In this session, some further thoughts and listener feedback on The Last Jedi!
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I’m afraid you are wrong about Finn story being irrelevant, that is what I thought it was on first viewing, but on a second viewing, I realized everything would have worked out if they had not taken the mission at all. The thing I missed is that the escape pods/ships were “cloaked” and it is only through DJ advising the First Order to look for them, the First Order wouldn’t know to look for them on Crait. So, if Poe, Finn, Rose, and BB-8 had just followed orders hundreds if not thousands of the Resistance would still be alive, so Finn’s and Poe’s ultimate story is about failure. I think the Last Jedi is a tragedy, with the other failure being Rey failing to turn Kylo.
While I think it works as a story, my favorite relationship in Force Awakens was Finn and Rey, and the movie kept them as well as Poe apart for pretty much the whole movie. I love the idea of Rose being a background character forced to become Resistance Hero, but that is totally undercut by the fact that her mission nearly destroyed the Resistance. I agree It would have made more sense to have Rose work with Poe, who stupid action in the opening cost her sister her life, and they could have had her come to forgive him, but as it is I’m still not sure he understands the personal costs of those lost in battle, he ended up learning that you need to keep your soldiers alive so you can continue the fight.
I think the Last Jedi was the most daring Star Wars movie, and liked it, I don’t think any one part of it was inevitable without more satisfying outcomes.
Something about what was said on Cordi’s question made me wonder about the conversations Ahsoka has with the girls in Clone Wars’ final season early episodes that show how the people don’t respect the Jedi and see them as a problem. I wonder if the rise of the dark side is also perpetuated in part by a lowering of general trust from avg people toward the Jedi. Almost like The ability for Santa’s sleigh to fly or get presents delivered unless lots of avg people have faith in Santa? Hmmmmm.