If you thought "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" just echoed 1977's "Star Wars," it turns out the film may have also borrowed heavily from another source. As pointed out in an episode of the "Caravan of Garbage" series on the Mr. Sunday Movies YouTube page, "The Force Awakens" bears a strong resemblance to aspects of the 1985 animated series "Star Wars: Droids" -- but it's probably just a coincidence.
"Droids" followed the misadventures of C-3PO and R2-D2 in the time period before "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." The animated series only lasted for one 13-episode season, but its effects can still be coincidentally (?) be felt today.
In the "Caravan of Garbage" episode, part of a series revisiting old pop culture artifacts, the hosts recap and riff on the first episode of "Droids" from 1985. At about 5:20 seconds in, they come across a mysterious woman under a heavy disguise surviving alone on a desert planet. Sound familiar? The unmasking scene unfolds similarly to how audiences meet Rey in "The Force Awakens." Coincidence?
The hosts also point out that the character is named Kea -- and that Rey was originally named "Kira." On top of that a future episode of "Droids" introduces a pirate villain named Kybo Ren-Cha. Are Kea and Kybo-Ren the inspiration for Rey and Kylo Ren? Is it just a coincidence? Watch the video for yourself and decide!
(via Comic Book Movie)