If you're just joining us, check out the full introduction here.


The first crux of the DYM Ultimate Star Wars Theory is the trilogies are synchronized. They tell the same story with the major plot points appearing at the same time in each film - so that the story is told at the exact same pace every time.

Mike Klimo's "Star Wars Ring Theory" (starwarsringtheory.com) is an exhaustive analysis of the myriad examples of synchronicity between the Original and Prequel Trilogies. Ring Theory also explains why Episode I imitates Episode VI and III mirrors IV. You can click over to his site for the full treatment of his theory, but that's the thesis right there. DYM's analysis has found that the Sequel Trilogy (thus far) adds far more depth while strengthening his argument considerably.

Klimo's probably chomping at the bit to get Episode IX on digital so he can complete The Ring. There's no way he hasn't already picked up on the Sequel's continuation along the path he laid out. He's probably gonna wait a while to digest the whole new Trilogy before he commits to anything.

BUT NOT US!!! Only thing we keep under our hat is this silky head of hair. DYM Scholars know we always shoot from the hip. If we got an idea, you're gonna hear about it, right or wrong. Shooters gotta shoot, and we're feeling like JJ Redick right about now.

So, without further to do, let's start with a look at some of the scenes Klimo culled from the Original and Prequel Trilogies and see how they play out in the Sequel Trilogy.


Act 1: Arcane and Esoteric References

Klimo has many more examples of things that happen at the same time in New Hope and Revenge of the Sith, some even more arcane than these. We found many more examples too, which we'll get back to in Part 5.

For now, here's a few of the choicest cuts - Some are meaningfully tied into one of the major themes of the films, and others are really just for fun. Like this one:

The New Ship

At the 21 minute mark of Episodes IV, III, and VII a pilot boards a strange ship. His partner then asks something like “Do you know how to fly this thing?”

The pilots all do know how to fly the ship, but their results are mixed.

The Snitch

At the end of the first hour, a snitch contacts the authorities and informs them of a fugitive's location.

The Prequels have a number of these little role-reversals like how Obi-Wan was the fugitive in the Original and becomes the authorities in the Prequel.

Hiding from troopers

At the 1:25 mark of Episode IV and III Obi-Wan is back on the wrong side of the law.

​Rey's scene comes in about ten minutes later, but it looks exactly like Obi-Wan's Death Star scene. The scenes in Episdoes IV and VII both end with an old man catching a lightsaber in the gut with exactly 33 minutes left.

Apply Directly to the Forehead

The hero falls down. A friend come to their aid and immediately places a hand on the hero’s forehead.

​These three don't happen at even close to same times but still, it's weird right?

Act 2: Love & War

The principal themes of the second act of each Trilogy (Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, and Last Jedi) are Love and War. This is an interesting set piece for any sequel or second chapter where, in the heat of battle, familiar friends become lovers and familiar enemies become more entrenched. But Star Wars takes the opportunity to play out the themes three times in contrasting settings. All three films treat both themes in their own unique way. But The Last Jedi makes the most profound statement while paying a touching tribute to the late Carrie Fisher.



All three films feature battle scenes at the beginning and at the end with contrasting visual styles - one large-scale and intense, the other smaller and more subdued. These synchronized War scenes all feature Luke or Anakin winning the day on the strength of their lightsabers. That's significant, as we’ll see the weapon being employed differently in each film as to demonstrate the ways the characters have grown throughout the saga.

In short:

  • Young Luke rushes into a fight alone, and loses.

  • Anakin depends on his friends’ help to win the fight.

  • Old Luke wins without fighting at all.

The opening of Episode II has Obi-Wan and Anakin rescuing Padme from an assassin, and cutting off one of her hands. This clearly mirrors the final scene in Empire where Luke attempts to rescue Leia and Han only to have his hand cut off by Vader.

Clones' final battle takes place in an arena on the mountainous desert planet of Geonosis - a clear contrast to both Hoth and Crait. The planets Hoth and Crait are doppelgangers, and the scenes are set with a series of nearly identical establishing shots.

A Resistance soldier inspects the white substance covering Crait's ground and informs us that it is salt (not snow). This is a clear message to the audience that the scene is not what it seems, subterfuge abounds and the similarities we see between Crait and Hoth are only surface deep.

The opening battle scene in Last Jedi (the Dreadnaught battle) looks nothing like any of the others and Luke is not there. But curiously, the film cuts away from the battle to look in on Luke and Rey from minute 20-26. Here Luke says a line that ironically echoes a line of his from minute 25 in Empire, while also foreshadowing his eventual role in the Battle of Crait.