As the Resistance tries to make its dairing escape, Admiral Holdo watches in anguish as she sees The First Order taking out transports one-by-one. She knows she must do something so she jump to the controls and prepares to turn the ship around and ultimately make the jump to lightspeed through Snoke’s ship. There is a precedent for this from the first movie where Han explains the delicate nature of hyperspace calculations to a naive Luke. This is interesting in that it is the first time we ever really see a hyperspace accident.
It does raise a question though: why was this not their plan all along? The plan, I guess, was to just slowly run out of gas until the First Order catches up with them and destroys their ship. If the ship was doomed to destruction then why not ram the approaching ship in hopes of doing some damage? Additionally, is it possible to do this with just one person on board? I don’t know or understand anything about the logistics of piloting one of these giant capital ships but I’d imagine there is a bridge with dozens of people for a reason. I had the same questions about Anakin piloting the ship to a crash landing in Revenge of the Sith.
Aboard the ship Rey and Kylo Ren are straining to use the Force to claim Luke’s lightsaber. This results in the lightsaber being torn in two and Kylo Ren being knocked unconscious as Rey escapes.
Just before Snoke’s ship is about to be torn apart from Holdo’s maneuver we see Captain Phasma preparing to execute Finn and Rose using some sort of sophisticated cattle prod. She is interrupted as the ship is rammed and everyone gets thrown about.
The result is a lot of madness aboard Snoke’s ship. BB-8 somehow commandeers an AT-ST that he uses to fire at the enemy while Finn and Phasma prepare for their final showdown. I have to say that I find Captain Phasma to be a pretty underutilized, perhaps unnecessary character. This whole battle between Finn and her doesn’t really hold a lot of interest for me. Their interaction in the past has been minimal and conceivably the main reason Phasma is so keen on making Finn suffer is because they threw her in a trash compactor in the previous movie.
Before Finn finishes her off she announces that he is “rebel scum” as yet another tedious reference to the throwaway line in Return of the Jedi.
Hux finds Kylo Ren passed out and appear about to kill him before Kylo Ren wakes up. After some bickering Kylo Ren quickly asserts his power of Hux and by default becomes the new supreme leader.
I’d always considered Hux and Ren to have a work dynamic similar to that of Tarkin and Vader. Hux/Tarkin were the governmental and military arm whereas Ren/Vader were the spiritual apprentice to the leader. It is an interesting dynamic which becomes destroyed when Snoke is killed. Hux is no Tarkin. He’s a little weasel and Ren is an impulsive brat. It’s going to be interesting to see what their fates are in the coming movie. The relationship is like what it would be like if Vader and Tarkin were immature little babies.
Finn, Rose, and BB-8 all escape in a Lambda-class shuttle and head to meet up with the Resistance on Crait. Poe delivers one of the more humorous lines of the movie when he hopes that the “big ass door holds out” long enough for them to get help.
Then the plan is revealed. They’re going to send out Princess Leia’s “personal code” to try to attract allies to the Resistance to come and help them. It seems like a pretty pathetic plan but I suppose these are very desperate times and this is the best that they’ve got.
Rose and Finn enter and Rose says, “Is this all that’s left?” It seems like an impossible situation. We can certainly blame Poe for the reason that their ranks are so thin. It’s a hopeless situation and we can only sit back and wait on the inevitable arrival of the cavalry, old friends of Princess Leia coming to join in the fight against the evil First Order.
Next up . . . the cavalry does not arrive.