Star Wars: The Last Jedi displays parallels to the past

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Reading between the lines…

Now that we’ve had some time to digest Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there is some underlying connection in the film to some parts of the vast lexicon of the Star Wars Universe.

We’ll take a look at some of those connections, ranging from the prequels to the most recent Darth Vader comic series from Marvel.

“Always two there are, no more no less.”

One of the great links to the prequels is that of the rule of two.  Although Kylo Ren is Master of the Knights of Ren, he is still very much the apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke.  Much like his Grandfather before him, Kylo Ren seeks the praise and respect of his Master.

Achieving succession within the Sith ranks is done only one way; when the Apprentice supplants the Master. The grave mistake that Snoke makes is in his ridicule of Kylo Ren.

A disrespectful turn that fuels Kylo Ren’s ambition to supplant his Master. The Jedi Council makes the same mistake, when not granting Anakin the rank of the Master upon his appointment to the Jedi Council.

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The current run of Darth Vader from Marvel comics picks up where The Revenge of the Sith leaves off.  In this series, Vader is given his first introduction to the Sith Inquisitors. Again he is given notice that his place at the Emperor’s Side is not secure.

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Both Series begin planting Vader’s seeds of dissent towards the Emperor. Darth Vader has sacrificed everything he knew to learn at the Emperor’s side.

Anakin sacrificed everything he loved under the guise that his friend would help him save his wife and children. He quickly finds out that he’s only a tool at the Emperor’s disposal, and replaceable at that.

Kylo Ren comes to a similar realization when Snoke announces he was the one who bridged he and Rey to the Force.

Kylo Ren realizes that this whole time he’s only being used to get to Luke Skywalker. It’s at that moment he turns against Snoke and achieves what Vader could not, succeeding his Master.