01:15:01 – 01:30:00
“You, OK, Big Deal?”
That’s the question Han Solo asks former First Order Stormtrooper Finn Wilson as this chapter begins. Han just saved Finn from being killed by the melee-weapon bearing opponent that the Interwebs calls TR-8R.
This chapter of the Awakens Edition of the 15-Minute Force begins with things already in motion.
Then they are saved by the appearance of the Resistance, characterized by the return of Poe Dameron. This is CGI the way it was intended to be used. Exciting low-altitude combat. As Finn points out, “That’s one helluva pilot.” Once again, the concept of “Hell” has been used, by someone other than Han Solo. It’s really great to see Poe Dameron. He’s the Hero of the Resistance, after all.
Kylo Ren finds Rey in the woods. He freezes her movements and lifts his wild, untamed lightsaber up to illuminate her face. When he determines that she has seen the Map to Skywalker, he knows that he no longer needs the droid. He takes Rey instead.
Han and Finn both see Kylo Ren carrying Rey into his bad guy Lambda-Class shuttle. It takes off before they can do anything about it. The bad guys always need a princess as a prisoner.
The battle over, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa (or is it Solo?) are reunited. C-3PO is there, sadly, and he has a red arm that goes unexplained. Han tells Leia that she changed her hair, which is funny because, as you know, she was always changing her hair. Leia says he’s wearing the same jacket. He says it’s a new jacket, but then adds that he saw their son.
Han, Chewie and Finn are brought to the Resistance base on D’Qar. BB-8 and Poe are reunited. Finn and Poe are reunited. Poe tells Finn to keep the jacket because it suits him. Poe identifies Finn as a “good man,” so we accept that it must be true.
Leia wants info from Finn. He was a former Stormtrooper. Finn wants to rescue Rey.
BB-8 uncovers R2-D2. The astromech droid has been in low-power mode since Luke Skywalker disappeared. I’m not sure why, and I don’t like this idea of Artoo as Sleeping Beauty, even if Disney is running the show now.
Leia wants her son back. She and Han talk about him. Han says there was too much Vader in him. Leia says that’s why she sent him to train with Luke. That’s when they lost him forever. Leia says that it was Snoke who seduced him to the Dark Side. She thinks they can still save him. She and Han.
We cut to Starkiller Base, where Rey is being confined in a holding cell. Kylo Ren observes that she still wants to kill him, and she remarks that happens when you’re being hunted by a creature in a mask.
This is Kylo’s cue to remove his mask. This is good for Adam Driver, because it reveals his face, which I guess is his currency in the movie-making biz. However, it’s bad for keeping the Star Wars villain mysterious. I mean, even Darth Vader seemed less menacing when we found out that he was Uncle Fester under the mask. When I saw this movie in the theater, I thought that Adam Driver bore some resemblance to Harrison Ford. This is how I excused the whole mask-taking-off thing. I didn’t like it, though. Along with his temper tantrums, I thought that seeing Driver’s Emo face made Kylo Ren a huge punk.
Kylo begins sucking some memories from Rey’s head.
Surprising everyone, Rey begins reading his thoughts. It appears that this girl is also strong with the Force. Which means she has some complicated backstory, right? One that will one day be fully explained? Maybe?
Kylo Ren meets with Supreme Leader Snoke. He tells Snoke that Rey is strong with the Force, but untrained. General Hux interrupts them and tells Snoke that they’ve tracked the Resistance to the Ileenium System. Snoke tells Kylo Ren to bring Rey to him. He wants her, as if she’s a tasty Ghirardelli chocolate.
So, here’s where I end the shortest chapter yet. There was still a lot of exposition to get out of the way. But, we’ve established that Rey is on Starkiller Base and that the Resistance is invested in rescuing her (as is Finn). We know where this story is headed next.
Until next time . . . That’s Why I Wanted Him to Train With Luke. I Just Never Should Have Sent Him Away. That’s When I Lost Him. That’s When I Lost You Both . . . And May the 15-Minute Force Be With You.