The Force Awakens plot

It’s been over a week since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuted, and fans are still watching it on repeat, dissecting every single frame for clues, and trying to understand why the Jedi have become myth in the Star Wars universe. And that includes late night personality Stephen Colbert.

As the The Late Show host, who didn’t have new episodes last week, said on his show last night, “This was not a 10-second slow fade teaser. None of that BS. This was a real trailer with actual chunks of movie flavor crystals in it. And I was deeply moved.” In fact, Colbert was so affected by the trailer that he took a couple minutes out of his show to guess the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot.

Here’s Stephen Colbert’s somewhat educated guess at The Force Awakens plot from The Late Show:

While Colbert doesn’t get quite as deep as we would have hoped, he does make one interesting prediction about the plot of the movie. But if we’re really going to dive into that element, you should be warned of potential spoilers from now on.

First, here’s the most interesting part of what Colbert says:

It has been three decades since the events of the original trilogy. The dark and mysterious First Order has stepped into the power vacuum once held by the Empire. And the newly named Resistance fights in place of the Rebel Alliance, which has begun a tragic shift to the dark side. But John Boyega’s character is in a Stormtrooper suit, so it follows that now the new New Hope comes from the very enemy we’ve been trained to hate.

Remember, the Dark Side was never explicitly tied to the Empire. The Force itself exists outside of mere temporal authority structures. So I predict that dark becomes light, light becomes dark, and the very fabric of the Force is stretched to its limit as a new generation emerges to tear down the false distinctions of the past and unite all of us: old and new, moisture farmers and nerf herders, star and wars, once and for all, bringing peace to the galaxy.

Now this is obviously a very broad guess at the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the idea that maybe the Resistance is starting to shift to the dark side in how they fight against the First Order is an interesting thought. The only problem is if that were the case, it would make pretty much all our heroes inherently flawed for joining the fight.

But this does call attention to how great it is that one of our new primary heroes in the Star Wars universe was a soldier of The First Order. Is he really the new New Hope as Colbert predicts? We’ve seen Finn carrying a lightsaber in the most recent trailer, but Rey is also situated next to Kylo Ren on the final poster as the perfect juxtaposition of the dark side and the light of the Force awakening.

Plus, if Colbert’s plot really did come to fruition and brought peace to the galaxy, there wouldn’t be any reason for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Nice try, Stephen. Maybe your crossguard lightsaber explanation will pan out better. We’ll all just have to wait and see what happens on December 17th.

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