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Questions tagged [the-force-awakens]

For questions about the "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" movie. Always use in conjunction with the [star-wars] tag.

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If Luke Skywalker didn’t want to be found, why did he leave a map?

We know that Luke Skywalker vanished after But, for some reason, there’s a map to his location. That seems odd for someone who doesn’t want to be found, at least not by the wrong people.
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Which 'finger' was BB-8 sticking up?

At one point in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn and BB-8 are talking. Finn gives BB-8 a thumbs-up. In return, BB-8 extends a little lit welding torch. I've heard two different understandings of BB-...
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Why isn't the system identifiable using only BB-8's map?

The star map that BB-8 carries shows the system where Luke is at. IIRC, C-3PO says the system is "not on any of our charts". But the map shows at least a couple of dozen systems, and later we see it ...
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How could a raw, untrained Force user be so adept at using the Force?

Everything that I seemed to know about the Star Wars universe indicated that in order to be successful at being a force user, the user required decades of training and experience. Which is why I ...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Is there an explanation on why Kylo Ren wears that mask in The Force Awakens? It even has a voice synthesizer and everything. It makes him look like a Darth Vader fanboy and really tries to be/look/...
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Why was Han Solo acting like he’s never seen Chewbacca’s bowcaster before?

In “The Force Awakens” Han Solo, Chewbacca and Finn are caught in a battle on the planet Takodana—where Maz Kanata lives, hangs out and does whatever she does—and Chewbacca begins using his bowcaster ...
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In Episode VI, what did the good guys really accomplish since the bad guys are back stronger in Episode VII?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, the Death Star and the Sith boss(es) are killed and everyone is happy. But thirty years later in The Force Awakens it seems like the new bad guys are bigger and ...
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Why hasn't Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost advised Kylo Ren?

We know that Anakin Skywalker has become a Force Ghost — at the end of Episode VI, Anakin's Ghost is a wallflower at the ewok party on the Forest Moon of Endor. We also know that it doesn't ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis?

In Episode III, Darth Sidious explains to Anakin the power of the Dark Side to save people from death. He mentions Darth Plagueis - the Sith who discovered this. Sidious then claims he died, which ...
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Who was the old man at the beginning of The Force Awakens?

Who was the old man at the beginning of the movie? P.S. I don't believe I spoil anything with this question
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How is the Starkiller Base supposed to work more than one time, given how it draws its power?

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, once the Starkiller Base has depleted the star it is drawing power from, is it supposed to travel to another star where it can draw more power? Or is it non-mobile and ...
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How are Stormtroopers uniquely identified in the field?

Multiple times in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people refer to trooper FN-2187 by that specific correct name, while he is in armor. But the armor is largely identical (some have little accessories ...
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What made R2-D2 reactivate in “The Force Awakens?”

During The Force Awakens, BB-8 tries to wake up R2-D2, but is unsuccessful. At the end of the movie, R2-D2 wakes up. I didn't catch anything really explaining why he would activate just at that time....
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Why is Luke searching for the First Jedi Temple?

In another question, it was quoted from the script that although Luke wanted to "walk away from everything", he specifically went searching for the First Jedi Temple as a "personal quest". What are ...
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Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from normal lightsabers?

Kylo Ren's lightsaber is very confusing. It has a cross-guard, which was discussed in another question, but I don't think this was: Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from a normal ...
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Is Kylo Ren a Sith?

Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader and vows to finish what he started. He wields a red lightsaber. He opposes the Jedi. He fights for the Empire... err First Order Does that mean he is a Sith?
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Why did C-3PO not have a red arm at the end of The Force Awakens?

Towards the end of the movie, as the crew of the Falcon are taking off to follow the map, the Resistance gathers to wave goodbye. Taking the image from this question: While this image doesn't show ...
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What were all those visions Rey saw?

When Rey hears the whispers from the basement in Maz's castle and goes to investigate, she ends up opening a chest and finds When she touches it, she sees a bunch of visions (or flashbacks). I've ...
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What exactly did Darth Vader leave unfinished that Kylo Ren intended to finish?

In a Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot there is a scene of Kylo Ren saying "I will finish what you've started" to Darth Vader's mask. Do we know what exactly Kylo Ren means? What does he want to ...
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Why couldn't the shield protecting the Death Star be penetrated at the Battle of Endor?

In The Force Awakens... However, in the Battle of Endor there is an elaborate plan to eliminate the Death Star II's shields by attacking the shield generator on Endor before Lando can fly the Falcon ...
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How does BB-8 move in the sand without skidding?

Question inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson's tweet: In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, BB-8, a smooth rolling metal spherical ball, would have skidded uncontrollably on sand. Is this ever explained in-...
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Why would the First Order have lightsaber-resistant batons?

In The Force Awakens there is a new Stormtroopr who is equipped with a lightsaber-resistant baton. Except for one thing: In Revenge of the Sith, most of the Jedi are killed. During the original Star ...
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Is there any in-universe reason for a stormtrooper to use a melee weapon against Finn?

It's a well-worn cliché of film and TV that, when facing off against a main character, villainous goons will use whatever strategy and weaponry makes for the most visually impressive fight scene that ...
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Is Finn Force Sensitive?

In this question in the notes, we'd like to establish for or against a canon statement that Finn is a Force-wielding individual. He can seemingly use a lightsaber effectively, but I don't believe the ...
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Was Kylo Ren's lightsaber activated by the character that it then killed?

