No story has captivated us quite like Star Wars. The sci-fi space opera swept us to a galaxy far, far away, and we have excitedly stayed there for the length of every film. Some of those films were fantastic. The original introduced us to the world and our favorite farm boy, princess, and smuggler. The Empire Strikes Back deepened our understanding of how the Force works and our love for each character. But some of the other films were less than stellar. Yes, I am talking about the prequels. Granted, there are people who enjoy the prequels; heck, I do too. But the prequels have issues. Major issues. I enjoy them for the cringe-worthy delivery of dialogue and the it's-so-bad-it's-funny moments. And the lightsaber battles. Chalk one for the prequels: they had some of the best lightsaber duels.
After Episodes I, II, and III, we thought we would see Star Wars no more. We thought that the tales from a galaxy far, far away had ceased. Thankfully, we were wrong. The Force was with us. We got to return to the world we loved. Star Wars: The Force Awakens gave us new characters to fall in love with. After we saw it, we couldn't wait to see what its sequel would bring.
The time has arrived. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has blasted its way into theaters, and it is quickly becoming the most divisive Star Wars film released, especially among fans. Is it good? Is it bad? Honestly, while I was watching it, I enjoyed every minute. Afterwards, when I had time to reflect, I realized there were quite a few inconsistencies within the story. That's not to say that you should not watch it. Go. Watch it right now. This list about moments that don't make sense in The Last Jedi is going to be spoiler-heavy, so if you haven't seen the latest Star Wars movie, and you decide to press on, you are going to get the entire story ruined for you. You have been warned.
Perhaps the most disappointing and confusing plot point in The Last Jedi was the death of Supreme Leader Snoke. He appeared to be the Big Bad of this new Star Wars trilogy. He was looking to eliminate Luke Skywalker, and he was the leader of the First Order. All of these things made us think he was a major villain. Snoke is killed by Kylo Ren (in a pretty awesome way). The subsequent fight scene made me forget the implications of Snoke's death momentarily. That fight scene is the coolest part of the whole movie; holy moly, it was amazing! But seriously, Snoke died. We have no idea who he was, why he was so powerful, how he became the leader of the First Order. What did he do to convince Ben Solo to join the Dark side? And now that he's dead, does it even matter if we find out?
In the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker was a force for good (pun somewhat intended). He was a hero, to put it shortly. Something that made little sense in The Last Jedi was that when Luke sensed darkness in his nephew and thought about the years of violence that he could potentially bring to the galaxy, for a single moment, Luke wanted to kill Ben. It was a quick flash of weakness, but it led to Ben lashing out against Luke and transforming into Kylo Ren. The part that feels odd about this situation is that Luke Skywalker was the one person who believed there was still good in Darth Vader. If Luke could believe that about Vader, why did the idea of darkness in Ben, practically a child, cause him to lash out so? It does not seem to fit with what we know about Luke's character.
Yes, it is true. Blue Ghost Yoda shows up in The Last Jedi to give Luke some advice. (I did warn you that there would be spoilers.) Luke believes very strongly throughout the film that the Jedi should end. At one point, he even wants to burn down an ancient tree that has been hollowed out and contains some old Jedi texts. Yoda appears to him at this moment. When Luke hesitates, Yoda closes his eyes, and a bolt of lightning flashes from the sky, striking the tree and setting it on fire. This is Yoda's way of demonstrating to Luke that what the Jedi were is of no importance. What matters is what is happening now. Yoda's appearance was delightful, but strange. Last I checked, the blue ghosts of dead Jedi only spoke to people. I never knew they could control the weather.
When Luke stands over a sleeping Ben Solo and senses the future horrors Ben could bring about if he succumbed to the Dark side, he activated his lightsaber in a moment of fear. It lit up Ben's sleeping quarters with pure green light. By the time Rey goes to Luke on Ahch-To, it is supposed to be believed that Luke has gotten rid of his green lightsaber, which means his blue lightsaber is the only one left to him. When Rey and Kylo Ren fight each other later on, the blue lightsaber is destroyed. So if Kylo Ren was there for the weapon's destruction, how could he have fallen for Luke's projection trick? When Luke projected himself on Crait, he included an image of his blue lightsaber. If Kylo Ren had been thinking properly, he should have realized that it was all a ruse.
We all thought Leia was a goner when TIE fighters shot at the bridge of the cruiser she was on. The music slowed, and we saw General Leia Organa in her voluminous robes floating among the stars, ice crystals already forming. But nope, she made it! Using some hitherto unknown Force powers, she propels herself back to the cruiser and... back into the ship where the rest of the Resistance was waiting for her? They just opened the door for her and let her back in. I'm no expert on space travel, but I'm pretty sure that she should have gone to an airlock of some kind, where air pressure and oxygen levels could be changed to livable levels. And if they did just open the door for Leia, why weren't they then sucked out too? That moment made absolutely no sense.
