If anyone else has thrown this theory out there and I just missed it, then sorry for repeating it.
I enjoyed The Force Awakens quite a bit, enough to overlook its imperfections. There is one common complaint though that I can’t get over, and that is the issue with Starkiller base being a copycat, right down to ‘shoot the one spot to blow it up’.
Most criticisms have settled on saying that it was nothing more than lazy, derivative scripting to exploit something familiar, so that TFA could play it safe.
But after having seen TFA a 2nd time, it occurred to me: What if you are purposely manipulated into thinking it’s a copycat? Doesn’t it seem MORE far-fetched that all the people involved with this film, new and old (Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan even!) would be THAT lazy about the plot?
So after the 2nd viewing, I have a theory:
The Starkiller base is INTENTIONALLY an easy target, expensive bait. Some kind of master plan by Snoke to lure in the Resistance. A red herring!
Things that support my theory:
- The entire plot of TFA rolls into motion because of one thing: The Resistance obtains the missing puzzle piece of the Luke Skywalker map
- Kylo Ren clearly explains that the First Order has the larger map, only missing the puzzle piece. What they are after more than anything else in this film is that piece
- Its never explicitly stated that Snoke is trying to *prevent* the Resistance from finding Luke (this is the general assumption by most viewers, I found); Consider instead that Snoke has some deeply personal interest in finding Luke’s whereabouts himself
- After failed attempts at obtaining the puzzle piece, the First Order attacked the Republic using Starkiller. The First Order (or at least Snoke) would HAVE to know there would be a response of some kind… an attack on Starkiller. Of course, the Resistance needs a solid attack plan… and lo and behold, here’s a weak spot. Hook, line and sinker.
- During the destruction of Starkiller, Snoke has ZERO EMOTION over the destruction of the base. His only command is to evacuate and bring Kylo to him to complete his training. If Starkiller was so important… shouldn’t Snoke be seriously pissed? Or perhaps Starkiller at this point has fulfilled its purpose, exactly as Snoke intended
- When the Resistance, along w/ the film’s main heroes, return from the destroyed Starkiller base, R2D2 reactivates and, how convenient, he has the Luke map… however it’s the map with a missing puzzle piece… the SAME map that Kylo Ren mentioned
- Its only *assumed* that R2 reactivates either due to some proximity to Rey, or Anakin’s lightsaber… but its never actually explained why R2 comes to life at that moment. And R2’s very first act after all these years is to reveal his master’s secret location?
To sum up my theory: When Snoke couldn’t obtain the last missing puzzle piece on his own, he instead lures the Resistance to him so that The First Order could somehow plant and send back the larger map with the Resistance, knowing full well that with a completed map, they could just follow the Resistance to Luke’s secret location. Whatever Snoke’s deal is with Luke, its his entire motivation and nothing else matters
Here’s the kicker: Finn might be an unwitting plant? Who tells the Resistance about the weak spot in Starkiller? Why was Finn, a former janitor, part of the invasion detail at the beginning of the film? We assume Kylo sensed Finn’s reluctance with that look in the beginning, but maybe its something else Kylo sensed? Finn ‘saves’ Poe and all Poe wants is to find BB-8, again leading The First Order to the puzzle piece (the real monkey wrench in all of Snoke’s plans wasn’t Finn, it was Rey).
For this part of the theory, I don’t believe Finn is purposely deceiving, but that he was programmed to be a spy and only used as a contingency plan.
A lot of it is very elaborate just for one guy to find Luke’s location. If my theory is right in any way, Starkiller would have been an extremely costly rat trap. I admit the Finn part is a stretch… and my theory certainly has its own holes. But just something to consider.