Spoiler Alert

Now that “the Force has awoken," we've seenKylo Ren and his potential to create disaster and mayhem. Nevertheless, Star Wars fans are used to a greater threat to the galaxy that also comes in the form of an Organa Solo: Jacen, one of the most powerful force users in the old Star Wars’ Expanded Universe.

In the old EU, Han and Leia had three kids: Anakin, the youngest that died saving many from a threat to the new Jedi, and the twins Jaina and Jacen.Many crises occur and Jacen lives in the front lines, be it in a diplomatic or military way, he’s always in the action.

Trained in the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin IV from the age of 13, he became one of the greatest among the New Jedi trained by Luke.After his younger brother sacrificed himself, and seeing all the destruction caused by the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, Jacen entered a phase of deep philosophical exploration. And having traveled the galaxy to find different force techniques and knowledge, he stood out as a very unusual Jedi knight, with very specific views of life and of right/wrong.

Darth Caedus

Lumiya, Darth Vader’s last surviving apprentice, eventually seduces Jacen to the dark side.

This was no easy feat, since he was the guy that made peace with a species that didn’t even know this concept. Even so, Jacen fell ever further to the Dark Side and was responsible for a few very traumatic events, such as:

  • He killed Mara Jade Skywalker (Luke’s wife)
  • He tortured and corrupted young Ben Skywalker (Luke’s 14 y. o. son)
  • He named a Star Destroyer after his dead brother
  • He tortured political prisoners

Even so, Jacen fell to the Dark Side thinking it was the only way to save the galaxy and turn it into a safe place, with no large-scale conflicts.

In his mind, he was saving lives by sacrificing his own.After a brief period exploring dark side teachings and techniques, he eventually learned lost force techniques (such as shatterpoint) and became powerful enough to face Luke in a face to face duel and survive at a tie.Even so, he eventually met his end at his twin sister’s lightsaber.

Kylo Ren

As we know, Kylo is not a Darth, but a Ren. Named Ben, most likely after Obi-Wan, Kylo is a master among the Knights of Ren and a leader in the First Order.

Still conflicted, not unlike his grandfather, he’s unable to achieve full potency.Even so, he proves himself powerful enough to attract the attention of the Supreme Leader for a full training.We can’t predict what the future holds, but if he follows Jacen’s path, he’s going to evolve into a more intellectual and political character.

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