My version of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Let me reiterate (as is the case for all my speculative fan fiction) that is of course my version of the story and I am working on almost knowledge of what will actually happen in the movie. I have worked on it since almost Episode 7 came out and people were discussing why exactly was Rey portrayed in a way that many consider would place under the “Mary Sue” category. [Current version ends on crazy cliffhanger.

The opening text crawl explains how Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi has been found by Rey, a Force sensitive person who helped save the Republic from the attack of the First Order. After their defeat, Supreme Leader Snoke has retreated his forces in order to regroup and create a new strategy to fight and obtain the power he believes is rightfully his. The mysterious commander has taken his protégé, Kylo Ren away from his position in the front line and has taken him in for special training. Meanwhile, General Leia Organa, tired of being passive in the war, has decided to go on the offensive and tasked a special squadron, led by Poe Dameron, with finding the remnants of the First Order. This reconnaissance mission allows the brash pilot to also find the information to save his friend Finn, who is still in a coma after the injuries he sustained during the last great battle.

We open on a busy loading dock, Poe and other fighters are loading up their X-Wings. General Organa (distraught but still with nerves of steel) relays some final orders. Poe isn’t the biggest fan of taking orders but he follows along with minimal witty banter. Leia says that since they might need more diplomacy than blasters to get the initial information and says that C-3PO is going with them. Poe thinks that having a golden droid isn’t the best companion for a stealth mission and C-3PO prefers not to go into a potential battle but the general says that is non-negotiable. Poe sighs, gives a ma’am, yes ma’am and tells BB-8 to show 3PO to its seat. Poe will be the pilot to a more standard vehicle (think the one that they use to go to Endor in Return of the Jedi) as other background soldiers are going to be on escort duty via X-Wing. Poe checks on some of the cargo in the back and reveals that there is a sort of stasis tube with Finn in it that obviously no one else is aware of. “Don’t worry buddy, you saved me and I am going to find a way to save you. I don’t care what those doctors say” Zoom in on Finn’s face and a disembodied unidentified voice says “Feel…”

Smash cut to Rey’s face reacting to Luke saying “Feel? What do you feel?” Rey begins to explain her connection to the Force. Luke basically says that just because she holds his old lightsaber (the one once held by his father) doesn’t mean she can wield it. Same thing with the Force, without proper guidance and training she may have power but it could end up hurting her and others. Rey mentions that Kylo said something similar and that she needs a teacher. Luke goes through a quick flashback sequence of a young Ben Solo excelling at his training but then drowned out by the screams of younglings as an enraged teenage Kylo slaughters his cohorts. Luke is apprehensive about being a teacher once again but sees this as a chance for redemption. Rey convinces him that if she stays with training then her friends can stay with her too.

Luke: “Wait, who came with you, how did you get here?”

Luke then heads back to the cliffs and sees the Millennium Falcon as Chewbacca does some growls and R2-D2 beeps happily. Luke’s woeful countenance subsides as he lets his guard down and for the first time in a long time smiles.

From there we move on to the bad guys and their current plans. Snoke has convened his top people, stand outs are clearly Hux and Phasma. Snoke is clearly disappointed at everyone for the past failures and asks for a plan that will bring the First Order back to their glory. Hux is going for a more cautious strategy and laying low. Phasma says that they need to take a planet in the Outer Rim and start their conquering spree from there. Any attempt from Kylo to lend his voice to the plan gets shushed immediately. Snoke tells them to quiet down, he will discipline the young would be Sith personally with some back to basics training on the Force. Kylo storms off and proceeds to break some stuff as he resents being treated like a child once more.

Poe has reached his initial destination, finding Maz Kanata (the tiny CGI orange lady from Force Awakens). Maz is currently in the rebuilding phase of her bar. She insists that she isn’t taking any sides; all she wants is to serve patrons from all over, give them a sense of home if even for a moment. After some witty banter between Poe, Maz, and even C-3PO, they get some information about a series of hidden outposts that the First Order still has throughout the system. Maz leaves to get a map, Poe follows but distracts the droid as he wants a chance for a one on one conversation regarding the Finn situation. Maz says that there is a nearby outpost with minimal security that could have the location of Snoke. But also there’s one with a lot more security that also serves as a prison. Lots of interesting people there, including a sort of telepath that used to be the main interrogator for the First Order but then decided to become a pacifist. They are hoping that she changes her mind and are “encouraging” her on a regular basis. Poe decides to endanger the entire team as he picks nightmare difficulty but tells them it’s their only choice. BB-8 is constantly ramming into his leg, literally trying to budge him into saying the truth it had overheard but to no avail. As they are prepping to leave. Poe checks on Finn and wonders what is going on within his mind.

