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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 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 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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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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How did Kylo Ren get Darth Vader's helmet?

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Visual Dictionary notes that the helmet was scavenged from the pyre on Endor on which Vader's body was burned. Presumably Ren acquired it from whoever scavenged the ...
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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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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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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 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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Why is the resistance called the resistance?

This is answered in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens... Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until ...
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Why was The Force Awakens so much more expensive than the episode 1-3 movies?

This website tried to estimate the movies' costs: After watching the reel, we have a general idea of what went into making the first film of the new trilogy. Here’s our breakdown* (based off ...
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Did the actors for The Force Awakens receive fighting training?

Yes, they received choreography training. In practically every action movie, especially those with close quarters combat, the fights are going to be choreographed to ...
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Do the new Star Wars movies use any paintings for set backgrounds?

I'm surprised to find that the answer might be yes. That is, old-fashioned paint might have been used for some matte backgrounds. On the IMDB credits page for The Force Awakens, there are many people ...
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Why was Finn even wearing the jacket in the first place?

Maybe I'm a huge wimp but it seems to me that ditching the jacket to begin with would have been the more logical move. Then you wouldn't survive long! Finn keeps the jacket to shield himself from ...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Kylo Ren wears a helmet because he is a space samurai. His helmet includes an integrated mask because he idolizes Darth Vader (another space samurai) and is commander of the stormtroopers (as Vader ...
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Why does the map show a specific starting point and route?

It's likely that it is the hyperlane that allowed Luke to safely get to the planet where we find him at the end of Force Awakens. "Hyperlanes were routes through space in which a spaceship could ...
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Is the exact same sound clip used in A New Hope and The Force Awakens?

Yes, it is the same sound bite. The exact quote in ANH is, "We Think They May Be Splitting Up. They May Be On Level 5 And 6 Now, Sir." At least the first part is in both ANH and TFA. https://www....
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Was Kylo Ren's birth name homage to Obi-wan's?

Possibly, yes. Many fans know that when Disney bought Lucasfilm, the former canon was reconed to "Legacy" to make way for their new canon. What many fans didn't know is that Disney's new canon would ...
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Did the star that the Starkiller Base used ever light up again?

"Once the star was completely consumed, the weapon was ready to fire": when this happens, the star is dead. From the official Star Wars Inside Intel: Starkiller Base: Dark energy, abundant ...
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Does snow ruin lightsabers?

Depending on how his lightsaber was constructed. This is from Legends but Kit Fisto used a Bifurcating cyclical-ignition pulse which allowed him to use his lightsaber underwater. Otherwise the ...
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Why was Finn even wearing the jacket in the first place?

This picture shows why he would wear a jacket. The jacket not only will protect him more than the clothes he has on, it also makes him stick out less. If being a storm trooper is the only thing he has ...
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Does Finn know the ways of The Force?

Force abilities and sensitivities are not, Skywalker family aside, inherited. You don't have to have force-capable parents or grandparents or ancestors to be able to use the force. As the Prequel ...
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How does the First Order have the resources to build the Starkiller Base?

When the Empire was "defeated", all it's resources were split by whomever had the most power to claim them. Military and financial assets. Most of the Imperial fleet scattered into the ...
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Is it necessary to watch Episodes 1-3 before watching "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi"?

As others have said I believe you can see The Force Awakens without ever seeing the prequels, as the story itself is mostly introductory and relates more to the the Original Trilogy, than the Prequel ...
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