The Adventures of Dog Leg: May the 4th be with you

Photos by: Hannah Warfel, staff photographer

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Just this past weekend, in our very own galaxy, Dog Leg got to visit the East Hamilton Public Library to celebrate the glory that is Star Wars.

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Not only did Dog Leg get a picture with BB8 and Rey, but also had a slight accident involving the infamous trash compactor. Thankfully Dog Leg used the Force and got out alive.

Star Wars: The review

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photo by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

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Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, the new “Star Wars” movie, absolutely blew me, and millions of other people, away. Earning almost 300 million dollars on opening night, “The Force Awakens” now holds the title for highest grossing film ever, beating “Avatar” (2009) and “Titanic” (1997).

When I was about seven years old, I had a huge crush on Hayden Christensen’s character Anakin. I was totally in love with him and, admittedly had a huge poster on my  wall, next to my “High School Musical” poster. Naturally, I had very, very high expectations for “The Force Awakens” and needless to say, I was not disappointed.

My favorite character in the movie, by far, is Kylo Ren. Though I may be a bit biased because I am absolutely in love with Adam Driver, I still have a certain draw toward Kylo. Critics seem to think he is a weak and whiny character and while they’re not entirely wrong, I also see a sort of complexity in him. He may be a bad guy, but he also feels pain and hurt and longing, and I feel as though Driver nailed it.

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, was absolutely brilliant, and no, I don’t have some secret love for her. Although, after this movie I can guarantee her face will be one I won’t forget. She gave such an amazing and convincing performance as Rey and her rawness really added to the whole movie. I truthfully cannot wait to see more from the 23 year old in years to come.

Though there were a few minimal inconsistencies and given conveniences within the plot, overall, it was a pretty solid. The idea behind and the thought that went into character development and plot development was certainly worth the over 30 year wait between movies.

My favorite part of the movie overall, other than BB-8 who was an absolute pleasure, was most definitely the return of the great Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford. Having a character of such legendary prowess come back and bring such a classic feel to the movie was so welcoming and honestly made me feel like I was watching one of the originals.

“The Force Awakens” was truly cinematic gold and I can not wait to see what Episode VIII has to offer.

Star Wars gives women a lead they can look up to

Story by: Sydney Shurman, Reviews Editor
Photo by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

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When people watch movies, they absorb the story and form an opinion about it, whether that opinion is good or bad. However, people rarely take away the small nuances that can actually speak volumes about where we are at as a society. Since Star Wars was the biggest movie of the year, any messages it sends will be heard loud and clear, and the feminist message practically screams.

Star Wars has a history of strong female characters, notably Princess Leia. However, Rey is in a class of her own. Not only is she the actual protagonist of the story, but it is made clear from the beginning of the movie that she does not need anyone to save her.

The truly amazing aspect of Rey however, is that during the movie, it is actually possible to forget about gender entirely. It is great that Rey promotes feminism by being the complete opposite of a damsel in distress. What truly promotes feminism though, is that her gender is not even important. She is a tough-as-nails, incredible, fully realized character who fights her own battles. Period.

Throughout the entire movie, the audience sees Rey simply trying to survive, and she does a pretty fantastic job of it. She remains modestly dressed the whole time, and people of all genders can find something to love.

There is no need for oversexualization, acting dumb, needing saving, or any other common female character tropes. Rey proves that society may just be changing for the better, and she provides hope for the future of all characters.

The Force Awakens lots of theories

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With a booming franchise such as “Star Wars,” fan theories run amok and since the release of Episode VII, minds of fans, myself alike, have many theories.

My Theory

While I am not necessarily a “Star Wars” expert, I have seen all seven movies far more times than I would like to admit. What I will admit is that after the first time seeing “The Force Awakens” my mind was reeling, so naturally I saw it three more times and solidified my very own fan theory.

My theory is more of a combination of several different theories with a little twist of my own. I think that yes, Rey is Luke’s daughter, and here is why: When we, the audience, are shown Rey being left on Jakku in a flashback, she is wearing the traditional clothing of a Jedi Warrior. I believe that after Rey was born, she was enrolled in the New Jedi training that her father, Luke, created. Rey’s force abilities are so strong, there is absolutely no way that they just developed with no prior training.

It is also probable that Rey and Kylo Ren knew/know each other. Han tells the audience that Ren, his son, was part of the New Jedi and that he lashed out and murdered all of the padawans, resulting in the end of Luke’s New Jedi and pushed Luke into seclusion. It is my belief that In the midst of Kylo murdering everyone, Luke saved his daughter by putting her on a ship, wiping her memory, and sending her somewhere she could not be found.

In the battle between Kylo Ren and Rey, there were many opportunities for Ren to kill Rey but he did not, leading me to believe that he a) knows Rey and thinks she is the one who is supposed to restore balance to the force, much like how Anakin was supposed to restore balance to the force, which sure worked out well for him, and b) knew that if he killed Rey, the revolution would die.

Now, you may be asking, “But why would the bad guy want the good guy to live?” and the answer is actually not as confusing as it may seem. Kylo Ren is a bad guy. There is no denying that fact, but I think there is a reason. I think that Ren is playing an angle and trying to take down the first order, much like Anakin was playing both sides, working with Palpatine and the Jedi council, I think Ren is doing the same thing, just on a much larger scale.

“I know what I have to do; I just don’t have the strength to do it,” Ren told his father before that most fateful death of the fearless Han Solo.

I think that was true, but I do not think Kylo killed his father. I think Han pressed the button on Kylo’s saber (sword?) and killed himself.

“But why would he do that?” you may also be asking, but again, I can totally justify your speculation.

I think everyone knew that the only way to take down the First Order was to do so from within and since Ren had a call toward the Dark side, who better to do it? But as we can all see, that backfired. I think Ren wants to be a good person but he cannot because the call from the Dark side is so strong. He knows what he has to do and knows that he has to take down the First Order, but not only does he have to do so in secret, he also has to maintain his bad guy facade. I think Han killed himself because it was what Kylo had to do to prove his loyalty to the First Order.

I am sure there are a million holes in my theory and there is no way I am completely right, but I have a lot of faith in my theory (and the force) and I cannot wait so see what Episode VIII brings.

Star Wars 2Other popular internet theories:

Rey is Luke’s Daughter.

Possibly the most common, Star Wars fans have had a field day with this theory. Many people speculate that she is the daughter of Jedi master, Luke Skywalker, and believe that he fell in love with someone after the “Return of the Jedi.” There are also very obvious parallels between the storyline of Rey and Luke. Both were abandoned on a planet without their parents, both are led by droids to serve a higher cause, and most importantly, both are one with the force. Many argue that it is impossible for Luke to have had a child, but is it really? While it is against the Jedi code to have a family of any kind, Anakin married and had children with Padme Amidala,though we see how well that worked out, so there is defiantely a possibility that after “Return of the Jedi,” Luke Skywalker finally settled down.

Rey is Han and Leia’s Daughter.

While possible, this theory is one I’ve had some trouble grasping. Though Leia is the daughter of a Jedi- turned Sith-master, there is no way the force would be that strong in the offspring of a non-Jedi, making it hard to fathom Rey being her daughter. Not to mention, if she was her mother, then where was the motherly affection? Not once do Han or Leia show any sort of affection towards Rey apart from the ending when Leia hugs Rey after her return from StarKiller Base. If they were mother and daughter, wouldn’t Leia and Han have been far more excited to see their only daughter after so many years?