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His vehicle was slowed by the (pressure of the) cannon's beam. You see his ship buckling under the pressure and slowing. Based on a quick eyeball assessment of his speed, from the point seen below it should have only taken him about five seconds to reach the cannon, yet he's still more than a hundred yards away eight seconds later when Rose hits him. It's ...


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All quotes below unless otherwise noted are from "Star Wars: Before the Awakening" prequel book (which I will shorten to [TFA prequel]) "Finn" chapter; and Alan Dean Fosters "The Force Awakens" novelization (aka [TFA book]), and WGA leaked TFA script (aka [WGA script]). Finn is an excellent soldier, as far as soldiering skills go, if one goes by his ...


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Out of universe If you look at 20th century military, especially conscripted ones which is what First Order had - for example Soviet Army, "painting fences", "digging latrines", "cultivating potatoes" was a standard duty for soldiers. Someone has to do it, right? And privates are free, no need to budget for sanitation Boredom ...


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Unknown, but possibly no as per Episode VII. In the film, there's no indication that Finn is a Force-wielder. He uses a lightsaber, but very ineffectively (he's defeated by a stormtooper with a staff weapon, then easily {as per novelization} by Ren. In the Novelization, I checked every single time they mentioned Finn. There were precisely zero mentions of ...


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Vanity Fair reported in their The Rise of Skywalker preview that the gap between the two movies is "about a year." Assuming that was based on conversations with producers and is likely accurate*, that's still more than enough time for someone to pick up the rudiments of a language. Here's some relevant reporting from the BBC: Such immersion is also ...


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In addition to DVK's great analysis - we may also be able to look at John Williams' score for clues. In listening to the official release of the score (that's a Spotify link but it's pretty common so just go get it however you can) as well as the film season "for your consideration" critics awards review site from Disney which has slightly different cues, ...


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Because he was trained for it In "Before the Awakening" book (Disney canon book that is a prequel to Episode VII, detailing Finn's training), Finn's chapter covers this in detail: The following morning they started on intensive melee combat training. This was done outside the simulators, in one of the exercise rooms designated for the purpose. ...


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If you look at the only Star Wars universe garbage disposal facility that has actually been portrayed on screen, in episode IV, it should be obvious why you need trained, armed and armoured soldiers working in your sanitation section.


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TL;DR: In this "less civilized age", to paraphrase Obi-Wan, it takes far less training to get by in lightsaber combat. The old Jedi Order is long gone, and when it was destroyed, much of the finesse and skill possessed by its members went with it. As a result, the best lightsaber combatants in The Force Awakens are far less talented than the ...


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In the intervening time since we last checked in with the rebellion's golden trio, they've all been pretty busy. Poe has become a general and is now coordinating military activities, Rey has been training as a Jedi and Finn has been immersing himself in the study of weapons, tactics, leadership and languages. GROWING SKILLS Finn's stormtrooper training has ...


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In the same movie, you can see Finn defending himself using lightsaber against a staff kind of melee weapon used by another stormtrooper. It means that stormtroopers get melee combat training, too. Using a sword instead of specialized First Order melee weapon won't be that hard.


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No, there is no definite evidence either way yet. For all we know from the movie, Finn never knew his real parents. They may be anyone. Maybe we will never know them. So far, I have seen two arguments that support "Finn is Lando's son" theory. First, Lando is about the only human with dark skin in original trilogy. Some people think that relative rarity ...


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Per the official novelisation, Finn dragged Rose back through the breached door. The walkers ignored him and the ground troops hadn't disembarked yet. Working quickly, Finn rigged a makeshift travois out of broken hull plating and wiring and strapped Rose to it. He didn’t have time to process what she’d said to him, before she kissed him, or to worry about ...


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Finn has apparently had access to entertainment programmes (of a historical nature) as well as the more mundane First-Order weapons and tactical training. As madness ebbed and surged around him, he wandered through the village, feeling himself more a participant in a historical drama than in an actual battle. The horrific and all too common red stains on ...


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The sword (which a lightsaber essentially is) is one of the most ancient and instinctive weapons outside of a club or a spear, with a history dating back to the Bronze Age. My kid picked up a lightsaber (a toy one, fortunately) aged three, and knew it was for hitting and jabbing with. So, pretty much everyone knows how to use a sword; it's just a question ...


