke reminds her that retreating from the
world in fear isn’t the answer: “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi. Your destiny”
After all, as Yoda previously told Luke: “Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side of the Force are they.” And Leia told Rey at the beginning of Episode
9 to never be afraid of who she is. Leia already knew Rey was a Palpatine but,
as Luke explains, his sister understood that Rey’s spirit and heart were more important
and that “some things are stronger than blood.” And this is perhaps one of the biggest messages
to take away from the these films: that no one is or should be completely defined
by their past. After all, Poe is a former spice runner, Finn
and Jannah were both Stormtroopers, and Rey was a scavenger. But more important than their previous lives
or the families they were born into or even forced into, is the family they later choose
for themselves or adopt as their own. Just as Maz Kanata told Rey in The Force Awakens:
“The belonging you seek is not behind you… it is ahead.” And Maz followed that up by asking her to
take Luke’s lightsaber, a sign that Rey’s true family and sense of connection would
be with the Skywalkers and the Jedi. By the end of Episode 9, Rey understands this
and rejects Palpatine when he tells her the throne is her birthright and she instead allies
herself with Ben to stand against the Emperor and the Sith. To understand Kylo Ren’s redemptive arc, we
need to go back to the beginning of The Force Awakens where we find him already conflicted
in his feelings of allegiance to the Dark Side. “Forgive me. I feel it again. The call to the light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again. The power of the darkness.” In fact, there’s an intriguing message underlying
what Rey says to Kylo after he captures her in The Force Awakens:
“You’re afraid. That you will never be as strong as Darth
Vader.” The hidden meaning in this line is that although
Vader was a villain, he eventually found the strength to turn back to the Light Side and
stand against the Emperor. Kylo, however, believes he needs to be strong
to embrace the Dark Side, which we see in what he says to his father Han Solo just before
killing him: “I know what I have to do but I don’t know
if I have the strength to do it.” But in Episode 9, Kylo eventually finds true
strength when he talks to his father again after his battle with Rey on the Death Star. Han, who appears as one of his memories, reminds
him that Ben isn’t dead, but Kylo Ren is. And using the same words that he said to his
father on Starkiller Base, Ben now throws his lightsaber into the water, finally rejecting
his Dark Side identity of Kylo Ren. That eventual redemption for him began in
The Last Jedi, where Rey felt that the connection she was beginning to establish through their
Force Bond meant he could still be turned back to the Light Side. “You failed him by thinking his choice was
already made. It wasn’t. There’s still conflict in him. Just now when we touched hands,
I saw his future. Then he’s our last hope.” And Ben does become Rey’s last hope when he
stands with her against the Emperor and then brings her back by Force healing her after
she collapses from the exertion of killing Palpatine. It was also Kylo’s connection with his mother
Leia that kept him from fully turning to the Dark Side. In The Last Jedi, he stopped himself from
firing upon Leia’s ship when he sensed her presence. And that moment is revisited in The Rise of
Skywalker when Leia calls to him and stops him from delivering a fatal blow to Rey during
their duel on the Death Star. Together both Leia and Han bring their son
back, something that Leia told Han they would do in The Force Awakens:
“We can still save him. Me. You.” So basically, what Lor San Tekka told Kylo
at the very beginning of the sequel trilogy turned out to be right. “You cannot deny the truth that is your family. I know where you come from. Before you called yourself Kylo Ren.” Ultimately, his Kylo Ren alter ego has been
a performance, a big act by a person trying to take on the enormous mantle of the infamous
Darth Vader. Unlike Vader though, Kylo didn’t require his
helmet to survive. “Take off that mask, you don’t need it”
It was just another way to conceal who he really was, while he tried every way he could
to be something he ultimately wasn’t: “You’re no Vader, you’re just a child in a
mask.” So although Kylo Ren had worshipped the legend
of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. “Show me grandfather, and I will finish what
you started.” By the end, like Anakin, Ben rejects the Emperor
and the way of the Sith and redeems himself. Now, how do you feel about Rey and Kylo’s
endings in The Rise of Skywalker and their arcs through the sequel trilogy? Comment with your thoughts below and if you
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019


    I watched this last night and fell asleep half way through, woke up when Ren “died” I was actually like what the fuck can’t believe I fell asleep 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

  2. The movie had barely any substance at all. The ending was great tho. Everything was great except for the execution. Compare this culmination of a series to end game.

  3. I appreciate your optimism, and that you at least tried and made some sense of this mess of a movie. Are you going to post a review?

  4. I LOVED this movie. It might not satisfy everyone but getting the answers I needed and all the messages behind it, made me realise even more how lucky I am to have been able to watch these movies.
    Thank you for another amazing video!!!

  5. I honestly felt nothing after walking out of the screening… Say what you will about the last jedi, but that movie made some bold choices and i was intrigued by it. ROS completely retcons the last jedi and doubles down on nostalgia and fan-service, without feeling earned.

  6. It’s frustrating that they kill kylo Ren
    Teaching people if you turn good you die?
    They deserved a happy ending together
    They could start a new saga of both of them ruling together

  7. Rise of Skywalker was a great ending to all three trilogies (could have been better if JJ Abrams had been able to do all three movies to the sequel trilogy, and didnt have to double time it because of Last Jedi). So I love how this video was carefully put together like an essay that researched through all the movies. I would just add that it really seems like Leia didnt just use the Force to distract and connect with her son, but also surrendered her energy so that Rey could heal him from a mortal wound. Which I think is proven because Ben dies when he heals Rey, AND Leia's body finally disappears when Ben dies and disappears. It adds to how both of his parents reached out to their angry, confused, sad, and probably too depressed son. But it also makes his Romeo and Juliet like death more of a beautiful scene, because essentially Leia helped both Ben and Rey one more time.

