was Star wars‘ Rey is nobody who turned out to be an incredibly powerful Jedi with the Force? Or was she the secret granddaughter of the most evil Sith Lord in history?
Well, it depends on what Star wars movie you saw. After JJ Abrams introduced Rey, played by Daisy Ridleyas a mysterious orphan i Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Johnson then revealed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that the mystery of her parentage was basically irrelevant; the identity of her parents, while still unclear, was allegedly meaningless. But then in the next movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerthe franchise reversed course and exposed the previous film’s explanation as a lie, revealing that Rey was descended from the evil Emperor Palpatine, whom she defeated once and for all before taking the name Rey Skywalker.
These choices remain deeply contested with almost everyone Star wars fans. Some hated The Last Jedi; others could not endure The Rise of Skywalker. But how does Ridley himself feel about the whole kerfuffle? She gave her thoughts to Rolling stones. In an extremely diplomatic response, she explained that she could see the value in both versions of Rey, while also insisting that such matters were “above my grade.”
What was interesting about the last one, to me, was that you can be a hero and come from nowhere, or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. You are not your parents, you are not your grandparents, you are not your bloodline, and you are not the generations before you.
“I love the version of you can be whoever you want to be,” Ridley also said, “but I also love the version where you can fix mistakes and can’t help what you were born to do.”
Who’s right here? Well, until another writer comes along and repeats all of this, Abrams is right; it is the version that was filmed last, and it is the version that remains the official part of Star wars continuity. But Ridley’s comments underscore why deciding what to do with Rey clearly wasn’t easy; there are valid reasons for both explanations of her background. And anyway, it’s all pretty irrelevant now. The Skywalker saga is effectively over, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Rey or any of the other characters again anytime soon.
Movies that critics loved but audiences didn’t
These films all received high marks from critics, but general audiences were less than enthusiastic.