One of my biggest disappointments is not seeing the Big Three on screen together one last time. There were just SO MANY better ways the writing could have gone for both these films.
This is also my biggest gripe with TFA. I’m convinced Abrams fell in love with the idea of that overly dramatic TFA cliffhanger ending and forced the script and characters to lead into it.
Imagine one last adventure with the old gang properly passing the torch to the new cast. Imagine the drama of Han being reunited with Luke and Leia, only to sacrifice himself heroically to save them soon after, and how bittersweet that reunion/separation would be (and imagine the tension of Luke watching his nephew and former student – and Leia watching her son – kill his father in front of him). Imagine Leia leading the resistance with Luke standing by her side at the end of TFA. Imagine the conflict within Luke as he trains Rey in TLJ (actually TRAINS her and watches her become a Jedi) in order to confront Kylo after Luke’s failed training (derivative, but so much of TFA is already derivative it hardly matters).
It’s God damn depressing.
For anyone who wants to see pure hatred for something:
I really like this movie, and reading some threads over on that Reddit make me feel really uneasy.
Threads such as “Does Rey have any friends?”, “The cinematography in TLJ is overrated”, and the great “All 50+ times Mark Hamill tried to subtly warn us about last jedi/force awakens and bashed Disney”
Reddit is an abyss like twitter and youtube comments. Don’t stare into it for too long!
How come Mark is largely getting a pass from these fans while other SW actors get crap thrown at them? The people who think he’s somehow going to secretly record new dialog for a fanedit are a whole new level of denial.
Because Hamill has said in multiple interviews that he wasn’t on board with Luke’s arc in TLJ, but that it was his job as an actor to play the role and trust the writer (calling out Rian Johnson by name each time). He gets a pass from these fans because he’s willing to bite the hand that feeds him and, in their eyes, defend the franchise as they want it to be rather than what it is now; his character is dead and probably only eligible for a walk-on as a Force ghost in future installments anyway. He didn’t sound too happy about his 30 seconds of screen time in TFA either.
Hamill is solidly defending female cast members from the nasty attacks as he should, but it’s pretty clear where he falls creatively.