Aside from the fact that Benicio Del Toro just looks like the kind of guy you can't trust, his character in The Last Jedi is so clearly untrustworthy. It makes no sense why Rose and Finn would trust him. They meet him in a jail and he clearly has no qualms about stealing. He quite literally told Finn his viewpoint on working for both the First Order and the Resistance. He was prime material for a traitor. This particular nitpicking can be explained by two things. Both Rose and Finn are not exactly the most suave of Resistance fighters. Rose worked on ships for the most part, and Finn was a recently-escaped former stormtrooper. Neither of them exactly have the cunning to spot a deceiver. They also did not have much of a choice when it came to finding a code-breaker, and they couldn't be too picky.
The Last Jedi revealed the moment when Ben destroyed Luke's fledgling Jedi school. Luke stood over Ben as he slept and sensed the darkness in him. Fearful, Luke turned on his lightsaber in a reaction to this, desiring to strike down his nephew. Ben woke up and attacked Luke in perceived self-defense. Luke was then covered in the rubble of Ben's sleeping quarters. His school was demolished and students slaughtered. This is puzzling because if the school was destroyed right after their confrontation, that could mean one of two things. Either the darkness that was in Ben was fully cemented (why else would he already have his Kylo Ren outfit when he attacked the school as shown in Rey's vision?) or Luke was in the rubble for a very long time and Kylo Ren never sensed it.
For me, the comedy in The Last Jedi was hit or miss. One moment of comedy vexed me for its lack of logic. A First Order Dreadnought hovers above a planet, primed to fire upon the fleeing Resistance ships. Poe Dameron, in his solitary X-wing fighter, is the only thing that stands between them. He sends a call to General Hux, who is on a Star Destroyer next to the Dreadnought. When Hux answers with a hearty rant against the Resistance, Poe makes like he doesn't think it is Hux who is responding. This tactic stalls them long enough for Poe to get some assistance. It was funny to see Hux flummoxed, but honestly, he should have just ordered Poe blown out of the sky. The First Order did not get where they were by having their leaders act like idiots.
While Rey is on Ahch-To with Luke, she manages to squeeze some training out of him. He has her sit on a rock and feel the Force, expanding her awareness of it all over the island. She senses life and death, warmth and light, but they all point to a natural balance in the Force. She also senses a dark hole at the base of the island that is calling to her. Luke tells her that this is the Dark side. Later, whatever called to her from that hole pulls her in, and she tumbles into a pool beneath the earth. She has these visions while she is there, but she leaves the hole relatively okay. But what exactly is that hole? Is it a place of Dark energy? Is it just a place prone to giving visions? Luke seemed afraid of it and angry that Rey would so willingly go toward it. What does it mean?! We never get an answer.
Rose, Finn, and BB-8 head out on a side quest to help the Resistance while Rey struggles to convince Luke to leave Ahch-To. Rose and Finn find themselves in the hands of the First Order after they trust the wrong person, and it's up to BB-8 to save those hapless humans. His master plan is...surprising, to say the least. Somehow, BB-8 manages to get himself into an AT-ST. For those who do not know what an AT-ST is, it is a large, bipedal machine that is comparable to a Mantis from Halo. Anyways, BB-8 miraculously manages to fit himself inside one, and then he reworks the controls so that he is wired into the AT-ST and can move it around as he wills. I am all for droid agency, but I have never seen a droid do something like that. I'm terrified about what a BB-9e can do if that's what BB-8 can do!
The best moments in The Last Jedi revolve around Rey and Kylo Ren's interactions. Whenever the two of them were talking to each other, the tension in the theater got so overwhelming. While Rey is on Ahch-To, she begins to form a connection to Kylo Ren. They seem to sense each other, even see each other, even though the physical distance between them is immense. These conversations start out how you'd think they would. Rey is hostile toward Kylo Ren because of Han Solo. Eventually they start to understand one another. It's kind of ruined though when it is revealed that Snoke is the one who established this Force connection between them. How powerful is this guy?! He was able to make a connection between two strong Force-users without either of them sensing his involvement.
Sadly, The Last Jedi gives Captain Phasma the same treatment as Boba Fett got in Return of the Jedi. In the Episode VI, Boba Fett, one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, is taken out by a blinded Han Solo, accidentally struck on his jet pack and sent flying into a sarlacc's mouth. It was a pitiable ending for one so touted as being hardcore. Captain Phasma, unfortunately, receives a similar, albeit somewhat better, end. When we met her, she stood out from the rest of the stormtroopers. She was dressed in shiny chrome armor and was taller than everybody else. But in The Force Awakens, she is easily bested by Finn, Han Solo, and Chewie. And in The Last Jedi, she is beaten in a fight between her and Finn and falls down a giant pit. Look, I'm just saying, she better not be dead.
