After seeing what he can do with Poe(freezing him momentarily) and the blaster shot, couldn't he have just stopped Finn with telekinesis and taken Luke's lightsaber with his own hand?

Why even bother engaging him?

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    You could ask this question for every single situation that a competent Force user confronts someone who is not even Force sensitive. If you include The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, there are a lot of examples where a Jedi/Sith should just use telekinesis on their opponent (or they have successfully used telekinesis to disable their opponent, yet do not follow up), but they decide not to for who knows what reasons. I don't really get it.
    – Ellesedil
    May 2, 2016 at 18:17
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    @Ellesedil Obviously, you only earn half XP if you defeat a foe with TK.
    – Yakk
    May 2, 2016 at 19:18
  • @Yakk: youtube.com/watch?v=BT6Sd0qfR-Y&t=2m43s - I'm sure if Kanan or Ezra had bothered to pick up the discarded lightsaber and just threw up there, they would have gotten more XP than running away. Oh, and saved themselves a season worth of trouble. He's disabled. FINISH HIM!!!
    – Ellesedil
    May 2, 2016 at 19:48
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    "Why does Kylo Ren even fight with Finn in the forest?" Well, why did you? May 2, 2016 at 21:44
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    @MartinBüttner, I was not myself at the time! LOL
    – KyloRen
    May 3, 2016 at 0:19

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Ren had two motives for fighting with Finn;

  • He considers Finn a traitor and wants to punish him for betraying the First Order.

  • Finn challenged him to a duel. Ren is clearly enough of a ham that he can't resist.

Finn blocked him again and again, once letting the other man’s beam slide against his own and harmlessly off to one side. He counterattacked, to no avail. The longer the contest continued, the stronger Ren seemed to become. It was as if he was enjoying the challenge. Feeding upon it.

At least, it appeared so until Finn parried, swung, and unexpectedly stabbed, the tip of his lightsaber beam grazing Ren’s arm. That made it more than a challenge. Taking a step back, Ren reconsidered his opponent. When he closed the distance between them anew, it was with a purpose that had been previously lacking. Expecting an execution, he had found a contest. Now he had been touched. It was time for play to end.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Official Novelisation

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    Laughed out loud on your second bullet point. Can't argue with that. But , still he could have frozen him and slowly pushed the saber into his flesh that way too.
    – KyloRen
    May 2, 2016 at 12:50
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    @KyloRen - That brings us to point 2, Finn challenged him.
    – Valorum
    May 2, 2016 at 14:02
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    Do they regularly say 'beam' and not 'blade' these days?
    – ThruGog
    May 2, 2016 at 18:58
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    @ThruGog - In the novelisation, they say beam far more often than blade. 11 instances versus 2
    – Valorum
    May 2, 2016 at 19:11
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    @ThruGog - It seems to be common to the Disney novelisations; Rey's Story and the Junior Novelisation also use the word beam more often
    – Valorum
    May 2, 2016 at 19:22

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