Last Jedi's Resistance Story Betrayed Lucas' Vision In 1 Specific Way

Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Resistance arc betrayed George Lucas' vision in one very specific way. The Star Wars fandom has always been quite divided, and the sequel trilogy didn't help. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is generally seen as overdosing on nostalgia, but the real problems came with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Viewers tended to take Kylo Ren's advice as though it was an instruction; "Let the past die. Kill it if you have to." Of course, this overlooked the fact Kylo Ren is the villain, so his words should hardly be taken as sound advice.

Many aspects of Rian Johnson's movie caused controversy with the Star Wars fanbase. For instance, plenty of backlash revolved around a misunderstanding of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's handling of the "sacred Jedi texts." Yoda's dismissive attitude towards them - "page-turners they are not" - even drew attention from mainstream politicians. This criticism, however, ignored the fact Yoda knew those ancient Jedi texts had actually been taken offworld by Rey, and he knew the knowledge of the Jedi would not be lost on Ahch-To. The film actually has a much more complicated relationship with the past than many of its critics believe. This is just one example of how The Last Jedi's creative choices were often poorly interpreted thanks to a surface reading.

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The recent Disney+ TV series Light & Magic shines a light on another key difference between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Lucas' original vision. It reveals Lucas' vision of the Rebellion was of their ships as hot rods purposefully modified to make them go faster, contrasting with the assembly-line approach of the Imperial vessels. Lucas had always loved speed - anyone who's seen American Graffiti would realize that - and he wanted his new science-fiction film to have a dramatic sense of momentum. These observations are fascinating - but they subtly contradict the Resistance plot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where Rian Johnson's film stripped the Resistance of their speed in a fuel-shortage plot.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Resistance plot was certainly jarring - but, in truth, that's the point. It was an attempt to weaken the Resistance by turning their own strengths against them, because hot rods naturally consume more fuel. The introduction of hyperspace tracking made it almost impossible for the Resistance to escape their pursuers, because hyperspace no longer meant safety. It's interesting to note that Johnson seemed to be suggesting the Resistance and First Order vessels were of roughly equivalent speed by this point in the Star Wars timeline, because the Resistance couldn't get too far ahead in real-space.

George Lucas, with his love of speed and momentum, would never have done anything like this plot. But that doesn't make it a problem; rather, it points to the fact Johnson was trying to evolve the franchise, to add elements that had never been developed before. Sometimes he built on concepts Lucas had already seeded - the war profiteers of Canto Bight build on Lucas retcons from Star Wars: The Clone Wars - but on other occasions it involved trying something Lucas would never have done. This gave Star Wars: The Last Jedi a boldness few other Disney-era Star Wars films and TV shows have demonstrated because Rian Johnson dared to try something new.

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