Over three weeks ago I wrote a post about who I felt was the true villain in The Last Jedi and at the end of the article I felt that, due to the movie’s events, Poe Dameron was the true antagonist of the movie and for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons why however is that Poe got hundreds of Resistance fighters killed due to his reckless actions. He wanted to be a hero several times and every time he thought he was doing something great he only made things much, much worse. Of course Kylo Ren is the main villain of the trilogy but for the majority of The Last Jedi he was treated as a partial-protagonist rather than the villain that he was in The Force Awakens. And now I have legitimate proof that Poe was regarded as one of the antagonists of the film. Look at this poster. Continue reading The Proof That Poe Was Regarded As a Villain in ‘The Last Jedi’
Breathe. Just breathe. That’s what I keep telling myself as I try to write anything that makes sense for this trailer review because my brain is scrambled right now. Oh my goodness, how do I begin? Well, I guess I’ll start at the literal beginning.
Like the teaser for The Force Awakens, it begins with someone breathing heavily. Last time it was Finn.
And now it’s Rey. And both of these characters, who are essential to this final chapter, are seen on sandy planets. The last being Tatooine and the new potentially being…Jedha?
Next, we see Rey standing with her lightsaber in hand, Kylo Ren in the distance. At this point, as someone who has watched many, many Westerns in my life, it feels like an old-fashioned standoff. Oh, I love it!
When you think of Star Wars romance may not be the first thing that comes to mind but it’s, surprisingly, one of the franchise’s greatest aspects. The reason why the original trilogy was such a well-rounded trio of movies is because every aspect of those films were perfect, especially the romantic side of things. Han and Leia’s love story is, in my opinion, the greatest romance in science-fiction movies and it helped make The Empire Strikes Back easily one of the best (or best) Star Wars films ever made.
Since then the aspect of romance in this franchise has been a little sub par. The love story between Anakin and Padme was straight down icky for a couple of reasons. One; Padme knew Anakin when he was a boy and she was a teenager so to think that she fell in love with him when he grew up is kind of weird. And two; their chemistry was so off watching them together just didn’t look right. You could tell Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman were acting like they liked each other and that’s bad.
The Last Jedi was and wasn’t the best film for Poe Dameron. In The Force Awakens Poe was the greatest pilot ever! He was so cool and I was SO happy that J.J Abrams didn’t kill him off like he originally was planning to because he was such an awesome character that it would’ve been sad to see him go. Rian Johnson took this incredible character that I loved so much and made a story for him for the better…and the worse. He elevated the character by evolving him from a simple pilot to a wise leader but he also might’ve hurt Poe by making him a little too brash and confused at times. Star Wars viewers started to dislike the character and now Poe has gone from a fan favorite to a slight annoyance of the trilogy. But what’s next for this charming king of the skies? Well. that’s what this post is about. Enjoy!
Poe Is Now A Recognized Leader of the Resistance but What New Obstacles Could He Face?
Poe went from a Resistance hero to a demoted disappointment and then back around to a trusted leader but was The Last Jedi his biggest test or is his toughest obstacle still to come? I think it’s safe to say that when we see the delightful Poe again he’ll be a general of the Resistance considering how much of a leader he was by the end of The Last Jedi but if it’s a substantial time gap what will he have to face? What will the last leg of his journey present to the trilogy as a whole? Well, I think a side of him that we have never seen before is him protecting someone that he truly loves.
Even though he obviously loves Leia as a surrogate mother and he cares deeply about his friends he’s always thought more of himself than others. That’s why he disobeyed Leia when she called off the attack on the Dreadnaught. That’s why he tried to concoct a plan to save the Resistance…himself, and Leia stunned him for his mutinous actions. He’s always been a little self-centered, it’s part of his endearing charm, but it can make him, in the eyes of others, a little conceited. But now that Poe has a level head and is making decisions more rationally what would happen to him if he had to confront the reality of someone he romantically loves on the front lines of the Resistance? He would undoubtedly want to keep that person safe and that could lead him back to that selfish personality that haunted him so badly in The Last Jedi. Would he make a possible war ending decision if it meant that his loved one could potentially be killed or would he jeopardize the Resistance to save the life of someone he loves?
These are obstacles that he hasn’t been faced with and could serve as a very emotional final chapter that could end the trilogy with a glorious triumph or a resounding heartbreak. This is the storyline that I would give Poe considering that Rian Johnson already provided him a worthy development in The Last Jedi and I think J.J Abrams should just build on that evolution.