Complete change in mood as suddenly an almost surgically white expanse covers the screen. Finn almost comically is running around yelling “Hello, anyone here?! If this is a joke this is not funny. I was champ at hide and seek so you better come out.” Finn is exasperated as he talks to himself, unaware that is trapped within his own psyche. Having done everything else, he decides that maybe he should stay still and quiet. He begins to take a meditative stance as he awkwardly adjusts his breathing style for a bit. Once he breathes more normally, a disembodied voice once again says: “Feel”

Back to Luke and Rey in an open field. The old Jedi Master begins explaining how the Force is all around us. R2 and Chewbacca are observing from a safe distance. Rey is doing meditative poses as she attempts to feel everything around her. Small pebbles begin to levitate in her vicinity. Cut immediately to a boulder being cut in half with a red lightsaber. Snoke instructs Kylo that his attacks need to be stronger and more precise while chiding his protégé for his dependence on his anger. Kylo responds that the Dark side is centered on anger and emotions so why shouldn’t he use them? Snoke responds that once one’s core goes beyond a certain point it ceases to be the center: “You overextend your feelings, which make you unbalanced and vulnerable.” From here we get rapid cuts clearly juxtaposing both ideologies of the Force. Luke emphasizes that emotions should be abandoned and how the Force is like water, surrounding us in all ways. Sometimes as invisible vapor, other times an engulfing ocean, if you learn how to move alongside the Force you will find that your movements and purpose become clearer. Snoke focuses on destruction and compares the Force to heat, radiating in different forms from different things. The Sith learned to channel it like a fire, wield your power like a torch, not to light the way but to burn it. Snoke eyes his many scars as he mentions how pain is something that others shy away from but to know true power one must feel it, learn from it, and inflict upon one’s enemies tenfold. Kylo’s hand instinctively reaches for his own facial scar as he tries to push through the fatigue of the intense training. Rey’s training on the other hand is hit or miss. Simple tasks take multiple tries while seemingly impossible situations are done without hesitation. The handstand hold that Luke did while training under Yoda takes a while yet when asked to levitate the Falcon momentarily she actually does it before Luke can even utter “do or do not, there is no try”. Luke tells her to okay let it go, but Rey is honed in, and levitates it too much. Chewbacca’s yells and R2’s beeps snap her out of it as the Falcon lands awkwardly and some equipment breaks. Luke says that she lacks focus as she apologizes without being entirely sure what happened. Simultaneously, Snoke ends his session with Kylo saying that he shows much promise but still isn’t ready for the big time. Hux and Phasma are spying on them and begin to conspire that Snoke’s fascination with the Force and the Sith will be their downfall unless they do something about it.

Back to Poe and the main mission. C-3PO of course believes this is a suicide mission and BB-8 shares similar concerns. Poe says that without risk there can be no reward and jets off as we go into a major space battle with different colored lasers shooting everywhere. Poe isn’t in his X-Wing so all the acrobatics are far more clunky as 3PO tumbles everywhere and BB-8 just sorta rolls around. After a few of the good guys get blown up, Poe realizes that his ship is unresponsive. They’ve been caught in a tractor beam. Poe tells everyone else to disengage and to meet up at the next rendezvous point, he will figure it out. 3-PO begins with the doom and gloom but Poe says “Time for Plan B, take the wheel” Both droids are super confused as Poe goes off elsewhere “to change into something less comfortable.” The ship is taken into a loading dock, several First Order Stormtroopers are on sight ready to board. Poe is behind a curtain in the ship, out of sight and tells the droids to be quiet and follow his lead. Two Stormtroopers enter, one of them immediately eyes the droids and starts questioning them, the other explores the ship, we hear a loud crash, and we see that Poe emerges with Stormtrooper attire after having taken out the real one. “Just a mess over here, nothing else” Real Stormtrooper begins interrogating C-3PO who is super confused as to what is going. Disguised Poe starts saying how they must be some sort of spies, trying to trick us into a false sense of security. C-3PO’s confusion is misunderstood as stalwartness by the real Stormtroopers as they are taken away. Poe begins to do some reconnaissance in the meantime.

