Saturday, June 16, 2018

TLJ: What Went Wrong

Here is a list of things that sucked about The Last Jedi.  In no particular order.

I'm going from memory (because I have refused to watch the movie again since seeing it in the theater) as well as some Twitter posts and videos on Youtube.  Therefore, some of these things may not be completely accurate.  Heck, I may have even repeated myself.

Some are huge plot holes, some are small nitpicks.  But they all contributed to my disappointment.  Enjoy.  Feel free to add anything I missed in the comments!


1. The opening crawl starts with "The First Order reigns."  How is that possible?  The movie takes place right after the Force Awakens at the end of which the massive planet-sized base was destroyed.  The First Order should be licking their wounds and regrouping.

2. Leia Poppins.  Suddenly Leia is shown to be more powerful with the Force than any Jedi.  She can propel herself through space while surviving in an environment with no atmosphere and temperatures exceeding negative 400 degrees F.

3. Speaking of Leia Poppins, how does she manage to pull herself back to the command bridge?  She was blown outward while the ship kept moving at top speed.  It would have been well past Leia in a matter of seconds.

4. Luke died. Actually I would have been ok with him dying if his character hadn't been completely assassinated. I figured he would die heroically in Episode 9.

5. Luke was a grumpy old hermit who refused to help his friends and family, completely betraying his character established in previous movies.

6. We never got to see Luke as an all-powerful Jedi master.  This is something I had been looking forward to seeing since they announced the sequel trilogy.

7. There were no lightsaber duels (where lightsabers clashed with other lightsabers).  A lightsaber duel should be a staple for any Star Wars episode.

8. No Lando

9. No Wedge

10. Admiral Ackbar, a hero and fan favorite from the original trilogy, was killed basically as an after-thought.  He deserved a better death or at least more acknowledgment.

11. Canto Bight.  Horrible side plot.  In general.  The entire sub plot could have been removed from the movie completely and it would not have affected the plot at all.

12. Rose and Finn get thrown in prison... for illegal parking?

13. BB-8 beats up three guards to the point of unconsciousness... with coins.

14. Rose and Finn just happen to find exactly who they need in their cell.  If DJ could escape all along, why was he still in there? 

15. The end result of Canto Bight: nothing.  It was pointless.  It accomplished nothing except to get Rose and Finn on the First Order ship.

16. Chewbacca didn't have a big enough role.  He had very little screen time.

17. Stormtroopers did nothing in the movie for the most part except stand around.

18. The whole plot of the movie revolves around a chase in space.  The First Order can't catch up to the Resistance until their fuel runs out.  This goes against all laws of physics.  An object in motion will stay in motion in space.  So even if they run out of fuel, they would still be going the same speed.

19. The First Order can't shoot down Poe because he is too close?  The turrets on a First Order ship were able to fire something that took out the TIE fighter Poe and Finn stole.  On the Death Star, the turrets were able to take out Rebel ships that came close to them.  That makes no sense.

20. Bombs dropped in outer space will not fall downwards due to the absence of gravity.  Don't give me that magnet garbage.

21. How is Rose's sister dropping the bombs from that ship with seemingly no protection from the vacuum of space?

22. Snoke was killed. I figured he would die in this trilogy...but in the second movie? And...

23. No explanation was given for Snoke's rise to power, his origin, how he found Kylo, etc.

24. In the original trilogy, Luke saw the good in Darth Vader and wanted to save him despite the fact that he murdered thousands of innocent beings...including children and his friend and mentor Obi Wan.  In this movie he actually considers murdering someone (his FAMILY member) in his sleep because he senses darkness in him?  That is not Luke Skywalker.

25. Luke milks alien boobs.  Did we really need to see that?

26. We are never shown Luke mourning Han.  But there was time to show him milking boobs?  Which would be a more significant use of screen time: milking boobs or showing him dealing with the loss of a close friend, family member (I'm considering Han his brother-in-law), and beloved character from the original trilogy?

27. Hyperspace suicide attack.  Why in the history of Star Wars space battles was that never thought of until now?  Seems like it would have really helped when you are trying to take down a Death Star or two.

28. Holdo: why wouldn't you just tell Poe your plan?  The whole Canto Bight scene could have been avoided. Lives could have been saved.

29. Why does Holdo have to pilot the ship on the suicide hyperspace run?  Couldn't a droid or auto-pilot handle that?

30. Poe leads a mutiny, was reprimanded, slapped, and demoted, and was criticized by both Leia and Holdo.  But then they say they like him.  Suddenly.

31. Maz Kanata.  How was that hologram communication recorded from that point of view?  Some sort of floating GoPro?  Also...

32. Not enough Maz Kanata who was seemingly established as an important character in the Force Awakens.  Her hologram communication seems to have been thrown in there just so that she could be in the movie.

33. The Resistance is so small...yet Poe somehow doesn't know who Holdo (a high ranking officer who stands out with purple hair) is.

34.  Rey defeats Luke Skywalker in a fight.  LUKE SKYWALKER!  LEGENDARY JEDI MASTER LUKE SKYWALKER defeated by someone who has never been trained. And he didn't even use his lightsaber.  He used a stick or something.

