The above image was taken from Twitter and I immediately began thinking about the possibilities if The Last Jedi had included a scene where Luke Skywalker was reunited with Han Solo. There has been a lot of speculation about similar possibilities such as reuniting Ben Solo with his mother Leia or even reuniting the entire Solo family. Unfortunately, none of these scenarios was likely after TFA (where Han Solo is killed by Kylo Ren) and TLJ (when Jedi Master Luke Skywalker becomes one with the force).
I haven’t actually written anything “official” about my thoughts on TLJ as yet. It took me a few weeks to come to grips with some of the events depicted in the film and even then I didn’t want to write. You must understand, Star Wars holds a very special place in my heart – it’s definitely not just a matter of “liking” something for me. My father introduced me to Star Wars and he has now passed away so it’s like Star Wars is one of the only really good things I still have to remember him by. The way I look at my father introducing me to something he enjoyed was kind of like “handing over the baton” sort of thing; “here’s one of the things I love and now I’m sharing that with you in the hopes you might love it as much I do/did”.
So this post got kinda deep very quickly, but now that I’ve kinda cracked open the shell a little, I might as well continue. I think it’s time. I do see a lot of parallels in Star Wars with my real life. The death of Han Solo in TFA definitely struck a chord with me. It wasn’t that I was particularly attached to Han Solo as a character either, it’s just that it reminded me of painful feelings I had buried pretty deep down. And then the writers did what they did with Luke and that just pushed me over the edge emotionally speaking. Luke epitomised everything I held dear about Star Wars. I call him “The Original Hero” because he was the first actual “hero” that I can remember feeling admiration and respect for in a movie. I guess you could say I looked up to Luke as a role model of sorts, someone whom you can never speak badly of because he was just so nice to everyone. Some people liked Superman and some liked Batman, but I liked Luke Skywalker. That’s just how it was. So you can imagine how I felt when they ended his legacy.
I know Luke will probably come back as a force ghost etc but that’s not really the point. He is no longer considered part of the story, not in the true sense. His journey as a hero is over. The finality of it all really made me feel that loss all over again. So yeah, it sucked but I guess that’s life and then you move on, right?