Despite critical acclaim, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has somehow divided the fandom in two, with some character decisions being heavily scrutinized by the fans. One moment has Luke Skywalker contemplating the murder of his nephew Ben Solo, which some people thought was completely out of character for Luke; but Redditor TLM86 has come up with a theory that says Luke’s actions have been faithful to his character from the original trilogy.
“Initially he’s all for killing Vader to avenge his aunt and uncle, Obi-Wan, and his father… When Vader reveals he’s Luke’s father, it allows him to look beyond the ‘monster in a mask’ and see the human underneath. Even Obi-Wan and Yoda urged him to face and strike Vader down to become a Jedi Knight, but Luke’s instincts told him differently.”
In hindsight, if Luke followed his instincts and killed Ben, it would have been for the good of the galaxy, but this works the exact opposite and somehow becomes the final push of Ben Solo to the Dark Side. The theory continues:
“Luke’s trusted instincts are telling him to strike Ben down for the good of the future, in the same way, his damaging trip to Bespin was ultimately a good thing, and to ignore the advice of his Jedi Masters and reach out to Vader was a good thing… Luke, of course, realizes his mistake; that his instincts have been clouded, but by then it’s too late.”
I thought the characterization of Luke was spot on, and the fact that he has somehow caused the fall of his nephew and the rise of Snoke was the perfect reason that he would banish himself to the planet of Ahch-To. Despite all the hatred of some fanboys, all I’m hearing is some people who hate change and are disappointed that the movie didn’t go the way they expected.
I’m happy with all the choices director Rian Johnson went with. He has somehow managed to pinpoint every expectation from the fans and has pulled the rug from underneath them. Now anything can happen with Episode IX. I’m just hoping that J.J. Abrams doesn’t pull a Force Awakens and does something new with the sequel trilogy.
For now, you can check out Star Wars: The Last Jedi still playing in theaters.