Star Wars: The Last Jedi is like the first time I ate sushi. I didn’t like it… But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Now I love sushi. I don’t love The Last Jedi, at least not yet, but I can’t stop thinking about it. It deserves another watch from me, one less entangled in my biases and preconceived notions. [NERDITOR’S NOTE: Warning – mild spoilers ahead.]
What I keep coming back to is the chemistry between Rey and Kylo Ren (#Reylo). Since the Clone Wars animated series and Rebels, we have had “Balance of the Force,” the Bendu, driven into our minds; preached to us almost ad nauseum and much like an ol’ Jedi mind trick all we ever experience is Light (Ashla) and Dark (Bogan). What we see with that is neither truly work. When has an extreme of anything ever actually worked?
The Last Jedi destroyed my Star Wars childhood, and that’s okay. We learn that the Skywalker name isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme. That you don’t have to be somebody to be someone. That learning from failure is more important than learning from dusty old ancient Jedi tomes, and that freewill is stronger than destiny.
This series was looking more and more like a Star Wars reboot [love letter] than a new chapter, until Snoke died. Boom! Just like that (never under estimate the power of an emo kid who just hates you). When Kylo Ren offered his hand to Rey, there were more than a few of us wanting to see her take it. Why? Because they have amazing fiery on-screen chemistry that just makes us want to scream?
Well. Okay, maybe, but also because together they wouldn’t be ruling the galaxy as an evil father and son “Dark Side” duo. They would be ruling with the balance of The Force… And isn’t bringing balance to The Force what we have been after since 1977? I’m dying to see how this plays out. I’m no longer attached to the characters of the past, and finally, begrudgingly I look towards the next generation to take Star Wars into the future.
From the Nerditor’s desk
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