In The Last Jedi during the reveal to Rey’s question as to who her parents are, she is shown an image of herself. This may not only be a metaphor indicating that she has to define who she is, but might actually be showing her where she came from. The mirror could be showing her the original person she was cloned from. Jakku was the site of the Imperial research base(see here http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_research_base). Rey could be some kind clone who was preserved after the Battle of Jakku, then found by the the two scavengers who later sold her. It would lend to the already existing theory that Rey is a clone of Shmi Skywalker-that Darth vader was trying to resurrect her. The Emperor may also have been attempting to produce a clone of Shmi to then create more powerful Force-users. I think this is just something fun to think about.
In the scene after Rose Tico electrocutes Finn, where he’s layed out on the equipment cart, there is the subtlest showing of him being Force-sensitive. When after two attempts to move his stunned and immobile arm to show her the tracking beacon bracelet fail, he is successful on the third try. It wasn’t that he was suddenly able to move his arm. He moved it with the Force. If listened to very closely there is a very quick, rumbling bass sound effect before the arm moves. This sound effect has been used in Star Wars to indicate a manipulation or movement of the Force. It happens so quickly that it could be perceived as part of the sound of his arm moving. I noticed this when I saw the movie in theater the second time(I wasn’t looking for any clues, either).
Note: Please see earlier post “Finn is Force Sensitive” for further evidence in The Force Awakens.
There’s is a very short piece of music, or a simple series of musical notes, that plays quickly while Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker is lifting the Emperor up overhead. It’s approximately eight notes, and it doesn’t fit in with the dramatic score it’s plays over. In that brief moment there are two different pieces of music playing parallel to each other. It can be described as classically and cinematically valiant. Being that Anakin is saving Luke and destroying the Emperor, it’s basically saying that he is a hero again doing heroic things. When I first noticed it, I thought it was subliminal. Now, when I watch it, it seems so apparent that I think I simply missed each time.
There are also examples of hidden audio messages further along, beginning when Luke is being electrocuted with Force lightning. During this, Luke shouts, “I can’t fail!” Immediately after this, Obi-Wan’s voice can be heard very dramatically saying, “Be brave, Luke.” It’s very much subliminally embedded in the sound of the lightning(the musical score also helps in hiding it). It happens again, but this time to Vader. In a very quick, close up, shot of Vader, he turns from looking at Luke to look at the Emperor. At the exact moment that Vader begins to turn his head, Obi-Wan can be heard saying, “Be brave, Anakin.” His voice could only be heard by a Jedi or a light side Force user. Anakin has already returned—before going to pick the Emperor up overhead. In all three original trilogy films, Kenobi is seen and then only heard through his disembodied voice. This is how it was done for Return of the Jedi. From the beginning of the entire encounter, Anakin believed it would be Luke who would destroy the Emperor. In the last critical moment though, he realized it was he who would have to do it. What the Emperor said was true in the Empire Strikes Back: that Luke could destroy them. Vader no longer exists, and now, indirectly through Anakin, he finishes the Emperor. In addition to all of this, there is a story bookending that connects this trilogy with the prequel trilogy. In Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin falls to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader, he actively hates the Emperor(as shown earlier in the film when it’s revealed that he is a Sith Lord). In the acting it can be seen that he not only is in anguish, but also that he hates Palpatine. He feels his years-long trust has been betrayed, but he thinks he needs to pledge his allegiance to him in order to save Padme. It’s evident in both movies that Anakin/Vader is with the dark side(albeit feigned in Return of the Jedi), hates the Emperor, and is doing it to aid a loved one. It happens at the beginning and end of Vader’s being.
