There has been much commentary on Rey as being a “Mary Sue,” ie, an unrealistically skilled cosplayer romping in a boy’s movie. I don’t even know where to begin. I’m 54 years old and I’d thought this kind of woman-hating bullshit had evaporated by now. Luke Skywalker can single-handedly destroy a space-station his first time out and he’s a “classic hero,” but if a girl can operate a machine and handle a light-saber she’s apparently a cynical ploy on the part of a heartless studio. It’s disgusting and stupid.

This article has already been among the rounds, but I only just saw the film and so was avoiding it. Alcott always has insightful film commentary, and I found the above quote especially worthy.

some thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Finn

3 thoughts on “There has been much commentary on Rey as being a “Mary Sue,” ie, an unrealistically skilled cosplayer romping in a…

  1. Yeah that Mary Sue bullshit never made sense to me.

    I love all the little ways Finn is contrasting Luke’s journey: a bad guy who goes good, a guy who got to join the Empire / FO as Luke wanted to, and is driven by being asked to commit an atrocity to change, rather than being the victim of one being the catalyst.

    I could go on but then people wouldn’t need to read the article.

  2. It makes perfect sense if you’ve internalized that maidens are there to be saved and then cashed in as a prize.

    If Finn can’t save Rey, what’s he even doing in the movie? That sort of thing. She’s taken away his role as The Man.

    More obvious if Abrams had cast Isaac in the role of The Man. There are lots of codes getting shifted around in the movie: gender, race, politics, etc.