Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters and fans are losing their minds over some of its biggest and most shocking moments and spoilers. It's a film that certainly leaves its mark on a galaxy far, far away, altering our perception of what's possible in some major ways. The Last Jedi also takes its characters' arcs in surprising and unexpected directions, dotting the film with genuine twists and turns.
All that being said, if you haven't already seen The Last Jedi and don't want to learn what happens, we suggest you stop here and don't read any further until you have. Unless you don't mind being spoiled for what are by far some of the most exciting reveals since Darth Vader told Luke he was his father, turn back now.
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Leia Saves Herself From Space Using The Force
Ever since Yoda first mentioned there being "another", fans have been waiting for then-Princess, now-General Leia Organa to more fully explore her connection with The Force. Like her father and brother, Leia is a Force-sensitive individual though she never received any formal training (even Yoda thought she was better suited to become a Jedi than Luke). Still, she remains incredibly strong with the Force, demonstrating that she can sense others through, as she did when Luke was stranded on Cloud City and when Han was killed by Kylo Ren.
But in The Last Jedi, Leia finally has the chance to exhibit a power beyond "gut feelings", fully embracing her Force-abilities. The moment in question comes early on in the film as the Resistance is desperately outrunning the First Order's fleet. During the escape, the bridge of Leia's cruiser is shot out and those present are launched into space. All are killed - including longtime rebel leaders, like Admiral Ackbar - but not Leia. She manages to survive against all odds thanks to the Force, tapping into that powerful energy to pull herself safely back to the ship (though her time in the vacuum of space does take its toll and she winds up in a coma). It's a breath-taking sequence as the self-rescuing princess manages to do just that again, reminding us she won't be so easily defeated.
Rey And Kylo Share A Force Connection
While The Force Awakens introduced Rey as this trilogy's new hero and protagonist, it also made sure to give ample screen time to Kylo Ren, depicting the film's antagonist as both her opposite and equal. Though their roles in the film place them in conflict, there's a bond that forms between them thanks to their strong ties to the light and dark sides of The Force. In The Last Jedi, that bond is explored more fully, with their connection becoming a link between them - a sharing of minds through The Force.
It's a new gimmick never before seen in a Star Wars movie, allowing for Rey and Kylo to communicate directly. At several points throughout the film, they speak to one another as if they are in the same room while actually being light years apart and can occasionally physically interact, at one point even touching hands. It's during these interactions that Rey becomes aware of the conflict raging within Kylo, believing there is still good in him. Only later is it revealed to have all been a ploy of Snoke's to manipulate Rey, explaining it was he who linked their minds and stoked Kylo's guilt in the hopes that Rey would seek him out in an attempt to turn him.
But whether a trick or not, there's no denying that Rey and Kylo grew closer because of this link, sharing thoughts and feelings with each other that they wouldn't have dared to under different circumstances. What this might mean for their next confrontation isn't exactly clear, but this shared link, even if it's now severed, is certain to have made an impact.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019