35. Rey becomes super powerful in a short amount of time with virtually no training.  Luke, arguably the most powerful Force-user ever, could not lift his x-wing out of a swamp after weeks (months?) of training.  Rey removes a gazillion pounds of rocks so her friends can escape.

36. Why couldn't Leia Poppins lift the rocks to escape the cave if she is so powerful with the Force?

37. Kylo Ren loses again.  So in two movies, he has been beaten twice.  Kind of hard to take him as a serious threat in Episode IX.

38. Captain Phasma is under-used again.

39. Captain Phasma dies.

40. Captain Phasma's armor protects her from laser blasts.  Why don't all the stormtroopers have that armor?  And did Rian Johnson forget that Phasma was forced to do something at gunpoint in The Force Awakens?  Seems to me that if a blaster was pointed at her head it wouldn't exactly be a threat.

41. Captain Phasma orders Finn and Rose to be killed.  But instead of shooting them, they have to use some archaic execution weapon that they just happened to keep on board for this type of situation.  Plot convenience!

42. Speaking of plot convenience, after Holdo's suicide run, there is a huge explosion on board the First Order ship.  Rose and Finn are unhurt...yet all the other stormtroopers around them are dead.

43. Somehow after the explosion, Captain Phasma (who was right next to Rose and Finn) and a legion of troopers are now marching towards them from the other side of the ship. And...

44. Captain Phasma has a rifle while approaching.  Then she suddenly doesn't have it and uses some stick thing to fight Finn.  Then she has a pistol.

45. Why did the rich people on Canto Bight have child slaves?  Couldn't they afford droids who are less likely to cause problems and more likely to do better work due to being programmed machines?

46. Luke doesn't show up on Crait.  He Force projects himself there instead.  It would have been way, way, way better if he was there in person.

47. Why do ALL the tie-fighters follow the Millenium Falcon on Crait?

48. Finn was about to sacrifice himself to save the Resistance.  But then Rose crashes into him and stops him.  This allows the giant cannon weapon to fire.  So Rose potentially sacrifices the lives of dozens of people in order to save Finn. And she is THAT good of a pilot to know that her actions would not make him crash, killing her and him? Makes no sense.

49. Rose kisses Finn. Nothing transpired in that movie to make us think she was falling in love with him.

50. Poe refers to a door as a "big-ass" door.  That term doesn't really fit into the Star Wars universe.  Here are some other words that could have been used: colossal, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, humongous, immense, massive, monstrous, huge, monsterous, titanic, over-sized, etc.

51. BB-8 controls an AT-ST.  Is there anything this droid can't do?  If he can control an AT-ST, shouldn't he have been piloting one of the ships on Crait instead of sacrificing another human life?

52. BB-8 fixes x-wing damage by bashing his head into the computer thingamabob.  That humor worked once when Han hit the Millenium Falcon with his hand to get the lights back on.  This was too contrived and nonsensical.

53. Snoke, who was supposedly SO powerful, could not sense Kylo turning the lightsaber next to him?

54. We never get to see the abilities of Snoke beyond Force lightning and moving things with his mind.  For such a powerful villain, I wanted to see more of what he could do.  I guess he could open telepathic pathways between others...but still. 

55. Couldn't the First Order hyperspace to somewhere in front of the Resistance ships and cut them off?

56. Those bombers were ridiculous.  So slow.  Seemingly no shields.  Why not use Y-wings which were capable of performing the same task at much faster speeds. Doesn't seem possible for the resistance to choose to take a step back with technology. These stupid ships, for what their job is, should have the MOST shielding possible!

57. Finn announces that he is happy that the rich people were hurt with their trashing of the casino place.  This doesn't make sense.  Surely the rich were insured.  Surely the casino was insured.  I don't think it hurt them all that badly.  And who is going to make all those repairs?  SLAVE LABOR!

58. If Rey grew up on a desert planet, how did she learn how to swim so well?

59. Rey's parents were nobodies?  All that lead-up.  All that set-up from the Force Awakens.  All the speculation.  Nope.  They were nobody.

60. Rey's Force vision in Maz Kanata's castle was not addressed at all.  Why did Obi-Wan speak to her?  Why did the lightsaber call to her?

61. Luke should have had a green lightsaber when he...I mean his stupid Force projected self...showed up on Crait.

62. Kylo destroys his mask.  I liked the mask.  It gave him an identity.  It showed how devoted he was to striking fear into others and how much he idolized Vader.  He didn't need it to breathe like Vader.  It was a symbol.  Now it's gone.

63. Speaking of Kylo's mask, why did Snoke all of a sudden tell him the mask was ridiculous.  So in all this time with Kylo, with all of his training, he never mentioned this before?  It's suddenly ridiculous and he doesn't want him to wear it?

64. Yoda shows up and interacts with nature. So suddenly Force Ghosts can alter the weather and summon lightning?  So why don't Force ghosts get together and destroy all the bad guys with lightning from above?

65. Yoda hits Luke on his head with his cane.  So Force ghosts can suddenly use objects to hurt living beings?  Why don't Force ghosts beat up the bad guys then?

66. Finn is somehow able to drag Rey's unconscious body across an entire battle field (in a short amount of time no less) without getting shot.

67. General Hux was turned into a bumbling fool.

68. Would "meditating" really kill arguably the most powerful Force user ever?

69. The gold dice that Luke gave Leia should have immediately disappeared when Luke did.  But no, it conveniently stayed visible until Kylo found it.