As they leave the ship behind, we focus back on Finn and reenter his mind palace so to speak. He continues to meditate but is having a hard time concentrating. He begins talking to himself but then a voice from off screen says “Don’t worry, I think this falls as a new situation for anyone” Finn turns around and we find CGI Alec Guinness Obi Wan Kenobi right there with him. Finn freaks out and starts asking all sorts of questions, the one that keeps popping up is “Am I dead?!” Kenobi responds no, not yet at least. Finn asks if Obi Wan is dead, to which he responds “In a matter of speaking yes, though all things live on in the Force.” Finn asks if he’s Luke Skywalker and the ghost Jedi corrects him and properly introduces himself. He explains how the Force connects all beings and how some Jedi have found a way to give their essence to the Force and interact with the world sporadically. Finn asks if there are other Jedi that can do that. “Rare, we are.” CGI Yoda appears as different voices and glimpses of Jedi appear. “One like you, we did not expect”. Finn tries to go for a “what do you mean ‘you’ people?” response until Mace Windu appears to say that he means a clone. We were not aware that midichlorians existed within your kind. Then, Qui-Gonn shows up as a far more translucent version of himself to say that the Force connects us all, no matter how they were born. Kenobi then surmises that Finn must be one of the only clones to have such a connection to others, as evident by his empathy. Finn says, “Well I do consider myself a nice guy.” The Jedi give a small laugh and fade away, all but Obi Wan. “So what am I doing here? And where is here anyway?” Obi wan explains how he suffered great wounds during his encounter with the Sith, in an attempt to save himself, his subconsciousness had temporarily absorbed the rest of his mind. His body is still healing but it will take even more time for his mind to properly recover but not to worry for his friends are finding a way to cure him. Finn’s face lights up and he asks what Rey and Poe are doing. Obi Wan says that Poe is trying to find a doctor but Rey is still finding herself.

Cut to nighttime and a campfire is roaring next to the Millennium Falcon as Rey and Chewie are fixing the broken gear. Old friends reunited begin sharing stories of past adventures. Rey feels completely left out as droid beeps and Wookie grunts make up a good portion of the conversation. In the midst of frustration, Rey interrupts and asks that while they were out there playing heroes why they didn’t stop Snoke or any other remnants of the Empire. An awkward silence fills the air. Luke is about to speak but R2 and Chewie both give nonverbal and verbal cues to not go there.

Luke: “It’s okay, if she is going to be the next great Jedi it’s important that she know the truth. All of it. Rey, has anyone ever told you the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise?”

Rey: Darth? Do you mean Darth Vader? I have heard that his iron fist was the perfect weapon for the Emperor to exterminate the Jedi and rule the galaxy.

Luke: All true but Plagueis was a Sith Lord whose power reigned far before the time of the Emperor. It was said that his dominion over the Force was such that he could prevent death and even create life.

Rey: Did that really happen?

Luke: I don’t know for sure but his story has served as a motivation for many Sith over the years. My father, Anakin Skywalker was a great Jedi whose fears of loss led him to search for answers outside the way of the Jedi. The Emperor fed off that weakness and led him down a path of anger and hate. In the ensuing suffering he became Darth Vader.

Rey: Your father was Darth Vader?

Luke: Yes, and in that facing that reality I confronted the darkness within myself. Rey, the Jedi prided themselves in forsaking all attachments to life beyond the Force to avoid such fears. I don’t believe that the future of the Jedi lies in that path but I need you to be aware of anything and everything that connects you to the rest of the world.

Rey then explains how she basically has no family. Maybe once but Jakku and its unforgiving dessert led her to become a scavenger and a tinkerer. It’s not until the last few months that she has become a part of something more. Luke shares empathy with the fact that he also lost his family when he was young. Many friends were lost along the way, mostly due to the war. After the fighting ended he wanted to rebuild the Jedi Order but even in seclusion from the rest of the galaxy the suffering continues. Rey asks if the pain ever ends, is it worth it? Luke gives a solemn response to the tune that to be with the Force is to feel connected to everything. “I have tried to isolate myself, like my masters before me but I find that in helping others the pain subsides. That is the Jedi way, or at least the one I wish to forge.” Rey wonders what else the way of the Force requires of her. Luke says that it’s time for her to first build her very own lightsaber, no more hand me downs. “Chewie, I have some coordinates, how about we go on a road trip over in the morning.”

Back to Poe who is sloppily trying to stealth his way through the outpost in Stormtrooper attire. He is ironically standing out while trying so hard to fit in. Other troopers notice and he says that he must be feeling ill and asks for directions to sickbay and also to all the other places around. They show him a minor map and he decides to go to sickbay, just taking the long route. Poe overhears that they are going to dismantle the droids in order to get more information from them so he quickens his pace. He makes his way to a special restricted area, with signs everywhere that say only droids beyond this point. A droid or two try to get Poe to stop but says he has direct orders. He gets to one of those special glass enclosed cells where a woman is lying on the ground like an observed Woody doll from Toy Story. As Poe draws closer, the almost lifeless figure begins to stir and slowly stands up, a nearly blank face without emotions suddenly shifts to full on smolder as the captured girl begins exuding bravado. Poe tries to act nonchalant and says that he has orders to move her. The girl interrupts quickly and basically says no, you’re not you have so many ulterior motives. Rather than try to charm his way out, Poe decides to be direct. “Seems like you’re the telepath so no need for a ruse. Help me and I’ll help you. Deal?” The girl sizes up Poe and gives him a long stare. “Deal. We’ll work out the details later. By the way Mr. Dameron, my name is Rose.”

