Saturday, December 19, 2015

(Spoilers) How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended

I just came back from seeing Star Wars The Force Awakens.  It was a blast. The new characters were great. The returning cast was magical.  The first half of the film was spellbinding.

But the end of the film left me confused and a bit baffled.

This is an open letter to Mr Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Disney as to how the film should have ended.


I'll keep this quick because I respect your time.  I also won't go on about what happened in the film because the creators and the audience now know after watching the film.

I really feel like the creators dropped the ball on an ending that could have opened up some really great twists and original ideas moving forward.

In the film, the last act sees our heroes storming the dreaded Starkiller base, which is essentially a third Death Star.  As I watched the film, I was expecting a twist to the classic formula.  Would the creators really do another Death Star run, making this 3 death stars the last 4 movies chronologically to be destroyed?

The answer was yes. And I was disappointed.

Here is my quick fix to HOW the force awakens should have ended, making this film unique from the others, in point form:

-the movie remains unchanged up until the part where they discuss how to stop the First Order from firing the planet destroying laser

- they move in, battling against the New Order army with fighting on the ground and in the air.  The First Order is getting whipped, lots of casualties.

- Here's the twist:  instead of blowing up the base, like they did in two of the last three films chronologically, we have a unique ending: THE RESISTANCE CAPTURES THE BASE.

- The First Order retreats to keep from losing everything, the resistance moves in and now we have a reversal in power: The resistance now has a Death Star

Think of the possibilities here.  You can now play with the idea that Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  What would the resistance do with a Death Star?  We could have internal power struggles within the resistance as to how to use it. Will they use it to kill millions and restore peace?  And at what cost?
You could now have a reversal in plot for the remainder of the trilogy. The First Order now launches an attack on the rebel Death Star.  These moral themes could have been explored in future films and would have made The Force Awakens much more unique instead of a rehash of 2 other films

Sadly, not much can be done at this point.

In the end, I want to thank Mr Abrams for bringing back the magic of Star Wars.  I simply wish more thought would have gone into a twist that we wouldn't have seen coming.


Unknown said...

I think they are called the First Order. But I like the insight

Jason Fabok said...


Unknown said...

Here's how I think it should have ended. The plot twists after Rey resists Kylo's mind reading powers:
Luke, wherever he is, feels a disturbance in the force. As implied in the movie, Rey and Luke have some sort of connection. He decides to resign to his exiles and follow the force to where Rey is. This is not shown at the moment but explained at the end of the movie...
After Finn fights Kylo... Rey grabs Luke's lightsaber and fights Kylo. Kylo should have the advantage here. Even if he's wounded, he's trained in the force and is really strong with the dark side of the force (as he showed at the beginning of the movie). Kylo hurts Rey really bad and it's about to kill her. When his about to kill her Luke shows up and have an epic lightsaber fight with Kylo (which the movie lacked off). Luke being stronger in the force but older, Kylo being weaker but younger.. the fight is fairly balanced and both fighter deliver considerable damage to the other. The fights continues until the earthquake separates the fighters. Luke saves Finn and Rey and rejoin the resistance, then he and Rey go away for her training (which takes places in episode 8, Rey wants to be ready to avenge Han's dead... Luke dies cause of his age and wounds...). Kylo returns to his master to become stronger since he cannot defeat Luke yet...

Unknown said...

Adam Driver seems to be bad antaghonist ever

Unknown said...

Just my 2 cents, this movie should have been the dark one, I'm fine with them blowing up the Star Killer base or whatever, but it should've been a bitter sweet victory with the Death Star Planet getting their shot off before being destroyed and decimating the resistance. Kylo should've been allowed to completely sever his ties, and gotten both. Kylo should've been ordered to abandon the base, having accomplished their aim (turning and leaving after noticing Finn and Rey up above). That's all the setup they really needed, and Kylo's face should have never been shown in this movie.