Psychological warfare. Vader was the death dealing wizard right hand man of the evil emperor for well over a generation. More than likely, his image is still enough to put a good portion of the population in fear. By taking up the mantle, so to speak, he is making a clear statement about the terror and power that he represents.
To put this in perspective, ...
If you're referring to the scene where...
part of the point of that scene is that, for this once, he takes down the walls around the side of him that's a vulnerable, non-evil emo kid and son of Han and Leia.
His challenge is to face that side of himself - the side that still more Ben than Kylo - overcome it, and eliminate it.
So when he's facing Han, he:...
I'm afraid the answer is something unanticipatingly simple and banal: there was no point.
Assuming that you meant Anakin the Good Guy's Force Ghost from ROTJ Special Edition:
Anakin's Force Ghost has absolutely nothing worth saying that Kylo Ren doesn't already know and taken into consideration.
What is he going to say to change Kylo's mind?
AFG: Ben, I ...
He saw her helping him, and assumed she was on his side
It’s that old standby of prophecies, exact words. Both Rey and Kylo are correct in what they saw. It’s important to note that Rey says she saw Kylo’s future, but “just the shape of it” (so she was receiving some impressions, not necessarily images). Rey doesn’t necessarily see Kylo killing Snoke, and ...
It was 100% Kylo Ren.
When Snoke was slain, Rey had her back to him and when she turned around to see what happened, she was in complete shock.
Also, Snoke narrated Kylo Ren's thoughts, which included him (Kylo Ren) striking down his enemy.
Lastly, Kylo Ren lied about who killed Supreme Leader Snoke because it would be considered treason, and Kylo Ren ...
The implication was that Rey was somehow blocking him through her own efforts to move the hilt. Note his surprise that an object so small doesn't come on command.
The exertion actually causes him physical pain which in turn weakens his Force abilities to the point that Rey can overpower him and call the lightsaber to her.
He retracted his blade, turned, ...
TFA Visual Dictionary addresses this on page 26 "Kylo Ren: The Dark Warrior":
The blade looks this way because it is unstable plasma blade Matrix
This has to do with three facts also quoted on the same 2 pages:
Though Kylo's weapon evokes an ancient feel, its components are modern. Its crude appearance suggests construction by an inexperienced hand
"The Supreme leader is dead"
to which Hux replies
"Long live the Supreme Leader".
Basically they're confirming that the [old] Supreme leader (Snoke) is dead so they now need to transfer their wish of long life to the [new] Supreme Leader (Kylo Ren).
Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader,
He tries to imitate Vader’s appearance even though there is no medical need for him to cover his face.
Additionally, the mask and helmet are worn for the intimidating appearance: They hide Kylo Ren’s facial expressions, let him appear larger and make him inapproachable to his underlings and enemies.
Helmet and mask ...
Found an answer myself.
According to J.J. Abrams, in an interview to Empire magazine, He is NOT a Sith (despite being a Dark Side user of the Force):
"Kylo Ren is not a Sith," confirms JJ Abrams in the new issue of Empire. "He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”
In addition, canon Visual Dictionary ...
JJ Abrams largely addresses this in an interview with IGN.
“Kylo Ren idolizes Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker,” Abrams explained. “He idolizes what Vader represents and what Vader was trying to do. The idea that Vader didn’t succeed, if you look at it from Ren’s point of view, he was seduced by the enemy and failed because of that seduction. So the idea ...
According to the expert (Snoke), he is talented. But he has a major weakness (he has the pull of the Light side he's combatting).
When next Snoke spoke there was an intimacy in his voice, a familiarity that stood in sharp contrast to the commanding tone he had used with Hux.
“I have never had a student with such promise—before you.”
Ren straightened. “...
It's a bit murky. As far as I know, it's not explicitly addressed in the film or written materials - beyond that, in the novelisations, apparently in descriptions he's referred to simply as "Ren" (as in, "Ren leapt to his feet and raced to the door, leaving his eyeliner and poetry unfinished"). If they all end their names with Ren like it's short for "[the] ...
I think there's a much simpler answer.