[Author’s note: All I know is that in the actual movie there is a new character named Rose. That’s it. Too hard to properly convey in shortened story so let explain how my version of the character works. She can read minds while in proximity to people. However, she takes on that person’s traits, think iZombie but without having to eat any of the brains. In a small group of people, the balance of emotions and personalities makes it so that the real Rose comes out. Amongst too many people she freaks out and sorta mumbles to herself while trying to walk away. If left isolated, she basically becomes catatonic.  Droids obviously don’t affect her powers. In universe explanation is that genetic quirk makes her brain not emit brain waves but rather is like a radio, constantly trying to find new signals and listen in. After being so close to so much evil, Rose decides to isolate herself and has threatened to kill herself  if her former commander, Phasma comes close. Believing that this insubordination was temporary, the First Order placed her in solitary confinement.]

Poe gives Rose his Stormtrooper outfit as she is far more recognizable. She will escort him as a prisoner. Along the way, they disable any droids that could ruin the plan. Along the way we see Rose shift her walking patterns and posture as other troopers walk close by. Whenever questioned, Poe is about to speak but Rose shuts him up and gives a masterful excuse while also addressing the concerns of those guys. “Silence traitor, this one needs some extra coercing to talk. Also, it’s probably just a rash so don’t worry too much about it.” They make their way down to where BB-8 and C-3PO are about to be picked apart. There is a bit of a firefight as they save the droids. BB-8 begins doing some hacking to lock the doors and keep them safe for now. Rose tries to imitate C-3PO but has no luck though they do have some good banter along the way. BB-8 starts messing with airlocks and unlocks the cells of other prisoners as the chaos continues. The tractor beam is also disabled. They make their way out and Poe grabs an unconscious officer as they make their way back to the ship. They escape, Rose is able to get some approximate coordinates and relays them. Once they are safe enough away Rose asks if Pow will introduce him to his friend, C-3PO interjects but Poe actually says that it’s about Finn. 3PO is incensed while BB-8 is actually happy. Poe gives minor explanation as to what happened. Rose leans in close to the stasis tube and says that Finn is okay and that she can help. Also, that he isn’t alone in there. “By any chance does your friend have two brains? Has he become possessed recently?” “Nooooooooo, probably not.” After a bit of an awkward silence, Poe says that he needs to relay the coordinates to General Organa, 3PO insists that he needs to report how Finn has been smuggled unto the mission. During the communique, Leia says that she can’t commit a full strike force to the area. Poe says that he and the rest of his squadron can confirm the location. Leia agrees but says that she is sending extra back up. Before C-3PO can rat them out, Leia asks how Finn is doing and hopes that the little field trip is worth it. Poe stammers and Rose answers that it will be okay and that he takes full responsibility for the extra actions.

Cut back to Luke and Rey in the ruins of a Jedi temple, crystalline spikes protrude from several of the structures. The atmosphere is both serene and unsettling. Chewie and R2 remain in the ship. Luke explains how Yoda sent him here as part of his training to make his own lightsaber, Obi Wan helped with preparing him for the material. Luke tells Rei to basically dismantle Anakin’s old lightsaber. As a would be mechanic, Rei carefully and skillfully sets aside each piece and she can sorta surmise how the thing works. Luke asks that she put it back together, which she does well but soon becomes frustrated that it won’t turn on. Luke explains that the crystal and the surrounding machines can’t be put together except through the Force. Luke concentrates and is able to telekinetically disassemble and reassemble the lightsaber in a few moments. He instructs Rey to scour the temple to find the would the pieces for her own lightsaber. Rey asks about the crystal and the colors but Luke says that the Force will call out to her and find the right crystal. Luke sorta stays in the middle meditating while Rey is doing super jumps all over the place. Rey asks a few questions about the general foundations of the Force and the Jedi. Here we have quick cuts as Luke gives simple vague answers, juxtaposed back to Finn in his mind as Obi Wan answers the same questions with far more details. Midichlorians are explained as microscopic organisms who exist in different concentrations within all living things. It is a symbiotic relationship where the Jedi use them to manifest aspects of the Force. Having cybernetic prosthetics do not allow one to channel the Force, making Luke unable to do some of the more master Jedi moves and why Darth Vader couldn’t do super Sith moves like Force lightning. Finn asks if the midichlorians can do things on their own, without Sith or Jedi, Obi Wan answers that before the millennia ago there were rumors that those attuned to the Force who did not follow a specific path could find themselves being led astray, having no real knowledge of what had overtaken them. The discipline of the Jedi and even of the Sith allows for one to properly use the Force rather than be used by it. Rey finds all the parts that she needs but is having a tough time finding a crystal that calls out to her. She sorta gets droned out and lets her find one that is left unseen. Rey begins meditating and getting the right feel for all the parts as Luke coaches her. Chewie calls out to Luke who leaves Rey alone as he returns to the ship. There, he has a radio call with his sister. Some witty banter and pleasantries are exchanged as Leai explains that she needs a favor. Poe is out trying to find Snoke and she worries he might try to finish the mission on his own. Luke says that he wants to help and he is close to the coordinates in question but Rey just started an important meditation session as part of her training and he shouldn’t leave her alone. Leia asks how long does it take to finish the meditating and Luke says that it took him days maybe a week when he faced that challenge. Almost instantly Rey appears in the Millennium Falcon and surprises everyone. Luke says they’ll be right there and that it’s time to face Snoke once again. Chewie and R2 make their respective sounds in agreement as Rey wonders when did that happen and who/what is Snoke?

