screams in the void said:
^ in the interests of trying to better understand where you are coming from , what was the explanation of Rey’s power that failed to convince that you mentioned?
Not the person you’re replying to but my main issue with Rey’s power is a general issue throughout almost all of “DisCanon” - lazy and dumbed down explanations that don’t mesh with what’s come before.
The simple fact is that Rey is magically the most powerful Jedi ever, even moreso than Anakin. Inside of a week without knowing anything beforehand she’s just suddenly fantastic and can stand toe-to-toe with anyone and everything. The difference between her and literal force Jesus Anakin though, is that Anakin had an explanation from the get go. Then you have Luke, who has force Jesus’ blood running in his veins but still is nowhere near as competent as Rey in the OT (if anyone starts saying Luke was just as bad because he blew up the Death Star I may just have a brain aneurysm). Meanwhile Rey, 2/3 of the way through the trilogy, is just unbelievably powerful for no reason.
The only excuse I ever see to rebut how stupidly powerful and perfect she is is “yes but in this one scene she is sad, and in this one scene she is struggling to deal with not knowing who she is.”
Anakin had to bare the weight of being crowned “The Chosen One” and Luke had to bare the weight of his Dad being the most evil man in existence. Taking this into account, we’re meant to find some rando junk scavenger who’s perfect at everything without having to earn a lick of it compelling because she’s sad she hasn’t seen her parents in 20 years, by comparison? Come on.
The excuse of “IX will fix it” doesn’t fly either because VIII didn’t fix VII and regardless films should stand on their own merit, not need other films to make sense. That’s poor writing.
On top of that you had the TLJ novel explain her powers that came out of nowhere as her downloading them from Kylo’s mind. Because apparently Star Wars movies are RPG video games now.
Star Wars writing has been across the board lazy beyond reconcile since 2015 and it’s only getting dumber.
Nobody gave a pass to Anakin being a 9 year old who could do anything despite him being force Jesus, so why in God’s name does Rey get one?