Luke Skywalker was absent from the Star Wars : The Force Awakens trailers, or was he?
Seriously, don’t read, this blog post contains way too many spoilers. Why even write a spoiler post for something as epic as Star Wars episode VII, the most anticipated movie in 30 years? Need to set the rumors straight. And sorry Episode One, we loved anticipating you, but we really wanted to see the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, specifically Leia as a Jedi.
Since the beginning, there have been many spinoff Star Wars novels, telling the continuing adventures of our favorite Star Wars characters. This later became known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Different authors chose to tell different stories of the same characters, which sometimes conflicted with each other. After George Lucas sold his film company, Lucas Arts to Disney, which contained the full rights to Star Wars (and Indiana Jones), the Star Wars Expanded Universe ended and literary rights were were no longer granted to any author, no matter how famous in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. A team at Disney and Lucas Arts went through the entire 30 years of expanded universe literature and decided what was to be Star Wars Canon and what was to be discarded. From this point, every comic book, cartoon, video game and upcoming movie would be based off the same history and universe. What was decided upon as Star Wars Canon is currently top secret, but we do know George Lucas was really upset with a major element Disney & J.J. Abrams accepted as canon. Was this element that Luke Skywalker turned to the Dark Side (like he did in one version in the Expanded Universe)?
Luke Skywalker, Sith Lord, from the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
It certainly is possible, as Jedi that have been trained at a late age seem to always go Dark, like Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader, Luke’s dad. But does this mean Leia will now go to the Dark Side as well (I’m still hoping to see her as a Jedi)? I guess those midi-chlorian cells just can’t be trained after being a teenager. Is there any proof that Luke has, indeed, turned to the Dark Side in any of the press and trailers seen so far? Well, maybe. Why was Luke almost completely absent from all the teasers, trailers and press? Is it because Luke is really Kylo Ren, the new Sith Lord? Is the lightsaber battle between Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren a recruitment? As there can only be one master and one apprentice with the Sith.
a glimpse of Luke and R2D2
is this the same battle scene where Luke puts his hand on R2? was the attack driven by Sith Luke?
In the final battle in ‘Return of the Jedi,’ with Luke, Darth Vader and The Emperor, we see Luke’s emotions take over with aggression and hatred. He uses these emotions to overcome Darth Vader and cut off his hand. But was it too much? Did Luke actually go to the Dark Side in that moment? Is there any coming back from that? Did Luke taste the power of the Dark SIde, a taste he would later crave? Did Luke later justify further use of the Dark SIde, if it could be used for good purposes, like bringing down evil, like it did with Vader, but in so doing, slowly turn him to the Dark Side in the process? A path Luke may not have even realized he was on until it was too late.
Luke faces the Sith in ‘Return of the Jedi’
In that final battle in ‘Return of the Jedi,’ we see Luke stop his aggression and runaway emotions, and come back to his senses, turn off his light saber, ready to be struck down, rather than fully give in to the Dark Side. I had assumed Luke was just at the brink, had felt the Dark Side, but that Luke had come back and remained on the good side of The Force, but maybe there is no coming back, only a prolonging of the inevitable.. The Emperor, then, proceeds to zap Luke with Sith lightning, did that short circuit something inside Luke? Did The Emperor really win and turn Luke to The Dark SIde in those fateful moments? Or did The Emperor do a subtle Sith psychic trick that we missed, seeding the Dark Side within Luke, like when Emperor Palpatine killed Padme long distance? (No, Padme did not die of a broken heart) What really happened then, and the true events of Luke’s journey, we will soon find out (hopefully).
Luke gives in to aggression and feels the power of the Dark SIde..
The facts are that we don’t have enough information to go on. If Luke Skywalker is Sith in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ we will have to see a lot in flashbacks to justify Luke’s, now, evil motivation, like what happens to The Empire after ‘Return of the Jedi?’ Does Luke go on a killing spree, taking down the remainder of The Empire? The Empire had thousands of ships, bases and troops, what happened to them? Does Luke need to use the powers of the Dark Side to do defeat the remainder of the Empire? Is this the path that turns Luke to the Dark Side?
Han looks REALLY surprised, like he just found out Luke is a Sith.
Leia truly sad, like she just found out her Brother, Luke, is now a Sith.
The real spoiler is what is the origin of the Sith? Is it a long lost planet like in the Expanded Universe? Is there something on that planet that turns people into Sith? If midi-chlorians, a microscopic bacteria, that give the Jedi their powers, perhaps there is a similar “evil” bacteria or virus that gives Sith their powers and means to tap into the Dark SIde of The Force. Perhaps Luke found this planet and became infected? Or did he unleash some ancient Dark Energy on the Sith home world that overcame & possessed him? If so, a trip to the Sith home world and discovery of the source of the Sith, could provide the means for the Sith to be cloned, like the Clone Troopers, from the Star Wars prequel movies. Thus overcoming the need to only have one master and one apprentice. It’s a stretch, but there are clues. If the Sith can be cloned, there will be no hope for the Galaxy, an impossible foe, but maybe that is too much plot for one movie and will continue in Episode VIII ..
The SIth Home World
And what of Emperor Palpatine? Does The Emperor come back as a clone? Doubtful, but Emperor Palpatine could come back as a Force ghost, guiding the new Sith Kylo Ren / Luke Skywalker to the Sith home world and with other matters of the Sith. It was The Emperor’s idea to create Clone Troopers in the first place. It could be his idea to clone the Sith. In the opening credits of ‘Return of the Jedi,’ we learn that Luke has “completed his Jedi training,” (but how? from Yoda’s Force ghost?). Perhaps it is The Emperor’s Force ghost that completes Luke’s Sith training?
Emperor Palpatine’s Sith Force ghost (confirmed appearance in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at D23 2015)
turning to the Dark Side.. (Does this scene depict Kylo Ren turning Oscar Isaac to the Dark SIde? One Master and One Apprentice, or is there more to it than that?)
If Luke is truly SIth in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ there better be a plausible reason why he is Sith. Otherwise, the fans will never forgive Disney and J.J. Abrams and will go on a hate campaign far worse than they did with Jar-Jar. If Luke turning to the Dark Side is not justified, no one will accept it, and even if it is, many fans, and moms especially, will be outraged. Add to this, the controversy of the possible death of Chewbacca, and that may be too much for fans, and kids especially, to deal with, let alone every grown up boy’s childhood idle, Luke Skywalker, now Sith Luke.
Is Rey crying here over the Death of Chewbacca? Did Kylo Ren / Sith Luke kill Chewbacca?
Watch the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ official full trailer here:
J.J. Abrams stated that there will be no more Star Wars trailers, no more footage or clues of any kind; just a repurposing of the same footage we’ve already seen. (photo: JJ Abrams waves hello at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015)
Luke missing from the movie poster, or is he? (Kylo Ren)
I feel J.J. Abrams has done an amazing job with Star Wars : The Force Awakens, from what I’ve so far (PLEASE make Leia a Jedi!). I am really looking forward to seeing the next installment of Star Wars in theatres this December.
Discover the next chapter in the Star Wars saga on Dec 18 2015, buy your tickets now (it will be sold out).