70. The Resistance ships were supposedly out of range of the First Order's cannons.  Again the laws of physics are ignored.  Unless the ships were traveling faster than the cannon blasts, it doesn't make sense that they could not do damage from a certain distance. How does a laser blast lose its effectiveness in space?  A laser blast shot at a ship from a yard away in space is going to do the same damage as a laser blast 100 yards away.

71. The whole mirror scene was a waste of time.  If Rian Johnson was trying to re-create a cave similar to that on Dagobah, he failed.  Rey sees some reflections of herself.  She asks her mirror image to show her her parents.  Guess what?  It doesn't show it to her.  Waste of time.

72. Too many obvious political messages.  Just tell me a good story.  Keep your political opinions out of it.

73. Snoke said that it was time to complete Kylo's training.  Seemed like JJ Abrams was setting something up for The Last Jedi.  And it was completely ignored.  Kylo received no additional training whatsoever.

74. No Knights of Ren.  It would have been nice to have some other compelling baddies (who can use a lightsaber and/or Force powers) especially now with Snoke gone.  All we have to look forward to now is more Kylo and only Kylo.

75. Luke claimed he went to that island to die.  He wanted no part of anything or anyone.  Then why did he leave behind a map?  Seems like he was open to being found.

76. R2-D2 and C3PO were pretty much useless background characters.

77. Bad editing on display (Google this if you don't believe me).  One of the Praetorian guards has two daggers.  But when he gets tied up with Rey and it is obvious he could have easily stabbed her in the back with his other dagger, it suddenly disappears.  I didn't notice this at first but now I wouldn't be able to un-notice it.

78. We had no emotional attachment to Rose's sister (because we had never met her on screen before and had never seen her interact with other characters).  We see Rose mourning her loss...but we don't get to see Luke mourn Han?

79. The Resistance ships are said to be faster than the First Order's.  Go back to any previous Star Wars movie and you will see that this is never a problem.  Heck the opening scene of the original Star Wars: A New Hope movie shows a small ship struggling to outrun a star destroyer.  The Milennium Falcon (widely considered to be one of the fastest ships in the Star Wars universe) had trouble shaking a star destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back.

80. The way loose ends were tied up and how the movie ended with that Force-sensitive kid looking at the stars...it seemed like the end of a trilogy, not the end of the second film in a trilogy.

81. Holdo, or someone else, could have easily done the suicide hyperspace maneuver earlier, thus saving countless other lives.  All the other ships had hyperspace capabilities.  Why wait until the Resistance has already lost a ton of lives and multiple ships?

82. The Force Awakens FELT like a Star Wars movie.  The tone of The Last Jedi was much different.  I almost felt like I was not watching a film that continued a series.  The Canto Bight scene especially did not have a Star Wars feel.

83. Finn is suddenly a decent pilot on Crait despite demonstrating the complete opposite in the last movie which took place like a few days before this movie.  It is also assumed that he piloted a First Order ship down to Crait...unless Rose the mechanic or BB-8 was a pilot.

84. Snoke seems to be clueless about the technology used to track the Resistance through hyperspace.  A powerful leader of a large military force would know this.  Plus Snoke had Force powers.  He could create a mental connection between two people light years away from each other...but couldn't read Hux's thoughts?

85. Too many incidences of subverting expectations just for the sake of subversion.  Luke throwing his lightsaber over his shoulder?  Really?  After all that dramatic set up at the end of The Force Awakens?  He could have easily held it solemnly, lost in thought, and then handed back to Rey or put in on his belt.  Instead, an important scene is ruined for a cheap laugh.

86. Finn and Rose show up at the casino exactly when the code breaker they are looking for is at a high stakes table exactly like Maz told them.  What are the odds?  Is the guy standing there 24/7?  Doesn't he have to eat, pee, or sleep?  And apparently he always, always, always wears the exact same outfit.

87. Kylo Ren gets wet while communicating with Rey.  This is not explained at all.  Can matter be transported by the Force?  If so, does this mean Luke Skywalker could have just been transported somewhere else?  Maybe he didn't die after all?!?!  His mechanical hand disappeared too so...maybe????Fingers crossed.

88. DJ magically finds Finn and Rose on the edge of a cliff.  How?  More plot conveniences I guess.

89. The First Order lands miles away from the base on Crait.  Brilliant!  *and yes I realize that this same thing occurred in The Empire Strikes Back and The Phantom Menace.

90. Rey needs to translate Chewbacca's roars for Luke.  I think a Jedi Master who was friends with a Wookiee for 30 years would have been more able to communicate with him by now.  I am sure it didn't take Han 30 years to learn Chewbacca's language.

91. Rey has no faults.  No ways for her character to develop. Mary Sue.

92. Maz claimed that there was only one person (code breaker) in the galaxy who could complete the mission.  But then somehow DJ was able to do it too.

93. There was only one exciting scene: the throne room battle.  I can't say there were any other scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat.  And now that I know about all the faults in the choreography, I would no longer find it exciting the next time I watch it.

94. Speaking of that scene, why did all the Praetorian guards attack Kylo and Rey after Snoke was killed?  They undoubtedly served their master loyally.  But now he's dead.  Wouldn't at least some of them decide to remain loyal to the leader of the First Order...which is now Kylo Ren?

