[WARNING: Spoilers below for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.]
Closed captioning screenings for Star Wars: The Last Jedi reveal a piece of dialogue that was the subject of a minor but hotly contested debate. Director Rian Johnson filled the follow-up to The Force Awakens with surprises, some of which have led to strong reactions in certain circles of fans - and an audience score on Rotten Tomatoes that doesn't agree with the critics. One of the more interesting additions to Johnson's film was expanded use of the Force in a few key areas.
Some of The Last Jedi's most compelling interactions came between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Often, they happened while the two were on completely different planets. They carried full conversations via the Force in the most vivid way yet in the Star Wars saga, to the point where they could see what each other was wearing. That led to a line by Rey that sparked one of the film's smaller debates.
Thanks to closed captioning, the dispute has been solved. The line in question comes when Rey Force-talks to a shirtless Kylo Ren, and implores him to "put on a cowl or something." But many fans argued back and forth over whether Rey said "cowl" or "towel", before Reddit user "wreckingballheart" confirmed that she says "cowl."
Another comment asked if Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is saying "General Hugs" when he's messing with General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson). That's apparently a debate that continues to rage on. Other disputes will continue about The Last Jedi, but one of the smaller ones is settled.
The Force conversations between Rey and Kylo Ren provided some of the most striking updates to the Star Wars universe. The shirtless Kylo scene, in particular, is a good example of both the power of Rey's expanded Force powers and the film's sense of humor. It's also logical that Rey says "cowl" - asking Kylo to wrap a towel around his midsection could be seen as an odd request.
Despite this one debate being resolved peacefully and definitively, Star Wars: The Last Jedi remains perhaps the franchise's most polarizing movie to date. Arguments about the film's many twists, chiefly the direction that Luke Skywalker took as a character, may be debated forever. But there's no denying that the film is fueling many passionate discussions.
- 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: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019