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.
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.
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).