Before you read on, this article contains mild spoilers for The Force Awakens. Read on at your own risk.
Star Wars the Force Awakens was released this past weekend and was PERFECT in my opinion. The fans have been united in their praise for the movie which is also racking up tons of critical praise – the movie is currently sitting on a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a rare example where the critics and audience agree – something we haven’t seen in a Star Wars movie since, well, Return of the Jedi.
In thinking about this critical response there is also a new hotbed of questions being asked by the fans. I would argue that the movie created more questions than answers. For me, that’s just fine. I love the idea of a movie trilogy taking its time to tell a story over three movies – you aren’t going to get ALL the answers right out of the gate, right?
And let’s be honest here – there are so many new threads of conjecture happening now, in most cases revolving around the parentage of Rey, it will be hard to address every single one of them. That’s why I want to focus on ONE POINT – one mystery I think I have, officially, solved. It’s speculation goes all the way back to day one of casting and it’s something that has been rumored among all the die hard fans for a while now…
Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?
Collider recently did a fantastic article that lists some of the more interesting theories out there about Snoke and his identity (my favorite being a bat-s**t crazy one that Snoke is actually Boba Fett. Come on!) The theories of who and what Snoke is in the larger scheme of things in the Star Wars Universe will be hotly debated, I’m sure, until we get the answer – perhaps in Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII or maybe even in Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX.
But I think I’ve stumbled across irrefutable proof of the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke… and it’s basically confirmed my suspicions of said identity – as well as many of my own colleagues and friends that are in on every little detail in the Star Wars Universe…
So without further ado… Supreme Leader Snoke is actually…
It makes perfect sense and is the one plot point that will connect the prequels to the new sequel trilogy that started this past weekend with The Force Awakens.
I don’t need to offer up much evidence – merely one point that will trump any and all points of the contrary. But first I have to give mad props to one of my Twitter followers. He was the one that alerted me to the hard, cold fact.
David Triana deserves a heap of praise for not only figuring this out but engaging me on Twitter. We had an awesome time going back and forth with our geeky speculation. So props must be given where props are due.
Back to it then – Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis and that fact was there for us all along to discover. And it was given to us by everyone at Disney and Lucasfilm – no cloud of mystery on this one. Just a simple bit of digging and here we are.
First, listen to the ‘Palpatine’s Teachings’ track from the soundtrack of Episode III Revenge of the Sith:
Now, cue up the track of ‘Snoke’ from Episode VII’s The Force Awakens:
Point. Set. Match.
Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis. John Williams, master of the movie score is also a master at creating memorable themes that are identified with a character from a film, especially in Star Wars. I can think of a number of themes that, when I hear them, immediately know which character he is referencing. I think of Luke’s theme, Han and Leia’s theme, Yoda’s theme, Obi-Wan (the Force theme) and the Imperial March to name just a few. When you hear these tracks, you are automatically transported to the movie and the character in particular.
So when you look at the two tracks, from Episode III and now Episode VII, there’s really nothing more to argue. The music is identical to one another. When Palpatine tell’s Anakin of Darth Plagueis, an unsettling, almost chanting refrain underscores the scene – the theme is for Plagueis. When Snoke is revealed to us in Force Awakens, the same music scores the scene connecting the two theories into one, simple explanation – IE a theme that is tied to one character.
Now, the rest of the clues fall into place. In an EW article, Andy Serkis commented on his character, telling us that Snoke,
Obviously he’s not a nice guy. And he’s a long-range schemer, not an impulsive hothead type. Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful. Obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose.”
The mythology of Darth Plagueis we learned in Episode III fits this description almost perfectly. He is vulnerable, damaged… This would go along well – Plagueis was “killed” by Palpatine to usurp the power and become the one, true Sith that would take over a galaxy. But Plagueis, as we were told, could essentially, cheat death. ‘He could manipulate the midichlorians and create life.’ The ongoing conversation I have with all the Star Wars faithful is that Plagueis was never defeated by Darth Sidious (the Emperor) and managed to keep his body in tact while using the Dark Side to repair and ultimately, resurrect – coming back stronger than ever.
Species aside (in the Legends literature that is no longer canon, Plagueis was a Muun alien) from what I can see from Force Awakens, there is not a specific race mentioned – and to me, Snoke just looks human. Granted, one has been through hell and back. Scarred, skinny and on the edge of death itself.
Could JJ and Kasdan, along with Lucas and everyone at Lucasfilm have planned this all along? In another tip of the hat, does Kylo Ren also tip us off when he refers to Snoke as wise? As in Darth Plagueis the wise?
Snoke is Plagueis, Plagueis is Snoke. Let’s take all the clues and speculation and just look at the facts – the music from Episode III Palpatine’s Teachings underscores the story of Darth Plagueis; and Snoke’s theme brings it all home. They are one and the same (listen to them again together; the tunes’ match is uncanny).
The reveal was set all along. JJ knew that sooner or later, a Star Wars Fan/Geek/Faithful would put two and two together. So is there really anything left to question? Snoke is Darth Plagueis. Simple as that.
And so for everyone out there in the Nation, are you in agreement on this reveal? Did JJ and his team, including John Williams, plan this all along?
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