Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed Rey and Kylo Ren to be a dyad in the Force, and this retroactively makes Rey’s Jedi mind trick even better.
Rey surprisingly used a Jedi mind rrick in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the reveal that she and Kylo Ren are a Force dyad in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker makes it even better. Rey lived up to the title of the first Star Wars movie in the Disney era, with her awakening in the Force setting her on the path to becoming a Jedi. Rey has since used several Force powers, but her first, and still one of her biggest, is the use of the Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens, which she used to bend some Stormtroopers to her will just like Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars.
At the time it was surprisingly divisive, with some arguing that Rey shouldn’t have been able to use a Jedi mind trick as she wasn’t a Jedi, nor had she received any training in the Force. Ignoring that Luke Skywalker himself showed an innate connection to the Force with limited training, and that the will of the Force is often an inexplicable thing, Star Wars did attempt to make it clearer just how Rey had done it. The novelization of The Last Jedi explained Rey’s Jedi mind trick as being because of her turning Kylo Ren’s Mind Probe against him. By exploring his mind and bonding with him through the Force, she was able to access powers she otherwise wouldn’t have known about, including the old mind trick.
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It was a reasonable enough explanation for anyone needing one, but The Rise of Skywalker‘s Force dyad makes it better. It was clear that Rey and Kylo had a special connection in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but not so clear just what it was. The Rise of Skywalker revealed them to be a dyad in the Force – two Force-sensitive beings who become one in the Force – and that adds more depth to their connection, and in turn Rey’s Jedi mind trick. By having a link that goes back further than The Force Awakens, then Rey’s mind trick can be taken as something she in part gets through the will of the Force. It isn’t just a more random act or because of Kylo, but because of how the Force moved through and lay within her. The novel’s explanation put the focus more on learning from Kylo, and while that’s still true, the dyad at least shifts the onus back to the Force itself.
While it’s arguable that Rey’s Jedi mind trick really didn’t need explaining in the first place, the dyad gives a good one without taking anything away from her own journey and self-discovery. Likewise, while The Last Jedi‘s novel somewhat explained it, the dyad makes the Force connection all the stronger – something not created by Snoke or even Kylo’s Mind Probe, but by the Force itself. The Force sought them out and brought them together, and that includes their powers, so that rather than Rey just getting them from the fallen Ben Solo, she gets them from the Force itself, and that includes the mind trick. If she and Kylo are one in the Force, then she isn’t simply learning his power and his training hasn’t just become hers, but it’s a power and knowledge she had buried within her anyway. Because they’re a dyad coming together, then it makes more sense that this is why and when the Force would awaken.
The Force dyad in The Rise of Skywalker creates some issues in Star Wars canon. The prophecy is so big and ancient, even inspiring the Sith’s Rule of Two, that it feels too massive to have never been seen beforehand – especially since Palpatine tried to become a dyad with Vader. But for all the plot holes, it does add more layers to Rey and Kylo Ren’s connection, which is one of the most consistently fascinating aspects of the entire sequel trilogy and becomes even more unique thanks to the dyad. Rey being able to use the Jedi mind trick thanks to such a rare bond feels like a worthy explanation, retaining her own special connection to the Force itself.
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