95. Nien Nunb, who is a veteran, experienced pilot, does not fly a ship in the battle on Crait.  But a janitor and a mechanic do (Finn and Rose).  I guess the Resistance did not want to give it their best effort.

96. The special effects in the movie were amazing...except Yoda.  Yoda looked cartoonish to me.  Especially when he first appears.

97. The Dreadnaught did not have any shields.  Come on!  Heck the Star Destroyers in Rogue One had shields that needed to be disabled first by Y-wings before it could be taken out.

98. Speaking of shields, hanger bays and bridges are able to be destroyed easily by a single fighter?  These are arguably the most important part of ships.  They should be the most heavily shielded.

99. Luke had to ask "how did you find me?"  A Jedi Master as wise as Luke should have remembered that he left a map to his location.

100.  This one is just about the general feeling I had when I left the theater.  After seeing the prequels and after seeing Episode VII, I couldn't wait to return to the theater and see it again.  I couldn't wait for the next episode to come out.  After The Last Jedi, I left the theater not excited at all.  I had already pre-purchased tickets to see it again a few days later...and I didn't want to go.  So The Last Jedi did a bad job keeping this old Star Wars nerd excited about the saga.  Which, in my opinion, is proof that it FAILED.

101.  It has been established that astromech droids are required to calculate hyperspace courses for xwings.  So how was Luke able to get so far away without R2-D2?

102.  Chewbacca goes with Rey (who he has known for a few days) instead of staying with Luke (who he has known for 30 years).

103. Poe ignores Leia's orders to retreat and not attack the First Order ship.  Is he the only one with a radio that communicates with her?  Can't she just radio the other ships and order them to disengage?  She outranks Poe.

104.  And why would she bother calling off the attack?  Those bombers are so darn slow that even if she did order them to disengage and turn around, it would have been way too late.  The First Order would have caught up to them and blew them away.

105. How did Rey escape the First Order ship and get on the Falcon after her "duel" with Kylo Ren?  Did she contact Chewie to come and get her somehow?  Or maybe she magically transported herself onboard?

106. How is the Millenium Falcon able to travel through hyperspace across the galaxy without the need for more fuel (since apparently fueling is a thing now)?

107. Rose is said to work "behind pipes all day."  But when we first meet her, she's working security to stop deserters.  She calls Finn a traitor then goes on a mutinous secret mission herself.

108. Lasers apparently can "arc" in space.

109. Kylo Ren's lightsaber wounds are tended to...but no mention is made of his blaster wound in his gut.  He seems to have miraculously healed as he is unaffected by it despite the movie taking place a day or two after TFA.

110. The position of Kylo's facial wound moved since TFA.  Consistency is obviously not important to Rian Johnson.

111. When Rey shows up on Ach-to, Luke is wearing his old, tattered Jedi robes.  J.J. Abrams was obviously setting something up for the next movie (like, I don't know, Luke returning as an actual hero).  But then Luke changes to a beggar's outfit for the rest of his scenes.  So does Luke just put on his ceremonial robes for special occasions?  Like when a ship lands on his island?

112. If you watch TESB and AOTC again, you will witness the extraordinary difficulty level for a well-trained 850 year old Jedi master to lift and xwing and a giant pillar thingee (which was about to fall on Obi-Wan).  Watch how difficult and exhausting it is for Yoda.  Then watch Rey, with two lessons of training, lift a crap load of boulders (which would most likely weigh as much or more than an x-wing) like it was nothing.

113. Why are the super slow bombers ordered to "keep a tight formation?"  If they are so slow and unable to maneuver well, wouldn't it be a better military strategy to spread them out?  Concentrating them into one area gives the enemy an easier target.

114.  Many defenders of this movie will point to graphic novels and other outside materials to explain many of things presented so far in this list.  Casual movie-goers should not have to resort to content outside of a movie to understand/explain/enjoy the content inside a movie.

115. Yoda calls Luke "Skywalker."  That is not consistent with the previous movies.  Yoda always called Luke "Luke."  Why would he suddenly start calling him something else?  It would be like calling your friend by his first name for 30 years then suddenly decide to start calling him by his last name.

116.  What kind of animals break through windows and structures without knowing what's on the other side?  Evidently the animals that Finn and Rose ride.  What if there was a pool of lava waiting for them on the other side?

117.  The First Order destroyed several Republic planets in the Force Awakens, including the capital.  That supposedly decimated the Republic.  But assuming the galaxy has hundreds, maybe thousands of planets/systems (think of the Senate chamber in the prequel trilogy), wouldn't the destruction of just a few of them cause the rest of them to unite?  Instead there is only a small band or resistance left.  What about all the other hundreds/thousands of planets?  Are we supposed to believe they are all under First Order control now?  Not believable, and not explained.

118.  If Luke wanted to die, why wouldn't he do it while also doing something useful?  Like crashing his x-wing into a First Order ship?  No, he'd prefer to just rot away on a deserted island instead.

119.  Han Solo said Luke presumably went off looking for the first Jedi Temple.  If that was the case, he found it.  Now what?  It would make more sense that he was looking for it for A. Guidance   B. More power  C. Information to rebuild the Jedi Order.  Nope!  He was just looking for it so he could die there.

