Yesterday was Force Friday, the launch of the new The Force Awakens toy line. This continues a long history of Midnight Madness events preceding new Star Wars films. We can only imagine that with Disney’s plans to launch a new film every year, we’ll be getting Force Fridays every year from now until the end of time.
But until then, we still have a new movie to look forward to. And if you’re like me, your gobbling up all the toys and all info about the toys trying to find out as much as you can about the movies to come. J.J. and company have been pretty darn good at keeping things spoiler free, unlike accidentally announcing Qui-Gon’s death with the soundtrack and various toys, or releasing the Empire Strikes Back novelization before the movie.
But that’s not to say there isn’t anything interesting to glean from these new toys. For instance, there are a few with voices. Saying dialogue from the film. So, for your pleasure, let’s check out the first dialogue from the film heard outside of “There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it…” etc.
Obviously, possible spoilers below. Don’t read if you don’t want to know anything about the movie prior to the movie
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Kylo Ren – Adam Driver phones it in
- “I feel it too.”
- “You know what I’ve come for.”
- “Together we will destroy the Resistance and the last Jedi.”
- “Don’t fight it.”
- “You know you can’t, I am immune to the light.”
- “We will send it away”
- “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”
- “Is it true, you’re just a scavenger?”
- “Don’t be afraid, I feel it too.”
- “That weapon is mine.”
I sincerely hope this dialogue is not recorded from the movie. I hope it’s recorded after the fact. Because jeez, Adam Driver’s dialogue has zero emotion here. But whatever, that’s a minor niggle on a barely audible recording of a barely audible recording coming out of an awful plastic speaker.
But what’s most interesting is the candor of the dialogue, speaking about the renowned Knight of Ren’s mission. To “destroy the resistance and the last Jedi.”
By the way, most of the internet appears to think that because he said “last Jedi” instead of, uh…I dunno. Last Jedis? That supposedly means Luke didn’t train anyone else. Sorry to disappoint you guys, but Jedi is both the singular and plural version of the word. Sorry guys, you’re concentrating on the wrong thing.
See, what I find interesting is that it confirms that he is indeed moving forward with Palpatine and Vader’s pursuit to destroy the Jedi. J.J. is adamant that he is not a Sith, but we have only two known dark force users in Snoke and Kylo, so that would presume that the rule of two does still apply. Unless there are more Knights of Ren, which I would approve of, because the Sith philosophies are pretty dumb, to be honest. But it does make me wonder, if he is not a Sith, why is he hunting down the Jedi? Obviously, we can point to my previous article and suggest that the Jedi are an impediment towards progress representing the Samurai of the post-Imperial shogunates etc., but there’s got to be a character arc here too. Honestly, I’m hoping for some philosophical rationalization with Kylo Ren.
He mentions “that weapon is mine.” Hmm, what weapon? I think I know. Anakin’s lightsaber? It was rumored that Kylo Ren was obsessed with the legacy of Darth Vader, and was collecting artifacts, including the burned and crushed Darth Vader skullcap. Apparently, he is hunting down Vader/Anakin’s original blue lightsaber as well, and this is probably how Rey and Kylo get acquainted on Jakku.
Speaking of which, there’s a lot of references to feeling things. There’s a lot of force sensing going on, and I’m really wondering who he’s talking to. Especially when there’s two lines of dialogue that seem to succeed each other: “Don’t fight it” and “You know you can’t, I’m immune to the light.” I don’t know what makes him immune to the light side of the force, but he seems pretty confident about it. Also, who is fighting what? Is he interrogating Rey? Does he sense her force sensitivity? Maybe it’s Finn later in the movie? Once again, there’s so much we don’t know about this movie.
Many have also mentioned how his voice sounds fairly natural, but I’m not so sure about that. Yes, Adam Driver has a naturally deep voice, but I hear a bit of voice modulation going on, aka Darth Vader. Not as much, mind you, but it’s still there.
Captain Phasma – Gwendolin Christie as a Stormtrooper
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- “Move to your ships, now.”
- “On my command…”
- “Fire FN2187.”
- “Submit your blaster for inspection.”
Where I complained about Adam Driver’s performance in the above mask, I think Gwendolin Christie’s performance here is fine. She’s a military commander, so sounding a bit droney is okay. What’s interesting is that we’re getting confirmation that her voice is not modulated at all, and sounds quite natural except for being behind a helmet. I kind of wondered if they might do a “woman hiding her femininity to gain ranks in the military” type of thing here, but apparently not. The New Order is totally fine with a woman becoming such a legendary military figure as Captain Phasma.
What’s interesting to note is the “Fire FN2187” comment. I’ll mention here that this is Finn’s stormtrooper designation, as is confirmed in Finn’s recordings below. I’ll talk about it more below, but it appears that Captain Phasma might be Finn’s commanding officer. The order to fire combined with the “submit your blaster for inspection” all appear to be related to an incident in which Finn refuses to fire his weapon. His target is of course, unknown, but it makes me wonder if these two will end up having a confrontation within the movie.
Finn – John Boyega’s American Accent
- “My name is Finn, and I’m in charge now!”
- “We go back to Jakku and we die!”
- “Stay low and put up the shields!”
- “We need cover quick!”
- “FN2187, I don’t…know what…to do!”
- “I never should have rescued you!”
- “I’ve had a pretty messed up day.”
John Boyega is pulling out all the stops with his performance here. Not only is he pulling off an American accent (he’s British), which once again seems to confirm that only British people are evil Nazi-like Imperial scum, but he’s also throwing out all the emotion. Clearly, he’s having a bad day, as he himself says.
And his bad day is what I want to focus on. As we said above, Finn appears to be referenced as FN2187, which makes me wonder if his last name starts with an N. This brings up a few possibilities, especially since J.J. has specifically said that there are definitely hiding their true last names for a reason.
Actually, there’s only one that I can think of. Naberrie. Holy sith, can this guy be a descendant of Padme’s family? That would be a ridiculously startling revelation. Maybe Panaka shacked up with one of the Naberries but decided to keep the more royal name?
Okay, there’s also Captain Lorth Needa. But come on. That would impress nobody. He gets choked out by Darth Vader for failing at his job. While it’s possible he spawned before then, and it would be ironic his son joined the empire and rebelled, it would only please long term fans.
Secondly, I have a feeling the first line of this dialogue is the moment he defects from the First Order, or soon afterwards. It just seems to be tingling with sub-ordinance, like the fact that saying his name instead of his designation is somehow taboo. Also, he might be trying to override Phasma’s authority, which is interesting to say the least.
He appears to be regretting saving Rey, or at least that’s my assumption. If that’s true, and we combine dialogue from all three masks, we get the idea that Rey was captured for some reason, possibly because Kylo Ren heard that the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker fell on Jakku, and they decided to round up a bunch of Jakkuian scavengers, and then Rey has a heated conversation/confrontation with Kylo Ren, who begins to wonder if she is really just a scavenger or something more, and then when the lightsaber is not presented to Kylo Ren, he tells Phasma to order her troops to kill them, but then Finn has a moment of conscience, refuses to kill her, has a heated conversation with Phasma, and ends up helping her escape, thus the bad day. Once again, this is all speculation, I have no proof, but it’s just a guess.
But here’s the thing, 2187 is also a reference to Cell 2187, which was the prison cell Princess Leia was kept in during the first Star Wars movie. The reason I’m confident enough in the above speculation to print it is because this veiled reference seems to point to the detention cell block sequence. And as we all know, Han and Luke dressed up as Stormtroopers to save Leia. Could we be seeing another “Stormtrooper in disguise saving the female” type of moment? I think so.