This Finn Moment In 'Star Wars' Needs Explaining

by Michelle Lulic

Assuming you've already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this point (and if you haven't... Why are you reading the internet?), it's pretty clear to see that out of all of the new characters in the franchise, Rey is in fact the next reigning Jedi. However, as it is made apparent in the trailer and in the film itself, Finn — the former Stormtrooper for the First Order — seems to make real use out of Luke's famous blue light saber first. He uses the weapon to fight directly against the power of Kylo Ren. And how does he do? Not too bad! But exactly how does Finn use a light saber in The Force Awakens? Is Finn a Jedi?

The galaxy seems to have lost the power of the Jedi Knights throughout the years and against the struggle of the First Order. Rey comes in contact with Luke's light saber, she's basically called upon by the voices of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi to use the power of the Force that's within her, and, in the end, she prepares to start her own journey as a Jedi: by being trained by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Believe me, it's all incredibly exciting and I can not wait to see what's next! But what about Finn and his light saber? Here's the thing. Aside from getting thrown across the forest and knocked out by Kylo Ren, Finn survives a brief light saber duel with Han Solo and Leia's son. He was able to actually hold his own for some time — and not lose a limb in the process! Leading me to one possible conclusion: The Force may be with Finn as well.

A Stormtrooper who can hone in on the power of the Force? That's insane! But, actually... it's not. Considering that Stormtroopers are put in the position they are without much say for themselves (hence Finn's drastic need to escape), we really don't know who his parents are or what his family history may be. But, with a knack for using a light saber, I wouldn't rule out some Jedi in his family tree either (let's just hope Rey's not in that family tree as well). My current pick for one of Finn's possible Jedi connections? Mace Windu (who appears in the prequel films as one of the top Jedi Masters and is killed by Anakin during his turn to becoming Darth Vader). However, if that's the case, he would have to be a great-grandchild or grandchild instead — and who are his parents?

Anyway, there's something else that leads me to really analyze that coveted scene of Finn yielding a light saber: the fact that Kylo Ren noticed something different about him. In the very beginning of the film, right before Finn made his escape, he seemed to stand out quite a bit. If he was drawn to rebel — why weren't others? What made him so prone to human emotion and fighting for his rights that the other Stormtroopers just didn't seem to access? Maybe... the Force helped with that.

Either way, I have a feeling we're sure to find out Finn's whole story sometime soon. We just need to wait another year and a half or so. We can wait... Because we have to.

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