Just As We Once Were, Kylo Ren Is An Emo Kid

“Mom! Where’d you go?!”

“Dad! Why’d you leave me?!”

“I feel so lost, so confused! What do I do?! Where do I go?! What the f***!”

[Warning: Some Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens spoilers are in this article.]

My fiancé and I recently purchased a new TV: a 55in 4K Smart TV. As a way of “christening the TV,” as my fiancé and I referred to the event, we watched the Blu-ray of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. As you can imagine, it looked phenomenal; it was like watching it in the theatre for the first time — again.

With the Blu-ray, we checked out the special features and deleted scenes. Interestingly, many of the scenes provided more backstory that was “missing” from the film. (I didn’t believe there was anything “missing” from the film, but others beg to differ.) Something remarkable to note in the deleted scenes is the short about Kylo Ren’s parents. (Spoilers.)

As the Internet already noted, Kylo Ren was pretty angsty in The Force Awakens. He is quick to anger when something doesn’t go his way, he destroys whatever is in front of him, harms those next to him, raises his voice and screams in cacophonous fashion. This frenetic performance by Adam Driver left the Internet to posit Kylo Ren as an emo kid; this opinion has run rampant on the World Wide Web, effecting creating the Emo Kylo Ren Twitter page.

In a feature by GQ Magazine, J. J. Abrams and Adam Driver discuss how Kylo Ren became so emo.

Imagine the stakes for him in his youth, having all these special powers and having your parents absent during that process on their own agendas, equally as selfish. He’s lost in the world that he was raised in, and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people he was closest with.

– Adam Driver on Kylo Ren

So, you’re upset because your parents are gone? That’s why you go on a killing spree? I understand a lack of leadership, a missing parental figure in your life — especially since I’m in the same boat — but I’d be down with the Force. You have awesome powers, man; get it together. Really, a lot of what Driver said sounds like lyrics from a My Chemical Romance record. (Preferably Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, because Kylo wants revenge for feeling abandoned.) Speaking of which, see the tweet below.

It’s safe to say Princess Leia Organa, wife of Han Solo and twin sister of Luke Skywalker, hoped Kylo Ren (real name Ben Solo) would find his direction while training with Luke. Everyone seemed to have faith that the Force would guide Ren to the Light Path. Sadly, something went awry, a force awakened inside him (terrible pun, sorry); much like Anakin Skywalker giving in to the Dark Side of the Force, Kylo Ren succumbed to his own weaknesses. On a destructive path, Supreme Leader Snoke took advantage of Kylo, “training” him in the Dark Side. (Sound familiar?)

Well, it’s official: Kylo Ren IS an emo kid. You can come out of hiding now; J. J. Abrams and Adam Driver understand what it’s like to be emo, and have decided to include that aesthetic, that mindset, in one of the biggest films of 2015. You no longer have to feel torn apart.

[Image via Lucasfilm]

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