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Analysis of The Force Awakens — Poe Dameron: Loyal Hero of the Resistance

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Though he doesn’t get as much screentime as the other young newcomers, Poe has great impact on the plot of The Force Awakens. He is quickly established as a very skilled and heroic character, someone who is willing to risk his life for the Resistance, yet he is not without humor, even in the menacing presence of Kylo Ren.

Though he has been compared to a young Han Solo, Poe believes absolutely in the ideals of the Resistance, being the proud son of two former Rebel fighters (who can both be seen in the comic miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire). He is not the reluctant hero that Han was for much of the original trilogy, but is more like a combination of the idealism of Luke and the cocky confidence of Han.

Poe, taking after his mother, began his career as a pilot for the New Republic, but he soon became frustrated by their lack of concern over the First Order. After his superiors denied his request that an attack by TIE fighters on a freighter be investigated, Poe broke from a mission in order to perform reconnaissance on the First Order, which led to Poe engaging and escaping from two dozen TIE fighters. This insubordinate move, as recounted in the anthology novel Before the Awakening, gained the attention of Leia, who recruited him into the Resistance.

Poe’s escape with Finn from the First Order felt like classic Star Wars, both humorous and thrilling. The filmmakers could have created a more antagonistic relationship between Poe and the defecting stormtrooper, but I like Poe’s almost immediate acceptance of Finn, with Poe acting as Finn’s early mentor and role model. I also liked that it was Poe who named him Finn, refusing to call him by his dehumanizing trooper designation, and that he immediately embraced Finn as a friend when they saw each other again at the Resistance base.

While more ambiguous in the film, the story of how Poe escaped from Jakku is detailed in the novelization: after the TIE fighter was hit by the Destroyer, Poe lost consciousness. Finn, not able to help Poe, made the decision to eject before they crashed. Poe regained consciousness in time to gain some control over the ship and landed it as best he could. Though suffering from a concussion, Poe escaped form the TIE, his jacket becoming pinned in the cockpit. Poe then left the crash site before collapsing. When Poe awoke, he had temporary amnesia and began wandering aimlessly. He eventually remembered who he was and what had happened. Poe came across a local and was able to persuade the alien to give him a ride to the nearest town. After a brief encounter with brigands, Poe was able to get to a town and make his way offworld with the help of a merchant.

According to an Entertainment Weekly article, Poe was originally going to die in the crash, but by the time Oscar Issac accepted the role, thinking it would be a small but key cameo, Abrams had already changed the story so that he lived and was instrumental in destroying Starkiller Base.

Intriguingly, the novelization hints at possible love triangle between Rey, Finn, and Poe. In the novel, Rey first meets Poe at the Resistance base as R2 brings up his half of the map. As the crowd celebrates, they randomly hug each other, then both awkwardly introduce themselves, Poe “mumbling” his name and Rey searching his face and finding she “likes” it. I have to wonder if this idea will come into play in Episode 8 or 9, though there would have to be a new setup. It would certainly create some interesting tension between Finn and Poe, possibly even a more dark version of Han and Luke’s early rivalry over Leia.

Until next time: May the Force be with you. Always.

Chris “Darth Hound” Miller

Star Wars episode VIII postponed? – CCC Ep. 034

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Bruce and Michael are back at it again! This week they give their opinions on Lucasfilm pushing episode VIII back to December of 2017, Adam Driver on SNL, some cool black series figure customizations, and the new figures coming out of Hot Toys.

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Aftermath’s Story – SWBW #51

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Star Wars Bookworms is back, and we are talking upcoming book releases and the novel Star Wars: Aftermath.

  • Teresa talks about her Funko Star Wars subscription box and how we should all get one.
  • We look at some of the books coming out (or already released) for younger readers including Rey’s Story, Rey’s Survival Guide, and the Little Golden Book based on The Force Awakens.
  • New reference guides coming from Dan Wallace and Pablo Hidalgo! We are pretty excited about these.
  • We discuss and review the novel Star Wars: Aftermath.

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Analysis of The Force Awakens — Lor San Tekka: A New Link to the Past

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Played by legendary actor Max von Sydow, Lor is an intriguing new character who has little screentime, yet the casting of such an iconic and brilliant actor works to immediately convey the importance and gravity of this character. He brings with him a dignity that also gives greater emotional weight to Lor’s death. It feels as if he is someone we should already know, which gives us the sensation of a serialized adventure that the original film captured.

Lor’s purpose in the plot is to convey the current state of the galaxy, the necessity of the Jedi to keep balance in the Force (a concept I will discuss further in an article for Luke), to deliver the map of Luke Skywalker’s location into the hands of the Resistance, and to give us our first hint at who Kylo Ren really is. Though he is a new character, Lor represents our first connection to the previous generations of the prequel and original trilogies. He is a living link to the “myths” and “legends” of the past, someone who still thinks of General Leia as “royalty.”

When he is confronted by Kylo Ren, we discover that Lor knew him before he took that name. Lor reminds Kylo that he did not come from the dark side and cannot deny his family. The ruthless Kylo agrees – likely thinking of his grandfather, Darth Vader – and then coldly cuts down the unarmed Lor. His death at the hands of Kylo Ren is an important step on Kylo’s path. He so easily cuts down this link to his past, mirroring the ruthless evil of Vader.

More information about Lor can be found in the Visual Dictionary and Lor’s Databank entry on StarWars.com. During the days of the Empire, Lor, though not Force-sensitive, was a member of the underground “Church of the Force,” a loosely connected group that believed in the ideals of the Jedi and awaited their return. Though I still think the name seems a little out of place, I am very intrigued by the idea of an underground religion of non-Force users who still believe in the Force despite the destruction of the Jedi and the suppression of their beliefs. It brings to mind characters such as General Dodonna and Admiral Ackbar using the Jedi phrase “may the Force be with you.”

We also learn that Lor was a “legendary traveler and explorer” who helped Luke recover Jedi lore that was suppressed by the Empire, including the locations of lost Jedi temples, which perhaps explains how Lor came into possession of the map.

Lor retired from his adventures to Tuanul village on the desert planet Jakku, which was home to other members of the Church of the Force. Some fans wonder if Lor knew of Rey, possibly watching over her in some way. I see no real evidence of this, but it is a curious coincidence that they are on the same planet. And he would certainly have been a better caretaker than Unkar Plutt.

I look forward to learning more about Lor San Tekka and his connection to the prequel and original trilogy eras and would love to see novels from his perspective. It is also possible that he could make an appearance in one or more of the stand-alone films.

Until next time: May the Force be with you. Always.

Chris “Darth Hound” Miller

The Force Awakens (and Some Show News) – Rebels Roundtable #27

The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable takes on The Force Awakens.

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The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable returns with a massive episode featuring the panel’s reactions to The Force Awakens.

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Join Johnathan, Berent, Jen, Nathan, and Jerry (a Republic Forces Radio Network reunion!) as they discuss the newest entry in the Star Wars film saga. How did the new characters strike them? What did the panelists think of the returning characters? Did they all actually like the film? Oh, and what is the future of Rebels Roundtable? All this and more in this episode

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