For those who know me well, you know that I am a bit of a Star Wars fanatic (holds up sarcasm sign). So, I'd like to take a moment to say "May the 4th be with you" and to share a few observations I made while re-watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as a few theories I have regarding the story line moving forward. WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE MOVIE, STOP READING NOW. SERIOUS SPOILERS AHEAD...
I know quite a few old school Star Wars fans were disappointed in some of the repeating themes in this movie. It was quite a nod to Star Wars Episodes IV-VI to the point where many said that it just felt like the three movies smashed into one. I won't disagree with the criticism that it was a bit redundant on some points (e.g. A droid carrying secret plans, a larger version of a Death Star, and an orphan growing up on a desert planet, who almost certainly a Skywalker, who poses a great threat to the First Order and the dark side of the force). However, I think we are in for a few twists which will center around, not Rey, but Finn.
It would be a shocker if Rey was not a Skywalker. I mean, it couldn't be more obvious and to remain true to the Star Wars universe, she needs to be. The prophecy was that there would be one to bring balance to the force, and the Emperor always knew that if Skywalker were to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. Snoke is facing the same threat that killed his predecessor, Emperor Palpatine, the offspring of Anakin Skywalker. Anakin did not bring balance to the force, despite his best efforts, Luke has not been able to either. The Force will eventually find balance in the battle between Leia Skywalker's son (Kylo Ren - fully embodying the dark side of the force) and Luke Skywalker's daughter (Rey - fighting to restore the light side of the force). All this to say, Rey being Luke's daughter seems almost inevitable. Which leaves us with one mystery character - Finn.
Now, the first conclusion that old school Star Wars fans will jump to is that he is the son of Lando Calrissian. I mean, there weren't exactly a lot of black characters in the series. If we are deducing his relation based solely on characters previously introduced in the movies with the same skin color, then, on the surface, Calrissian seems a given. Some also propose that he could be the decendent of Master Mace Windu, but he couldn't be Mace Windu's son because he is way too young, maybe his grandson, but I find it doubtful that Windu had a spouse or relationship because it was forbidden and he followed the rules of the order. Also, Finn doesn't appear to strong with the force as some have suggested. He is good with weapons because he was trained to be, not because he was born with an innate understanding of the force as Rey was.
My wild theory is this. Finn is neither a Calrissian nor a Windu, he is the offspring of.... wait for it...
Wait, what? How is this possible you ask? Well, I'm not going to go into the birds and the bees in this article, but you may recall that one of the words used to describe the young Solo was "scoundrel." Sure, he turned into decent guy after he met the Skywalkers, but having another son is not much of a stretch. In fact, in the Marvel Star Wars comic books, it was revealed that Han Solo had a wife he didn't tell Leia about, and get this, she is black!
Okay, so this is the Marvel comic books and not necessarily tied to the movies, but are there clues in The Force Awakens that lead to this conclusion as well? I say, yes. I respect J.J. Abrams as a writer and I think he enjoys messing with peoples' heads while leaving a trail of bread crumbs to the truth. First, are there any similarities between Han Solo and Finn? How about these:
Okay, so those are the fun little nods to familiar similarities that I noticed, but are there any substantial clues that there is a backstory to Han that we don't know about? I believe so. Ben (aka Kylo Ren) has some serious daddy issues and Leia and Han have obviously had a rough relationship. Perhaps there is more to this story than just teenage angst gone haywire. Ben tells Rey that Han would have disappointed her as a father, and is obviously very bitter towards him. Why? Perhaps he found out that Han Solo not only had another woman in his life, but had another son as well?
All the clues I listed above have me fairly convinced that FN-2187 is actually Finn Solo, but there are a couple of external clues to consider too.
Before I sign off, I have one last theory about Finn to share... I know this is going to tick some of you off, but I am nonetheless 99% sure of what I am about to say. Finn is gay. Not only that, but Finn and Poe are going to be the romance story of this series. I could provide support for this, but I'll save it for another day. I'll just say, watch The Force Awakens again with this thought, and I think you'll see what I mean.
Now that I've given you plenty to consider, I encourage you to enjoy The Force Awakens with fresh eyes and "May the 4th be with you."
Disney: The Most Magical Place on Earth
Disney is touted as the "Most Magical Place on Earth." Before we finally decided to take our two princesses, I thought, 'This is going to be a disappointment. There is no way Disney is going to live up to the hype.' Man, was I wrong!