Ship ahoy! Drippy fangirls and confused fanboys love a ship. But we ain’t talking no Millennium Falcon!
Shipping is what happens in a sad and tragic life, somewhere after mental illness starts to manifest and just before the intervention or suicide, where relationships are invented and the hideous emptiness of existence is kept a bay through fantasies of this made-up relationship.
Fanfiction will be created, specific art will bring these fantasises to life. It really is all rather pathetic.
One place where the ship was strong was in the new Star Wars universe now that it has been invaded by people who seem to know and understand very little about Star Wars. Whether it’s Finn and Poe or Kylo and Rey, it couldn’t be escaped.
Now it appears that “Reylo”, as a thousand pointless Instagrams tagged them, will be addressed in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker. But not as the romantic pairing of internet fucktardation. Bad luck shippers!
Daisy Ridley herself spoke out in a recent interview:
J.J. does deal with [it]. It’s a very complex issue. People talk about toxic relationships and whatever it is. It’s no joke and I think it’s dealt with really well because it’s not skimmed over.
Kylo Ren offered Rey the chance to be with him as he tore down the old order and recreated a galactic power structure in his own image. Sound familiar? Is it like poetry? Does it rhyme?
It does not bother me, people writing theories. It’s really fun hearing them. Plus, because I know what’s sort of going to happen, I think it’ll be really interesting to see people’s reaction to [the final film]. Obviously, there’s this whole Reylo thing and some people are very passionate about it, some aren’t.