Written by robotical712
Most who know me in the Star Wars community have long known me first and foremost as a proponent of Rey Skywalker (as in Luke’s daughter). So, why was it important to me?
Rey being Luke’s child was also a bit more personal. Family has always been an important part of my life and I had grown up in a supportive household with loving parents. So, even though my homelife bore no resemblance to the relationship between Luke and his father, it still resonated. Further, Luke was the character I most identified with. As I got into the EU, my identification with Luke naturally carried over into a desire for him to have a family.
Alas, that didn’t happen before I had stopped reading the EU, although I was aware of Ben Skywalker. By the time Star Wars captured my interest again, I was married and had two children of my own – a son and daughter. As I already had the Luke/Vader relationship to share with my son, the potential of a new trilogy focused on a father/daughter relationship was deeply alluring. It’s said the Star Wars films are made for children, but what’s unsaid is that those children inevitably grow up.
By the time the Sequel Trilogy was made, an entire generation had been born and entered adulthood since the release of the Original Trilogy. For us, the Original Trilogy had always existed, there had never been a time without Luke, Han and Leia. We were introduced to these heroes as children and had grown up identifying with them. Thus, while watching The Force Awakens in the theater, I found myself not identifying with Kylo Ren on the bridge, but the father pleading with his son to abandon his dark path before it was too late. It wasn’t the prospect of Rey finding her father that stirred me, but the father being confronted by the daughter he had thought lost and the dawning horror that he had left his child to survive on her own all those years. For a parent, both scenes touch our most primal hopes and fears.
To me, The Force Awakens didn’t simply setup a coming of age story, but one about parenthood.