As the sun sets, Rey has just rescued BB8 from the net of another scavenger. She’s cut him free and straightened his bent antenna. Making conversation or continuing her assessment of the situation, she asks about him.
“Classified?” She repeats his reply.
“Right. Me too.” She dryly responds, “Big secret.” Self-importance isn’t very important to Rey.
Scavenging, bounty items, desert “street” fights, hierarchy of needs – this is Rey’s world. She had been eating dinner as the night closed in and dreaming just a bit about being a pilot. Then she hears the distressed squawks and tweaks of BB8 in the distance.
BB8 is a droid, and she’d have known that before or after she jumped up to listen more attentively. It doesn’t matter that the noise isn’t human or animal; she jumps to action without reasoning why she should care. She confidently challenges Tito that holds BB8 captive. Like herself, he likely needs whatever he can get from the desert to survive. Since she knows Tito, this is going to be a mark against her in the delicate balance of survival.
I’m not sure what the rules are on Jakku but I really wonder that Tito surrendered the droid without more than a couple choice curse blurbs. Is this a universal constant, that one speaking thing can’t control another thing? If so then why is Poe BB8’s master?
Getting beyond the strange loop of intergalactic law, Rey acts altruistically, even for a droid. Without thinking through pros and cons, she acts purely out of self-directed justice.
Would you do the same? Would you rescue or defend a stranger at the risk of losing face? Would you speak up knowing your action would be held against you? Even if you didn’t pay in the moment, would it be kept as a mark for later payment? This is The Force, much more so than any light saber.