When all is said and done, all's quiet and boring.
- Apr 6, 2017
Thank you, and I think you made some good points as well. I'm not so much trying to change your mind either as defend my position and engage in an intelligent discussion of variant viewpoints which doesn't descend into accusations of harboring Nazi sympathies... so, you know, the opposite of Twitter...I think you make a lot of good points: Rey does feel like she does too much too soon at least in terms of the Force. I think the scene where she pilots the Falcon is establishing her piloting skills considering that it comes less than thirty minutes into the first movie she's in (Luke in contrast says a couple of times early on that he's a pilot). But I think that if, after piloting the Falcon, she had then struggled to grasp the Force, fewer people would have a problem with that specific skillset because it wouldn't be endemic of "well, she can just do anything, can't she?"
And again, I'm not looking to change anyone's mind. I don't know if you've seen the Disney Gallery series on Disney+ about The Mandalorian (it's basically a roundtable discussion by the creators of the show) but on one of the episodes Dave Filoni goes into this long dissection of the Duel of the Fates from Phantom Menace: about how it is the turning point of Anakin's progression as a character, how much Qui Gon means to that character development and how it changes Anakin's entire arc going forward. He does this to a table full of Star Wars experts, people who have grown up on Star Wars and know it pretty well--and they are completely floored by this explanation because The Phantom Menace was so horribly botched from a story perspective that the importance of Qui Gon as a father figure to Anakin never even crossed their minds. That's basically how I feel defending Rey's character: I think I see something in how the movies wanted Rey to be perceived, but a lot of how they use her character is so scattershot that people aren't going to see it unless they want to see it. (I hope that doesn't sound self-congratulatory because I don't mean it to be. Sometimes I think I'm just reading into something that's not really there but I want it to be.)
And my first post, while mostly for fun, illustrates kind of my understanding of the growth of a fan's expertise: that when you first get into a series the author is the expert and you roll with a lot of what they throw at you because they're the ones who know the rules of the world and how everything works. But as you go further into the series, you become an expert and can begin to pick out the things later on that don't go along with the truths that were earlier established when the author was the expert. (And yeah, I agree that there's way too much inconsistency between the trilogies).
Yeah, that approach may have worked, but I think it would still need some foreshadowing before she's running toward the ships. TBH, what's unforgivable about it is that it would have been really easy... like replacing her little speeder thing with a small, short range atmospheric plane, or a line or two where she casually mentions flying (you know, kinda like what they did with Luke,...). If they wanted to establish why she had the ability to use a lightsaber, they could have given her a metal sword (say, stashed inside her staff or something...) which she used to fight or hunt with or something. Her growing in the Force could have been really interesting, especially if she could always use it a bit but became much more capable as time went on. There are alot of ways they could have made her abilities plausible, but as it stands...
I haven't had the chance to watch that yet, so perhaps I'll watch it soon! And I honestly enjoyed both of your posts!