I feel bad for Rian Johnson.
He’s taking a lot of jabs from a lot of conventional Star Wars fans.
As we know, The Last Jedi is anything but conventional Star Wars. The movie re-introduced us to the planet Crait, which those of us who read Star Wars novels were first introduced to in Leia, Princess of Alderaan. The novel also ironically introduced us to Amilyn Holdo, also known as Vice Admiral Holdo on Episode VIII. But, The Last Jedi will probably be remembered best for introducing us to bold actions that we have never seen on any Star Wars movie.
But, that doesn’t mean that we haven’t ever seen them before…
Hardcore Star Wars fans have seen Force-Sensitives float in space before in the Expanded Universe, as well as in canon. Both Ben Skywalker and Luke survived floating in space in the Expanded Universe. Ben Skywalker even went into a sort-of “Force hibernation” to help him survive. In canon, Plo Koon did it in the Clone Wars (granted, he stated that his mask allowed him to survive). A non-Force sensitive, Doctor Aphra, also did it in canon for a short amount of time after Darth Vader pushed her out of an airlock.
So, yes, there are precedents that were already established. It was mostly a surprise to fans who had never saw it happen on the big screen. Of course, we try to apply the rules of our existence to a fantasy galaxy, where beings manipulate microscopic particles, known as midi-chlorians (I hate that term was ever invented…), in order to move objects, create lightning from their fingertips, and invade other sentient beings’ minds in order to give subliminal suggestions for non-Force Sensitives to obey.
But, we have a problem with the daughter of one of the most powerful Force beings ever propelling herself through space?!
Personally, I had a problem with the CGI in that scene, not the concept. I thought the CGI could have been more believable. But, it’s Star Wars, not S.T.A.R. Wars, which means that this is not our galaxy, and our rules of physics do not apply here.
Which brings me to the next point: Luke Force-projecting himself across the galaxy from Ahch To to Crait in order to give the Resistance a chance to escape.
There is also a precedent established for that in the EU/Legends Brand in The Jedi Path. Rian Johnson brought that to everyone’s attention this weekend on Twitter.
There was an advanced Force technique explained in The Jedi Path called “Doppelganger”, which permits a Jedi to create a short-lived duplicate, or a Phantom, of themselves or an external object that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
Rian Johnson just canonized another “Legend”. Ironically, the huge complaint from Legends enthusiasts is that Lucasfilm scrapped the entire Expanded Universe in April 2014. I, myself, was a big fan of the E.U. What Star Wars fan isn’t?
But, I think if those same enthusiasts were to recall the definition of the word legend, they would appreciate the re-branding of the Expanded Universe:
Legend – a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.
I’m sure that, in time, canon will authenticate the legends that actually happened in the Star Wars galaxy. Remember one thing, technically, all of Star Wars is a legend that is being brought to us by the Journal of the Whills, which is the only source we have of events that happened in the galaxy. From a certain point of view, there are parallels that can be drawn that would place Star Wars on the same plane as Greek mythology. They both happened a long time ago, and no one alive can authenticate, or refute for that matter, the events as told.
I don’t want to think that far into it.
I just want to enjoy Star Wars.
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