Rey is constantly shocking everyone around her (and often the audience) with her incredible displays of power.
How did she hold her own against Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens with no training? How did she battle Snoke’s Praetorian Guard – supposedly the greatest warriors in the galaxy – with half an afternoon’s training on Ahch-To? How did she lift a landslide of boulders in a messianic moment?
It simply stretches credulity and has tried the patience of many hardcore fans.
However, there is a very simple explanation for her amazing bursts of power which also reveals that she is nowhere near as strong as everyone has been led to believe – and also links in nicely with that small boy on Canto Bight with the broom…
Rey’s almost total lack of any training or any knowledge about the Force at all, is the key.
The new argument says: “The central theme of episodes VII-IX is that the old is actively detrimental to the potential of the new… I would argue that the whole point of these movies is that the dogmatic adherence to a specific training program has been at best holding Force users back for millennia, and at worst causing explosive and genocidal outbursts in the form of powerful Sith.”
Luke has been banging on that the old Jedi ways need to end and even Yoda admits as much, before symbolically igniting the Force tree.
Reddit user BrentWorthington explains: “Ben and Luke are both aware of this legacy of the Force. Luke had formal training from Yoda and stories of the Clone Wars, Ben had formal training from Luke and stories of the Rebellion and Empire. Both grew up in an environment that taught them, ‘This is what the Force is, this is how you learn it.’
“Both were subject to the restrictive philosophies of the old Order – the ‘You’re not ready’ and the ‘beware of powerful emotion’ and the ‘if you screw up once, you might just get executed in your tent while you sleep’.
“Rey has no such restrictions.”
This is why Rey will never and should never become a full Jedi.
“Her Force abilities are not only not sanded down to the old Order’s expectations, but they’re almost completely latent. Her force abilities come out when she needs them, in times of heightened stress (escaping the torture room, fighting Ren in the woods). Her natural Force abilities aren’t hampered by questions of “should,” but only questions of “can”. She’s able to go toe-to-toe with an albeit incompletely trained Sith because she doesn’t have a lifetime of people telling her ‘these are your limits, stick to them.'”
The argument ends that this means Rey isn’t necessarily that strong, she is simply open enough to be a pure vessel for the Force.
This seems to explain how she can submerge herself in the Dark Side pool on Ahch-To or face Snoke and not be swayed towards the Dark Side.
She has no side, Light or Dark. She is open to and able to access both sides. This is what Snoke sought to exploit in Kylo Ren but his apprentice is too emotionally conflicted to be a pure vessel.
The fall of the Jed Order now means that raw Force users are starting to appear across the galaxy – like that young stable boy on Canto Bight who calls his broom to him.
Rey symbolises the future of the Force for the whole galaxy.
Published at Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:32:00 +0000