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Recap of The Force Awakens Will Get You Up to Speed for The Last Jedi

by Jacob Hojnacke

In the Star Wars: The Force Awakens we were left with Finn wounded in battle, Starkiller base was destroyed, Kylo Ren (Ben Solo) killed his father, Han Solo, Rey is able to harness the force, Kylo Ren lost a fight to Rey which left him scarred across the face and in the final scene we see Rey going to an island to meet Luke Skywalker.

Sophomores Dylan Shakara and Pedro Torres both were very excited for Star Wars, Torres said that The Force Awakens was “A good start to a new trilogy” while Shakara described it as “It was just okay enough.”

In the movie Rey is from the planet Jakku, which a dessert like planet much like Tatooine in A New Hope; she is the main character in the movies. Her parents are unknown but we do know that they left her on Jakku by herself.

Finn was a Stormtrooper who defied the first order because he saw the wrong they were doing and became a member of the resistance who has knowledge about certain aspects about The First Order which makes him a valuable asset to the team.

Poe Dameron is currently the best starfighter in the resistance while also being Finn’s best friend and a leader amongst other resistance fighters .

Han Solo and Chewbacca return to the fight after they meet Rey and Finn. After his son went to the dark side he returns to what he does “best”, smuggling, while his loyal wookiee co-pilot and friend, helps out Han run the ship and fight alongside him. Han Solo died by the hands of his son, which enraged Chewbacca, who destroyed the compound they were in.

Kylo Ren also known as Ben Solo, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son, was once a Jedi youngling who was being trained in the ways of the force by Luke Skywalker, who got seduced by the dark side and killed the rest of the younglings and left Luke in to deal with the damage; he learned the ways of the darkside from Supreme Leader Snoke and from his grandfather’s, Darth Vader, legacy. Sophomore Blake Malone also stated that the villain in Force Awakens was “A nice twist, just sucks he killed his dad.”

General Leia Organa is a powerful leader in the Resistance who commands fleets and is a small bit force sensitive; we see this when she senses her son killing Han. She is also played by Carrie Fisher who sadly died after filming The Last Jedi.

Luke Skywalker has been in isolation ever since his new Jedi school went horribly wrong and the students died at the hands of his greatest student who was also his nephew. He was also in Rey’s vision when she touched his lightsaber.

The Last Jedi comes out today, Friday December 15th and may the force be with you.