The newest Star Wars trilogy is a contentious subject for many, but its handling of the romantic relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren is worthy of praise. Every story needs an engaging hero and villain, and the pair’s dynamic is perhaps the most engaging aspect of the series.
Despite the Walt Disney Company’s attempt to re-create Star Wars by deconstructing the original trilogy (1977-83), the conglomerate couldn’t help but rely on the archetypal storytelling techniques that cemented the old series’ status as an iconic classic.
It might not have been intentional, as many fans pointed out that Disney seemed more concerned with defying expectations than telling a story. But universal human traits often emerge through storytelling, especially when the focal point is two characters discovering their intertwined destinies on a journey of self-growth.
While there is some debate regarding whether Rey and Kylo’s relationship was intended to be romantic, it seems