I thank you for reading this fascinating theory that I had so much fun writing and I hope you have a magnificent day. Make sure to tune in later as I give you my almost-live reaction to Avengers: Infinity War. I can’t wait to tell you what I think of it. 🙂
I love Poe! I mean who doesn’t love Poe? He’s funny, he’s charming, and he’s the greatest pilot I’ve ever seen in Star Wars. When he appeared in The Force Awakens I immediately knew he was a character I was going to like and after recently reading The Last Jedi novel and watching the movie, thanks to its digital release yesterday I was further reminded how much I love his character. So today on this segment of Greatest Moments I’m sharing with you all of Poe’s moments that have excited me the most. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorite Poe moments because it was the first time I realized his humorous streak and it was hilarious. It was such a tense moment but Poe brought such levity to that scene. It also spoke to his bravery considering that he wasn’t afraid to joke around with Kylo Ren. That takes a lot of guts. But I’m not surprised because Poe is just that awesome. 🙂
2. Downing Thirteen First Order Enemies in What…Thirteen Seconds?!
We all know that Poe is an incredible pilot but what he did in The Force Awakens is undoubtedly one of the greatest things a pilot has ever done. I remember the first time I saw Poe take out thirteen enemies, in the sky and on the ground, in roughly thirteen seconds as he flipped and rolled and zoomed over Finn’s head. It was in IMAX and I was utterly floored. I had never seen anything as cool as that from a pilot and the incredible thing is he hasn’t slowed down since. I know I’ve said this before but…Poe is AWESOME!
3. Taking out the Dreadnought Cannons
What’s a better way to start The Last Jedi than having Poe single-handedly take out the Dreadnought’s cannons? It’s one of the greatest Star Wars beginnings ever! He took out those cannons so effortlessly and then when he performed that maneuver where he basically performed a 360 around his pursuing TIE fighters before blowing them all away at once is beyond incredible! Poe is undoubtedly the greatest pilot in Star Wars and I can’t wait to see him perform some more piloting magic in Episode IX.
4. Rekindling the Spark
The description for Poe’s story in The Last Jedi is a hot mess. As soon as his beautiful, black X-Wing was blown up everything was basically turned upside down for Poe Dameron and rightfully so. He’s never had to lead, or be led, without the stimulation of his cockpit far from reach. And yet here he was, stuck on a ship, enduring a slow motion chase as the First Order continuously followed the Resistance’s ships until they would run out of fuel and he wasn’t able to do anything about it. His brain practically exploded.
He was so out of line Leia had to stun him! That’s hilarious. But he did learn his lesson and seeing his growth from an ace pilot to a level-headed leader in the The Last Jedi is actually one of the joys of the film for me and this scene accentuates that.
When Luke went to face Kylo Ren he could’ve easily made a brash decision and decide to take that as a chance to fight but instead he chose the smartest thing to do. He led the Resistance to safety instead of leaving them to a heroic death. A much different and wiser Poe made that decision than the same Poe at the beginning of the movie.
When he returns in Episode IX I am beyond excited to see him as a legitimate leader of the Resistance and watch as he takes the spark and lights the First Order up…with his piloting skills. 🙂
These are, to me, his Greatest Moments and I can’t wait to see this list extend in the far future. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
Over three weeks ago I wrote a post about who I felt was the true villain in The Last Jedi and at the end of the article I felt that, due to the movie’s events, Poe Dameron was the true antagonist of the movie and for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons why however is that Poe got hundreds of Resistance fighters killed due to his reckless actions. He wanted to be a hero several times and every time he thought he was doing something great he only made things much, much worse. Of course Kylo Ren is the main villain of the trilogy but for the majority of The Last Jedi he was treated as a partial-protagonist rather than the villain that he was in The Force Awakens. And now I have legitimate proof that Poe was regarded as one of the antagonists of the film. Look at this poster.
If you see where all of the major characters are placed where is Poe? On the villain side of the poster! When I first saw this poster I wondered why Poe was on the bad side but I figured it was simply designed this way so he’d be perfectly parallel with Finn but after watching the film I now understand the reasoning behind his placing on the poster.
I find this very interesting and it highlights how different The Last Jedi is compared to its predecessor. I mean when you’ve got Poe, one of the most heroic characters in The Force Awakens, considered as a villain in its sequel it shows how wildly different the movie’s tone was going to be. And it was.
That’s why I love Star Wars. There’s always something new to discover. I’m sure when I watch this movie again I’ll find many more hidden references and Easter eggs that I’ve missed before. I mean I still watch The Force Awakens and see new things. Well, that’s my latest discovery from The Last Jedi.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.