***Disclaimer: Please note, this is our hypothesis of who Finn is in the new Star Wars episode. If you want a “virgin” experience of Episode VII, discontinue reading right now. No seriously. Don’t be a dick! Stop reading. Our hypothesis will probably ruin the movie for you. You’ve been warned.
By Matt Johnson and Joe Wickner
What is the saying, “Hollywood has no new ideas?” Well, J.J. Abrams has no new ideas either and neither does Disney. At least they don’t have much more than J.J. As a consequence, we believe we have a pretty good idea of what is going on with the new Star Wars movie, and since Hollywood stories are pretty simplistic nowadays, they are designed for popcorn and ticket sales and not much else, we do not think our hypothesis is a stretch.
That is, Finn is already a Jedi Knight. Yes! We said it. Do you really think that Master Jedi Luke Skywalker has been sitting on his hands for the past 30 years? Really? Here are our two reasons why Finn Galfridian is already a Jedi Knight.
Battle of Endor
It’s a Jedi beach party. 30 years ago, in both our world and the Star Wars universe, the Rebel Alliance defeated the Empire at the Battle of Endor. There were three fronts in this epic battle: the fleet campaign led by Admiral Ackbar aided by General Calrissian, the ground campaign led by General Solo, and the Jedi/Sith battle between Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, and Sith Lords Darth Vader and Darth Sidious. All three fronts were decisively won by the allies.
Afterwards, it was assumed that the rebel victory concluded the ultimate demise of the empire. However, as Episode VII illustrates through its first three teasers, the victory was not so clear cut and dry, and it appears as though the empire survived in some sort of capacity. But even though the empire survived in one form or another, the alliance was given some breathing room. In addition, this victory allowed Skywalker some much needed space to grow into a master while taking on the responsibilities of training the next generation of Jedi. Thus, Finn Galfridian is introduced.
Yes, you heard us correctly. Finn, who is known as Finn Galfridian in the Star Wars expanded universe (EU) which is now known as Legends, is a Jedi Knight in Episode VII and his master is Luke Skywalker. Finn is also a Jedi Knight in the expanded universe and his master is Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. As Wookieepedia explains, Finn was rescued by Master Skywalker during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. After the attack on Galfridian’s homeworld of Artorias by the invading Yuuzhan Vong forces, he becomes a prominent part of the expanded universe story line as a Jedi Knight.
Although this story line is now a part of the Legends’ series, it explains why Finn could be ready and willing to take on Kylo Ren in the snowy forest of Narnia, which can be viewed from the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser and the most recent 15 second teaser trailer released on Instagram. In the 15 second trailer, it appears as though he is a willing and able young Jedi Knight ready to take on the member of the Knights of Ren by himself. In other words, he is an established Jedi Knight. Remember, it took Luke almost two movies of preparation for his first confrontation with Darth Vader. Considering this assumption, perhaps Finn is chasing Kylo Ren?
What a great way to provide the audience with new blood while including the expanded universe for Star War nerds all around the world. Okay. Maybe Disney has a few good ideas left in the tank, if this can be considered a good idea.
To add disagreement throughout the blogosphere, we believe that Luke’s lightsaber is not actually what Kylo Ren is seeking. And because Finn is a Jedi Knight, he is never a stormtrooper although we understand how this could have been perceived by racist and non-racist fans alike after only one teaser trailer. A black stormtrooper? Really? That conversation happened? In the words of Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi after using the blaster to put down General Grievous, “So uncivilized.”
Furthermore, we disagree that Finn is the son of General Lando Calrissian or the distant relative of Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobe as some bloggers have asserted. And one final thing, we agree with the casting of John Boyega as the new Jedi Knight for three reasons. First, John Boyega was great in Attack the Block. Second, he looks badass with that blue lightsaber. And finally, it is a different direction of casting than the historic casting decisions of George Lucas, which one would think that Disney would continue to perpetuate the perceived “white, straight, privileged male” continuum of Jedi Knights. We admit that this tasteless crack at Social Justice Warriors may fall flat. Simply put, Boyega is a great choice.
In our next article, we will be discussing how Jedi Knight Finn Galfridian plays into the plot of being portrayed as a stormtrooper and what it means for his interaction with Rey. In addition, we will be discussing in a future article what appears to be a hooded white man with an upside down burning cross aledgedly chasing a black man through the forest. There is nothing antebellum about that sequence now is there?