Earlier this year, an anonymous poster by the name of Mizzlewump left a broad outline for the plot of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. One of his points recently gained support from newly-released evidence posted on other Star Wars news sites, so make the jump to find out why one of the earliest text leakers had the right idea about the movie (Spoilers Ahead).
To start off, it’s important to explain what Mizzlewump posited. He directly stated the following about the role of the Sith in the plot:
- The Republic are excavating ruins on a neutral world for a weapon; the world factors into tense negotiations the Empire have had with the Republic, and is referred to as the “Sith Homeworld”.
- Loredump: In the script, the Sith are a couple thousand years old, founded by an ancestor of Palpatine called Ruin; the apprentice in this film also goes by that name.
- The ruins within the Sith Homeworld are a control station; the planet itself is the weapon.
Another statement that came from the elusive Mizzlewump was that Luke has not been seen for a long time – leading some to speculate that he had been kidnapped at some point. Both of these rumors seem to be supported by a post from Brandon Rhea of Star Wars Fanpedia, claiming that he has some exclusive details:
Past rumors about Luke’s whereabouts have included him being in captivity, as well as being in seclusion because he has become very powerful and he fears what his powers could do to those around him and to the galaxy. From what we’ve learned, both of these rumors are true. From a certain point of view.
It appears that this super weapon is a naturally-occurring, planet-based weapon, and Luke is being held nearby. He and his captors, whoever they are, know that if Luke uses his uber-Jedi abilities, the weapon will be triggered—potentially destroying an entire star system. And so Luke has remained there for all these years, not using his powers and cutting himself off from his friends and family.
When these rumors first came to light, a few people were surprised to hear that the creative team behind the film was going with another planet-destroying weapon as a plot device, and subsequently tried to discredit the leak. After all, a Death Star III would easily come across as a likely story. However, new information suggests that this new weapon is one of a completely different nature entirely. Jason Ward of Making Star Wars suggests that he might have a more full picture on what this Sith device really is, and that it might not be a conventional doomsday weapon:
If accurate, it certainly presents an interesting stalemate for Skywalker. That said, what is the viability in a weapon that destroys the system it is in and presumably itself? I know very little about the “super weapon” myself. The concepts I have seen that relate to the idea are outlier pieces and don’t really scream “super weapon” to me. One looked like a sink hole almost exactly identical to Utapau in Revenge of the Sith. Another looked like a factory on Mustafar, mostly unfinished but with giant flags hung outside it. Strangely, these two pieces were important enough to make their way to Pinewood where another source independently identified seeing them. Weird, right?
My personal impression is if there’s accuracy to the rumors, its more of a mutually assured destruction scenario. You cannot point the weapon at another system like the Death Star. But the weapon keeps Luke Skywalker from being active in the galaxy. Good cannot run rampant. So eventually, something “awakens” in for good and evil outside the past generation’s Détente. Its an interesting concept. It would make both rumors true that Luke is in self-imposed exile and a prisoner at the same time.
In any case, it’s beginning to sound more and more like the ideas that Mizzlewump leaked out are the real deal. But is this truly the direction Disney and company want to take the franchise? To paraphrase a Jedi Master, the plot outline for a movie that comes out a year from now is difficult to understand – the future is always in motion. Nonetheless, we’ll keep you covered.