Luke: Remember what I told you about Darth Plagueis? The Emperor was trying to find his own way to manipulate life through the Force. Shortly after the Battle of Endor, we found a hidden base where the Emperor was apparently building clones of himself, his attempt to give life was to make them all Force users at massive scale of reproduction. Should he meet his demise, the clones would go forth and conquer the galaxy once again. Snoke was the first clone that had survived the experimental phase before going into assembly line mode. He was powerful, we barely survived the fight as R2 rigged the place to explode before the rest of the clones would emerge. We all thought he had died in the explosion until The First Order reemerged a short time ago.

During that explanation we cut back to Snoke who is preparing things and giving random orders around the outpost. He tells people to prepare themselves to move out soon. Hux and Phasma sense the folly in this decision and relay different orders down the command line. While Snoke is planning a surprise attack on The Republic, Hux and Phhasma decide to go with the earlier plan to move their operations to the Outer Rim and amass more forces from there. Kylo is in his quarters, again staring into Vader’s helmet and wondering if this is his true path. We cut back to Finn asking Obi Wan if the Sith can do the Force ghost stalker thing. Kenobi explains that this ability requires a connection to the living Force, something that the Sith do not foster. As Anakin became more machine than man and went to the dark side, he lost that connection and even after his redemption could only appear in brief glimpses. CGI ghost Anakin (not Hayden Christensen but middle aged random dude like in original RotJ version) manifests briefly beside Kylo. “No, not like this” Kylo’s confusion continues as the he feels the familiar whisper on his ear but not understanding what it means.

Cut back to Poe in ship with X-Wing Squadron in tow. The Millennium Falcon jumps from hyperspace next to them. Banter between Poe and Rey shifts into a decent plan. The X-Wings pilots will distract them from the front as the main characters slip in from the back. Poe wants visual confirmation of Snoke before risking an armada going over. Minor space fight emerges as Snoke realizes the deception of his underlings when he counts only a fraction of his forces present. The protagonists come in from the back as they emerge from their ships and a brief exchange occurs between all the characters. Rose has a great scene as she quickly imitates everyone as she goes to shake their hands. Rey asks about Finn and Poe takes them to him. Rose explains that his mind is still recovering and that she has helped him along; Luke examines him and confirms it but also saying that the Force is already aiding him. Once the group settles down they decide to spit up. Chewie, Poe, Rose, and R2 will do some reconnaissance and maybe sabotage some defenses along the way. Luke says that he will go on his own to find Snoke but Rey insists that she would be a bad Padawan if she didn’t tag along. BB-8 comes too. C-3PO is on watch from the ships and will relay any new info and also looking over Finn.

Minor shenanigans and fighting emerges as both parties make their way in. Luke is surprised that Rey is still using the old blue lightsaber and she says that she wasn’t sure she did it right and that now wasn’t the time to try something new that might not work in a pinch. Luke and Rey get to the training grounds from earlier where Kylo and Snoke await them. Both Sith agree that they have unfinished business with their master/apprentice counterparts. Dual duels take place as BB-8 rolls off to the side. Meanwhile, the non-Force people are doing some blasting as they are trying to jam radio signals and lower main shields. In the middle of the fighting, Kylo is all business as Rey is the one doing the talking this time, trying to figure out his motivations. After her time training with Luke, she can’t imagine how Ben Solo became Kylo Ren. Snoke and Luke are doing more advanced techniques as Force lightning gets thrown around and Luke dodges via many flips and other cool moves. Luke isn’t trying to convert Snoke but is trying to find his end game besides revenge. The battle continues for a few minutes as Kylo hits Rey with a Force choke and with her defense down proceeds to slice off her right hand. Luke screams no as he rushes to his padawan’s side. Snoke derides Kylo for not finishing her off as he picks up the blue lightsaber and insists that she might still be convinced to join the Sith while Snoke again says that his feelings are betraying him first anger, now hope.