In their following exchange Vader says, “Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for… sister. So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will.” He knows his old master Obi-Wan was, as said, wise; extremely so. Vader has become aware of Kenobi’s ultimate strategy. In Episode IV – A New Hope, he tells Vader, “You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine” before allowing himself to be killed. Kenobi’s overall plan is, in failure-good wins. And it’s two-fold. First, Kenobi dies. Then, the Death Star is destroyed. This is partial victory. Second, Vader realizing Luke has a twin sister is a failure. The realization itself is a failure. Vader now knows that overall victory for the good is sealed: the destruction of the second Death Star, the Emperor, and the Empire. That is what he means when he says Obi-Wan’s failure is complete; he means Obi-Wan’s victory is complete. Good wins. Obi-wan Kenobi is working on a cosmic scale plan with the Force. Everything else in this portion of Vader’s dialogue envelopes this to continue to push Luke to a point to see if he can withstand the test of not falling to anger. It’s the dynamic of a father pushing his son to the limit to be better. In the immediately following lightsaber duel, there is another clue of Anakin’s return. He’s clearly leading Luke to the railing and chasm where the Emperor will be thrown down. It can be both seen and heard that Vader twice taps the railing briefly. He’s trying to signal to Luke; he’s not doing it keep his balance. Being that he has been in the throne room multiples times, he’s had the opportunity to study it’s layout. He’s devised that causing the Emperor to fall down there is the only way to be sure of his destruction. Also, after Luke cuts off his hand, he’s on the ground motioning with his other hand for Luke to stop. He isn’t asking for mercy. He’s trying to tell him that that’s far enough. Where they are is close enough to the shaft to have the Emperor fall into. Now, they have to draw him there.
(EDIT: Additional comment in following the above stated dynamic of Kenobi’s strategy(in failing, good wins) – During his lightsaber duel with Vader in A New Hope, Kenobi says, “You can’t win, Darth.” This alone has a secondary meaning besides evil not being victorious over good. He’s referring specifically to that duel. He’s saying Vader winning, in itself, is a component or step in his loss down the line. If Vader wins, Obi-Wan wins. He doesn’t mean that he can’t beat him in that instance, and/or that the Empire can’t win the war with the Rebellion. He’s telling him he can’t ‘win their duel’, as a single move, as part of the overall context of conflict. It’s one opponent telling the other that he can’t make a particular move in a game. The structure of master and apprentice is maintained.)
Darth Vader has reverted back to Anakin Skywalker sooner than commonly thought. From at least the time he and Luke appear in the Emperor’s throne room, Anakin has completely been restored to his true self. He is retaining the facade of being Darth Vader to help his son in two ways. First Anakin/Vader is a strong believer in destiny as has been made clear in his dialouge a couple of times. And being that the Emperor told him or foresaw that Luke could destroy them both, Vader knew the event of their confrontation was inescapable. Anakin now knew that he had to help his son survive this. The second way he was going to help Luke was that he knew this was his final test in becoming a Jedi, by resisting the Emperor and not falling to the dark side. He wanted to be at his side to aid him during this. Anakin was able to fool the Emperor into thinking he was still Vader by focusing his hatred toward him. The Emperor would still sense said hatred(dark side energy) from him but in his overconfidence would only see it as negative energy in general as was always the case with Vader. Anakin/Vader had always been a character who was highly intelligent and a brilliant tactician or strategist; of course he would be able to devise this plan. Vader’s dialogue, in a couple of instances, really has a double meaning. It appears as if he’s speaking to Luke, but he is really speaking to the Emperor. First, “It is pointless to resist, my son” He is actually remarking to the Emperor about how powerful and determined Luke has become. “It is pointless to resist my son”, is what he is really saying, pointedly. He is impressed because Luke, in reality had attempted to use the Jedi mind trick on the Emperor when he said, “Your overconfidence is your weakness.” It didn’t work obviously, but Vader was impressed still. Later, during their lightsaber duel there is a brief pause where Vader says, “You are unwise to lower your defenses!” Again he is speaking to the Emperor. It implies that in having Vader occupied with a duel the Emperor is somewhat defenseless. Another event showing Anakin’s return is the moment Luke attempts to strike the Emperor with his lightsaber wherein Vader immediately blocks it with his own. He’s not so much protecting the Emperor as he’s really protecting Luke from the act of killing him. The Emperor flat out says, “Strike me down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the dark side will be complete.” Vader stops that from happening, thus saving Luke from being irrevocably consumed by the dark side. He’s very outwardly aiding his son here. Next, during a pause in their duel there are more indications in Vader’s dialogue, in his response to Luke’s two statements.
