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rey and leia should have gotten a scene where they bond over how they're both descended from some of the most evil war criminals the galaxy has ever seen and leia helps rey come to terms with her grandparentage; because leia really should've processed that her dad blew up her homeworld at some point and that's a legitimately interesting story

or leia reveals that she hasn't actually come to terms with that at all, she still holds a massive grudge for entirely understandable reasons, and one of the reasons she was estranged from luke is because luke forgave the man who killed everyone she ever knew and loved

and she still teaches rey to be better than her and surpass her, not as a force user, but as an emotionally mature and competent human being

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the idea that all our heroes from the OT grew up to still have serious personal problems that they never really resolve - Han never settles down and is a really shitty dad, Luke can't deal with failure and decided self-isolation was preferable to fixing his mistakes, Leia (in this fanon) cannot reconcile the fact that she's just related to a metric fuckton of Evil People (including her son) who've done horrific injustice to her...

it's really compelling and there's a lot a competent author (not me, but also not the RoS team) could do with it! what if the message of the ST was actually "kill your idols, recognize they are flawed and let them be human, then learn from them and move beyond them"?

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kylo is either redeemed or falls into irredeemable darkness (i prefer the latter but ok) by either renouncing or clinging to vader's legacy of evil

rey completes her TLJ journey by refusing to be the inheritor of either the Jedi Order's teachings or her familial legacy, choosing her found family of Poe/Finn/Chewie/etc over the Skywalkers or the Palpatines - friendship > power!

Finn already has a really strong arc in this vein - he's literally casting off the First Order and everything he was raised to believe was right and strong and good and finding a new path in the galaxy! let him find friendship and love (with Poe) after learning to care about people/causes/himself!

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@velexiraptor so sad they had to rework the story after carries death... It could have been so good

@velexiraptor RoS literally is like, "They ordered us to attack civilians and we all refused to and defected" oh that's interesting and that story goes NOWHERE.

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@velexiraptor Kylo falling supports the theme strongly if you use him as a mouthpiece for the idea that heritage is destiny. He refuses to find his own path and embraces his "birthright" as the heir of Vader, and he gets his shit wrecked for it.

@robotcarsley i love the idea that kylo is redeemable but refuses to be redeemed, and becomes the real bbeg because of it - specifically because he refuses the path that Vader took, of redemption in the end. he holds this incomplete vision of Vader as his idol, and by refusing to let go of it, he proceeds down a far darker (and ultimately tragic) path

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@velexiraptor I really hoped the ultimate arc for Rey (and Kylo) was going to be some sort of "actually, the universe, and the Force, is full and grey and let's smash this false binary of the light and dark sides of the force." TLJ seemed to be hinting at this, but RoS was happy to just sort of repeat Return of the Jedi.

@velexiraptor this last point here is why I was so bummed rather than entertained by Rise of Skywalker. Because TLJ really seemed like it WAS gonna go there, even surface level. Moreover exploring that "killing your idols" means internally accepting the past, and acknowledging its warts on some level rather than the denial & destructive LITERAL "kill the past" that the raging Kylo Ren word for word endorsed.

Then they just

Didnt

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