“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered December 14, 2015. It is the first part of a trilogy in the Star Wars sequel. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by J. J. Abrams. Abrams is also a co-writer and co-producer. The premise is life thirty years later after “The Return of the Jedi”. The battle now rages between the Resistance (Rebel Alliance) and the First Order (the Galactic Empire).
Fans are introduced to new characters and revisited by original cast members as well. The newest Jedi-Knight is the most exciting addition to the “Star Wars” saga. Her name is Rey (Daisy Ridley).
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has a comical introduction scene between Finn (John Boyega), a. k. a. FN-2187, and Rey. They meet on the planet Jakku, a desert battleship junkyard. Rey is a scavenger and Finn is a Stormtrooper deserter from the First Order. Finn’s initial inclination is to protect Rey from thugs. He watches in disbelief as she overpowers them with her staff. After meeting, the two find themselves running from an airstrike by the First Order. Every time Finn tries to dodge a bomb, he grabs Rey’s hand when he’s running. This leads to Rey asking him, “Why do you keep holding my hand? I know how to run without you holding my hand.”
Rey is a self-sufficient young woman. Her survival depends upon herself. She isn’t looking for a champion. She is surprised by Finn’s concern for her well-being. There is an absent of fear which is present with damsel in distress characters. Rey is no damsel in distress.
Han Solo (Harrison Ford) impressed with her aeronautical engineering skills offers her a job on his spacecraft, The Millennium Falcon. Rey grows in self-realization of her own Force abilities after being captured by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). He is most proud of his grandfather Darth Vader.
It isn’t Finn or Han Solo who rescues Rey. She uses her own intellectual skills and martial arts prowess to save herself. She proves to be Ren’s greatest opponent. Ren offers to teach her how to harness the Force. Rey closes her eyes and focuses the Force within herself without any lessons from Ren. Then, she proceeds to kick his butt.
Yet, Rey isn’t anti-male. This is evident with her friendships with Finn and Han Solo, who she sees as a father figure. Finn is a potential love interest. Rey is her own woman. She is a warrior, a powerful Jedi Knight in the making. She doesn’t need to hold hands while running.