Star Wars Episode VII, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Finn, Rey

POLL RESULTS: Best New Character from Episode VII is….

After the largest turnout for any poll in the history of the site (way to go people!), the Killing Time Community’s pick for the best new character from Star Wars Episode VII is Rey (Daisy Ridley).  There were really no wrong answers here.  Episode VII gave us a wealth of new characters to add to the Star Wars lexicon and even Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka (and his one scene) got him a vote or two.
Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, TR-8R, FN-2199, Riot Control Trooper

The biggest surprise, though, was definitely the emergence of FN-2199 (or TR-8R) as Episode VII’s “Star Wars character who has a couple seconds of screen time and becomes a legend”.  The riot trooper, who confronted Finn on Takodana and engaged him in a duel was added to the poll by fan request and then duked it out with Rey the entire month, finishing a close second.  I would say his popularity might warrant him further inclusion in the saga had Han not blown a whole in his chest the size of a basketball.  Poe Dameron finished not too far behind the leaders in third, while Kylo Ren surprisingly was only fourth.

Kylo Ren, Adam Driver, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

It was, by far, the most exciting and interactive poll we’ve ever had so I’m hoping the momentum carries into our most important poll of the year: the KT Community Film of 2015.  This will be the fourth annual time the Killing Time Community will make their pick (I make my own with the Renaissance Film Awards), and we’ll see who will inherit the mantle from last year’s winner: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Enjoy the results of your voting, and prep your clickers for the next poll, which should go up later this week (the winner to be announced right before the Academy Awards).
Rey, Daisy Ridley, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII

One thought on “POLL RESULTS: Best New Character from Episode VII is….”

  1. None of these characters are retreads. That’s why the film gets away with having so many OT parallels. What a lot of people fail to appreciate (and it’s hard to fathom why they can’t) is that when the characters are fresh, with their own histories and relationships, it changes everything. Maz Kanata is a tiny, wizened 1,000 year old creature with an exaggerated physical trait, and yet I wasn’t thinking “Yoda.” Even the classic characters have evolved, and fulfill radically different roles.

    All I could think of when I watched this movie was ESB. Lando, Lobot, all those bounty hunters who just stood around… every single character who was introduced was the epitome of coolness. Even the Ugnaughts had something menacing and memorable going on.

    But it’s a measure of the care that went into every aspect of TFA that the hero is standing her own and getting so much respect. It occurs to me that Luke isn’t even one of my top five OT characters, and I’m pretty sure Vader and Han would win any poll by a pretty wide margin.

    Anyway, this is what Star Wars is supposed to be about! It’s great that the most popular character is the hero, and the second most popular character is only in the film for thirty seconds. Love went into this movie.


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