Next to Rey and Kylo Ren fighting together in Snoke's throne room, Admiral Amilyn Holdo holds second place in a list of most jaw-dropping moments in The Last Jedi. When all hope seems lost as the First Order fires relentlessly on escaping Resistance transports, on a cruiser by herself, Holdo jumps to lightspeed into Snoke's flagship. It was unbelievably awesome. However, Holdo also holds a spot in the list of nonsensical The Last Jedi moments. When Leia is put into a coma and Holdo takes command, she merely orders that the Resistance ships continue flying away from the First Order, even though they have little to no fuel. Poe Dameron is unsatisfied with this "plan," so he sends Rose and Finn on their adventure to disable the First Order tracker, which ends up killing a lot of people when it fails. Turns out, Holdo did have a plan, she just didn't tell people. When this is revealed, Poe looks like a jerk for not having followed her orders, which is appropriate. But seriously, if Holdo had just told her people what she was planning, no one would have died.
I don't pretend to know everything about the Force. After all, the Force is a fictional power that resides in the Star Wars universe. Most of what I know about the Force I learned from watching the movies and reading the books (yeah, the books that Disney has termed as non-canon). In all the literature I have read and the films I have examined, nowhere have I seen such a display of power as what Luke did at the end of The Last Jedi. From all the way on Ahch-To, Luke was able to project an image of himself on the planet Crait to not just Kylo Ren, but everybody. And he was able to speak and move on that planet's time (unlike light, which must travel space distances and therefore be seen far after it was emitted). Without any context, it makes no sense. But when you imagine Luke as a powerful Jedi master, it feels better. Still...how is that possible? (Space magic, that's how.)
When Rey and Kylo Ren meet up in Snoke's throne room and have to fight those creepy, but lethal, Elite Praetorian Guards, it is one of the best moments in the movie. As soon as the Guards activate their weapons, you know they mean business. Despite what looks to be a cumbersome outfit, each Guard had weapons that looked deadly, and it was clear they knew how to use them. Kylo Ren, an experienced lightsaber-wielder, had trouble with them as he fought. Rey is an experienced fighter too, and her weapon of choice has always been her staff. In The Force Awakens, when you see her fighting Kylo Ren in the snow, her fighting style always leaned toward jabs and thrusts, similar to what you would see if she had been holding a spear. Since then, she has received no training in fighting with a lightsaber aside from what she was teaching herself, but she was knocking those Guards down left and right. It makes no sense, unless she is a master combatant, which after seeing her slay those Guards, yeah, she kind of has to be.
General Hux is the epitome of a sniveling, ambitious, and cruel man who grovels at the feet of powerful men, seeking to advance himself into a higher position. He is practically a caricature of this type of person. Hux falls for pranks that the dashing good guys deal out to him. He kowtows to those above him. Plus, he has a sneer that seems glued to his face. With Snoke as the Supreme Leader, a sort of rivalry developed between Hux and Kylo Ren, and it comes to a head in The Last Jedi when Hux enters the throne room to find Snoke dead and Kylo Ren unconscious on the floor. When he sees Kylo on the floor, Hux reaches for his blaster, obviously intending to shoot him while he's down. As soon as Kylo stirs, Hux lowers his hand, too cowardly to see the act through if there is a chance he could get killed. If Hux had seen it through, Kylo Ren would be dead. He was clearly weak from his battle with Rey, and if Hux had been an ounce braver, he would have shot him.
The biggest tease in The Last Jedi trailer was when Luke solemnly declared that it was time for the Jedi to end. Fans across the globe pulled their hair out, wondering what could have made Luke Skywalker say such a thing and what Rey could do to change his mind. When Rey questions him further about why he thinks that, one of the things he points to are some outdated Jedi texts that are kept within a hollowed-out tree. Rey holds some of the texts and then, later on, Blue Ghost Yoda and Luke burn them, but we never actually find out what is written in those texts. Was there something bad? Yoda basically implies that they were boring, but then why would Luke feel such a strong urge to burn them in a fiery conflagration? Isn't that a bit of an overreaction for a symbolic gesture?
I already covered the insane way in which Leia got back to her ship after she was blasted off the bridge by First Order fighters. Let's go back to how she managed to actually survive her trip into cold, dark space. I'm not questioning whether it is possible for a Force-user to survive out in space. Several of the non-canonical Star Wars books described Jedi controlling their breathing, regulating how much oxygen their bodies needed for a short period of time. But how did Leia specifically learn how to do that? She never showed Force abilities aside from communicating with her brother from long distances. And controlling how much oxygen your body intakes seems like a complex task for someone who never had any training. This scene would make more sense if Leia had learned a few Jedi tricks on her own or with Luke before they separated.