120. If Luke wanted to go to the most "unfindable" place in the galaxy, why did he choose a place of such great importance (the first Jedi temple).  Sounds like a place that someone, perhaps through the use of the Force or Sith holocron, could find eventually.  Plus there was an actual map to his location.

121.  Luke says he will give Rey three lessons.  He only gave two.  What makes it worse is that supposedly there is a 3rd lesson in the Blu Ray deleted scenes.  So...it was more important to include alien boobs and casino nonsense than show a lesson from a Jedi Master to a student who suddenly has amazing powers.

122. Ghosts need canes to help them walk?  Yoda even acts like he's labored in doing so.  Not plausible.

123. Why did Yoda act like a goofball similar to when he first met Luke on Dagobah?  On Dagobah, there was a reason: testing Luke's patience.  After that, he was his "normal" stoic, wise self.  There was no reason for Yoda to act like he did in TLJ.

124.  Just a day or two before TLJ, Maz's business was completely destroyed.  Now, suddenly she is already involved in a "union dispute."

125. When Luke first used the guns on the Milennium Falcon, it was a difficult task.  He managed to destroy two TIE fighters.  Rey takes down about a dozen of them above the salt planet with relative ease.  At least Luke had SOME previous experience shooting things on Tatooine.  Rey: none.  Instant expert gunner.

126.  There was no point to Luke going to the planet with the first Jedi temple if he was just going off to die and didn't want to be found.  If I didn't know where Luke was, using a map to find the planet with the first Jedi temple would be a logical choice.  Luke should have chosen a remote planet in the far, far Outer Rim.  Just further evidence that Rian Johnson did not follow what was set up for him.

127.  Now that Yoda destroyed the big tree and "supposedly" the texts, what purpose do the Caretakers serve now?  Yoda just sent them to unemployment.

128.  Rey attacks Luke with a lightsaber.  What would she have done if she connected and sliced him in half?  Their fight makes no sense.

129. Would anyone with half a brain really mistake a droid for a slot machine?

130. There were several First Order ships in pursuit of the resistance.  Our heroes somehow know exactly which ship is tracking them.

131.  Rose seems to know a lot about the tracking system of the First Order which we were told is "new tech."

132. Someone in real danger (fighting for their life in a gun battle), especially a supposedly very wise being, would not want to lose focus and risk distraction by answering a phone call.  Maz does.

133. Stormtroopers land on Crait, a salt planet...with snow gear on.  Trying to hard to look like Empire Strikes Back I guess.

134. Some dude has to actually tell the audience that it's salt.

135. Rose would have never been able to catch up to Finn in their vehicles on Crait.  Finn accelerated to near top speed and Rose had turned back in the other direction before that.

136. Leia leaves the dice behind.  If it was something of such sentimental value, she would have taken it with her.  Or are we supposed to infer that she knew it was a force-projected object?

137. Rey seems to transport from Ach-to (supposedly very, very far away) to Crait instantly.

138. No one said "I've got a bad feeling about this."  Yeah, BB-8 said it.  Whatever.

139. Apparently no trained soldiers or officers can detect a droid hiding in an over-turned trash can.

140. A few Resistance peeps attempt mutiny and point guns at Admiral Holdo.  But no one else reacts.  Background characters go about their business, oblivious to what is occurring in the exact same room, mere feet away.

141. Resistance ships have cloaking devices.  The First Order can run de-cloaking scans. What's the point then?

142. Snoke was after Luke but then realizes it is Rey that is "the light to meet the rising darkness."   He seemingly recognizes that Rey is more of a threat.  But then still wants Luke and tortures Rey as part of an attempt to find him.

143.  Too many new Force powers introduced in too short of a time.  It wasn't until the third movie (ROTJ) that we saw Force Lightning.  This movie gives us Force projections, Force Face Time, deep space survival, Poppinesque flight, weather interaction, etc.

144. A Resistance ship is out of fuel.  It somehow also loses power.  It can't even steer.  So why does a captain have to stay on it and die?  There is absolutely no reason for anyone to remain on board.

145. The lightsaber enters Snoke's body from the side.  It comes out the front.  Shouldn't part of his body still be attached in the back?

146. Speaking of that lightsaber, doesn't it create a whole other plot problem with other Star Wars movies (similar to the "Holdo Maneuver")?   If Force users are able to activate other people's lightsabers without touching them, wouldn't it be a common strategy for them to turn on the lightsabers of their enemies from afar?  Think about it.  If lightsabers swing from a Jedi's utility belt, wouldn't it slice off their foot if it was turned on suddenly?  Or better yet, in a lightsaber duel, wouldn't a Jedi or Sith use the Force to turn OFF his/her opponent's saber?  Think about THAT.  If I am a Jedi Master, I will swing my saber at my opponent.  As he goes to block, I turn off his saber.  He's dead.  The Holdo Maneuver and turning on a lightsaber from afar make sense...I just don't think they should have been included in the 8th movie of a saga without it ever being used before.

147. The Resistance waits behind the giant door on Crait, knowing full well that the First Order is going to try and breach it by blasting it open...instead of spreading out throughout the cave in an attempt to survive as long as possible until help arrives.

