‘A Force Awakens’ and Rey’s power

I recently had a conversation, spurred by watching Rogue One, of where the latest additions to the Star Wars franchise come in rankings of all the Star Wars films. The agreement was they both sat fairly high, but the discussion turned to Rey, A Force Awaken‘s protagonist. What was suggested was that Rey’s quick harnessing of her power was a cop out and that she shouldn’t have be able to so easily defeat the powerful, and trained, Kylo Ren. Possibly a bit of a dues ex machina.

The argument was that Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader etc all had to train to be able to utilise the force. Shame two thirds of those guys are evil.

My, no doubt ill-conceived, argument (which was definitely inspired by serious philosophers and not G&Ts) was that the prowess of Kylo Ren’s character was partly because of his conditions. His mother was a general, his father a charismatic and aloof criminal, and his grandfather an all powerful Sith empire guy. Also a man. And also not very happy about his life and conditions, and appears to have gone through a teenage rebellion that’s gotten a bit out of hand.

Whereas Rey has been fending for herself, abandoned by her family, and salvaging scrap from spaceships to get that yummy looking black gloop stuff. She doesn’t appear to have had much time to hone her Jedi skills, or even realise they exist. She is also a woman. Which perhaps is, or is not relevant.

One has come from a background where they could develop their skills and one has not, because they had to focus simply on surviving.

As much as I told myself I would never seriously discuss Star Wars, I’ve now done it. Yay for me.