Okay… Warning… Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead…
and Attack of the Clones.
and Empire Strikes Back.
One of the controversial reveals in lastest installment of Star Wars, is when Kylo Ren exposed to Rey that her parents were nobodies. From no where.
Some people loved this, others despise it.
Personally, I think there is more than meets the eye. I believe that Kylo is not telling the whole truth, maybe even outright lying.
In the second act of all three Star Wars movies, the “second” of the Dark Jedi have tried to turn someone strong in the force to their side.
In Last Jedi, Kylo Ren tried to manipulate Rey into thinking that she was nobody, from nowhere, worth nothing to everybody… except to him. To him, she was a way to solidify his position as the new Supreme Leader with a disciple with great power.
Of course, he is deceiving her. It’s the way of the Sith. Deception, misdirection, manipulation. They will do anything to fulfill their selfish desires for power.
BUT… there is a strong argument for the other side of this debate. That Kylo was 100% telling the truth and she has no special parentage.
In Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader uttered a line that changed cinema forever, “I am your father!” The plot twist of all plot twists. Nothing as crazy had really ever been revealed in film before. He tried to use the fact that Obi Wan had lied to Luke and that Luke’s search for a father figure and trusting mentor was over.
“You can destroy the Emperor… Join me and we can rule the galaxy as father and son!”
This was such an unbelievable revelation that Lucas and the director had to have Yoda confirm this claim in Return of the Jedi because according to their screen testing, people still didn’t believe Vader was truthful.
In Attack of the Clones, Count Dooku captured Obi Wan Kenobi, who was investigating for the Jedi Council and had found what he thought was the spider at the center of the web. While in captivity, Dooku tried to shift Obi Wan’s allegiance. Dooku told an unbelievable story about how a Sith Lord was running the Senate and if he would be allowed to continue to run free he would rule the galaxy before long.
Obi Wan scoffed at this proclamation. A Sith Lord running the Senate? Absolutely not! The Jedi would know! But in the end, Dooku was right. He told the 100% truth in his attempt to seduce Obi Wan to the dark side.
In both previous cases, Vader and Dooku told the TRUTH! 100% No lies, a little deception, maybe, but you can still deceive and still tell the truth.
So when we look at Kylo Ren’s attempt to have Rey join his side, the only other times we’ve seen a Dark Jedi try and seduce someone to the Dark Side, they told the truth. Maybe that means Kylo Ren IS telling the truth and Rey’s parents are nobody.
Either way, The Last Jedi is not the last we’ve heard of Ray’s parents. Even if it’s just a throw away line that serves to only inform the audience that yes, Kylo Ren is telling the truth.
What do you think? Is Kylo Ren lying? Are Rey’s parents someone special? Or is Kylo right, and she’s nobody from nowhere?
If she is nobody, does it bother you? Or do you love it?