Hello to everyone out there in Star Wars land. We’re back to take a look at a recent interview with John Boyega, who stars as Finn in The Last Jedi. There are a couple of important spoilers in this one, so beware. Let’s get to it.
The interview in question was at Digital Spy. Head over there for the full details. There are at least two really important details regarding Finn in The Last Jedi in this article–both of which we have discussed before.
The first detail is perhaps less significant, but important nonetheless, and the conclusions from this statement are less confident. This is regarding the meaning of “bio-hexacrypt”. We’ve discussed what this could mean before, and have come up with a couple ideas. Probably our favorite at the moment was that it is a code. A code that needs to be hacked, thus the need for Benicio Del Toro’s DJ character to crack it. The new detail from Boyega is the following:
I also got another gift from Rian Johnson when I wrapped Episode VIII. On the second day of filming, there was a word that I could not say: biohexicrypt. It was part of the most complicated sentence, “It’s a biohexicrypt and it’s recharged every hour.” I couldn’t say it. I tried to say it over 25 times, so Rian got me the gift of a photograph of my face with the word ‘biohexicrypt’ written underneath. That’s also on my wall at home.
The image in question is in the tweet above. So this to me, in the context of the other details we have, suggests that the bio-hexacrypt is indeed a code. The reason why it needs to be “recharged” is that it is a code with an encryption key that needs to be renewed every hour, hence the much tighter security and why they need DJ to crack the code.
The other theory we had was that it was the medical pod that Finn is seen in, but to me it makes less sense for that the be recharged every hour, but it could be. Here is a new image from Boyega of said medical pod:
To me, it make less sense for the medical pod to be recharged every hour, but who knows. It would seem that would be too impractical as a life-support system. Wouldn’t you want it recharged less frequently than that? What if something went wrong and it wasn’t recharged, would the person die? This wouldn’t make sense to me unless the “recharging” was just as a failsafe measure for something that is otherwise plugged in.
On to the next point. This next one is perhaps more significant because of the implications going forward for the rest of the saga. Boyega implies that Finn isn’t a Jedi. He states:
Would I like to be a Jedi? I think it would be more interesting if they had more than one person be a Jedi – but I think that that is one of the unspoken laws of Star Wars. They only have one who has to go away and train.
So it seems pretty clear that Boyega is implying that he isn’t a Jedi. Rey is the only Jedi in this film (other than Luke of course, Rey is the one that he says that goes to train). We had speculated in the past that Finn was Force-sensitive. I guess we don’t really know yet if he is Force-sensitive though. That remains to be seen.
What’s perhaps more intriguing is a hint of what is to come for Finn. Boyega goes on to say:
However, I hope it takes an interesting turn; not in terms of being a Jedi, but there are loads more stronger characters in the Star Wars universe that can go up against Jedis and they don’t necessarily have to be a Jedi. I would like to explore that more; the whole Boba Fett vibe. I would like to explore that for Finn, but who knows?
I gotta say, I really like this as a possible future for Finn. That said, we’ve been reminded over and over by Hamill that actors don’t have any control over what the characters they play will do. So it is likely no different for Finn. However, it makes sense. In the book, Before the Awakening, it is made clear that Finn was an exceptional soldier. More so than what is presented in TFA. Also, there is some speculation that Finn returns in TLJ with enhanced powers due to the medical treatment he received to deal with his damaged spine.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 4, 2016
For example, Boyega posted a photo of himself working out, and said his role would be more physical in this one. If he just had his spine slashed vertically with a lightsaber, how could he be more physical? The only way this makes sense is if the medical treatment he received quickly fixed him and made him even better. So what if Finn returns for Episode IX in some sort of stylized suit, much like Boba Fett, and kicks some ass? Perhaps they have an awesome hero’s journey planned for Finn that doesn’t involve the Force, but involves an evolution to a kick-butt soldier? Time will tell, and the speculation is half the fun!