In the middle of this, Finn is shaking of his coma and feels some crazy Force stuff is happening. Poe and company realize there aren’t that many forces in the base so contacting the Leia would do nothing. They finish off their bad guys and say that they should go and help take out Snoke and Kylo. Luke is checking on Rey who seems to be going into shock.

Luke: Ben!!! How could you?

Kylo: Leave her under my care and she may still live. Kneel before my master and pray that he may grant you a quick death.

          Luke: I will not give in to fear or darkness but I will stop you both.

As Luke is preparing to take a stand against both Sith, Rey holds him back. Her face is showing zero emotion at all. She pulls out her new lightsaber in her left hand and out emerges a black blade from it. Luke is aghast and takes a step back. Rey immediately moves as if possessed and takes on Kylo, currently wielding both his red lightsaber and Anakin’s blue one. An unarmed Finn finds BB-8 who takes him to the battle. He sees firsthand how Rey overwhelms the Sith apprentice with ease, chops off his right hand and then Force pushes him into a wall, leaving him unconscious. Luke sees that Rey’s missing hand is now manifesting in a ghostly blue aura. The freak out is real. Snoke says that such tricks are no match for him. Luke tries to stop Rey but to no avail. She continues to kick ass and eventually Force chokes and levitates Snoke from the ground. The rest of the heroes come in at this moment to find the scene at hand. Poe notices Finn from a distance inching closer to Kylo and picking up the blue lightsaber, just in case as they both shrug in an I don’t know what’s going on either vibe. Snoke is close to death as Rey starts levitating as well. Luke is trying to calm her down and insists that this is not the path of the Jedi, this is not the way of the Force. Rey, in a voice that is not her own, screams: “How dare you attempt to explain that which you cannot fathom!!!”

In that moment, Rey force chokes and levitates Luke as well. Rose says that she can’t sense Rey’s mind in there and Finn says something about how the midichlorians have taken control over her. Kylo is barely regaining consciousness as he sees the life fade in both his master’s eyes. Rey stares a deadly gaze at both her would be victims.

“Jedi and Sith, both trying to use and manipulate the Force as a tool for your own selfish needs. Since time immemorial you try to claim as your own a power that was not meant to be wielded by mere mortals. I tried to create a balance between the two forces but now I realize that the scales are only equal when there is nothing upon them.”

 

With a flick of her wrists, both necks break and both Jedi and Sith fall lifeless to the ground. The heroes want to do something but fear they may be next. Force possessed Rey that she will use the body of the last of the Jedi to make sure no one else will be so callous as to use the Force again. She looks over at Finn and Kylo and says that her not worth her time just yet and that there’s someone more important to eliminate first. BB-8 rolls over to Rey and nudges her foot, trying snap her out of it. She looks down and picks up the small droid and says it might be useful for the next phase. Rey then disappears in a blinding light. As the heroes recoup their senses, they notice that one of the tie fighters is speeding off. As they wonder what just happened and who is Rey’s next target Chewie begins to growl worriedly. No one understands Shiriwook but Rose can feel his mind echoing a name. “Who is Leia?” And then everyone freaks out even more. Poe says that they have to warn her and they all run over to the Millennium Falcon. As the heroes speed off, a very injured Kylo gingerly stands. He sees that his own custom lightsaber was destroyed in Rey’s last attack. He hobbles towards the slain masters and reaches for Snoke’s lightsaber. Anakin again appears for a split second and says “No. Feel…” After some hesitation, Kylo decides to pick up his uncle’s green lightsaber instead and begins to walk in the direction of the protagonists.

Poe and company reach the Falcon and sorta dismiss C-3PO, R2 explains what just happened. They radio the base and reach Lei, try to explain the events that just transpired and that her life is in danger. As they are trying to figure the next step, Kylo gets on the ship and asks to speak with his mother. Everyone takes a step back and lets him close to the comms. He weeps as he apologizes for everything. Light side, dark side, it doesn’t matter, he will fight anyone and anything who will try to hurt what’s left of his family. Chewie gives him a big hug, then a sorta slap on the face in a “don’t you ever do that again mister” manner. Poe is apprehensive but Rose signals that he is being honest. Finn says he learned a few things about the Force and between him and Ben they can figure something out. Leia in a whirlwind of emotion says to rendezvous at some emergency coordinates and tells them that no matter what happens to her that they have a fighting chance to maintain peace for the galaxy. General Organa boards a ship with some guards and she leaves off into the proverbial sunset and through hyperspace.

