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Throughout the movie people kept calling it a "map to Luke Skywalker" but I think they were being a bit sloppy with their phrasing. At one point, Han mentions that everyone believes Luke left to find The map everyone is looking for, then, isn't a map to Luke. It's a map to the thing Luke was looking for. This is significant, because two different ...


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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, ...


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The film's official novelisation categorically disproves this theory Then, as the light from outside was fully blocked by the flow of descending, accumulating dark energy, Ren ignited the lightsaber — and the fiery red beam lanced outward to pierce Han’s chest from front to back. The junior novelisation contains a very slightly different view of ...


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You seem to be forgetting that the character in question was already a more than capable fighter. Earlier in the movie; This clearly demonstrates that the character in question has some fighting experience, and I would imagine that the ability to fight effectively with one melee weapon is very similar to fighting with another. Before this fight we also ...


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The novelisation of the film explicitly states that it is indeed intended to be a "thumbs-up" from BB-8 “Doing the best I can down here.” Rey vanished again. As soon as she was out of sight, the grateful Finn gave BB-8 a thumbs-up. The droid responded by shooting out a welding torch in imitation of the human’s gesture. As does the 2017 Star Wars ...


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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:...


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The Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star II and the Sith were defeated, leading to the eventual defeat of the Empire. The Empire was forced to sign the Galactic Concordance, which limited the territory of the Empire and brought peace to the galaxy. The Empire was replaced with the New Republic which was more free like the Old Republic. Ultimately, this ...


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Right now it's anybody's guess what the in-universe explanation is. But thematically, the entirety of Ep.7 is about trying to find a way home, full stop. The First Order is trying to "make the Empire great again!", Kylo Ren is obsessed with roleplaying as his grandfather, Leia is fervently trying to locate her brother whom she hasn't seen in years, Rey is ...


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There's a canon (even Disney canon) explanation of this in Before the Awakening, in the first chapter, p5-6 (of the paperback): FN-2187 crouched down and looked in the indicated direction. They were all virtually indistinguishable in their stormtrooper armor, but within his helmet, along with the near-constant stream of data projected across his lenses&...


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I'm not aware of an explicit answer in the movie or the novelization, but it seems pretty self explanatory to me: Rey is an orphaned, impoverished scavenger who lives a hand to mouth existence. She probably doesn't have many clothes to begin with. She leaves her home on Jakku suddenly and unexpectedly, and doesn't have a chance to pack a change of clothes. ...


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In the now-Legends EU continuity, Chewbacca was constantly tinkering with his bowcasters. That's right - bowcasters, as in plural. He owned several, and liked to upgrade and customize them. Both Han and Chewie's wife Mala comment on this hobby during his memorial service on Kashyyyk. Here's an excerpt from the New Jedi Order novel Agents of Chaos I - Hero's ...


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Canon doesn't have an answer, but I can think of three things: At that point, Han didn't know that he could penetrate a shield at lightspeed. 30 years is a long time to learn new reckless things. Maybe, Han learned about this by accident or by studying shield or his reckless mind suddenly popped an idea based on what he knew. Shield of the Death Star doesn'...


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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 ...


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When I saw that scene, I figured it was two things. One was that a young thing was moving faster than him and matching him for skill with his ship, his baby. She basically had mastered the thing he spent a long time trying to recover. The Falcon was his thing and she handled it as well as him. The other is that he was feeling pretty old; few people like ...


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She was reaching out to a man who had shut himself away from the galaxy... ...by giving him something that he has a personal connection to — his long-lost lightsaber. Even if she was aware of a fine detail such as his newer green lightsaber (and there's no reason she would know something like that when it's clearly established in The Force Awakens ...


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In The Empire Strikes Back, we see TIE Fighters in the atmosphere of Bespin, not the vacuum of space, when the Millennium Falcon is being chased after rescuing Luke. (See around 2.44) As Bespin is a Gas Giant they obviously do not fly over land, but they are below a floating city known to have a breathable atmosphere.


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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 ...


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It's clearly in Aurebesh, so we're going to need a translation table1: Now, what's tricky is that the text is upside-down, so we have to do a bit more detective work. Here's a pretty high-res shot of Poe's chest (linked to the right-side-up version): From this, we can work out that the first word is "PULL", and that the bottom word starts "INFLA" Now we ...


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Pure speculation, but I'd like to point out that an in-universe answer may relate to the use of "first" in a context other than to mean chronologically, but instead to mean "primary", or "foremost". It's the first order you should think about when you wake up in the morning, not the first order to ever have existed.


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It was replaced. We don't know why or how, yet, but the WGA script explicitly notes that: EXT. D'QAR - DAY The Millennium Falcon RISES. Leia, with Poe, BB-8, and C-3PO (with his proper arm replaced), watches the next generation of Jedi begin her journey. We know it was replaced AFTER the attack on Tacodana: C-3PO Goodness! Han Solo! It is I, ...


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According to a prequel novel "Before the Awakening", the First Order stormtroopers: Were trained with melee weapons Were specifically instructed which melee weapons were effective against a lightsaber. The instructors demonstrated the use of each weapon, the vibro-axes and shock staffs and force pikes and resonator maces, elaborating at length ...


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According to the film's official novelisation, the 'dark energy' from the local star is channeled into gigantic "collectors" on the backside of the Starkiller Base planet. It's stored inside the core, then fired out through the big gun on the front: Having been gathered in stages by an immense array of coupled collectors located on the other side of the ...


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First of all, Rey offering Luke her weapon shows that she means no harm. But there is much more significance to offering that particular weapon. The lightsaber belonged to Luke's father before him. It is the only memento he ever had of Anakin Skywalker. It is an object of deep personal significance, and (so far as we know) he thought it was lost forever in ...


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This answer necessarily includes spoilers from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, as well as the original trilogy. Spoiler tags have not been used, as discussing these spoilers is the entirety of the answer, so be warned. The First Order doesn’t have nearly the power of the Empire As fantastic as Null’s answer is, I feel there is a fundamental flaw in the ...


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It will, but the timeframe for that to occur is longer than the few days the movie is set in. Residual heat will keep the planet surface (atmosphere) warm for a few days for the same reason we on this planet don't freeze every time we hit 2am in the morning. Keep in mind, weather systems take days to cross continents and oceans, so the cold isn't as instant ...


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UPDATE #3 As of The Last Jedi release (12/2017), there was almost[1] NO additional canon information that clarified who or what Snoke was. We see a better image of him in Episode VIII, we see details of his fashion sense, but that's about it - presumably, on purpose by Story group. Personally, I'm starting to fall into CBR's point of view camp: "Snoke May ...


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That's no moon... ...or, actually it is; according to the leaked script, anyway (emphasis mine): PAN across the star field to a bright moon. A RUMBLING is FELT. A VAST STAR DESTROYER -- unlike any we have seen -- HURTLES PAST US, of seemingly endless length, eclipsing the moon. After a long beat, FOUR TRANSPORT SHIPS fly from a hangar. We HOLD ON THEM NOW, ...


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UPDATE: updated with info from Episode VIII UPDATE: Added a section at the end regarding things that were initially planned for the vision but cut from the film PSA: This answer is NOT in its final format. The final format will include, for each flashback part: A still screenshot and/or Youtube link to it (not available yet); Film script quote. UPDATE 2015/...


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The weapon the stormtrooper uses against Finn seems to be specifically crafted to defend against a lightsaber. It shows some type of deflective energy field along it's "blade" end that resists being sliced up by Finn's saber and makes the typical "clashing energy blade" noises. Most likely, the First Order Stormtroopers have been trained to react to the ...


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