– by Michael Tennant –
Here there be no spoilers.
This is not a review. In fact, I have yet to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That comes tomorrow.
I come here today to make my confession.
While millions have been impatiently waiting for this latest installment in the grand space opera, I find myself ambivalent.
I was far more excited for Rogue One than I find myself for The Last Jedi. Part of it I am sure is the loss of Han Solo in The Force Awakens. For me he was the heart of the series. Others live and die for everything Jedi. I never felt that way. Too much of the Force simply takes away from the spectacle.
While the previews have looked impressive, I cannot help but feel like this movie will shine a spotlight on the weakest of the characters: Luke Skywalker.
Leia, Rey, Poe, Finn and even Chewbacca all feel like more compelling characters with depths to mine.
Luke on the other hand is the least heroic ‘Hero’ to ever grace the screen. Never more so than in the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The Jedi School is destroyed and he runs. His is missing from his friends, his family and from his calling when they all need him the most. When his best friend falls he is not there by his side. Rather he is living like a hermit, hiding from the galaxy.
What is it about Jedi Masters that make them hide? Yoda, Obi Wan . . . now Luke.
In any case, my excitement has been diminished. I have the same trepidation that I had after the first twenty minutes of The Phantom Menace.
There are mysteries to explore and battles to wage.
A grand spectacle to discover.
I go in hoping for the best from this movie. Sadly, I also fear the worst.