Let’s take a break from the ongoing behind-the-scenes wars among the stars and take a quick look at December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In fact, let’s start with the title character.
In an interview with The New York Times, director Rian Johnson confirmed what many already surmised about the titular Last Jedi. When the film’s subtitle was first revealed, many were convinced it referred to the one New Hope Luke Skywalker. Others suggested the possibility that it could refer to Rey. But in the interview, Johnson makes it clear that the last Jedi could only be Luke.
“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi,” he explained. “There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi.” Which is an interesting angle as the Expanded Universe spent decades recreated the Jedi Order with Luke as its nominal leader. In fact, The Force Awakens makes mention of Luke’s attempt to reestablish the Jedi. But like his grandfather before him, Kylo Ren put an end to all that beards and robes nonsense. Johnson added that the movie is “tied up in that question of, ‘What is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?'”
After the prequels, I would support a no-Jedi Order initiative. Their inflexibility was a major part of Palpatine’s plan, such as it was. To recreate the Jedi Order would be inviting the same blindness which led to their destruction.
In fact, it did. Again.
But there is the possibility that Luke discovered another way beyond the binary thinking of the Jedi and the Sith. Perhaps he contacted Star Wars Rebels‘ Bendu and learned the path older video games called the Grey Jedi. Or maybe he’s fallen to the Dark Side and ready to let his nephew wreak havoc on the galaxy. Either possibility yields a stronger story than Luke successfully recreating the Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 17th.