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#1160870
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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TV’s Frink said:

J0E said:

with how dumb it was not to let a loose cannon like Poe who openly disobeys orders in on the plan

And what happens when they let him in on the plan and he disagrees with it? He blows it up.

I got no problem with that.

This. This is the thing right here that agrees with the thing I say.

I just honestly don’t get why anybody would think Poe had any business being “in” on the plan. He certainly had no reason to expect so in the beginning, and by the end, he had absolutely proven why he shouldn’t have been.

If anything, I only feel it doesn’t work in that Poe fails just a bit too hard to be believable. His insubordinate actions indirectly cause most of the Resistance to be killed, and yet Leia and Holdo give him the equivalent of an “Oh, you rambunctious little scamp, you” reaction. By all accounts, he really should be through after such a devastatingly huge cock-up, not groomed to be a leader. I mean, I guess at this point they have little choice, but that’s hardly reassuring.

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#1159427
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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ray_afraid said:

yotsuya said:

younglings

I’m reading through this crazy thread and here I finally had a laugh! Thanks!
But don’t use that word any more. It’s gross.

Yeah… When I saw ROTS in theatres, and Obi-Wan and Padme were saying, with complete sincerity, “Anakin killed… Younglings!” I just laughed out loud. And nothing gets you dirtier looks in a theatre than you get from parents of small children looking at you because you just laughed at dead children. It’s just an awkward experience for everybody. But it’s not my fault it’s such a stupid word!

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#1158951
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Alright, some action in this thread! So, I’m sorry to have to say this to my buddy, but, Warb, I’m firmly in the camp of “Why in the world do you have a problem with this to the point that you’re seriously questioning whether lightning comes from clouds?!”

You being of the Christian faith, Warb, it surprises me you haven’t considered the old adage “God works in mysterious ways.” Why did this person die in a car crash? Why is Donald Trump President? Why is there disease and famine in the world? We really don’t know. But there are some things that are accepted through faith. That is a huge tenant of most spiritual doctrine, and Star Wars has never been any different in that regard. And since fiction writers, like all of us, are never really up and up on all the mysteries of the cosmos, works of spiritualism and faith tend to wade in the waters of ambiguity.

The afterlife of Star Wars is not something we know much about. It’s not something we’ve ever known much about. And while I enjoy consistency as much as the next rabid nerd, explaining everything about what is essentially magic would rob it of its, well, magic. As such, the writer has a balancing act between having things make consistent, logical sense and forcing him/herself to completely chart the unknowable.

I know you brought it up to compare canon, but I think your comparing Star Trek to Star Wars in that sense is a problem, since those two franchises explicitly handle canon in different ways. But I think it also illuminates that you might be looking at Star Wars through too much of a Star Trek lens in other ways. Star Trek, while often fantastical, is at least rooted in the ideas and principles of science. Phenomena can be observed and explained. Star Wars is not even remotely based in science. There’s nothing fun or interesting in a romantic space swashbuckling film about the logistical sense of the actions of ghosts.

I’m not saying that should give them free reign to literally have them do anything, but I don’t think “lightning comes from clouds,” when we see the lightning come from the clouds, is too much a stretch to make, nor does it require an explanation.

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#1157156
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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As someone who really does like this film, this confuses me too. What was their plan, initially? As has been said, they never fire guns at the thing, assuming they even have guns, so was it always a suicide plan? How else could they have possibly taken it down? But if so, what changes in Poe between launching that mission and abandoning that mission? All of his character beats happen before the mission even starts. The lesson of the day isn’t that sacrificing yourself is bad. Because, you know, he learned his lesson from Holdo, who sacrificed herself. The idea, as I understand it, is supposed to be to understand that sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. That it’s foolish to do pointlessly heroic things for pointlessly heroic deaths. That’s the contrast between Poe’s Dreadnaught attack and Holdo’s sacrifice. Poe causes a huge part of their fighters to get killed for a glorious victory when they could have simply turned tail and lived to fight another day. Holdo killed herself solely so that her comrades in arms could live to fight another day.

However, what Finn was about to do feels much more in line with the latter example than the former example. Finn was going to sacrifice himself, not for glory, but so that his friends might live. This is exactly what Holdo did. So I just don’t get why Rose and particularly Poe are against it, especially since I don’t understand what Poe’s plan was in the first place.

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#1154176
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Honestly, I feel TFA did resolve the whole parents issue. “They’re never coming back.” Bam. Done. Endgame. Nothing else needs be said. TFA never plays up their identities as a mystery. They’re nothing more than a plot device used to hold Rey back, to keep her from “accepting the call.” They’re an anchor around her neck, pulling her back to Jakku, and causing her to push away the actual family she is cultivating: Finn, Han, Chewie. So I honestly have no idea why fans obsessed over this for two years. I just rolled my eyes and crossed my fingers that no one would be stupid enough to ruin all of that and make them Luke Skywalker or some other such nonsense.

