5. The real reason Luke was hidden on Tatooine (and why Anakin hates sand)

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In our previous batch of Star Wars fan theories, we attempted to figure out why in the world anyone thought hiding Luke Skywalker on his evil father's home planet was a good idea. One of the more popular explanations justifies that bonehead move by guessing that Vader hates Tatooine because he associates it with his traumatic childhood. You probably wouldn't want to go back to your hometown either if that's where your mom died, while uh, potentially being the same location where you murdered a bunch of innocent desert nomads. While that's a neat bit of speculation, mybustersword might have a better idea, one that ties into the wider Star Wars universe.  

It all comes down to the Force, and where it thrives. We know the Force is strong on Dagobah, a place densely packed with life.

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The reason Yoda hid on Dagobah was twofold -- it was rich in life and thus rich in the Force, yes, but there's also the matter of that strange Dark Side-infested cave nearby. That's the same cavern that Luke wandered into, only to decapitate someone who looks like Vader and/or himself. Depending on the source material you're pulling from, that "Evil Force Cave" supposedly masked Yoda's presence from Palpatine. The point is, the place is overflowing with Force energy, light and dark. 

Tatooine is the complete opposite. Beyond occasional pockets of smugglers and their scummy droid-racist bars, it's mostly lifeless and barren. The Force is weak on Tatooine, especially compared to a lush swamp like Dagobah. There's no life for the Force to latch onto, so Luke never really interacts with the Force enough to warrant Vader's attention.

Yeah, about Vader. We all remember one of his most infamous lines from Attack of the Clones.

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While Anakin hates sand because it is not pleasant, and later on it will probably mess with the weird pointless buttons on Vader's chestpiece. But sand means the absence of life, and therefore makes Anakin feel useless, like he did at home. When he's on a paradise planet like Naboo, he feels much more powerful. This impotent frustration while on a Forceless world followed up by a rush of power is probably what made him so arrogant as an adolescent. Or maybe he's that way because a power-mad toy salesman made a movie while surrounded by stooge producers who didn't dare tell him "No." Could go either way.

 

4. Supreme Leader Snoke was Emperor Palpatine's master

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One of the most mysterious enigmas in The Force Awakens has to be Supreme Leader Snoke, the First Order bigwig who appears in an impractically large hologram. Just who the hell is this guy, and why wasn't he around during the Original Trilogy? There are many theories, some suggesting that he's the most annoying character from the prequel trilogy (more on that later), but one of the most prominent suggestions out there is that Snoke is none other than Darth Plagueis. 

Wait, Darth Plagueis? That sounds like D-tier Expanded Universe bullshit that isn't canon anymore, right? Well remember, this is the same guy that Palpatine talks about in Revenge of the Sith

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I know, I know, it's tainted by the M-word, but this places Plagueis firmly in the universe of the movies. In this scene, Palpatine explains to Anakin the legend of "Darth Plagueis the Wise," a Sith who learned to control the power of life and death itself. Unfortunately, Plagueis met his end after his own apprentice murdered him in his sleep. Palpatine recounts this tale wearing a shit-eating grin on his face the whole time, a diabolical expression that all but says "It was ME! I killed him! I WAS THE APPRENTICE MUAHAHA!!"

But wait, that would mean Plagueis was around way before the prequels, right? If Snoke is really this guy, he'd have to have the lifespan of a Wookie or whatever the hell Yoda is, right? Believe it or not, there's evidence of that in the official novelization of The Force Awakens. In an expanded dialogue scene with General Hux (you know, the angry Ginger Hitler who runs the troops on the ground), Snoke says this:

Kylo Ren, I watched the Galactic Empire rise, and then fall. The gullible prattle on about the triumph of truth and justice, of individualism and free will. As if such things were solid and real instead of simple subjective judgments. The historians have it all wrong. It was neither poor strategy nor arrogance that brought down the Empire. You know too well what did.

They're talking about Vader's sentiment being his undoing, but the important part here is that Snoke has confirms that he's been around long enough to see the rise of and fall of Palpatine -- which lines up with a potential Darth Plagueis timeline. Though "being murdered" might put a damper on this theory, it should be noted that this is the same guy who supposedly knew how to control life and death; he may have survived the attack or even found a way to bring himself back to life, biding his time until the right moment to make his comeback. 

And this is the same guy who actor Andy Serkis describes as "damaged." Probably because he has a giant-ass scar across his head -- looks like someone tried to slice open his skull, doesn't it?

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But maybe one of the most compelling pieces of evidence comes from that same Revenge of the Sith scene, when Palpatine was attempting to tell Anakin about Plagueis without openly cackling aloud. The music that plays behind their conversation is appropriately called "The Plagueis Theme." As it so happens, Snoke also gets his own piece of music named after him in The Force Awakens. Granted, a sweet theme song is a pretty standard perk for being the big bad guy, along with the best lines and an awesome but inevitable death scene. Thing is, both Plageuis and Snoke themes are almost exactly the same. Even on paper, it lines up.

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The only difference here is a few notes are split up, and the middle climbs slightly higher -- almost like an "awakening." Did John Williams think he could get away with re-using some of his low-key work from the prequels? Maybe. Or maybe the director put him up to it.  Serkis has gone on record saying this is a "completely new character," but if you believe everything you hear about a J.J. "Khan is definitely not in Star Trek Into Darkness" Abrams movie, I have some death sticks to sell you.