Hitting a part of your body that is causing a distractingly sharp, acute pain can numb that pain by turning it into a blunt, dull, persistent and therefore less distracting pain. Basically flattening the pain by maxing it out.
This is something I've done in real life when sharp (non-wound...) pains like cramp or ...
Kylo Ren knows about Vader's fate, after all,
Snoke and Ren discuss it in the movie.
From the novelization:
“Yes. Such a simple thing. Such a foolish error of judgment. A momentary lapse in an otherwise exemplary life. Had Lord Vader not succumbed to emotion at the crucial moment— had the father killed the son— the Empire would have prevailed. And ...
Harrison Ford had petitioned for Han to be killed off.
The origin of Han dying seems to be Harrison Ford himself — he had wanted Han to die in The Return of the Jedi:
"It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal and give a little bottom, a ...
Visions are hard to interpret, especially when clouded with the dark side of the Force.
It's not clear whether Rey is seeing the past, the future or some kind of jumbled mish-mash of conflicting images.
As you've pointed out, Kylo didn't get his snazzy hat and red lightsaber until after he'd fled the training grounds. He was still using a standard ...
1. Mind-reading: Yes
Darth Vader was also able to use the Force to perceive thoughts:
VADER: Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for... sister. So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to ...
There are a couple ways Kylo Ren would know about and recognize the Skywalker lightsaber:
Information on Anakin's lightsaber was likely communicated to Kylo Ren by Luke himself. Kylo Ren was initially trained by his uncle, Luke Skywalker. Since they trained together, and are family, Luke probably told him about Obi-Wan giving him Anakin's second lightsaber. ...
First, please note that
I have not been able to find any canonical information on why Kylo Ren was given that birth name, so my answer is based upon reasoning and conclusions drawn from watching the movies (ep. 4-7).
While it's true that Han doesn't seem to like Kenobi nor agree with him on anything, Kenobi did disengage the tractor beam and gave ...
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
JJ Abrams is pretty clear:
In the same interview, co-writer Michael Arndt says much the same thing:
Of course, Harrison Ford has been very vocal about the fact that he wanted this to happen as far back as Return of the Jedi:
This interview is one of many in which he said this.
The script also describes the event in pretty ...
Kylo Ren's inexperience in lightsaber construction led to an unusual looking lightsaber.
From The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary:
In The Force Awakens we learn that Kylo Ren
That is why his lightsaber, blades and hilt, seem very rough and makeshift. His blades appear unstable and even look as if they were on fire whereas most saber blades are smoother. ...
Kylo Ren has two parents: Han Solo and Leia Organa.
Leia is the daughter of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, making Kylo Ren the grandson of Anakin/Vader.
Leia refers to their son a number of times in conversation with Han.
He met her eyes steadily. “We’ve lost our son, forever.”
“Always,” she told him. “From the shadows, in the beginning, even ...
TFA Visual Dictionary says "19-year-old Rey"
There is no canon answer as of right now.
However, Pablo Hidalgo answered Kylo Ren's age on Twitter:
Kylo Ren's BFF @jimwade Dec 19
Hey @pablohidalgo do we have any idea what Kylo's age is in TFA? Around 30?
Pablo Hidalgo @pablohidalgo @jimwade around there. 29-30.
Please be aware ...
To establish Kylo Ren firmly as a villain.
JJ Abrams himself said this is what it was all about:
Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f—king bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we ...
Kylo believes that Han was a disappointing father. At the same time, ideological male figures dominate his world view.
After Kylo scans Rey's mind and finds that she considers Han to be like a "father she never had", he tells her,
"He would have disappointed you."
We have no evidence of Kylo's opinion of Leia as you point out, but he clearly believes ...
Canonical answer: during Rei's dream sequence when she picks up the light sabre, we see a group of characters all wearing similar masks. (From the screenshot below it looks as if the masks are not all identical, but they are similar in appearance.)
From the context of the movie we can surmise that these are the Knights of Ren. Thus, the reason Kylo Ren ...
Under normal circumstances, he would have been able to use the Force to telekenetically take the lightsaber. The problem was that someone else was also trying to do the exact same thing he was. He was fighting for control over the saber with another Force user, and he lost.
As you mention in your last sentence, there's a hint running throughout the movie ...