Obviously TLJ does tease the audience with this, with the expectations the fans have. And I’m okay with it here since it ultimately just serves as the perfect “pulling the rug out” moment, both for Rey and for the fans who pointlessly obsessed over something they could never hope to be right about. TFA didn’t create this obsession over who Rey’s parents are. The fans did.

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#1153901
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Star Wars Radio Drama - *update in 1st post* - completed review
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Anchorhead said:

I think C3PX put me onto those.

Well, at least that’s what the beginning of the thread said. 😉 Is he still around at all?

I just finished episode 8. I admit, from the larger “saga” perspective that I intentionally try to distance myself from when watching the first movie/novel/radio drama, there are a few things that are unintentionally amusing.

I think in episode 7, Ben is explaining the Wookiees to Luke and mentions that they have a strong, natural connection to The Force. And I immediately said out loud, “Well, of course! Because Yoda used to hang out with them during the Clone Wars!”

And then, in episode 8, we get a much more in-depth look at Darth Vader torturing Leia and trying to manipulate her mind. At one point, he tries to convince her he’s Bail Organa. So you ultimately have Darth Vader, in an adaptation of the first movie, say to Princess Leia, “I’m your father! Tell your father what he wants to know!” I was howling!

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#1153607
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Star Wars Radio Drama - *update in 1st post* - completed review
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Just on a whim, I finally tracked these down and am listening to them. The Last Jedi really reignited my interest in Star Wars. And I had to track down the Anchorhead thread since Anchorhead was always “the radio drama guy” to me. It’s so embedded in me now, I found it odd to read posts from an Anchorhead who was only just listening to them for the first time. But I’ve gotten through episode six of Star Wars, and I’m loving it so far! I suppose Brock Peters is really the only voice I’m having a hard time getting used to, but I’m hoping he’ll grow on me. I love Brock Peters, but I admit it’s easier to hear him as Ol’ Pa Sisko from Star Trek than as Darth Vader. But I loved that the first two episodes were entirely non-movie material (well, episode one being deleted scenes, but you know what I mean). I can’t wait to experience the movies in this new way, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long!

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#1153168
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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DrDre said:

Yes, to those kids he’s Santa Clause. I’ll agree with you on that. I wish I could still believe in Santa Clause…

Not to take away from your point or focus too much on pedantics. It’s simply a pet peeve of mine I see thrown out way too often. But I really, really, really wish we could knock out this misconception that Santa Claus has an “e” in it. I don’t know if it was the Tim Allen movie that did it (the title of that movie is a pun), or if it was widespread before that, but this has to stop! It has to stop, I say!!!

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#1152788
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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I agree I didn’t really care for the BB-8 antics in this movie. In TFA, he was perfect. In this movie, he was prequel R2-D2. I immediately got worried in the opening fight when he was using his little robot fingers to plug up the short circuits in the X-Wing. And the AT-ST thing was stupid as well, and the suggested alteration would have probably helped significantly. But I actually didn’t mind the coin stuff as much. As I told other people, that was right on the line for me.

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#1152175
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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You know, when George Lucas used to whip out that tired old “People just want to see Darth Vader killing people with his lightsaber for two hours” excuse when people would rag on Episodes I and II, I always thought it was just a lame deflection of the prequels’ inability to tell an engaging story. But between all the negative comments about Luke in this movie and how many people I heard claim Vader’s 30 seconds on Tantive IV was the absolute best part of Rogue One, I’m beginning to think maybe he was right… 😕

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#1151224
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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TV’s Frink said:

I honestly don’t remember. It’s amazing it’s gone on this long.

If memory serves, the debate was about whether Luke was in character, yadda, yadda, yadda. Someone gave a list of dark or dark-ish behaviors Luke perpetrated in ROTJ: cutting off Vader’s hand, putting nipple clamps on an Ewok, force choking people, etc. Warb expressed confusion at the force choking thing, and here we are!

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#1150716
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Personally, while I do like a hero to have to earn and strive towards their powers/goals, the whole idea that The Force has to be diligently studied in order to be effectively used is somewhat blown out of the water when Luke uses it to make a one in a million shot to blow up the Death Star literally a day after finding out it exists.

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#1150649
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Warbler said:

In that scene it kinda felt like they were doing this in the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo

Same thing with the scene with reveal about Rey’s parents.

Sorry, but that is how it felt to me.

Maybe I can see how the lightsaber scene could be viewed that way, but I just don’t see why people were so dead-set on Rey’s parents being someone special! Or that TFA was totally, for sure implying that was the case. I for one would have been extremely pissed if she had been a Skywalker/Kenobi/Palpatine family member, and I was literally fist-pumping and whisper-yelling, “YES! YES! YES!” when Kylo told her her parents were nobodies. Because I am so sick of everybody in this freaking galaxy being related or having backstories tied to one another. It hasn’t been cool since 1980. That’s literally the only time it’s worked. It certainly didn’t work in 1983 when Luke and Leia became related. It didn’t work in 2002 when Boba Fett’s daddy fought Obi-Wan Kenobi. And it really, really, REALLY didn’t work in 2005 when Yoda and Chewbacca were BFFs. It just would have been another cheap rehash if Rey had been shoehorned into someone else’s family tree.