I have recently seen a fan-theory that in The Force Awakens, was the one that activated Kylo Ren's lightsaber, with suicidal effect. Is there a reliable (preferably canon) explanation of whether ...
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Why is Kylo Ren fixated on just one of his parents?

Kylo Ren mentions or alludes to his father multiple times in the movie, and in the end, as some sort of "proving his worth" or I dunno what. He never once mentions his mother, Why the daddy-...
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Is Kylo Ren talented with the Force or not?

I just watched "The Force Awakens", and have been obsessively reading through all questions tagged with it for the past couple days. It seems to me like there is a little bit of a debate with whether ...
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Whose helmet did Rey put on?

In The Force Awakens, while having her meal next to a fallen AT-AT, Rey put on a rebel pilot helmet. Whose was it? It seemed to have "Ræh" written on it, in Aurebesh... Did the helmet belong to ...
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Rey's familial ties in “The Force Awakens”

In an answer on another question about The Force Awakens, the author suggests that: I’ve missed any indicators of any such relationship while watching the movie. Is it known who Rey’s parents are?
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Why does Kylo Ren keep hitting the side of his body?

In The Force Awakens Kylo Ren is shot in the side by Chewbacca. Later on in the forest, we see him hit himself repeatedly in the area where he was shot. Why does he do this? Wouldn't that, like... ...
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Why did the First Order's army of stormtroopers need a pep talk?

In the scene directly leading up to the General Hux gave a rousing speech to his stormtrooper army Why does he need to do this? Its an army of stormtroopers. They will do what he says, and don't ...
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What does the writing on Poe Dameron's flight vest say?

Not the most vital fact, I know, but what does the writing on Poe's vest-thingy say?
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Why was the First Order so fixated on finding Luke? What about Leia?

In "The Force Awakens," The First Order seems to be focused on one thing, and only one thing. That is, finding Luke, the last Jedi. This seems to be very much like the conflict in Episodes 4 - 6. The ...
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Why give this character his old lightsaber?

In the new Star Wars Movie, But as you can see in Episode VI, Luke built his new green one with another handle. Didn't she just know that he already got another one?
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Has there been a Sith who didn't learn from a more senior Sith?

The new Star Wars film has what looks like a Sith in it, and his name's Kylo Ren. It seems pretty obvious from the trailers that he's a Sith Lord of some kind, with his menacing red lightsaber and ...
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Why was this major Star Wars character killed off in The Force Awakens?

Towards the end of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens, This event caused a lot of grief among fans who were devastated to see this character go, and the filmmakers surely anticipated such a ...
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In “The Force Awakens,” how did the First Order obtain their power and resources?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, the Rebels destroy the second Death Star, and Darth Vader kills the Emperor. Given the apparently immediate celebrations on multiple planets, it seems like the ...
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I was told that “Kylo Ren” was his rank and order (i.e. Kylo means captain or similar) but I can't find a ref. Is it true?

This was told to me with some confidence by 'some guy', but I can't find anything that backs this up. It makes more sense being "Captain of the SAS" rather than "Johnny SAS" Alternatively, is there ...
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How did the planets not freeze over after the attack from Starkiller Base?

In Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the Starkiller Base Would that not have killed everyone on the surface of Starkiller Base and on the targeted planet almost instantly? Rey and Kylo go ...
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Where were the Knights of Ren during the events of The Force Awakens?

As far as I know: . Did they play any significant role off camera, or in a deleted scene perhaps? Are they even still alive?
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Who led the Empire after Palpatine in the Disney canon?

From The Force Awakens, we see that the Empire existed for at least some time after the Battle of Endor and the death of Palpatine. Most notably, Jakku seems to have been the site of a massive ...
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Is BB-8 based on xkcd 413, “New Pet”?

OK, OK, so that title's a bit provocative, but take a look at xkcd #413, and tell me you don't immediately think "Randall Munroe invented BB-8 before BB-8 was invented!" (Note that this comic is from ...
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Why does Poe Dameron leave Jakku without BB-8?

In The Force Awakens, when Finn and Poe Dameron escape the Star Destroyer Finalizer, Poe flies back to Jakku over Finn's protests, insisting he has to pick up BB-8 — and what BB-8's carrying — as per ...
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In The Force Awakens, how is it that Finn knows sword combat?

We see that Finn can fight with a lightsaber, Is this something that's part of his back story that we're going to find out later, or is there some little-known fact about Stormtroopers that they're ...
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How does Rey know the Wookiee language?

I just watched TFA again last night and there's a scene where Finn and Rey reunite (with Han and Chewie's help) in the Starkiller base. During the reuniting scene where Rey and Finn are happy to see ...
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What's the relationship between the Resistance and the Republic?

As far as I understand it in TFA we have three major political forces: The New Republic The First Order The Resistance Do we know -- is The Resistance part of the Republic, just the part that is ...
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Why was FN-2187 working in sanitation?

Question as stated. I haven’t seen anything to suggest it was punishment for an offence (he didn’t seem to have ever committed any) or that he was only useful for that particular assignment (he was ...
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Why did Han seem unhappy that Rey bypassed the compressor?

Why did Han seem unhappy that Rey bypassed the compressor? They both agreed that it was a bad addition to the Falcon.
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What is the object in the opening shot of The Force Awakens?

In the opening shot of The Force Awakens, we see the Star Destroyer Finalizer slowly obscure a planet that we assume is Jakku. We then see several small ships (that turn out to be transporters full of ...