148.  Somehow, Rey manages to escape the "throne room," navigate a ship with which she is completely unfamiliar, evade a legion of enemy troops...weaponless..., and somehow find an escape craft belonging to Snoke.  She then supposedly pilots this craft and finds Chewbacca without anyone from the First Order noticing them.  And this is all done off-screen.

149.  The Resistance ships are said to be "lighter" than the First Order's.  Last I checked, saying something was "lighter" refers to weight.  Weight is a measure of the pull of gravity on an object.  The ships were in space where there is no gravity.

150. The First Order claims it can't catch the Resistance ships.  But Kylo Ren and his wingmates have no trouble catching up.

151. Instead of deploying dozens...or hundreds...of fighters to attack the Resistance, they deploy...4.  For such a significant mission, a military powerhouse would certainly send out more ships to ensure success...especially when someone as powerful and important as Kylo Ren is piloting one of the fighters.

152. On Crait, the Resistance decides to keep only a handful of people behind the huge, sturdy, blast-proof doors.  Then sends everyone else basically to their death, stationed in trenches outside the door with hardly more than hand guns to battle TIE fighters and AT-AT's. There is absolutely no reason for them to be outside the base.

153. Speaking of which, Why would the First Order even need to get inside?  To kill the five people behind the door?  They could virtually wipe out the entire Resistance by concentrating their fire power on the trenches and clunky vehicles in their path.  Take them out, surround the mines (since there is no other way out), and wait for them to either starve to death or surrender.

154. Speaking of that cave, what military genius would EVER construct a base with only one way in or out?  And that one way is a GIGANTIC door.

155. Wait a minute...if there was only one way in or out, how do the troops get outside to defend the gigantic door?

156.  What happened to all the Resistance soldiers in the trenches?  Did they die?  Well, then where are their bodies?  Did they learn the secrets of invisibility? Because they are not inside the cave either.

157. The slow bombers uses archaic bombs.  Check out the bombs used over 50 years ago on display in Episode II (those cool sounding, highly destructive bombs deployed by Jango Fett as he tried to destroy Obi-Wan).

158. The slow bombers don't explode.  They just kind of flame up and burn.  With that kind of payload on board.

159. Some will argue that the bombs are magnetic and do not rely on gravity.  Well if they are magnetic, what prevents them from staying magnetically attracted to the ship they are supposed to exit?  Or from each other and exploding above their target?  Selective magnetism?

160. With such a massive payload, couldn't a droid pilot them and crash into their targets instead of having to fly slowly above them?  Surely those ships have a hyperdrive on them.  They could have each pulled a Holdo maneuver!

161. Luke would never refer to a lightsaber as a "laser sword."  The only person to ever refer to a lightsaber as a laser sword was a little kid with no Jedi training.

162. Rey sucker punches Luke from behind with a stick.  Wouldn't it be more appropriate for her character to simply approach Luke and ask him her question? Or continue pestering him? Especially if she didn't know the answer to the question yet.  Resorting to physical violence doesn't fit her.

163. Praetorian guard armor is inconsistent.  The body armor seems to partially repel lightsaber slashes.  But the head armor, which arguably should be most protective, allows a lightsaber blade to pass completely through it.

164. Another flaw in the choreography of the battle with the Praetorian guards: one guard actually tosses his staff to the side before he is killed by Kylo Ren. Look it up on youtube.  Another, because (assuming) his timing was off, swipes wildly in the air, obviously intentionally avoiding contact with Rey.

165. We are led to believe that Snoke can basically Force-project two other people across the galaxy without any difficulty, but if Luke projects himself it's too strenuous and he dies.

166.  Why choose dice, for which the audience has not emotional attachment (heck I didn't even realize they existed until this movie), as the sentimental object to remember Han?

167. Leia is able to hold the dice and Luke is able to kiss Leia's head (assuming she felt the kiss by her reaction).  So do Force projections have weight/mass?  Is it a user-selective process (since Kylo's saber passes through the Force-projected body of Luke like it's a hologram)?

168. It's the first time we see Luke on screen with Leia and the droids since the original trilogy.  We get Luke complimenting Leia's hair and a wink at C-3PO.

169. Lack of attention to detail.  There are plenty of examples above, but here's another: the First Order bombards the area where Luke (I mean, the stupid Force projection of Luke) is standing with hundreds of powerful laser blasts.  The amount of dirt displaced from those countless blasts would be enormous.  There would no doubt be a crater or hole left from the assault.  However, there is nothing but charred dirt after the smoke settles.

170.  The "big-ass" impenetrable metal door on the Crait cave base somehow burns.

171. The First Order, with the devastating Dreadnaught, somehow thinks it's a tactical advantage to fire on the rebel base rather than first firing on the "sitting duck" transport ships orbiting the planet.

172.  Look where the Falcon lands on Crait.  How does Rey get down those completely vertical cliffs?  How do the escaping rebels get up it?

173. How does Finn know that they are "only tracking them from the lead ship?"  As a sanitation worker, he sure seems to know a lot suddenly.  He somehow has knowledge about a specific ship mechanism (which was identified as new tech) and military strategy.

174. The Resistance did not know the Dreadnaught would be arriving.  Yet they deployed all those slow bombers almost instantly.  If there wasn't a target, why would the bombers be loaded and deployed?  What was their initial target before the Dreadnaught arrived?  Were they going to split up and go after the Star Destroyers?  With their lack of speed and agility, that would be pointless.