 

The End.

 

 

 

El claustro del RUM se posiciona

PROTESTAmos

Fecha: 24 de abril de 2017
PROTESTAmos: Profesores Transformándonos en Solidaridad Tornada en Acción
Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

Claustro del RUM se posiciona ante la coyuntura actual de Puerto Rico, su universidad pública y apoya reclamos del movimiento estudiantil.

En reunión del claustro convocada hoy por el Dr. John Fernández Van Cleve, Rector del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (RUM), la facultad del RUM acogió una urgente resolución que contempla acciones y pronunciamientos ante la coyuntura actual de Puerto Rico y de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

En dicha resolución la facultad resolvió someter alternativas a los recortes presupuestarios a la UPR que han sido propuestos por la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal (JSF) y avalados por el gobierno de Puerto Rico. Estas alternativas serán presentadas antes del 30 de abril, fecha límite impuesta por la JSF para que la administración de la UPR presente su plan de recortes presupuestarios.

Además, el…

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New Round of Call for Papers for the Upcoming 3rd Annual Academic Pop Culture Conference

If you read our last post, you know that the conference has been moved from March 11th to May 6th. The almost two month delay is due to various factors that were outside of the control of the conference organizers. However, we are taking this setback in stride and using this time to make sure that this year’s conference will be our best ever. If the universe has extended our time for preparations then we believe that everyone else should be given a second chance as well.

With this in mind, we have decided to do a second round of the Call for Papers for the conference. Same rules as last time, 200-250 word abstracts for individual paper submission and 750 words for panel presentations. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors from any and all programs and fields within the UPR system are encouraged to send abstracts. People outside the UPR system (or even academia) who wish to submit an abstract can be part of the conference as independent scholars. As always, papers and presentations should coincide within the theme of our conference as explained in the original CFP here.

Abstracts and small bios of presenters are to be sent to our official email, pcsarum@gmail.com

The deadline for this extended Call for Papers is April 1st. People who had already been accepted into the conference do NOT need to resubmit their abstracts,

Thank you for sharing your research interests with us and we hope to see you at the conference.

3rd Annual Pop Culture Conference Unfortunately Delayed

Dear Presenters and attendees,

We are sorry to report that the upcoming pop culture academic conference (originally scheduled on March 10th-11th) has been delayed until May 5th and 6th. The decision to push the conference back is due to unforeseen circumstances as the main auditorium we use for the conference has been closed due to emergency repairs. We don’t know all the details but the auditorium is closed for the time being. We have searched for alternative venues but were not able to secure one for March 11 as every other activity previously held in the auditorium is now being reshuffled.

We extend our most sincere apologies for the change and hope that you will be able to attend and present on the new conference date of Friday and Saturday May 5th-6th. Panels will occur all day on Saturday (as we have in previous conferences). Our keynote speaker, Dr. Alexis Rodriguez, professor at UPR Rio Piedras, has already stated that he will be presenting on the new date and we hope that you will be able to as well. If you (as a presenter) have already accepted going to the conference then we ask that you reconfirm as early as possible, by sending an email to us at pcsarum@gmail.com. If you were not able to present at the original date but are available to come on May 6th then we haven’t forgotten about you and can still be a part of the proceedings should you still be interested by informing us through the above email.

The inscription fee continues to be $5 for attendees and $10 for presenters. We will be collecting the fee during the registration process the day of the conference. No money will be collected prior to this day (We trust you).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Best

 

Gabriel Romaguera

Conference Organizer

 

 

 

CFP Extended for Pop Culture Conference

Due to popular demand, the call for papers for our upcoming conference has been extended. We want to make sure that the worries of democracy and turkey dinners don’t interfere with abstract writing so the extension is big. You now have until December 8th, 2016 to finish the process.

If you’re reading this then know that you have until December 15th, 2016.Please send it to us through pcsarum@gmail.com. Anti-heroes can bend the rules and for one time only so can you.

Below is the CFP as per usual for your perusing desires.

Adjusting the Moral Compass:

Highlighting the Dark Sides of Fiction and Reality

Hero vs Villain, Good vs Evil, Light vs Dark; these are the dichotomies that have shaped identity in just about every element of our lives. In our desire to fall within the former, we categorize this moral Other as worse and lesser. From a storytelling standpoint, there would be no plot without an antagonist to be the counterpoint for our hero. To quote Tony Montana, “You need people like me so you can point your fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’” But what happens when the need to be good puts you down a dark path? Or better yet, what happens when we look at evil beings and see that there is a lot more than meets the eye.

