I would not be a passionate die-hard Star Wars fan if I didn't have fears and trepidation about the fictional galaxy that I know and love. I've blogged about my worries a few times, and I'm glad to see that most of my fears were unfounded. The cast as a whole has been fantastic, and it has bridged the trilogies really well. It has spawned a whole new generation of fans, and I geek out a little bit whenever I see a kid dressed up as a Star Wars character.
My current fear is story-related instead of production-related, which I guess is a good thing. Amidst all of the production hullabaloo that plagued Rogue One and was plaguing Solo and Episode IX this summer, director Rian Johnson has simply put together a movie with no controversy.
So what am I worried about?
I'm worried about the status of my favorite character, Luke Skywalker.
At the end of Return of the Jedi Luke proclaims, "I am a Jedi, like my father before me." He denies the Emperor the chance to improve upon Darth Vader and embraces his Jedi heritage.
I always loved that Luke's journey in the original trilogy ended on a high note. He embraces his friends, sees his now-redeemed father with his two masters, and cue the credits!
I guess it hurts to realize that his happiness didn't last, and that the trauma that bridges Episodes VI and VII is so effective that he becomes a recluse and all that happiness seems to be gone. Where did my happy Luke go? Isn't there a shred of a smile in that hardened exterior somewhere?
People keep predicting that most of the trailers and teasers we've been seeing is only from the first part of the movie, and that the biggest conflicts that are at the end aren't being shown. I just hope that Luke's sunnier moments are also there. I mean, even in Jedi Luke was laughing as Han tried to reason with a godlike C-3PO and rolled his eyes with Leia at Han's stupidity. Was Han's death the final nail in the coffin?
I hope they don't make Luke out to be a Han replacement - that's just not Luke's style. Luke and Han were two completely different characters whose backgrounds shaped how they reacted to situations. Han's confidence and cockiness did rub off on Luke for sure (in The Empire Strikes Back, both of them draw their weapons at Darth freakin' Vader first), but Luke started out with childhood innocence that we witnessed in his late teens. That kind of ingrained personality is hard to shake.
So where is Luke going to go? I'm pretty nervous. I just need to make sure to put my faith and trust in Rian Johnson. He's been a Star Wars fan for his entire life, and he understands Luke's OT development more than I do. If anyone is going to make Luke be even more awesome, it's gotta be him.
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