175. Luke is about to burn down a big tree.  Then Yoda shows up and burns down the big tree.  But now Luke seems upset that the big tree is burning.

176. Too many incidences of characters re-explaining the plot to the audience.  For example, Rose says out loud to Finn something like "Maz said the codebreaker would be here wearing a red flower.  Let's find him so we can get out of here."  Um, yeah Rose.  We already knew why you and Finn went to the dumb casino place.

177. The Empire Strikes Back director Ivan Kirshner said it best: "I felt I needed humor in the picture and yet I could not have gags."  There's a difference between humor and gags and Mr. Kirshner knew it.  Rian Johnson did not.  He had too many "gags" in his movie.  Humor is important in Star Wars.  Gags are not.

178. The fact that BB-8 has so many appendages coming out of him is absurd.  In the prequel trilogy, I thought it was borderline unbelievable that R2-D2 suddenly had these new features we hadn't seen before (like the ability to fly).  So I thought that this much smaller droid housing so many mechanics was ridiculous.  All so he could plug up sparks on an x-wing and pilot an AT-ST I guess.

179. Kylo Ren lost in a lightsaber duel to someone who had never held a lightsaber before.  Yet he decides to go to the surface alone to face arguably the most powerful Jedi that ever lived in one-on-one combat.  And this is AFTER he pummeled Luke with enough fire power to destroy several square blocks and witnessed that it had zero effect on him.

180. C-3PO no longer has a red arm.  Again, this movie was supposed to take place a day or two after the Force Awakens.  That doesn't seem like a lot of time to get a new arm.  Nor does it seem very important considering their precarious situation .  C-3PO no doubt was valuable to the Resistance.  But they better get a different color arm on him...because!  No reason to change his arm at all.  The red arm established a unique characteristic for the new trilogy.  He had no coverings in Episode 1 and built up to the gold we know and love by Episode IV.  Then he had a red arm in Episode VII.  It was relevant.  It showed time had passed and things changed.  But Rian Johnson decided it was more important to give him a gold arm again.

181. Finn calling Phasma "Chrome Dome" was stupid.  It elicited the same reaction I had when I heard C-3PO say "this is such a drag" in AOTC.  That jargon just doesn't seem to fit in the Star Wars universe.

182. Poe seems to know Maz well.  How is that possible?

183. A huge explosion.  Fire and smoke surround them.  Dead bodies galore.  It is obvious that they are on a "sinking ship."  Yet Phasma and her legion seem to have no desire to immediately attempt to save their own lives.  There is no urgency to the horrible situation unfolding around them.  Instead they slowly march in formation so that Phasma can have a fight with Finn.

184. Suddenly cloaking devices are a thing in the Star Wars universe.  But wait!  They don't actually make your ship invisible.  They just make your ship unable to be detected on scanners.  They can still see you right out their windows.  And if they are such a good thing, why have we never heard about them before in other Star Wars movies?  Sure would have helped out in the assault on Starkiller Base.

185. If de-cloaking scans are so helpful, shouldn't they be run constantly, just in case enemy ships try to escape?  Why wait to run the scans?  Assume all ships have cloaking devices and keep the device running.

186. If Leia is so powerful with the Force (remember...she can survive in an atmosphere void of any oxygen and that is hundreds of degrees below zero plus fly through space), why does she just sit there while her friends are destroyed by the First Order ships on the way to Crait?  Can't she do something?  Anything?  Stop the laser bolts ala Kylo Ren?  Push the ships off course?  Create some kind of Force shield?  Nope.  Her powers are useless unless she finds herself floating in space.

187. Why would the First Order bother keeping DJ alive?  Why pay him all that money and give him a free spaceship?  Just shoot him!

188.  Speaking of that, when and how did the First Order make that arrangement with DJ?  What exactly did DJ do for them that warrants a boatload of cash and free ship?

189. Luke refers to the Jedi as a religion.  It is not a religion and never was.  Look up the definition of religion, Rian Johnson.  Horrible dialogue.

190.  In yet another comedic (gag) moment gone wrong, BB-8 blows the smoke away from his money shooting device.  It's a droid.  Who does not breathe air.  Where does the air come from that blows out the smoke?

191. We are lead to believe that the First Order is massive but the Resistance is tiny...despite 30 years of existence in a predominately Republic-controlled galaxy.

192.  The slave children on Canto Dumb somehow know about Luke Skywalker's heroic "battle" with the First Order.  Are these kids allowed to watch the news or something?

193. Luke decides to train Rey...not after learning he was not there to help save his best friend's life, not after hearing that millions lost their lives after the Starkiller Base attack, not after a plea from Rey, not after his friend Chewbacca came to visit...after seeing an old recording of his sister asking for Obi-Wan's help.  Side note: R2-D2 playing that message was one of the only good parts of the movie.  I really did like it.  But the fact that it was what swayed Luke instead of all the other terrible things that happened (and that he could have helped prevent) is ridiculous.

194. Luke Force-projects to buy the Resistance time to escape.  How did he know that's what was needed?  If he knew the Resistance was in trouble, trapped in a base, he should have also known Rey was about to arrive in the Millenium Falcon and would be a distraction herself.  Luke could have Force-projected inside the base, said "follow me," led them to the back exit, and used the Force to move the rocks himself.  Not possible? Ok, then have Leia do it since she is so powerful.  My point is that there was no need for Luke to Force-project into a duel with Kylo.  No need for him to do what he did.  No need for him to die.

