As the Star Wars saga continues in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the focus shifts to a new generation of heroes and villains. One of the principal players in the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance is Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), a Dark Side user who idolizes Darth Vader in the hopes he can finish what the Sith Lord started many years ago.
But as Kylo attempts to consume himself in the darkness and follow Supreme Leader Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) teachings, he may lose track of some of his other responsibilities. With Driver hosting the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, fans got an inside look at Ren trying to learn more about what goes on behind-the-scenes in a special edition of the reality show, Undercover Boss (watch it above).
In the skit, Driver reprises his role as Kylo, who decides to go undercover at Starkiller base as “Matt,” a radar technician. Hoping to have some “real talk with some real folks,” Ren instead comically fails to blend in with his subordinates. Immediately upon entering an employee break room, he launches into a conversation about Kylo and his goals with a First Order officer named Zach and stormtrooper Tim (played by Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan). Ren also happens to “find” his trademark crossguard lightsaber to show off to his new friends, which all but gives his secret away.
There are humorous instances where Kylo has to control the infamous temper he displayed in The Force Awakens, as completing his tasks at work are not as easy as he would think. Whether it’s dealing with a boss who’s frustrated by his incompetence (Leslie Jones), or co-workers deliberately making the day harder (the stormtrooper who kicks his wrench), Kylo discovers a newfound appreciation for what his employees do on a daily basis, which he believes will help him grow as a person and supervisor moving forward.
The sketch spends a decent amount of time developing a personal relationship between “Matt” and Zach. In a heart-to-heart, Zach explains how his son died and his family is working on getting through the tough period. That strikes a chord with Ren, because he reveals that he’s the one who killed Zach’s son. Rather coincidentally bumping into Kylo in the bathroom, “Matt” presents Zach with a sympathy card where Kylo apologizes for his actions. It’s just another illustration of how clueless Kylo is regarding the concept of going undercover, bringing more attention to himself. Things reach a tipping point when “Matt” has an outburst and throws Tim through a soda machine with the Force, leaving him no choice but to confess he’s no radar technician.
Still, the experience appears to have been productive, as Kylo promotes Zach to superior officer after the two formed a strong connection. That is, until Ren finishes his final interview (decked out in his helmet) and the camera lingers on the dead body of Zach in the background. His days on Starkiller base are clearly over. The fate of Tim is unknown, but The Force Awakens had some A-list cameos among the First Order ranks, so perhaps Tim’s full story has yet to be told. We’ll just have to wait for Episode VIII.
Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Saturday Night Live