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Lego Star Wars Holiday Special Understands the True Burden of Masters

Rey and Finn forge a new path together.

Rey and Finn forge a brand new path collectively.
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The brand new Lego Star Wars Vacation Particular is earnest, silly fun. It’s a festive special, about Star Wars, made in Lego—what else would it not be however a joyful, irreverent lampooning of Star Wars’ extra critical facet? Nevertheless, its underlying message of friendship and mutual understanding (within the spirit of Life Day, after all) is constructed round an enchanting premise.

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The first concept of the Lego Star Wars Vacation Particular is definitely “However what if Rey had time travel?” It’s principally a hilarious excuse for our heroine and BB-Eight to, after a go to to an historical Jedi Temple on the planet Kordoku, trot via various periods of the Skywalker Saga. Additionally, mayyyyyyybe by chance briefly give Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader entry to time journey. However the cause why she’s doing it?

As a result of Rey Skywalker has grow to be a Jedi Grasp and has taken Finn as her young apprentice.

Set simply after the occasions of The Rise of Skywalker, the particular opens with Rey and Finn aboard the Falcon (now on Kashyyyk, visiting Chewbacca’s house for Life Day celebrations), coaching as Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi did practically 40 years earlier than them. Utilizing Rey’s lightsaber, a pissed off Finn makes an attempt to channel the Power to deflect coaching distant bolts, to no avail. His frustration isn’t helped by the truth that Rey herself is likewise pissed off—ignoring her buddy and new apprentice’s personal disappointments at not instantly acing his coaching to as a substitute impose these perfectionist requirements on herself.

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Rey has, as she believes all good Jedi ought to, studied the traditional Jedi texts. She’s adopted their each phrase, made Finn do precisely as he’s instructed, given all the recommendation she ought to, and but, he’s whiffing bolts and practically slicing porgs open in a match of irritated rage. However she’s unwilling to hearken to Finn’s disappointment that he’s someway let her down, or if something, amplifies these emotions—as a result of all she will suppose is that she has accomplished one thing terribly unsuitable, and is the worst Jedi Grasp ever.

All that, and one other perusal of her cherished Jedi texts, is what leads her to Kordoku, after studying a passage a few particular Life Day ritual that might assist information Finn’s path to being a Jedi—and undo Rey’s sense of failure inside herself. But, within the course of, she as soon as once more abandons her buddies to share this burden and failure alone, dismaying Finn even additional and sowing extra doubt about his functionality to dwell as much as Rey’s teachings.

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What Rey finally learns from her time-travel antics on Kordoku is that the important thing to the defining relationships between Jedi Grasp and Padawan apprentice isn’t essentially adherence to a doctrine or being the Finest Jedi Ever in response to some preconceived commonplace held up by a recalcitrant Order. It’s friendship, understanding, and communication: bonds cast that imply frustrations and failures are addressed and overcome collectively (let’s…ignore the half the place Obi-Wan and Anakin didn’t do that and mayyyybe by chance helped lay the groundwork for over 20 years of an Imperialist coup).

In the long run, Rey realizes she ought to’ve listened to Finn’s doubts and expressed understanding of them, as a substitute of instantly diving right into a dusty e book and burdening his failures—harmless ones, anticipated of any apprentice simply starting their path—as her personal and the top of the Jedi as she knew it. In flip, Rey and Finn’s relationship appears like a stunning parallel to the apprenticeship between Rey and Luke in The Final Jedi. Luke’s personal doubts and self-loathing could have been extra centered across the trauma of his failure to show (and be brazenly communicative with) the struggling Ben Solo. His personal adherence to the Jedi texts above all when he’s confronted by Yoda’s ghost mirror Rey’s personal religion in them.

Luke’s retreat into solitude additionally mirrors Rey’s personal retreat from her buddy circle. In the end, her acceptance and acknowledgment of her (and Finn’s) failures—not as the top of their journeys, however steps as on the trail—echo Yoda’s fundamental and powerful recommendation to Luke. Power and mastery are vital to cross from Grasp to learner, however weak point, folly, and certainly failure most of all are additionally very important issues to be reckoned with as a part of the method.

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Rey simply wanted to be taught that lesson from Yoda’s spirit too, it appears, and when she returns having ingested it, she’s prepared not simply to have a good time Life Day along with her discovered household, however actually support Finn on his path to understanding the ability inside himself.

Given its gleefully metatextual humor, even on this age of “every little thing issues” canonicity, it’s unlikely that the Lego Star Wars Vacation Particular will ever dramatically have an effect on future Star Wars storytelling that takes place after Episode IX. If something, it’s “affirmation” that Finn actually does have the power within the Power to be a Jedi like his buddy earlier than him, one thing that will get endlessly, tirelessly litigated by followers till a extra “critical” textual content comes alongside to state the identical information.

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However that doesn’t cease The Lego Star Wars Vacation Particular’s evocation of the issues that actually matter most to the beliefs of Jedi partnerships. What makes it so compelling past its comedic acumen isn’t some guidelines in historical texts or the Order’s diatribes, however a mutual understanding, the acceptance of failure and imperfection, and shared connection past the metaphysical ties of the Power itself.

Maybe it’s the most Star Wars factor of all that one thing so irreverent actually understands the center of the galaxy far, distant in spite of everything.


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James Whitbrook on io9, shared by Kaitlyn Jakola to Gizmodo