You can get many wonderful tidbits of BTS knowledge on Twitter if you follow the right accounts. The official star wars Twitter often has nice gems of information like this one about Rey that I didn’t know:
So Rey “decides” that the Jedi are her ancestors. Hmm, okay well I don’t really have a problem with that because given her situation, would you really want to be related to Darth Sidious? Of course not unless you were also as deluded, jaded and evil as he was. I’m certain that given a chance, Rey would have jumped at the opportunity to be anyone else other than a relative of the most hated villain in Star Wars cinematic history.
In that sense, I am okay with knowing this even if it wasn’t in the film. I’m sure something as important as this has been plaguing Rey since The Force Awakens. And with the story changing so much over the course of these films, it doesn’t at all surprise me that Chris Terrio was aiming for Rey to become one with the Jedi.
I kind of like that idea to be honest. And I didn’t like it at first. When I saw the ending for The Rise of Skywalker, I was a little miffed about it but not just because of how Rey was written in the final film but for a series of things throughout the trilogy.
What I didn’t like was how the fandom started picking on Rey because she was a woman who was stronger or at least as strong as her enemy. That didn’t sit well with some. And to that, I just laugh. How they can make her sex an issue in a Star Wars movie is beyond me. I mean one of the strongest characters in the entire saga is a woman – Princess Leia. She is the bastion of strength in the original trilogy and in many ways is stronger than Luke, particularly at the beginning in A New Hope when Luke is very much finding his way in the force.
Yeah, too many open wounds on that side of things to talk about calmly in this fandom. But I think I like that Rey had somewhere special to belong and you just know that the Jedi would have opened their arms and hearts to her – no questions asked.
Rey represents all that is good in the universe within the sequel trilogy, and for that, she deserves to be recognised as a Jedi. This is exactly the same way Luke was considered the hero of the OT and for the same reason. He was the hope of the galaxy (well, some could debate him and Leia were) and his heart was pure and good. It’s not even complicated when you think of it that way.
What do you say, readers? Do you agree or disagree with my comments? Do you disagree with Chris Terrio’s path for Rey in his script? Let me know in the comments!
Stay safe out there, stay happy and creative and I’ll catch you tomorrow!