Check Out CWK Host Dan Z’s Latest for IGN Comparing the Cave Visions of Luke and Rey

Check Out CWK Host Dan Z’s Latest for IGN Comparing the Cave Visions of Luke and Rey

Coffee With Kenobi host Dan Z has a new post up on IGN, and this time he’s looking at Star Wars — Specifically the cave visions of Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back and Rey in The Last Jedi. How do the scenes compare as they show each character on their quests for self-discovery?

You can read an excerpt below:

One of the most dissected scenes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Rey’s foray into the cave on Ahch-To. The film, especially on a first viewing, is wrought with tension, and nothing encapsulates this more clearly than Rey’s journey of self-discovery. This metaphor is a consistent trope in film and literature, and often does more to put the spotlight on specific characters than might be at first perceived. Not unlike Luke’s Force vision in The Empire Strikes Back, the cave reveals the truth of what lies beneath the surface of the hero.

An exploration of the cave is a motif that has been around since the days of the Greek philosopher Plato. Plato believed that the cave investigates the confusion between what is authentic and what is false. In other words, it’s so much more than a spelunking field trip. It’s a physical journey as well as a metaphorical journey into self-discovery. Rey explores the depths of the cave, but, in all actuality, is looking inside of herself to discover the truth of who she actually is.

The rest of Dan’s piece can be found at

You can read his previous article about Superman here.

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  1. Melinda
    February 26, 2018 at 09:03 Reply

    This was a great piece that Dan wrote. It must have been the will of the Force 😉 that I saw and read it this morning since I am off to see “The Last Jedi” later this afternoon (still making my march to seeing it at least 13 times in the theater … I had better get a move on since it is hard to find these days!). I can take Dan’s insight with me, and see if I agree/disagree with him. Even if I do have a few differing opinions about the scenes from the two films, I always appreciate what others have to say. That’s one of the facets of Star Wars that is so much fun. 🙂 At least to me.

    MTFBWY 🙂

  2. Coffee With Kenobi
    February 26, 2018 at 13:19 Reply

    Cool! Looking forward to your thoughts. 🙂

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