195. Leia shoots and stuns Poe right after waking up.  She had been unconscious.  She has no idea what is going on.  As a military general, she would not instantly side with Holdo and shoot one of her officers without knowing all the facts.  The Leia I remember would be much more diplomatic.

196. Kylo Force-fights Rey over a lightsaber. The dude can stop laser blasts in mid-air, but he can't over-power someone who has only been using the Force for a couple of days.  He also has his own lightsaber.  Activate it and send it flying toward Rey or the other saber.  Or just let Rey have it and then battle her with his own.  That would have given the movie a real lightsaber duel.

197. Leia is involved in a massive explosion.  But has no cuts, scrapes, or bruises at all.

198. In the opening space battle, the Star Destroyers do not assist in taking out enemy fighters.  They just sit there, basically doing nothing.

199. Leia is shown to be upset with Poe for the decisions he made leading to the destruction of the Dreadnaught.  Why?  The Resistance lost a few dozen spacecraft and a few dozen lives while the First Order lost a ship worth an astronomical amount of money, containing thousands of soldiers, and capable of destruction unmatched by any Resistance vessel.  Leia should be applauding Poe and acknowledging that the mission was NOT a complete failure.  Instead she slaps him.

200. Holdo wears a dress.  All other military officers wear military clothing.

201. If Finn and Rose can leave the fleet undetected, why can't they all do that?  Can't they just use more ships like the one Finn and Rose used?  If it's not the ship, can't they use whatever device they used to remain undetected?

202. DJ somehow knows about the cloaking devices despite never being told by Rose or Finn nor being in contact with the Resistance.

203. Rose's "iconic" line is stupid and makes no sense.  It went something like "we're not going to win this war by destroying what we hate.  We're going to win by saving what we love."  THAT'S WHAT FINN WAS DOING!  He was sacrificing himself to save the people he loved.

204. If Luke's plan was to stall the First Order and give the Resistance time to escape, why didn't he tell them that?  They would have gotten a head start.  Instead they are left to watch Luke face off against Kylo and then figure out what Luke's plan is themselves.  Not something a wise Jedi Master would do.

205. After all that happened between C-3PO and Luke, all we get is a wink from Luke.  It is the first time we have seen them on screen together in 40 years.  To make matters worse, Mark Hamill has stated that the original script called for him to ignore C-3PO and just walk right past him.  Thankfully, Mark came up with this.  So at least there was SOME acknowledgement.

206. In TFA, Kylo is obsessed with Vader.  Obsessed with the past.  Now he suddenly wants to "let the past die."  Keeping in mind only a couple of days has passed.

207. Luke's plan was to distract Kylo so the Resistance could escape?  That doesn't make much sense.  Did Luke somehow know about the back exit?  And if he did, why didn't he inform the others about it to assist in their escape?  If he knew about it, did he just figure Leia would move the rocks with the Force (which she obviously could not do).  Assuming he did NOT know about the exit, what the heck was his plan then?  Distract Kylo, reveal himself as a stupid Force projection, then allow the First Order to march inside the base to kill everyone trapped in there?

208. BB-8 just happens to have a device perfectly designed to house and rapid fire coins...at a high velocity and with deadly accuracy.

209. Page is laying on her back as the detonator falls past her.  Somehow she is able to flip over completely and is suddenly on her stomach when she catches it.

210. Let's say Poe listened to Leia and retreated.  With the slow bombers.  How would that have worked out?  TIE fighters would have swooped in from behind and annihilated them.  So that makes Leia look unintelligent and her argument with Poe stupid.

211.  Much like a similar issue I had with The Phantom Menace, The Last Jedi has "too much stuff going on." There were basically four plots going on at the same time.  Rey's adventures with Luke Kylo, and Snoke, Finn and Rose's adventure, Luke's relationship/duel with Kylo, and the Resistance escaping.

212. Even if the Resistance succeeded in escaping to Crait, wouldn't the First Order find out about it anyway?  They can run life-sign scans (which they do in the movie).  They would discover there was no one on board...which meant they escaped using smaller craft.   Where would those smaller craft go?  Oh, gee, I don't know, how about that planet that's visible right there?

213.  Finn and Rose escape undetected on a tiny ship that has hyperspace capabilities.  The rest of resistance try to escape on larger ships designed for emergency evacuations...but they don't have hyperspace capabilities.

214. Finn and Rose have no plan to get back to the Resistance ship once they do their stupid code thing.  But then Finn says that he knows where the escape pods are.  The First Order would shoot down any craft trying to leave its ship figuring it would be housing deserters.  This point is proven in The Force Awakens because Finn needs a pilot to fly him away from the First Order...otherwise he would have just taken an escape pod.

215. The tone of the movie at its end is completely wrong.  The surviving handful of Resistance fighters are talking, hugging, laughing...like THOUSANDS of their friends weren't just killed.  Like they didn't just get their butts kicked.  Like they didn't just lose hundreds of space craft.  Like they don't have to start from scratch and rebuild everything.  They should be shell-shocked at the moment, thankful to be alive. 




































































































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