At the beginning of The Last Jedi, we got introduced to the brave Paige Tico, a pilot on one of the bombers that attacked the First Order Dreadnought. She gave her life in her struggle to release her payload onto the Dreadnought, and her sacrifice spurred her sister, Rose, to go on her mission to disable the First Order's tracker with Finn. There's just one teensy problem with her moment of self-sacrifice. This whole space battle is happening in, well, space. And in space, there is no gravity. So how are bombs being released from bombers? Even if the door opens and the bombs are let loose, with no gravity to pull them down, they would just hover uselessly over the Dreadnought. It's a cool moment, don't get me wrong. But that still doesn't mean it makes sense.
Whenever anyone describes the Force, they say it is something that is all-encompassing, that it binds us together to all living things. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda tell Luke this, and Luke tells Rey this. When she opens herself to the Force, she feels connected to the balance in all things. Life and death, cold and warmth. If this is the case, how did Luke disconnect himself from the Force? One of the reasons Rey has to go all the way to Ahch-To to find him is because no one knew where he was, not even his sister who had a Force connection with him. How did Luke manage to shut himself off so completely? Even death is a part of the Force. Luke was alive and well on Ahch-To, with a bunch of porgs to keep him company. How could he make himself undetectable without using the Force?
We would often catch glimpses of poor R2-D2 stuck outside in the rain or struggling to wheel his way through the muck on Dagobah. Smooth, polished floors and convenient ramps were nowhere to be seen. The same could be said for Ahch-To. The island is surrounded by rocks, and steep hillsides cover most of the area. There are some stairways that line the hills, but they are made of crumbling stone. Ahch-To is no place for an astromech like R2. We don't get to see much of R2 while he's there, so we have no idea how he managed while Rey was trying to convince Luke to come. We see R2 briefly on the Falcon, but other than that, R2's fate on the island is a mystery. For all we know, he stayed on the Millenium Falcon the whole time.
When Luke projected himself on the planet Crait, we knew without a doubt that he was a projection. It was evident the minute Kylo Ren swung at him with his lightsaber and it passed right through him without any resistance. Before that, Luke goes straight to Leia and comforts her (and receives comfort from her as well). He then hands her a pair of golden dice that Han used to keep dangling in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon. Then he battles his nephew. So what new trick of the Force is this? He can make things tangible? Did he create those dice out of nothing? Kylo Ren goes into the base and sees the dice lying on the ground (Leia left them there, apparently) and he is able to pick them up too, though they disappear shortly afterwards. How did Luke do that?!
Finn's story arc in The Last Jedi is similar to his in The Force Awakens. In The Force Awakens, Finn learns to care about someone else when he meets Rey. In The Last Jedi, Finn learns to care about an idea. He learns this when he meets Rose Tico, a young woman whose sister had recently given her life for the Resistance. On the planet Crait, Finn almost pilots a ramshackle ski speeder into a First Order laser in order to destroy it. Rose stops him at the last second by crashing into his ship on her own speeder and pushing him out of the way. It's sweet that she did it because she loves him, but those speeders were in such shoddy condition, it's a wonder she didn't kill both of them. Not that I want them to die, but it made no sense how both survived that.
After that epic fight that Rey and Kylo Ren have in Snoke's throne room (you know, the one I keep going on and on about), they turn to each other expecting the other to join them on their side. Rey expects Kylo Ren to reject the Dark side, and Kylo Ren wants Rey to join him in leading the First Order. After suggesting to the other their respective ideas, they immediately engage in a Force tug-of-war over Luke's lightsaber. This was disheartening. When they were connected through the force, they had done so well talking to each other. I suppose it helped that they weren't physically near each other, so they could not have resorted to violence even if they had wanted to. Still, why couldn't they have tried just talking to each other, using their words to convince each other of the merits of their positions?
There are some who found the porgs disturbing. I am not one of those people. They were so freaking adorable! The noises they made were cute, the faces they made were cute, and the little movements they made were cute. They were just cute all around! However, just because I find them cute doesn't mean that there is not a wee bit of a problem towards the end of the movie regarding them. While Rey is on Ahch-To with Luke, Chewie kept the Millenium Falcon parked on the rocky beachside. Apparently, a bunch of porgs decided to take up residence within the Falcon and stay there even after Rey, Chewie, and R2 left Ahch-To. Was Chewie okay with this? What if those porgs had family back on the island? They might be adorable, but those feathers would get everywhere! That can't be good for the Falcon.