With the popularity of Wicked, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, an upcoming Boba Fett movie, and many other texts out there we see that those who wouldn’t consider themselves to be good still have a gravitas towards them. Be it through villains with fan clubs, anti-heroes with a mission, monsters that can save the day, femme fatales with a chance for mercy, highly functioning sociopaths on a quest for the truth, or just with people who wouldn’t call themselves saints, the other side is full of wonder. The third annual Puerto Rican Academic Popular Culture Conference asks scholars from all majors and backgrounds to analyze, explore, and shine a light on why is it so good to be bad.

Sample themes within different areas include but are not limited to:

  • Literature: The role of antagonists and how they can make a hero more memorable.
  • Sociology: In local and international politics, we see how the other side is quickly vilified and demonized. Why is this propaganda so common and does it work?
  • Psychology: What makes someone capable of committing acts of evil? Can nature vs nurture explain this?
  • History: Besides Hitler, who are the other bad guys (and girls) that ruled their lands? How does cultural bias affect who we see/remember as hero or villain?
  • Pedagogy: We’ve all heard of the evil professor/teacher. Do tougher styles of teaching work better when it comes to our students’ learning?
  • Music: Jay Z’s “Say Hello to the Bad Guy” shows how one can own this moniker. Still, hip hop and rap tend to glorify the thug and gangster identity. Why?

Submission Directions: We are accepting 200-250 word abstracts for individual presentations or 700-750 word abstracts for panel presentations. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from all departments in any University of Puerto Rico campus, as well as independent scholars, are welcome to submit. We ask that participants only limit themselves to one abstract per person. Since the UPR is a bilingual institution, abstracts and presentations can be submitted in English or in Spanish. Please submit your abstracts alongside corresponding biographical and contact information to pcsarum@gmail.com by December 8, 2016.   No more chances after December 16th. Hurry!

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Academia, Love Me Back

TIFFANY MARTÍNEZ

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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CFP: 3rd Annual Pop Culture Academic Conference

Two years ago, the PCSA and myself  started on the adventure of a lifetime by combining academia and pop culture into a conference like no other at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. Let’s keep the tradition going by inviting you to participate and be a part of our third annual academic popular culture conference. The conference will take place on said campus on the weekend of March 10-12th, 2017 in our regular locale. This year’s theme is Adjusting the Moral Compass: Highlighting the Dark Sides of Fiction and Reality. More details to come soon. Below is our CFP in traditional text, JPEG format, and PDF here: cfp-moral-compass-pdf

Adjusting the Moral Compass:

Highlighting the Dark Sides of Fiction and Reality

Hero vs Villain, Good vs Evil, Light vs Dark; these are the dichotomies that have shaped identity in just about every element of our lives. In our desire to fall within the former, we categorize this moral Other as worse and lesser. From a storytelling standpoint, there would be no plot without an antagonist to be the counterpoint for our hero. To quote Tony Montana, “You need people like me so you can point your fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’” But what happens when the need to be good puts you down a dark path? Or better yet, what happens when we look at evil beings and see that there is a lot more than meets the eye.

With the popularity of Wicked, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, an upcoming Boba Fett movie, and many other texts out there we see that those who wouldn’t consider themselves to be good still have a gravitas towards them. Be it through villains with fan clubs, anti-heroes with a mission, monsters that can save the day, femme fatales with a chance for mercy, highly functioning sociopaths on a quest for the truth, or just with people who wouldn’t call themselves saints, the other side is full of wonder. The third annual Puerto Rican Academic Popular Culture Conference asks scholars from all majors and backgrounds to analyze, explore, and shine a light on why is it so good to be bad.

Sample themes within different areas include but are not limited to:

  • Literature: The role of antagonists and how they can make a hero more memorable.
  • Sociology: In local and international politics, we see how the other side is quickly vilified and demonized. Why is this propaganda so common and does it work?
  • Psychology: What makes someone capable of committing acts of evil? Can nature vs nurture explain this?
  • History: Besides Hitler, who are the other bad guys (and girls) that ruled their lands? How does cultural bias affect who we see/remember as hero or villain?
  • Pedagogy: We’ve all heard of the evil professor/teacher. Do tougher styles of teaching work better when it comes to our students’ learning?
  • Music: Jay Z’s “Say Hello to the Bad Guy” shows how one can own this moniker. Still, hip hop and rap tend to glorify the thug and gangster identity. Why?

Submission Directions: We are accepting 200-250 word abstracts for individual presentations or 700-750 word abstracts for panel presentations. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from all departments in any University of Puerto Rico campus, as well as independent scholars, are welcome to submit. We ask that participants only limit themselves to one abstract per person. Since the UPR is a bilingual institution, abstracts and presentations can be submitted in English or in Spanish. Please submit your abstracts alongside corresponding biographical and contact information to pcsarum@gmail.com by November 4, 2016.

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