WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for Chapter 65 of Boruto: Naruto Subsequent Generations, “Karma Power,” by Masashi Kishimoto, Mikio Ikemoto, Mari Morimoto and Snir Aharon, now out there in English from Viz Media.
In Chapter 65 of the Boruto manga, Momoshiki has made his largest play but, taking up Boruto’s physique to go after Kawaki and Code. It is a part of the alien’s plan to realize the God Tree’s chakra fruit and transcend, proving to Naruto’s son he was nothing greater than a pawn all alongside. Nevertheless, as their antagonistic journey continues to play out, it proves the Star Wars‘ sequel trilogy had a straightforward repair for its largest mistake.
This has to do with Kylo Ren oscillating between good and evil, forsaking his Ben Solo identification and giving in to the Darkish Aspect although he was mentored by Luke Skywalker. Now, in each Boruto and Star Wars, evil forces try to deprave younger males with daddy points, searching for out vulnerability factors — however in Kylo’s case, it felt rushed and inorganic.
The primary element to dissect is the purpose of poisoning, which had Momoshiki infecting Boruto with a Karma mark the second he, Naruto and Sasuke beat the alien. It could enable him to manifest as a ghost, haunting Boruto in his thoughts and coursing evil by way of his veins. That is how Palpatine ought to have appeared to Kylo Ren, making it clear he was again the second the child grew to become Drive-sensitive. The truth that the Emperor’s return got here in a Fortnite message the rebels found was weak, to not point out how underwhelming it was when The Rise of Skywalker revealed he was utilizing Snoke as an middleman.
That clone drama wasn’t wanted in any respect — The Drive Awakens ought to have had a Drive ghost of Palpatine haunting Kylo from the beginning, with Ben utilizing the Jedi as a method to stave off an infection. Marvel’s solo title with Ben/Kylo briefly touched on this, later revealing Snoke haunted Ben the identical manner Momoshiki did in Boruto — however once more, had this been Palpatine on display screen from the begin, it might have made his eventual return really feel well-earned.
As an alternative, Palpatine returning with out being talked about within the first two movies was compelled shock worth, proving the collection did not know the way to stability nostalgia with development. Momoshiki’s fixed presence in Boruto, nonetheless, has toed the road between the previous and evolution — he was now wanting to make use of Boruto slightly than kill him, creating a legitimate motive for his or her dynamic. However with Palpatine and Kylo, it is simply not plausible how the ex-Jedi grew to become conflicted and was the Emperor’s apprentice, because the corruption felt so skinny. Had Palpatine been with him since he was a teen, like Momoshiki with Boruto, it might have made Kylo bending the knee extra palpable and created true shock when he flipped on the boss afterward.
This ‘partnership’ would have succeeded in actually working the Darkish Aspect in, leaving Ben questioning his goal outdoors of simply hating his father Han. In spite of everything, Boruto contemplated utilizing the darkish energy to guard Konoha, akin to a Sith, which allowed Momoshiki more room to roam. In actual fact, Boruto even tried to gradual the possession with medicine, as he knew the lingering darkness inside would unleash a special sort of beast that would hurt his family members. Kylo ought to have gone by way of this expertise too, which might have made him wrestling with the concept of killing his mom Leia comprehensible. All whereas crafting a way more nuanced journey than simply giving into numerous leaders, be it Snoke or Palpatine.
Spending time together with his demon, as Boruto did, would have allowed Kylo extra time to dissect his ethical compass. Boruto saved remembering Naruto; had Star Wars viewers seen Kylo remembering Han and Luke, and the Jedi Order on the entire, he would’ve had a correct excuse for partnering with Rey and accepting the Mild once more.
Because it stands, he in the end redeemed himself as a result of he cherished Rey, much less so for the sake of saving the galaxy. This in the end made Kylo far more egocentric, reactive and superficial than he ought to have been versus Boruto, who has had a extra emotional, connective journey in exorcising his monster.