Star Wars Aftermath reviews

Aftermath: Journey To The Force Awakens

In the first major novel to set up the state of the galaxy following Return of the Jedi, it becomes clear that the victory in the Battle of the Endor was just the beginning. The Empire isn’t just giving up, and factions of it are still very much in control of many planets and systems. Since they control communication all over the place, word of the second Death Star being destroyed hasn’t even reached certain parts the galaxy. That’s what allows the Empire to continue and eventually evolve into what we know as The First Order in The Force Awakens.

So again, there’s absolutely no reason for the legacy of the Jedi, or even the name Luke Skywalker, to be well known to anybody outside of some of the Rebels who fought along side him and his friends. And considering it’ll have been another 30 years since the end of Return of the Jedi, it makes perfect sense for any belief in or mention of The Force to disappear.

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The Force Awakens

There’s a reason that the movie is called The Force Awakens, and it’s because the Jedi have been gone for decades, turning The Force into nothing but a detail in a bedtime story, something a crazy old grandfather might tell his grandkids about. And considering the fact that the Empire wiped out the Jedi, and seemed to get rid of anyone who might have strength in the Force, it only makes sense that the return of The Force (that Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke have felt) would come from a familiar bloodline, seemingly the only remaining bloodline with ties to The Force: The Skywalkers.

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The Skywalker Family

Just recently we’ve been told that this new trilogy continues the story of the Skywalkers, so that means at least one of the new characters coming in Episode VII will be a descendant of Skywalker. But the question is, which character is it, and which Skywalker are they a descendant of?

[Note: speculation of possible spoilers follows]

The new trailer paints both Finn and Rey as new heroes, and at least one of them is likely to be a new Jedi. The former is seen wielding the lightsaber while the other is juxtaposed in a rather interesting way with villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on the final poster. Clearly the mystery is still very much intact as to who will have the Force awaken in them (a line in the most recent trailer hints at this), but there’s a chance that it could be both, regardless of either of their ties to the Skywalker bloodline.

Perhaps this new trilogy will abandon the sort of Chosen One mindset of where The Force manifests itself, and the ability to be a Jedi lies within everyone. It might just be up to them to listen to The Force in order to harness it.

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Hopefully, this dive back into the legacy of the Jedi in the Star Wars galaxy illustrates why it’s not so unbelievable for their achievements and existence to become myth. But with an awakening on the horizon, it’s a safe bet that the Jedi aren’t going to stay a myth for much longer.

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