Ok. This is a post for the real Star Wars fans…please don’t feel left out if you just started getting into the epic space opera that has had a hold on the world since 1977. You can run and watch Episode VII in movie theaters now (and add your $9 contribution to the nearly $765 million dollars it’s made in the U.S. so far), and log right back in and read this post. Needless to say, SPOILERS ABOUND, so read at your own risk…
Yesterday I was browsing through the latest info on the Internet about all things Star Wars like I do every morning (after my cup of coffee and my daily reading on my bible app, of course – got to keep those priorities straight) when I came across an particular headline that caught my interest.
“See Exclusive New Images of Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars: The Force Awakens“, it hollered. The article contained photos of these two new members of the Star Wars galaxy, and also excerpts of interviews with actors Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis who give an excellent portrayal of those roles respectively through motion-capture. Maz Kenata, the ever wise and sagacious bar-keep, is one of my favorite new characters in the film. She was the connecting factor between Rey and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber that we last saw falling through the clouds in Bespin. But it was the comments of Andy Serkis about his role as Supreme Leader Snoke that had the Internet abuzz that morning. According to Entertainment Weekly:
“Although there was much speculation about who Snoke might turn out to be (one popular theory was that he’d turn out to be a Sith Lord known from the prequels as Darth Plagueis) he actually turns out to be … just Snoke.
Serkis said the character was aware of the events from the earlier films but was a new addition to the storyline.”
Before I express my disappointment in the murder of a great theory by just a mere statement from the man who gave us the beauty that is Gollum , let me help you out with some background information. First of all, there are so many theories swirling around the Internet about the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke; some say he is Darth Vader (ok, we all saw his body burn in Return of the Jedi, right?), and some have gone as far to speculate that he is…wait for it…Jar Jar Binks.
Time to step away from the screen, people. Too much speculation, mesa thinks…
Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who was the master of Darth Sideous (aka Emperor Sheev Palpatine).
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine/Darth Plagueis tells Anakin about his master who was so powerful with the dark side of the Force that he had could manipulate the midichlorians to the point where he could even create life or keep people from dying. It is further revealed that Sideous ends up killing his master in his sleep, therefore fulfilling the ‘Rule of Two’ (there can be only 2 Sith at a time; a master and an apprentice, and at the time Sideous had taken on Darth Maul as his own apprentice, somewhat justifying his actions).
With all that backstory, you may already have a pretty good idea of what the Snoke/Plagueis theory sounds like. Since Darth Plagueis’s powers had grown to the point where he could freely manipulate midichlorians, it would be hypothetically possible that Darth Plagueis anticipated his apprentice’s actions (after all, he knew about the ‘Rule of Two’) and faked his own death. A Sith of his capability would have had no problem extending his own life span, and he could have stayed in hiding until an opportune time when there was a void in the galaxy to be filled. After the defeat of the Empire at the Battle of Endor, this void presented itself, and Plagueis/Snoke used the next 30 years to establish the First Order.
You have to admit, it is a very plausible theory. Right now, from the little we have seen of Supreme Leader Snoke, he could be a two-and-a-half foot little person with the most impressive projector system in the galaxy to make himself look more imposing that he really is. The Plagueis theory would have added a bit more menace to the phantom that he seems to be (pun intended).
In my opinion, it would be pretty cool if the theory turned out to be true. It would give some legitimacy to the widely-panned prequels that starred Hayden ‘I don’t like sand’ Christensen and Natalie ‘Anakin, you’re breaking my heart’ Portman (I just CAN’T forgive them for the AWFUL dialogue and everything else). It could also give a little validity to ‘the force is made up of midichlorians’ idea (I said ‘a little’).
Further more, it would help me understand why Kylo Ren is trying so hard to prove himself to his master (then again, he could be an over-achiever like his grandfather). If he knows Snoke is really Plagueis, he would have more than enough reason to have such a strong desire to prove that he could be more loyal than Sideous, and even stronger than Vader.
Call me a doubting Thomas, but I must admit I don’t totally believe Andy Serkis and his new character statement. Star Wars movie plots have a history of being shrouded in absolute secrecy – so much so that even the cast members playing key roles in the films don’t know all the ins and outs of the story until it is absolutely necessary let them know. During the making of the original trilogy, cast members were said to have be given false scripts that kept them from knowing plot twists until it was actually time to film them. I’m sure the minds behind ‘The Force Awakens’ would carry on the tradition of plot points being on a ‘need to know’ basis. So I’m not giving up on the theory just yet.
Guess we’ll have to wait for Episode VIII and see won’t we? Five hundred and four days to go…
Here’s my spoiler free review of The Force Awakens (Just saw the movie again, so I’ll have a new review full of spoilers in a few days!)