  8. I personally loved TROS and didn't have a problem with JJ and Chris's decisions for the characters. Although if somebody didn't like it I still respect your opinion.

  9. id rather have her be a clone, makes sense with the last jedi dark side vision and every other beat through the force awakens and the last jedi about her identity

  10. Quote from TLJ novelization. Luke calls Ben's Kylo person just a shell that hides a broken boy who felt betrayed by everyone and in TROS that persona finally breaks.

  11. You are the only reviewer I watch these days.. you are so very professional and knowledgeable. I like the way you bring interesting backround information and don't blindly follow the stupid (popular} opinions.. 5 stars for your work.. in al the different fandoms..

  12. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that Ben Solo died, I had figured out before I saw the movie about their feelings. It would have been nice to have a love couple in Star Wars❤️

  13. I’m sorta annoyed that we STILL don’t know how Luke’s sabor was found, or how Kylo Ren got Vader’s helmet ;-;

  14. Thanks, Jan! 😊 I loved (and thoroughly enjoyed) THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. I've seen it twice already (once in 2D, once in 3D) and I'm seeing it a third time Monday night! #ILoveStarWars I especially appreciated your highlighting the history of the title of Cæsar (and how it began as a name… adopted by subsequent rulers)… excellent and applicatory observation.

  15. woah i really need to re watch empire cuz wow it makes complete sense why palpatine lost to rey like that i know fans are always gonna be torn by palpatine's return but rey wasn't the one who beat him atleast not alone all the jedi of the past did they gave her the power to kill him it reminds me of kingdom hearts 3 sora was down but donald and goofy were there to help because his friends are his power and they beat xehanort once and for all i know im gonna get flack for the comment but i can't help but notice simillarities between kh and sw

  16. The ending ruined the entire movie for me. It was so rushed and it make all of the sacrifices for Ben absolutely worthless. There were ways to make it so he didn't die. For one, if she was ALL of the Jedi then Ben could have started the process of bringing her back and the rest of the Jedi finished it. Or they now share one life energy "You die, I die" scenario. Sure, Ben couldn't go back to the resistance but they could have met up on Tatooine before living a life together. It was also very jarring for Rey to show absolutely NO emotion after Ben died in her arms. The person she had been waiting for and had just shared an intimate moment with before losing him (why did he force ghost?!). I didn't mind TLJ but this was seriously a game of "yes, and" between JJ and JR in which after TLJ JJ just picked up his toys and went home.

  17. I thought it was a good SW movie, but it needed to be a great SW movie. It felt like another episode with more to come. And when exactly did Palpatine have a family? Did I miss something in the prequels?
    The final shot of Rey standing in front of the 2 Tatooine suns as John Williams original music swelled up did make me tear up a little, I have to admit. That was beautiful.

  18. (Lengthy comment)
    You know what…??? …there are too many critics & those that judge “how” a movie , or “how” a scene should play out.
    There is a beauty of imagination. The ones who wrote the stories and created & completed all of Star Wars in its entirety including Lucas), we have enjoyed (has effected >billion(s) of us throughout decades – changing all of us in one way or another (similar to Jobs & the innovation of the IPhone). It’s until someone or something is gone before we realize how incredibly blessed we are for being able to be a part of something great.
    Everyone has the freedom of choice …some speech – to critic heavily on such amazing imagination & talent.
    We sat through the entire 10 min+ of the credits (which I believe people should at least see) after any movie, who & what it took to create what we chose to give up our time to see/watch. ….to also realize what we may see in only 2 hours, all the years of individuals imagining, planning, collaborating & creating the end product we then ourselves choose to all pay (w/time/money) to see.

    Imagine …the time ….the collaboration …of so many people coming together, sharing their talents & vulnerabilities to put together such a great works of human mastery.

    I think before we all criticize negatively about anything, think about about our own inefficiencies as well our shortcomings & appreciate the incredible talent & abilities of so many people willing to share for people to benefit or enjoy.
    By the end of those credits, not a soul what is remaining in the theater after a “jam-packed” opening-night. What continues to be an eye-opener. We have forgotten or haven’t learnt so many values & traits in our culture.

    It continues to show vast differences between generations: those today that want everything NOW & THEIR WAY “not having a clue the effort/time” of others to help make “whatever it is we want” to be so conveniently available today.

    Challenge….Relax…. sit back…take in the simplicities of life without making them so complex. We don’t need to know everything or what will happen. We don’t need to have “all” that we have.
    Rather enjoy….take in the essence of “not knowing” ….appreciating “what will or will not happen” ….or/& all that either “did or didn’t happen” ….acknowledging all those who have come forward courageously & w/vulnerability to make, create, & express raw emotion.
    That is important to realize as well appreciate …to REALLY UNDERSTAND life, its simplicities, understand things will happen beyond our control, & to be appreciative & grateful for the many people courageous & brave enough, to not hide in our own comfort of our silos.
    It takes an incredible amount of courage to put our imaginations to paper, then to screen.

    Our minds are incredible. We can continue the sagas of stories in our own minds & share with others our dreams.

  19. Deep down I knew Ben Solo would die. I just hoped it was meaningful and it was. He finally acted against his own selfishness and did something for someone he loved. He died happy and knowing the person he loved was alive. Maybe we'll see him again in future content as a force ghost or there's the world between worlds. But Ben's death meant something, even if it was sad and regrettable. I wish he got to live on with Rey but it was a good death for him.

  20. They should have lived to create actual balance and for the new jedi order of dark and light side force users ………..

  21. This is 100% fan service movie with discounted and recycled scenes from prequel and original trilogy. All these characters are driven by emotions, nothing but emotions – from the past, from people they'd lost, et al. – that doesn't make any sense to the movie itself.

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