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Why would Luke Skywalker be a myth?

30 years is a long time. A whole generation is born and has become adults. Some of them might already have children. And Order 66 was even 20 years before that. The memory of the Jedi has faded. I'm ...
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Why does "The Force Awakens" use an image language associated with national socialism for the First Order?

It isn't just in The Force Awakens that this is the case. The original trilogy drips with it: Colours of Red, white and black throughout the empire (the main colours of Fascism are Red, Black, White ...
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Who had "turbo lasers" first, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica?

From the original movie: "We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord Vader, but they're so small they're evading our turbolasers." ―Lieutenant Tanbris, to Darth Vader, during the Battle of Yavin Which ...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

"Evidence-based" reasons: 1. A nod to Darth Vader JJ Abrams spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the mask: “The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was ...
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Is it necessary to watch Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith before embarking on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens?

Think about this; Episode III happened years before Episode IV. The Force Awakens is considered Episode VII. It is set 30 years after Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. As such, the happenings of ...
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Is Ewan McGregor in The Force Awakens? If so, what was his role?

He's not on screen...but his voice is heard. During a flashback scene brought about by Rey touching Luke’s old lightsaber, a voice is heard whispering the name ‘Rey’. It was originally thought that ...
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Does Rey speak Shyriiwook?

Rey seems to have at least a basic understanding of Shyriiwook All quotes from the novelization. She responds directly to Han and Chewie She nodded. “It’s just us.” She nodded once to her left. “Us ...
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Did Yoda appear in Star Wars The Force awakens?

As at the end of Revenge of the Sith, Yoda is the one who teaches to Obi-Wan how to come back as a "Force ghost" (himself learning it from Qui-Gon), so it is possible that he comes back this way /!\ ...
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Why does the First Order essentially just make a bigger Death Star?

For a short explanation by JJ Abrams himself: Starkiller Base was created for the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The film's director, J.J. Abrams, stated that the ...
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Was the famous “Wilhelm Scream” used in “The Force Awakens?”

It did occur in the movie, very near the beginning, when Poe and Finn escape in a TIE fighter and fend off some stormtroopers with the TIE fighter's weapons. It is, of course, one of the stormtroopers ...
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Why was Kylo Ren punching himself?

An identical question was asked at the sci-fi site. I won't repost my answer completely, but to summarise, an alternate, much simpler theory based entirely on things that exist in real life is that ...
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Why did Kylo Ren take such a drastic action?

Kylo made up his mind to do this much earlier in the movie. As soon as he discovered that Han was on the ship with Rey and Finn and the BB-8 droid, he was challenged by his master about it. We see ...
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Who had "turbo lasers" first, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica?

Star Wars had them first . http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-A-New-Hope.html OFFICER: We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord Vader. But they're so small they're evading our turbo-lasers!...
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Is it necessary to watch Episodes 1-3 before watching "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi"?

No. It is not necessary to watch episodes I-III. Having seen all the films released to date, I can definitely say that you can enjoy Force Awakens without needing to see Episodes I, II, and III. ...
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Why did Rey react that way towards BB8?

The Screenplay helps here.* *See SF&F Valorum's Answer regarding why BB8 follows Rey She heads off again. Finally he BEEPS to her -- something SWEET this time. That he is alone, scared, has no ...
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Why would Luke give away this piece of information?

Luke didn't give it to him, Lor San Tekka found it. Speaking to Lor San Tekka at the beginning of The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren says: The map to Skywalker. We know you found it. And now you're going ...
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Was Ahch-To such a mystery?

The legend of "The First Jedi Temple" was probably known to all (trained) Jedi, but at that point, Luke was the only Jedi left. And even Luke didn't know where it was exactly. Han says this in ...
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How "kid" friendly is Star Wars VII The Force Awakens?

The BBFC rating page has a summary of what justifies their 12A rating, which may answer your question: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is a sci-fi action adventure in which a young woman becomes ...
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Why did Kylo Ren use a crossguard design on his lightsaber, over the more traditional design?

The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary (Disney's fully canon work by Pablo Hidalgo) provides a canon answer to this. The crossguard blades (called quillons) are plasma vents, helping to balance the power,...
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Who is Lor San Tekka?

According to the Star Wars wikia, Lor San Tekka lived in the Western Reaches of Jakku about 29 years after the Battle of Jakku, which took place approximately one year after the Battle of Endor. He ...
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Is it necessary to watch Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith before embarking on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens?

Episode III is likely the most important film of the prequels, Setting up for the much later events of The Force Awakens and This single film details how everything that comes after came to be, so ...
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Question regarding Kylo Ren line

Because Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, and since Leia is Darth Vader’s daughter, Kylo Ren is Darth Vader’s grandson.
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What prompted R2-D2 to wake up at this point in “The Force Awakens?”

The current belief is that Rey's presence is what prompted R2-D2 to awake from low power mode. When he's revealed to be at the Resistance base, the only character that's not there is Rey because she'...
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Why is Finn's accent different from John Boyega's natural accent?

He tried with a British accent first, and JJ Abrams said it didn't work. Straight from the mouth of John Boyega himself in this interview on the Graham Norton show: ...
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Is it necessary to watch Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith before embarking on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens?

No, you don't need to watch Episode III or any other movie from the "Prequel" trilogy. They are not relevant in regard of story or style.
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Why does The Force Awakens not use the Episode notation?

As noted in that SFF question, previously the movies didn't either and they were added in later. However, From my quick bit of research, it would seem the choice was mainly stylistic because the ...
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What prompted R2-D2 to wake up at this point in “The Force Awakens?”

From an Entertainment Weekly article with J.J. Abrams titled, “J.J. Abrams explains R2-D2's closing scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: “BB-8 comes up and says something to him, which is ...
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Who had "turbo lasers" first, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica?

The premise of this question is based on a few faulty assumptions. Turbo has 2 correct definitions, and one odd tacked on thing that almost counts as a 3rd definition. Definition 1, meaning "big or ...
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Is Ewan McGregor in The Force Awakens? If so, what was his role?

Yes, he said so in The Graham Norton Show - he recorded a little line. He doesn't know where that line is, but I remember it to be the line from the flashback Rey ...
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