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Finn IS a stormtrooper. In that role, his first and ultimate duty is combat (this is why he is reprimanded after the initial events on Jakku. His role in sanitation is likely his 'day job' - ie, the assignment at the base when not being a front line soldier. As to the shields, it is shown that he The only reason they were able to lower the shields is ...


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Finn's original last name: JJ Abrams already knows, but he isn't talking: I will only say about that that it is completely intentional that [Finn and Rey's] last names aren’t public record. - Source John Boyega [Finn] has also said: “I didn’t know much going in... I just remember during my time screen-testing, I was like, to Daisy [Ridley], ‘there’...


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It cannot possibly be Mace Windu, because Mace died at the end of Clone wars, at the year 32BBY, and the events of TFA happen 66 years after that, meaning that Finn would have to be at least 65 years old in the film (barring artificial insemination after father's death). He clearly looks WAY younger than 65. UPDATE: While this is more of a speculation ...


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Yes, it says that he did in the Force Awakens: Visual Dictionary. As part of his training rotation, FN-2187 also logged many hours on sanitation detail, dirty work that nonetheless needed doing. As well as in the new canon novel Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Finn's Story After years of training, FN-2187 had itched for some real action. Like other ...


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As of the end of Episode 7, there is no romance between the two. John Boyega (Finn) cleared this up in an interview with Variety when they said they liked the romance between the two. I loved the developing romance between your character, Finn and Rey in “The Force Awakens.” How is that romance evolving in the next chapter? Boyega: I mean, we didn’t ...


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No one knows. That was the entire point of the writing choices for that scene. Rey: "Tell him...." (pauses to think, unsure) Chewie: (something no one in the audience can understand) Rey: Yeah, perfect. Tell him that. If the writers had been able to think of a really good line to put there, maybe they would have. Instead, they made it a subtle ...


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Update: This is covered in prequel book, Before the Awakening They do socialize. As a matter of fact, Finn is noted as being unusually isolated among trainee stormtroopers, because reasons (too long to get into and offtopic for this answer) They had nicknames for themselves In front of the officers, in front of Captain Phasma especially, they always used ...


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As another person mentioned (and was down-voted for some reason), there is a scene where Finn is helping to pack the ship outside Maz Kanata's cantina when he stops in his tracks and gasps, hearing cries of terror. He looks up, seeing the projectiles from the Starkiller base streak across the sky. A few moments later, they cut to a scene where people on one ...


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Possibly, but there's not much evidence In The Force Awakens, Rey and Finn have only known each other for a few days. It's therefore unlikely that they have extremely developed feelings toward each other, though this may happen in time. However, at the end of The Force Awakens, Rey does kiss Finn on the forehead. A NEW DAY. Finn, unconscious in ...


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I think TenthJustice's answer sums it up really well. One thing I think we can also consider is that throughout the EU and Legends canon and video games, those who were Force-sensitive sometimes had a knack for understanding alien languages or droid-speak. More than anything, I think it's probably immersion that provided the most benefit for Finn. However, ...


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I'm going to take a dip into speculation, as neither Canon nor Legends really talks about any of this. Where did Finn get any thoughts regarding the Force? Stories, bar room chat, barracks yarns. Stormtroopers are obviously humans; conditioned humans, but humans nonetheless. They talk about landspeeders on screen in the movies; they obviously talk. ...


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In a deleted scene from The Force Awakens, we can see that Finn is a pretty decent speeder pilot. What he seems to lack is combat flight skills, hence why he busts Poe out for his daring escape. A hasty search took them to a parking area filled with a smattering of vehicles. From the varied assortment, they settled on an isolated snow speeder. Between ...


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Finn had previously witnessed Kylo Ren stop a blaster bolt in mid-shot and then hold it as he continued on a conversation/interrogation. Also, he is shown to be acutely aware that Kylo Ren was aware of him and his conscientious objection to firing on innocents, an event he did not witness yet still managed to sense. He obviously has witnessed ...


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Finn could drive speeders, but could not fly spacecraft. The reference to driving is deliberate: in SW, various types of speeders perform the same functions as cars in our universe. Although speeders technically do fly, apparently they are much easier to use than space fighters like an X-wing or TIE fighter. In episode 2, we see thousands of them on ...


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