One complaint about STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS which never made sense to me: the claim that Episode VII simply repeated the story from Episode IV.
A closer inspection shows that Episode VII was actually a rewrite of another familiar story: the 1964 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER TV special.
Our hero, “R.”, scratches out a living in a remote community encampment in an inhospitable environment – surrounded by others of the same kind, yet marooned in lonely exile.
R. is joined by another reject, who was raised in a totalitarian breeding program but is now fleeing that brutal life of servitude in pursuit of his personal dream.
The pair meets up with a suspicious hustler and a fearsome hairy giant, and together they travel to a new land where their shared exile unites them with a powerful tribe of misfits.
Despite a complete lack of formal training, our hero proves to have a unique gift which is very useful to the alliance. The biochemistry underlying this gift is never explored, nor are the psychological effects of living in a society that conditionally accepts one misfit while rejecting all others whose differences cannot be exploited by the leadership. Recall that our hero was originally denied a role in “reindeer games” and/or sexist action figure playsets.
Our story concludes by revisiting the aging figure who introduced the tale, yet whose practical role in the story remains largely unexplained. We may take heart, at least, that Luke Skywalker was not called upon to sing “Holly Jolly Christmas”.