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Episode VII has been out for a few days now. It has broken all sorts of box office records, and it has been praised by critics. So it is time to dig into those loose ends in the plot that many are talking about. Don't get me wrong, we love Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We have seen it many times already. My son has even seen it twice. The more we see it, the more we love it. But, the movie does have it's flaws and plot holes that need explaining.
Keep reading to find out what those plot holes (or even mistakes) are, and how they might be explained in the future. Warning, this article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
#1 Rey's use of the force
From what we understand, Rey is the "awakening," right? She seems very powerful (which is good). But, I don't think any force user can be so powerful that they are able to use their power so efficiently without any training. I'm not convinced by her use of the Jedi mind trick. it seemed too easy. Also, she had never moved objects with her mind, and all of a sudden her telekinetic powers are stronger than Kylo Ren's and prevent him from getting Luke's lightsaber? All this needs some clarification.
#2 Rey's piloting
It is obvious that she knows how to pilot a spaceship; she says so when talking about the quad jumper. But the way she flies the Millennium Falcon is just too good. We could argue that she has Jedi reflexes, and that definitely helps, but is all that enough to beat two tie fighter pilots? Also, it would be nice if they explain how she learned how to fly. She is just a scavenger on Jakku. If she were a pilot, even just for flying around Jakku (since she didn't want to leave the planet), she would have had a better life.
#3 Luke not speaking
That was just disappointing. We waited to see Luke (his "disappearance" wasn't that much of a mystery after all), and when he is found, he doesn't say a word. We were expecting him to give the "the Force is strong in my family" speech to Rey (just like in the previews) but instead, he just stares at her. Did he feel the awakening and was he waiting for her? Did he go away waiting for a new, new hope to arrive? Did he know about her existence? I wasn't expecting all the answers to my questions, but at least some clues.
#4 Finn's jokes (at least some of them)
Finn is the comic relief, and John Boyega does a great job at it. But at some points it becomes unnecessary and not funny any more. Telling Captain Phasma "I'm in charge now" repeatedly while making a funny face seemed out place. Also, the "why are you doing this" to Han Solo when he was motioning at Rey escaping at the Starkiller base was not really that funny.
#5 R2-D2's awakening
We have talked about this in a previous article. R2-D2 wakes up just in time to find the missing piece of the map. Was it a coincidence? Well, not really. J. J. Abrams explained it very well, and his explanation is convincing (read all about it here). But in my opinion, if you have to give such a long explanation, then the movie didn't do a good job of making it clear enough to the audience.
#6 Kylo Ren's powers
Kylo Ren A.K.A. Ben Solo has his grandfather's genes. Even though his training is not complete (as indicated by Snoke), he is powerful with the dark side of the force. But still, he seems way more powerful than Darth Vader ever was. Is it maybe because of Vader's condition? (you know, the armor and helmet that help him live). Is it because Snoke knows more about the dark side than Palpatine (A.K.A. Darth Sidius) ever did? I hope this gets an explanation in a tie in novel, comic or something.
#7 Kylo Ren leaving Maz Kanata's cantina
Kylo Ren isn't a military strategist; for that, we have General Hux. But the decision to leave Maz's cantina without the droid and before the reinforcements arrive doesn't make any sense. He says "we have everything we need" referring to Rey, since she has seen the map. But seeing the map doesn't mean memorizing it. And he has a Star Destroyer in orbit. Why not wait for reinforcements?
Also, if Han knew Ren took Rey, why in the world didn't he ask the X-Wing squadron that saved him, Chewie and Finn to try to stop Ren's ship?
#8 It's Leia's fault that Han dies
Han is convinced that Ben Solo is too far gone. He sees it at the battle at Maz Kanata's cantina, and he let's him go. He doesn't try to talk to him. You can tell by his face that he knows it is useless to even try. At the Starkiller base he hesitates, but he does it. He goes and tries to convince Kylo Ren to come back to the light. This costs him his life. Why the change of heart? What makes him go to Ren and try to bring Ben back? Because Leia asked him to. She insisted that he is his father and he can reach out to him. She asks Han to bring their son home. If it wasn't for that request, Han would still be alive.
#9 BB-8 saying intelligible words
The droid is great. I wasn't too convinced when he (or is it she?) appeared in the teaser a few months ago, but I got to like it and it is a good character overall. But, they made it too cute. It actually says it's name a few times with a child like voice. It also says "who are you" to R2_D2. Granted, it is not a clear voice, but you can understand it. Droids communicate with bleeps and bloops. They really don't need to make those sounds resemble real words.
#10 Who is Supreme Leader Snoke
OK, this is a mystery better left for the next episode. But it is a question that needs explanation, and a very good one. He seems old, and, as Andy Serkis pointed out in an interview, he is weak and vulnerable. He has scars all over his face and head. The online community of fans are theorizing that he is Darth Plagueis or maybe Palpatine's rival that had a battle with him and was left for dead. Maybe the battle was with Luke. After all, Leia seems to know who he is. I wish they had given us more clues of his origins. Again, we didn't need a big explanation at this time, but at least a hint of who he is really would have been nice.