LUKE: Your thoughts betray you, Father. I feel the good in you, the conflict.
DARTH VADER: There is no conflict.
Luke is misreading Vader’s energy here. There is a conflict, but it’s really in Vader being against the Emperor. He’s already back to being Anakin(‘the good’). In this way there is no conflict, at least not in the way Luke thinks.
LUKE: You couldn’t bring yourself to kill me before, and I don’t believe you’ll destroy me now.
DARTH VADER: You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.
Vader is saying two things here. Basically, that Luke shouldn’t assume this is going as easy as he thinks, and that he’s doing well in choosing not to fight. A Jedi doesn’t fight unless he has to, and if he maintains this he will become one. Vader believes this to be part of Luke’s destiny in addition to destroying the Emperor; he’s giving Luke advice. Then, he throws his lightsaber at him to intensify the situation. He’s keeping the test valid.
(Please see previous post for context.)There is another meaning when Yoda responds to Luke’s question.
LUKE: But how am I to know the good side from the bad? YODA: You will know. When you are calm, at peace. Passive.
Yoda is speaking on a mind/metaphysical level. Using “will” as a verb defined as ‘to bring to a certain condition by the power of the will’, his answer can be seen in another way.
“You will [the ability to]know. When you are calm, at peace. Passive.”
On a side note, It’s a complete coincidence that I decided to post this on National Talk Like Yoda Day.
Something I noticed in the Empire Strikes Back. When Luke is training and asks how he would know the good side of the Force from the bad Yoda responds saying, “You will know.” Yoda being an archetype of an extremely high spiritual being would be functioning on multiple realities all at the same time, the physical plane of existence being just one. Another level of reality would be one where he would be able to see the future. He doesn’t mean , “You will know.” He means you will ‘no’, as in you will say no. He saw the future moment when Luke is dueling with Darth Vader when Vader says, “You’re destiny lies with me Skywalker. Obi Wan knew this to be true.” It’s apparent in the acting that Luke briefly becomes angry at this, but thanks to his training he’s able to free himself from said anger. Then, immediately, he’s sort of able to see the negative and positive emotions before him. When Luke says ‘no’, he’s not really responding to Darth Vader at all. He’s really saying ‘know’ as in know the difference between the bad and the good and discard the bad thereby maintaining a calm and centered state; he doesn’t give in to anger or the dark side. Luke may even be aware in that moment that Yoda was in fact telling him the future. There’s a flip flop in meaning and dialogue being done by Yoda and Luke-a kind of crossing in time and space. Yoda was actually saying you will (say) no and in the same way Luke was saying know as in know the difference between the good, light side of the force, and the bad, the dark side. Luke attains a spiritual wisdom resulting from this whole scenario. I also think this takes place in Return of the Jedi during Luke’s confrontation with The Emperor when Luke says no to his attempts at manipulation. Again, he’s really saying know(the difference between the good and bad), but it’s said weakly this time because of The Emporer’s power or influence on him. In addition, in yet another way Yoda’s full line of dialogue, “You will know. When you are calm, at peace. Passive.”, is directly saying what happens to Luke, linearly. This is especially true given Yoda’s inverted speech pattern. Reread, he’s saying, “[first]When you are calm, at peace. Passive. [then]You will [say] know.” This is what Luke goes through in those seconds. There’s an interconnectedness at play with these varied elements. All of this really demonstrates brilliance in storytelling on the part of George Lucas and/or screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.