I’m starting to think I’m writing those in order to show them to people in a few years in case I’m right, although both in this case and the Ant-Man theory the chances are actually pretty slim. At the end of this post, some more casual observations. Both are taken from my comments in Hebrew in several sites.
So, one of the things that bothered me the most in the film was the return of Poe. Other than the clumsily-explained plot hole, it’s also a disservice to the character. Before-the-crash Poe is interesting, After-the-crash Poe – less so. But what if it’s not the same character?
We know that clones still exist in the Star Wars universe. Making Poe a clone while Finn – as we know – is not one, sounds like a very Abrams-esque twist. There are a couple of problems with this kind of idea, one of them being the fact that poe recognizes Finn – by name, when he returns.
So, to close this plot hole, Poe #2 would need to know everything that Poe #1 knew about Finn, such as the name he gave him before “dying”. That presents a problem, unless, of course, Poe was directed to give finn that name. By Kylo Ren.
I suspect Ren manipulated Finn to betray the First Order, and rescue Poe #1 -who is also operated by Ren. There are a couple of things about Ren that strangely fit this theory. First of all, as far as I recall, Ren knows Finn’s number without it being told to him directly (at least on-screen). Second of all, Ren teases General Hux regarding the quality of his soldiers and mentions that a clone army would be better. This may be a a misdirection meant to distance himself from suspicion regarding Finn, but also might be an indication of him operating clones. Finally, Poe #1’s first words to Ren – “Who talks first?” is funny when taken literally, but even funnier if Poe #1 is actually operated by Ren.
So what’s Ren’s interest in all of this? I’m not entirely sure. Theories regarding Ren trying to subvert the Dark Side and Snoke are already commonplace, based on Ren’s promise to finish what Vader started. This may also strengthened by a comment by Abrams regarding how Ren is NOT a sith apprentice. Another thing that makes me like the Ren-Poe-Finn theory is that it works as a homage to the original film, where Luke was the rebels’ best pilot, blowing up the Death Star while under the parental supervision of Vader – similarly to Poe #2. Finn, on the other hand, becomes Ren’s blindspot, when Ren’s influence and unnatural fear is cancelled by Rey’s influence – which also echos events from previous films.
That said, all of this requires assuming Ren is sort of a master manipulator, and that his rage episodes are an act, which I’m not sure isn’t a disservice to HIS character. Another flaw in this theory is that BB-8 also recognizes Poe #2, and I’m not sure I’m ready to deal with the implications of that. (addendum – there could also be a Poe #1.5, just before Poe and Finn escape, but that may be pushing it).
Some notes from the second viewing of the film follow:
1.My favorite touch that I didn’t notice the first time around was Rey’s reaction when approaching Finn when he’s on the ground in Jakku following the airstrike, and he asks her if she’s OK. Her puzzled response could be taken as part of her general bad-assery and independence. But in the same time, I think she’s also surprised by THE VERY QUESTION, which may not have been presented to her before. And this may be a key moment in bringing those two characters together.
2. I’ve seen the theory regarding Rey being a Kenobi. While interesting, I must admit I don’t care that much about whether it’s true. What becomes clear upon second viewing is that Rey’s adoptive father was Unkar Platt, as seen in her visions. This is also evident in her knowledge regarding the ownership of the Falcon, and serves as an excuse to all that technobabble when she bypasses Platt’s tinkering in order to impress Han, making it a symbolic transference of a father figure – which is how Ren described the way she perceives Han. This all feels like pieces of a rich backstory, which for me is much more interesting than her biological ancestry.
3. There’s some discussion regarding Finn’s douchiness as he shoots his former friends minutes after his moral crisis. What’s less discussed is Finn breaking his promise to BB-8 to take him back home. I also think that the part where he enlists BB-8’s help to charm Rey is sort of a high-schoolish scene that doesn’t sit well with the rest of the film, even though it’s funny.
4. Finn shouldn’t be surprised by Solo admitting that the Force exists – Finn has seen it in action. In fact Solo himself is a far less tangible legend to him than the force.
5. The hologram table is clearly seen, but notice the orb that Finn finds when he bandages Chewie – it’s the same one Luke trained with.
6. Moz is a bit of an ET, especially when she reaches out her hand.
7. Abrams really likes the mystery of things inside boxes, so no wonder that Luke’s lightsaber is inside one.
8. It has been revealed that Finn’s number’ 2187, is a reference to the original film, but near the end of the film the number sequence 28-336 is heard twice in different contexts, So this may also be a reference to something.
9. I don’t get what they were trying to do with Han’s jackets. Was that an Indiana Jones reference? as Han tells Leia, his current Jacket isn’t the original cowboy-one, but rather a leather jacket that looks more like Jones’s. When arriving at the First Order base, another jacket is seen falling, and Chewie later returns it to Han when leaving.
10. Regarding the end, I must admit that on first view when Rey leaves to find Luke something in me was screaming “Cut here, Abrams!”, and the continuation seemed a bit too much in my taste. I still think Luke is a bad McGuffin and this film could’ve done without him, but on second view I felt that at least as far as Rey’s character goes, the film earned this scene. It could be regarded as a pre-credits-post-credits scene.
11. I like people’s response when I tell them that BB-8 looks like the number 8.
And since you made it this far, some memes inspired by the film.