WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows up J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, picking up on the war between Supreme Leader Snoke’s First Order and General Leia’s Resistance. However, Johnson adopts a darker, more personal approach as he focuses on the mystical aspects of the Force.
He subverts a lot of the old mythos in the process, especially the role of Luke Skywalker. In the end, Kylo Ren basically becomes the new Darth Vader and Emperor all in one; Rey takes up the mantle of the last Jedi from Luke; and the Resistance barely makes it out alive. With all these threads connecting and Johnson introducing more new characters, it’s no surprise that the movie comes with a few plot holes. Let’s take a look at some of them.
5. WHY ISN’T LIGHTSPEED RAMMING MORE OF A THING?
When Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo stays on the Resistance’s Raddus flagship as a diversion, she allows smaller transport vessels to sneak everyone off and onto Crait. However, after the codebreaker known as DJ betrays them, the First Order starts picking off ships one by one. Holdo then engages the ship’s lightspeed warp and rams it into Supremacy.
It’s an effective move, to say the least, but one that leaves us wondering: why wasn’t this done before in Star Wars lore? Surely the Resistance could have controlled smaller space vessels remotely and piloted them like kamikaze bombers. This would save lives and also be something tough to maneuver against. Holdo shows a military brilliance that surpasses the likes of Admiral Ackbar, Han Solo, and Poe Dameron here.
4. WHY WOULD SNOKE WANT REY BROUGHT TO HIM WITH HER WEAPON?
Rey leaves Luke on Ahch-To to redeem Kylo. Thanks to the Force, her mental connection to him allows her to see a glimmer of hope and she drops in on Snoke’s ship, Supremacy, via an escape pod from the Millennium Falcon. Kylo then takes her to Snoke, with Luke’s lightsaber in tow.
Seriously though, when you take a prisoner of war, you disarm them. You don’t interrogate them with their weapon. Even if Snoke’s more powerful than her, there’s still a slim chance that given her prowess and brief tutelage under Luke, she could still pose a threat. It’s an amateur move from the Supreme Leader. This more or less justifies the fate he meets because someone so wise shouldn’t be this naive against a person he believes is his nemesis.
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