Blu-Ray Documentary Explains the Awakening in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Friday, 01 April 2016 - 3:50PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Friday, 01 April 2016 - 3:50PM
Blu-Ray Documentary Explains the Awakening in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hitting home entertainment platforms over the next few days, and included with both the digital and Blu-Ray releases is a revealing documentary titled 'Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey'. The hour-long documentary gives viewers a deeper dive into the processes behind the making of the movie, but it also explains some of The Force Awakens' most complex moments, including what exactly the titular awakening refers to.



Unlike the question of 'What is the Phantom Menace?' (we were all fooled by the images of Darth Maul, ok?), TFA's 'awakening' has generally been a slightly more cut and dry issue. After the movie hit theaters, we were generally all in agreement that the Force was 'Awakening' inside our hero, Rey. But as the documentary reveals, this awakening doesn't just refer to the Jakuu scavenger, it also refers to one of the movie's other big characters.

Opening quote
"This was not just 'The Force Awakens' in a young woman," the documentary reveals. "It's the dark side of The Force awakening in the villain."
Closing quote

This might seem obvious, but now we know what it means it could potentially give us a lot of insight into exactly what is going on with the movie's key players. Rey and Kylo Ren are, after all, the only characters who display force abilities, but what does this mean about their connection.

The mystery of Rey's parentage is arguably the biggest talking point to come out of JJ Abrams' movie (shocking deaths aside), and the ambiguous connection shared between her and Kylo Ren could be seen as adding fuel to that burning question. Do they share a deeper connection than just happening to both have force sensitivity? Thats likely going to be the key driver behind the rest of the trilogy.

What's interesting about the documentary's statement is that it makes no reference of Finn. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary has an entry that reads thusly:

Opening quote
Since the disappearance of Luke Skywalker and the shattering of his fledging Jedi following, the cosmic Force has lain dormant, seemingly quieted to those able to sense its presence. The adventures of Rey and Finn on Jakku coincide with a turbulence in the cosmic Force, sudden ripple indicating the awakening of newfound ability. With the Jedi and their records vanished, few - other than Kylo Ren and his mysterious master - are able to appreciate this occurrence.
Closing quote

So perhaps Finn's involvement in this awakening is purely coincidental? Either way, this little revelation from the documentary should help us to interpret things a little differently on our next run through the movie.

Finally, another interesting tidbit to come from the documentary was a bit of insight into Ben Solo's turning to the dark side. The documentary tells us that Ben felt abandoned by his family, because his parents were never around while he was growing up. This goes some way to explain why it was so easy for Snoke to seduce him to the dark side, but it doesn't explain why things went so awry between him and Luke.


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