Rey of light: Is this the new ‘I am your father’ twist?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm 2015

I’ve worked it out. It’s all sorted. Don’t read on if you don’t want the major plot twist of the new Star Wars trilogy revealed to you.

The major question we were all asking ourselves after The Force Awakens was: who the hell is Rey?

We know, from all of the points dropped throughout the movie – which aren’t worth going into here, lest we be caught in a novel-length blog – that she is in some way linked to Luke.

So, without further ado, this is the twist: she is Luke. More to the point, she is Luke’s clone.

“You’re an idiot: why a clone?,” I hear you ask.

Allow me to break it down and explain.

1. Lineage
In the original trilogy, only two semi-main characters were introduced after A New Hope: Lando Calrissian and the Emperor.

The Emperor doesn’t count as he was hinted at already and Lando was little more than an excuse to inject some 1980s racism (he was the guy who turned over the fleeing Rebels to the Empire, he bumbled his way through Jabba’s Palace and was the only guy to fall off a skiff and, despite navigating his way into the centre of Death Star 2.0, he also knocked off the Falcon’s PayTV satelite. Han was pissed when he couldn’t watch free intergalactic sport on his way to Jakku).

That means if Rey has a mother, we already know her. The problem with that is: there’s no bloody women in the Star Wars Universe who aren’t either 70 or alien.

So, if there’s no mother, how was she born? It’s a little more complex than Anakin not having a father … Luke might struggle with the whole birth thing.

Answer: she wasn’t born, she was cloned.

2. Why a clone?
Picture this: Luke’s just gone all medieval and burnt Vader at the stake; the Emperor leaned a little too far over the well, fell, and nobody was interested in rescuing old No Mates Palpatine; Obi Wan did his best Houdini impersonation, then revealed the wide gap in talents between Houdini and anyone else when he forgot to reappear; and Yoda fell asleep for a very, very long time.

As the flames licked a darkening Endor sky, Luke begins to sing this:

At that point in time, there are no other Jedi in the galaxy (that Luke is aware of).

Luke was never trained to find Jedi, unlike the original Jedi Order, whose business model was based on it. For all he knew, there were no others. All he got told was, “There is. Another. Sky. Walk. Errrrr”.

There’s every chance he believed Force Sensitivity was at that point confined to him and him alone.

Having just had his stubble shaved off by Vader and electroshock therapy from the Emperor, he probably thought it was high-time the Jedi had a safety net.

So there’s that option, or: Kylo loses his sh-t, kills everyone and Luke’s all like, “Crap. We need a backup plan. Clone time”.

3. Umm … Luke is a dude, Rey … isn’t.
This isn’t an issue. We currently have the ability to change genetic makeup in a lab. Imagine what they can do in a Star Wars Universe!

Plus, if you were the only remaining Jedi and cloned yourself in order to have your kind survive, wouldn’t you want to make that clone the opposite gender to at least make life a little more difficult for anyone trying to hunt it down?

4. Any evidence of this, you crazy man?
Refer to the lineage argument.

So, when Rey touches the lightsaber and all those memories come flooding into her mind, you would have noticed that some were from the original trilogy, such as the glass-laden gangway from Bespin.

Yes, she’s Force Sensitive, but Genetic Memory is also a wonderful thing.

5. Ok, I’m listening. How would it have worked?
The impetus comes from what I mentioned in Point 2.

Now whether this happens before Kylo goes nuts or after, I don’t know, but Luke then clones himself.

He hides Rey on Jakku under the distant protection of Lor San Tekka (the old guy from the start of The Force Awakens, a la Obi Wan in A New Hope), who, if you read the novelisation of the movie, has a strong desire to see the Jedi line continue (“Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the Force”).

Luke gives him the map and says, “Give this to her when she’s ready to find me”.

6. Give me more “why”.
There were few twists in cinema as big as, “Luke, I am your father”.

There needs to be one equally as big: “Rey, I’m not your father. I am you and you are me”, seems pretty freakin’ big.

That opens the door for two crucial aspects: the storyline around a crisis of self – “Who am I? Am I Rey? Am I Luke? Do I even exist? If a tree falls on Endor and there’s no Ewok to hear it …” etc – would make the next instalment storyline heavy, like Empire Strikes Back was.

The second and most important aspect is, the writers can then do whatever they want with Luke and the original characters, because there will forever be an essence of them in the new movies and that is so, so crucial.

They need to reboot the storyline, right? But you can’t completely dust off the history of the originals: that’s just not Star Wars.

A Luke clone would allow the originals to continue, without continuing.

7. Ok, if I buy that, give me something far-fetched.
How’s this: every one of Luke’s Jedi cadets were clones.

Remember we discussed the fact that Luke was never trained to find Jedi and for all he knew, he was the last Jedi in the galaxy.

What if he made several variations of clones to train and re-establish the Jedi Council? Then kept one for himself – Rey – in the event something went wrong and hid her on Jakku?

It could easily fit in with the storyline.

We know Kylo Ren went and trained with Luke, then went nuts. We also know – and this is important – that Kylo has CHOSEN to go dark.

He says a line in TFA something like, “I feel the pull of the light”. So, he is a good guy at his essence, but has chosen to play the role of the bad guy.

Why? Because to achieve Balance in the Force, there must be light and dark.

If Luke is training a crew full of his clones and Luke is the ultimate good guy, Kylo might have considered himself the only option to play the bad guy.

Plus, Kylo isn’t a direct descendent of Luke, but he is a direct descendent of Vader.

It’s possible he considers there to be two streams in the family tree: the light and the dark, and as he sits on the side of the dark, it’s his responsibility to be the bad guy.

And – as a real kicker – what if the Knights of Ren are clones of Luke, which Kylo convinced to follow him? Or clones of Kylo, if he chose to replicate Luke’s strategy.

Either way, one important issue remains: when George Lucas decided to piss in everyone’s breakfast and make the most horrendous prequels ever conceived by man, he made three movies that had clones at the heart of them.

Then, suddenly, the story progresses into the original trilogy, which contains zero presence of clones.

To tie this story together, there must be a clone element in this new trilogy. And we’ve been setup to expect it: remember the scene where Kylo threatens to replace the human troopers with clones?

So the technology is still kicking around. It didn’t die with the Cloners.

Let me know what you think in the comments.



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