Anyone who knows me well knows I’m a complete sic-fi geek, after all, I have a child called Elliott? Should I say any more?
Star Wars or Star Trek? I love them both equally. Captain Picard will forever be my favourite Star Ship Captain (But Chris Pine is catching up) and Harrison Ford my favourite character from Star Wars. Let’s face it – he got all the best lines.
Can you remember when he said them??
“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky”
“I still get a funny feeling about that old man and the kid. I’m not sure what it is about them, but they’re trouble”
“Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money.”
And the best ever when Leia tells him she loves him.
Anyway, let’s move on. EVERYONE by now should have seen the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. You have, haven’t you? If not, leave now. There will be spoilers.
If you haven’t been hiding from The Force you’ll know the new film echoes the original Star Wars in lots of ways. (I know I’m Scottish, but I will never forgive Ewan McGregor for any of those three terrible films.)
It introduces some seriously good new characters, one of whom, Rey, the heroine is the subject of much internet debate. She’s smart, strong, brave and can fight. Oh…and she can pilot a ship too, even though she stays in a barren wilderness – but we’ll leave that one for now. Most importantly, every Star Wars fan wants to know Rey’s origins. She’s surrounded in mystery after being abandoned by her parents on this barren planet as a young child. She can’t remember anything about her parents and, as we found out in the new film, The Force is in Rey.
There has been lots of speculation. She’s Han Solo’s child. She’s Luke Skywalker’s child. She’s a secret baby of Leia (and maybe not Han’s?) She’s nobody’s child and The Force has just found her.
The one I’m absolutely crossing my fingers for is this one.
The ORIGINAL Obi-Wan Kenobi – Alec Guinness. Please, please let Rey be his hidden granddaughter. There’s lots of chat around this. The accent. The costume. The lightsaber. The jedi mind tricks.
Could Obi-Wan purposely have kept any children he had a secret? Of course he would have, the empire would have killed his family, he would HAVE to keep them a secret. Maybe even from his friends…
Star Wars junkies around the world are all keeping our fingers crossed that the lines between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda –
“That boy is our last hope.”
“No. There is another.”
These lines always reflected back to Leia. But maybe, all these years later, we could believe they meant something else.
It’s going to be a long time before we find out. Star Wars 8 has just started filming, and let’s face it, Star Wars 9 will probably have the answers.
So, I’m going to leave with you with my other favourite (and underused) new character.
I give you – Po Dameron. The fastest pilot in the universe. I left you with him the last time. You might find I have a new, recurrent theme………