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Battle: Vader and Luke against Rey and Kylo Ren

Luke and Vader battle against Kylo Ren and ReyA few times in the past, we’ve pitted Star Wars character from different eras against each other, investigating who would emerge victorious. We’ve had Han and Chewie against the Fetts, Mace Windu against Darth Maul, and more, and now we have a collection of new characters to pick and choose from. Now, for your enjoyment, we present the battle of Rey and Kylo Ren against Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

At first it seems like a very one-sided battle. Darth Vader, the most powerful Jedi ever, and one of the few to ever beat him, Luke Skywalker, against an upstart Sith and a nameless Jedi? Might as well just end the blog post here. So, to make it a little more fair, we’re going to say Luke is Episode IV Luke, with little training and just the barest notion of what the Jedi and Sith even are. Let’s look at each character, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how the battle might end up going.

Rey:

Strengths – Rey Nolastname is a dark horse in this fight. Though she clearly has the powers of the Jedi, and was even able to beat Kylo Ren in a fight, Rey is untrained and unsure of her own abilities. She can shoot, handle a lightsaber, use minor force abilities, and has a definite willpower. She is also a talented mechanic.

Weaknesses – With no training of any kind, physical or mental, she is at a huge disadvantaged with juggernaut Vader on the field. Getting into a straight duel would spell the end for her.

Kylo Ren:

Strengths – We just said Rey beat him, but there is a caveat. Earlier, Chewbacca shoots Kylo Ren with his Wookiee bowcaster, a weapon powerful enough to disembowel at a distance. Not only does he survive the blow, but he then fights Finn and Rey in the climactic battle. Clearly, the man has more physical power than he gets credit for. He’s also talented with his lightsaber, well-versed in the force, and ruthless.

Weaknesses – As the heartbreaking bridge scene tells us, Kylo Ren is wracked with guilt and unsure if he should really be playing his part as Sith Lord. He also can sometimes lose focus, as well as losing control when his anger gets the best of him.

Darth Vader:

Strengths – Power, armor, lightsaber skills, force mastery.

Weaknesses – despite his imposing size and strength, he is a hurt man. Striking his life-support systems could put him out of commission, and a long, drawn-out battle would tire him. Finally, if somebody can reach the emotional side he’s hidden deep within it may stun him.

Luke Skywalker:

Strengths – Luke is a talented pilot, and engineer. He also has his ligthsaber in hand, is a good shot, and has a deep connection to the force. He also has youthful pluck in spades.

Weaknesses – Not very well-trained, not very strong, and without the quiet intensity Rey has, Luke is a huge handcuff for Vader in a two-on-two.

The battle:

Of the four, Kylo is the most likely to rush into battle. The question is would he go after Luke or Vader? The point seems moot, since Vader would probably leap to Luke’s defense. Either way, the two battles would be Kylo against Vader and Luke against Rey.

Luke and Rey, both beginning their Jedi lives, would likely take things slow. However, Rey seems more aggressive of the two, as well as having even more natural abilities than Luke. The close-quarters battle we see at the end of Episode VII gives credence to the thought Rey will quickly overpower Luke, leading to her victory.

Kylo might catch Vader off-guard, but his skill is no match for Vader’s experience, as well as the incredible power Vader possesses naturally. His armor also provides him more. It’s more of a toss-up than Rey and Luke, but still trends in Vader’s favor.

With Rey and Darth Vader left, victory all but seems certain of the original trilogy villain. If Vader teases and tests her, as he did with Luke at the end of Episode V, she may find an opening and poke through, but most of the time Vader will emerge victorious.

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July Fourth Star Wars Battle

May July Fourth be with youIt will soon be July Fourth. A time when, in the U.S. at least, we celebrate our country’s independence and beginning. We also have long firework displays that begin only after sitting in a large field for too long while being devoured by bugs, have barbeques with shaped meat tubes and fruit that is almost literally red-colored water and black seeds contained in hard rinds, and sit alongside roads as multi-colored cars roll down them, followed by people making noise with instruments and little guys with fezzes in tiny cars.

So instead of those things we’re going to look at what our favorite fictional characters would be doing a July Fourth analog.

For the fireworks display, our heroes gather on the canopy village of Endor, surrounded by the furry Ewoks, enjoying some interesting percussive music and native treats while they wait for their hosts’ galaxy-renowned display to be ready. They’ve already seen an example during the celebration feast after the battle of Endor, and they can’t wait to see it again.

Unbeknownst to them, Imperial remnants are closing in on their position! Their laser rifles are primed and ready to take down the fledgling New Galactic Republic. As they take aim at our heroes, they- This doesn’t really seem very July Fourth, now does it? Let’s adjust a few things.

Weapons trained, they prepare to fire. Suddenly, water balloons and squirt gun blasts rain upon our heroes! They jump into action, furiously pumping their own squirt guns until the pressure is high enough to return fire. Before they can take aim, a volley of water balloons lands near them.

The devastation!

Han Solo stumbles to his feet. Water sheeting down his face obscures his vision. He rolls and finds the defense of a cambylictus tree, clothes soaked. He shakes a still Ewok body at his feet before more blasts of water force him farther into the village.

Luke, having decided to spend some quiet time before the fireworks, hears the attack and races to help. His lightsaber is no help against the water, and in fact it shorts the weapon out! He runs, trying to find a weapon to fight back. He runs into his sister Leia, whose hair has come undone – she looks like a drowned wookie.

Han Solo gets deeper into the village, pursued by the Imperials, and find Chewbacca, angry, wet, and stinking. The wookie grabs a huge bucket of water and slams it over a Stormtrooper’s head, flooding the soldier’s armor and stunning him. Han and Chewie abscond to the largest tree in the village, meeting with the Jedi siblings. Within the tree: a potent armory of water-based warfare. They arm themselves and fend off the approaching battalion!

Get ready for July Fourth!

It is a ferocious battle. After hours, the Empire is defeated, and they retreat. Our heroes, and the Ewoks, celebrate with delicious cooked Dindra and sweet Cardellian mint, watching the delayed fireworks display with relish. Their July Fourth is complete.