After Luke reveals himself to be tricking Kylo Ren we cut back to Ahch-to where Luke is shown struggling to perform this new Jedi Force Projection trick that Kylo Ren alluded to earlier in the movie. Kylo Ren reveals that by merely doing this trick you could die and Luke does just that.
We see Luke stare off into the distance at two suns. We don’t know for sure if these are Ahch-to’s two suns or if it’s some sort of hallucination the boring miserable planet that Luke hated being on for the first twenty years of his life. Either way it is a beautifully shot scene and call back to the original Star Wars movie.
Immediately both Rey and Leia seem to feel Luke’s passing. There is not a lot of grief, mostly just calm reflection by both of them.
I’m not sure I really like this end for Luke Skywalker. I can understand that what he did must’ve been some pretty advanced level Force use but how and why did it kill him? I’m not sold on the fact that Luke needed to die, at least not in this manner. If he truly wanted to help out, much like Holdo, wouldn’t he have been of much more use alive?
If Luke had died selflessly to protect Rey, Leia, or whoever else needed protection by sacrificing himself that would have seemed more necessary. I just have a very hard time wrapping my head around why this would have happened this way. Why does Luke, who always rushed to his friends’ side and believed in the redemption of anyone turn into someone who abandons his friends and loses faith in his own nephew at the first sign of straying to the dark side.
Seeing Luke die is tough. It’s less jarring than the death of Han Solo but it is still tough. Tougher, however, is seeing who Luke has become. Han and Leia have not changed all that much. They’re both the same people they’ve always been, just sadder. Luke seems to go against everything that he ever stood for in the original movies. The question remains: why? Because of that one time he failed? That seems like a really weak reason even for a young Luke Skywalker who was no stranger to whining. That one failure just makes him say, “Okay, I’m done with that.” Then he walks away from it all and allows Kylo Ren to just kill everyone?
And why does Luke die? Is the exertion of this projection task just so much that it will kill anyone? Does he die just because he feel like it and he’s had enough? When Yoda dies you get the feeling he was just using the Force to extend his life to help Luke. Luke is roughly 850 years younger than Yoda.
After Luke’s death Kylo Ren storms the base and makes eye contact with Rey just as she about to fly off in the Millennium Falcon. Along with her flies off the possibility of there being a real lightsaber battle in this movie. Kylo Ren finds the dice from the Millennium Falcon and picks them up only to see them disappear in his hands. This leaves me with a lot of questions about how Luke’s whole Force Projection trick works.
On board the rebel ship Poe meets Rey for the first time and they have to comment on it because I don’t think any viewers of the two movies realize it until it’s brought up.
Finn goes into a drawer to get blankets for Rose and we see that Rey has stolen all the Jedi texts in a final act to really piss off the Force nuns.
Rey asks Leia, “How do we rebuild from this?”
Leia responds, “We have everything we need.”
The camera then falls back and we see everyone chatting, smiling, and laughing as if it were the end of The Return of the Jedi. It’s unclear why anyone is doing anything other than suffering from intense levels of dread and despair. Nothing has gone right for the Resistance and they’ve been cut down to about two dozen people at this point. Things are bleak. We all like an underdog story but unless some of those bums they were trying to call to help them on Crait show up it’s going to be impossible to believe any story line that leads this group to victory against the hugely powerful First Order.
The movie ends with the slaves back on Canto Bight. We see a little boy use the force to bring a broom to his hand, something that would make Master Obi-Wan “very grumpy.” We’re left to believe that the Force can be used by anyone, a bit of a departure from the genetically passed down Force trends of previous movies. This is why Rey’s parents don’t matter. This is, apparently, the hope Leia may be referring to.
Personally, I’m thinking they can’t wait for the slave kid with the broom to grown up. They’re going to need to do some pretty intense planning before we can hope for a happy ending to Episode IX.
Next up: In Conclusion . . .