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 ...
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The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
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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
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Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Leia
Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Poe

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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker

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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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Here to Wring All the Emotions It Possibly Can Out of You

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit theaters. But who is the Last Jedi, really? And what to make of the longest running Star Wars film in the franchise’s history?

[This is a spoiler-free review.]

One thing is certain: regardless of how much you enjoy the film as a whole, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is designed to wring out every possible emotion from its audience that it can. There is much at stake and director Rian Johnson knows this, knows that the film’s emotional core is going to be the primary takeaway no matter what happens on screen. He does everything possible to make certain that there is always something to feel, even if there isn’t always something to track logically.

The biggest problem with The Last Jedi is that there is far too much packed into it. The longest Star Wars film before Episode VIII was ...

The Internet Combined The Force Awakens and Shrek to Make Kylo Ren Seem Sillier Than Ever

Kylo Ren as Lord Farquaad One of the most upsetting sequences in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Poe Dameron’s torture at the hands of Kylo Ren. While it acts as an echo of Princess Leia’s torture at the hand’s of Darth Vader in A New Hope, TFA shows us more, making Poe’s pain immediate and frightening. But in an alternate universe… Kylo Ren is in fact Lord Farquaad from Shrek, and everything changes. Tumblr user sirenflorence created a masterwork, with the caption–the force awakens au where everything is the same except “poe’s interrogation” scene audio is replaced with shrek’s “the muffin man” audio And here is the wondrous creation:

Sure, maybe I feel like a bad person for laughing, but I also can’t stop, so sorry/not sorry?

Can This Please Be Pacific Rim 2?

Mecha BB-8 OK, we planned to cool it on Star Wars stuff for at least a day after May the 4th, but think of it: an obviously drift compatible Finn and Poe pilot an enormous, snarky BB-8, and save us all through the power of adorability and sheer charisma. We would watch that movie at least once a day until the heat death of the universe. Thank you, Jake Parker.

Cloned, Recruited, and Kidnapped: Military Evolution in the Star Wars Universe

First Order stormtroopers, Star Wars

Is it weird to acknowledge that Emperor Palpatine has the most ethically formed army of “bad guys” in Star Wars? It feels weird to say that. I feel strange now. Ick.

I mean, as a Chancellor to the Old Republic, he was responsible for the creation of an army of clones who were deliberately programmed without agency and trained to die for a governed body that they were barred from joining. But as an Emperor, he just plain old recruited. For an academy. Where you became a stormtrooper. So… the Empire was weirdly nicer than the Old Republic or the First Order. The Evil Galactic Empire™ was better at people.

Still feel weird.

Warfare is a given in Star Wars narratives—y’know, with war being in the title and everything—and while we can debate the relative okay-ness of that (in probably another article that contrasts the series with Star Trek? that’s usually how ...

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