Wow, People Are Really Mad at Poe Dameron

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I mean, I’m not. But other people are.

At first glance, there’s an interesting theme at work in The Last Jedi. That theme seems to turn on practically every female character in the film looking to their male cohort and saying “Don’t do that!” and the men turning around and saying “I’m definitely going to do that!” And then things go generally wrong and we all plant our faces in our hands and sigh.

Here’s a brief (not comprehensive) list to that end:

  • Leia tells Poe not to continue his attack on the Dreadnought, but he does;
  • Rose tells Finn how disappointed she is to see Resistance fighters trying to cut and run, then realizes he’s doing that exactly that;
  • Amilyn Holdo repeatedly tells Poe to stop bothering her about her plans for the fleet, he commits mutiny after barging in on said plans;
  • Rey tells Kylo Ren ...
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The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
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Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Leia
Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Poe

Wow, People Are Really Mad at Poe Dameron

Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Leia, Poe

I mean, I’m not. But other people are.

At first glance, there’s an interesting theme at work in The Last Jedi. That theme seems to turn on practically every female character in the film looking to their male cohort and saying “Don’t do that!” and the men turning around and saying “I’m definitely going to do that!” And then things go generally wrong and we all plant our faces in our hands and sigh.

Here’s a brief (not comprehensive) list to that end:

  • Leia tells Poe not to continue his attack on the Dreadnought, but he does;
  • Rose tells Finn how disappointed she is to see Resistance fighters trying to cut and run, then realizes he’s doing that exactly that;
  • Amilyn Holdo repeatedly tells Poe to stop bothering her about her plans for the fleet, he commits mutiny after barging in on said plans;
  • Rey tells Kylo Ren ...
The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Poe
Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Leia
Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Poe

12 Moments in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Positively Wrecked Me

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The Last Jedi was a film designed cup your heart in its hands and then crush it repeatedly at intermittent intervals. I counted no less than twelve moments that destroyed me. There are probably more. But let’s start with those. (How about you?)

Note: If it’s not obvious, this article and its comments will be full of spoilers for The Last Jedi. Last chance to turn back!

 

Paige Tico’s Death

Paige Tico, Last Jedi

The Last Jedi hits us straight out of the gate with a ton of losses. A good portion of the Resistance dies trying to get rid of a First Order dreadnought in an ill-considered attack by Poe Dameron. While the vessel is destroyed, it takes the majority of the Resistance’s fighters and bombers with it. The only reason that they win that minor battle itself is because of Paige Tico, Rose’s sister. Piloting one of the Resistance bombers, ...

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Women are the Champions of the Rebellion Now

There was a moment in Rogue One—a flawed, complicated moment, in a film which many people didn’t like—that fundamentally changed what the Star Wars saga is about.

In the final sequence, instead of focusing on individuals, the camera follows the disc with the Death Star plans pass hand-to-hand as Darth Vader chases it down. Someone watching Rogue One has almost certainly seen a Star War, and thus should know that the plans make it through. But the film approaches this moment from the point of the view of the terrified Rebels who are barely, desperately, keeping the disc one step ahead of the enemy. We see that it reaches Leia with seconds to spare, and then she flees with it. And we know that she’s going to be captured in a few minutes, but that the plans will be safe with R2-D2 by then. The Rebellion will survive. The ...

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cast Makes Their Debut in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast portraits General Leia Carrie Fisher Two years ago, Vanity Fair gave us our first introduction to Rey, Finn, Poe, and the rest of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast. Now, the magazine—which has been photographing the stars of Star Wars films since 1999’s The Phantom Menace—reveals a series of portraits of The Last Jedi cast. And, surprising no one, the cast is too awesome for just one cover. The magazine’s latest issue will have four alternate covers, the first time it has put out multiple Star Wars covers. For all the delight in seeing Luke and Rey, Poe leaning on Finn, new Resistance member Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), or even Gwendoline Christie for the first time in-character as Phasma without her helmet, the most emotional cover is that of General Leia Organa. Annie Leibovitz, who photographed Carrie Fisher and the rest of the Empire Strikes Back cast for Rolling Stone back in 1980, photographed Fisher before her ...
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Amazing New Star Wars Books Include Ken Liu’s Take on Luke Skywalker

Inferno Squad Christie Golden The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have been the biggest news to come out of Star Wars Celebration last week, but it wasn’t the only news: Lucasfilm also quietly announced several new novels, written by key SFF authors, to expand the Star Wars universe. As part of the “Journey to The Last Jedi” series, these novels will cover ground before Episode VIII—like Ken Liu tackling the legend(s) of Luke Skywalker, Claudia Gray revisiting General Leia in her youth, and Delilah S. Dawson getting underneath the chromium helmet to learn more about the enigmatic Captain Phasma! Check out the covers and scant hints that were dropped at Star Wars Celebration:  
The Legend of Luke Skywalker Ken Liu Journey to The Last Jedi books

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The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings author wasn’t able to divulge much when announcing the news on his blog, but he did share a fond memory of reading his first Star Wars ...
Leia: Princess of Alderaan Claudia Gray YA book
Phasma Delilah S. Dawson Journey to The Last Jedi
Christie Golden Star Wars Battlefront II Inferno Squad

Amazing New Star Wars Books Include Ken Liu’s Take on Luke Skywalker

Inferno Squad Christie Golden The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have been the biggest news to come out of Star Wars Celebration last week, but it wasn’t the only news: Lucasfilm also quietly announced several new novels, written by key SFF authors, to expand the Star Wars universe. As part of the “Journey to The Last Jedi” series, these novels will cover ground before Episode VIII—like Ken Liu tackling the legend(s) of Luke Skywalker, Claudia Gray revisiting General Leia in her youth, and Delilah S. Dawson getting underneath the chromium helmet to learn more about the enigmatic Captain Phasma! Check out the covers and scant hints that were dropped at Star Wars Celebration:  
The Legend of Luke Skywalker Ken Liu Journey to The Last Jedi books

Lucasfilm/Del Rey

The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings author wasn’t able to divulge much when announcing the news on his blog, but he did share a fond memory of reading his first Star Wars ...
Leia: Princess of Alderaan Claudia Gray YA book
Phasma Delilah S. Dawson Journey to The Last Jedi
Christie Golden Star Wars Battlefront II Inferno Squad