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#1150605
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Mavimao said:

36 year old fan here: I felt like this Luke Skywalker definitely fell in line with the Luke we grew up with. Abeit one who made a mistake and can’t help but hide in shame.

The funny thing is: I was expecting a curmudgeon Luke when TFA came out. I mean, they pretty much set it up in that film. Jedi school gets wiped out by Kylo, Luke runs off to find the Jedi temple (looking for answers?), and doesn’t find solace and decides that life isn’t worth living.

I totally agree! It surprises me that people were surprised by the Rey/Luke pick-up at the top of this movie as compared to the end of TFA. As far as I saw it, that was exactly what I was expecting! When he tossed the lightsaber over his shoulder, it was shocking but at the same time, exactly what I figured was going to happen.

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#1150386
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Wow. I never would have guessed we’d be debating whether or not Luke choked the guards. It always seemed completely obvious to me that he was choking them. Funny how that works.

As for the comparison of Luke versus Ben and Yoda… honestly, the way we ultimately see it presented in the prequels makes it very difficult to swallow what they did, and I find it very difficult to defend it outside of, “We need to tie up loose ends and get everyone to where they are in the first movie.” Honestly, the concept would have worked much better with the earlier interpretations of the Sith as a large organization of anti-Jedi. Then, with Obi-Wan and Yoda being the only two against a huge force of Sith, it makes sense for them to flee for their lives. But with the whole rule of two, it makes no sense. I mean, from Ben’s point of view, he just killed one of the two, leaving only the Emperor, and yet right then is the moment he decides he has to get away? I mean, in the original trilogy, Obi-Wan has to use obfuscation just to get past the stormtroopers on the Death Star. But in the prequel context, the Emperor’s clone troopers, the only other means of enforcement he has besides Vader, are cut down like butter by Obi-Wan and Yoda. They’re no threat at all. So rather than team up against the Emperor or leading a rebellion… they just go into hiding, leaving everyone to suffer at the hands of Imperial tyranny.

Honestly, Luke’s motivations seem extremely plausible by comparison.

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#1150155
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Well, it’s one of those things you don’t want the audience to know for sure before it happens; otherwise, all the tension has just been removed. If Luke had said beforehand, “I’m just a vision,” or he walked through a wall or something, then, blammo, the whole sequence is ruined! You need to be on the edge of your seat, wondering how Luke survived the barrage of AT-AT fire, or if Kylo really did just strike him down. As I said in my previous post, I wonder if it already WAS too obvious since I guessed it immediately. But while I had correctly guessed, I wasn’t committed to it. I wasn’t sure if I was right. Therefore, I was totally in the moment when all of those things happened, and I was genuinely scared when both of those attacks happened. And then when I realized I had been right, which is exactly when the movie wanted me to know I was right, it was very satisfying.

Mrebo said:

Let it play out as a conversation between Chewie and 3PO, that let’s us use our imagination a bit more and a few suggestive growls could mean “hunky cabana boy.”

“I hear he’s fluent in over six million forms of gratification!”

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#1150150
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Warbler said:

That is not clearly explained in movie, and why was he “going to die anyway”?

sorry not buying it.

This is not clearly explained in the movie either.

Not good enough, I was confused by the whole thing and I sure I’m not the only one.

There were no real lightsaber fights.

Sorry, Warb, but I’m gonna have to disagree with you on all of these. Well, I don’t disagree that there are no real lightsaber fights. I freely admit that. But I loved the fact that there wasn’t. I’m so sick of the formula of them. Luke’s non-fight with Kylo was better and more impressive than any actual fight could have been.

As for the rest, I dunno, it made perfect sense to me. You mentioned something about your viewing experience, but I don’t know what thread it’s in. Maybe it distracted you. But all the visions between Kylo and Rey made it very obvious (maybe too obvious?) to me what was going on the MOMENT Luke appeared on Krayt. I guessed immediately that he was just a vision too, especially given how different he looked. But I thought that whole idea was fantastic, that Luke completely demoralized the First Order without resorting to any measure of violence. He simply outsmarted them. That was probably my favorite part of the whole movie and made The Force feel truly mystical to me for, really, the first time since the original film.

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#1150145
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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I’m really hoping they don’t kill Leia off. I want at least one of the big three to just be able to retire happily rather than dying for the cause. We’ve already had two die for the cause. I want Leia to have stepped back with her head held high, convinced she’s paid her dues for the cause, and ready to leave everything in the capable hands of the next generation. Then I want her to retire to the Star Wars equivalent of Risa and spend her remaining years being tended to by a hunky cabana boy.

They could easily say all of that in dialogue. =P