With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens due out in December, I’ve recently been having a few controversial and divisive thoughts: I don’t really care if Luke Skywalker is in the new movie trilogy or not!
WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW!
I don’t care one way or the other what happens with Luke. He could be in every scene in the movie and I’d be like “meh”, or he could show up and instantly get killed and I’d be like “meh”.
There, I said it! That’s a load off of my chest! It’s been 30-odd years since we last saw him in Return of the Jedi, and since that time we can assume a lot of stuff’s happened and for whatever reason (according to rumours and leaks) Luke has gone into hiding or something like that and therefore is largely not in The Force Awakens.
But do you know what…I ain’t going to lose a wink of sleep over it. Whether he’s going to be in the following episode(s) I don’t know, but news that Luke’s role is so minor (to the point of being a cameo) has been out there for over a year now. people need to come to terms with the fact that this just isn’t a Luke film. It’s only been plainly obvious for a long time now. How are people still not over it?!
Do we really need a wizened old Luke Skywalker there? Seems like fan-service to me. Granted, the movie is very Han Solo-centric, but he is/was arguably the most popular character of the two. And there are plenty of NEW characters to flesh out without revisiting more oldies and pre-used ideas.
Let’s quickly look at the 6 movies in the true chronological order they’re meant to be viewed, from The Phantom Menace all the way through to Return of the Jedi.
The prequel trilogy had Liam Neeson’s sage old bearded Jedi master Qui Gon Jinn that set Obi Wan Kenobi and subsequently Anakin Skywalker (AKA Darth Vader) on their paths. Then in a similar fashion the original trilogy had Alec Guinness’s sage old bearded Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi that set Luke Skywalker on his path. Been there, done that. Twice.
Look how similar they all look! It’s like George Lucas felt that he had hit on a winning formula with Alec Guinness’s character, tried to recapture the magic with Liam Neeson’s character, and now JJ Abrams is trying to emulate the whole things with Mark Hamill’s character.
I mean, okay I know that these things are done on purpose (and to quote Mr Lucas: “It’s like poetry: they rhyme. Every stanza kinda rhymes with the last one.”) But do we really need Mark Hamill’s sage old bearded Jedi master Luke Skywalker setting the NEXT generation on their path? It seems like an unnecessary rehash and a nostalgia trip in a movie that could stand on its own merits and propel the new heroes off on their adventures in any new and previously unexplored way. Without the aid of the original ‘Big Three’.
I’m sure Luke’s role will be larger in the next instalment, but…I just needed to get that out of my system! Please let me know your thoughts on the matter!