BE WARNED THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI and for those who can't put two and two together if you read this and have not seen the movie you will find out things that happen in the movie. This is not a slight on your intelligence. We've all been on the internet. We all know those people exist.
Anyways onto the real point here.
Nobody can make mistakes in Star Wars. At least not the characters people like. Now on the surface, this seems like a good ploy on the writers part. The audience can't be mad if the characters they like if they don't make mistakes especially because Star Wars has a die-hard following and a passionate fanbase. But it's really just on the surface. Everyone makes mistakes including characters. Yes, even the ones you like.
Don't believe me?
Fin and Rose set out on a mission to disconnect the tracking device that Snoke's Mega Destroyer Kylo Ren's ship had on the Rebellion ship that allowed Snoke to follow Princess Leia through hyperspace. Of course, this side plot proved to be moot as the Resistance had a secure hideaway. And when Rose and Fin are backstabbed by the stuttering hacker and accidentally bring misfortune on the rest of the Resistance back on the ship it's not their fault they were just trying to help. This side plot took up a lot of time and involved a chase scene that made sure the audience couldn't forget it was a Disney movie. A chase scene with fathiers, animals much like racehorses that are treated worse, where Rose and Fin did nothing to help the child slaves and released the animals just a few miles away from their stables where they will most definitely be rounded up again anyway. What I'm saying is the whole side plot was pointless and only served to create an accidental problem that can't be blamed on anybody.
General Leia's injury that took her out of most of the movie, seemed to only happen so she couldn't be blamed for the decimation of the Rebel fleet. Oh no, that was Admiral Haldo, the purple-haired lady. She may seem like a character that was pulled out of literally nowhere, but she has been in some of the Lucasfilm Disney canon novel collaborations. But to anyone who hasn't read those she was a fill-in character and instead of reaching back and showing us an old face like Lando, they bring up someone that was introduced in a book in 2017. God forbid General Organa makes a mistake. Also, they seemed to think that it was ok that hundreds of Rebel troops died because they had the hideout. No, Haldo, they're still dead and that's still on you. She didn't even trust her crew with that information.
Sure it can be argued that given that the hideaway was there the mad dash and loss of life was worth it to get there as soon as possible and regroup and salvage what they could because fighting face on would have lead to even worse casualties. Either way, it was an unpopular decision, or devastating mistake, that they didn't want General Leia to make.
They played Haldo off like a hero, like the captain of the Titanic going down with his ship, when it was her fault that most of the fleet is gone. They made her be whatever they wanted moment to moment. Villian when Poe was accusing her of making bad discussions and not trusting her crew with the hideaway and a hero later. Through the magic of musical scoring, they changed the mood of the movie, not through the actual actions of the characters. They took General Leia out so somebody else could make the mistakes because all the love that fans have for General Leia is conditional. Even after all these years, I guess. As though Disney doesn't trust Star Wars fans to be mature enough to accept human error. They definitely think that Star Wars fans are dumb enough to be lulled in with a hug from Leia and some heroic music, that's what they tried with Haldo's send off.
Not to Mention Admiral Haldo T-boning the enemy ship presents its own list of problems. But she waited a pretty decent amount of time before doing it. Just sitting and watching as the rescue pods are picked off one by one. She knew she was going down with that ship, her survival wasn't really up for debate here. But she waited. And waited. And waited. Like the audience needed to understand the gravity of the issue? For the entire movie, Poe has been screaming the dwindling numbers of the Rebel ships and I guess we needed to see it real time? Does Disney think we're that dumb?
And then there's Luke Skywalker. From the minute he actually started to 'train' Rey, asking her to reach out, I understood what his revelation was going to be. The old Luke had hope and even saw the light in his father, but this new Luke was weary and doesn't have hope anymore. This may have started when he didn't think that the light could overcome the dark in Kylo Ren, and even though that thought manifested itself for a singular moment in his mind, he paid dearly for it when Ben Solo awoke to find his teacher standing over him with a lightsaber. He is obviously not convinced that there is enough light inside of Rey. At the first sign of trouble, when she reaches for the dark, the first time she's truly interacted with the force Luke seemed to think her fate was sealed, and she would be another Ben Solo. That her light couldn't compete with her dark or at least he couldn't bring it out of her. And the minute he's proven wrong, he gives the audience the biggest nope out of all. Maybe it was because he had some inner peace, but it really looks like he gave up.
Now all this could be all down to Rian Johnson, the director and the writer of the movie. It could be different JJ Abrams is directing the next movie and it could be different. But these characters have to seem human. They are human afterall.
And if you liked this movie and have a different opinion, that's fine. We're all people and entitled to opinions and if you want to waste time leaving a scathing comment go for it I guess. I'm not saying you're not allowed to like this movie and any actual conversation is welcome.
Oh yeah, also lightsaber battles. Those are- those are neat. They should put in more of those.