Countless accusations have been hurled at The Last Jedi over the past couple of weeks since its release, including (but not limited to) bad dialogue and poor acting. But perhaps the loudest and most consistent criticism is "PLOT HOLES!"
For the most part, I disagree with many of the criticisms leveled at the film, but let's discuss four "major plot holes" that The Last Jedi has been accused of.
(SPOILER WARNING FOR THE LAST JEDI)
1) Why didn't the First Order cut off the Resistance cruiser?
This alleged plot hole says that when the First Order vessels catch up to the Resistance cruiser, why don't they just cut them off instead of chasing them forever? Surely the First Order had to have something that was faster than this Resistance cruiser.
True, the First Order could have summoned a vessel that could have trapped the Resistance. For most of us, this would indeed seem like an obvious, strategic choice.
However, the First Order (and the Empire before it) have a pattern of hubris when it comes to fighting the Rebellion. I couldn't count on four hands and feet the amount of times that the Empire has taken this cool approach to combatting their enemies. Take, for instance, A New Hope. Wouldn't it have been a whole lot faster for the Empire to lightspeed back to the right side of the planet to strike the Rebel base on Yavin IV instead of waiting to get in range? The Star Wars Rebels TV series has countless examples of this as well.
I would argue, then, on the contrary, that this scene carries the tradition of the Empire's excessive pride when dealing with the Rebellion rather than constituting a plot hole.
2) Why didn't Poe just tell Vice Admiral Holdo about his, Rose, and Finn's plan?
According to this "plot hole," Poe should have just told Vice Admiral Holdo about his, Finn, and Rose's plan to find the "master codebreaker" and break onto the Supremacy, Snoke's ship. It would have saved them a lot of trouble, right? No mutiny--plus, the plan would have spared them from their terrible fate as they fled the First Order.
First, C-3P0 makes clear that Holdo would never support such a plan--and she herself confirms this later in the movie when Poe does tell her about it. Sure, their fractured relationship probably didn't help the situation, but in any case, the mission was high risk. Even had she accepted the plan, Holdo likely would have prepared escape as a contingency, which ended up being necessary anyway.
I think this aspect of the movie gave us an accurate glimpse of what a faltering Resistance would look like--emotions would run high amongst the farther-downs, while commanders would try to maintain control. The two would inevitably clash as different strategies for the group came into play.
3) How could Leia pull herself through space?
Before I get into this, I do have to say that I was delighted with how much Carrie Fisher was featured in The Last Jedi. It serves as a wonderful way to remember her now that she has passed.
At any rate, I think one of the most controversial scenes in The Last Jedi was when we thought Leia had been lost to the cold vacuum of space, only to find out that she could use the Force to pull herself back into the ship. Many have argued that the scene was just outright ridiculous. How can someone untrained in the Force use it so masterfully, and how could she pull herself into the ship?
There is some precedent for this in the Star Wars universe already. Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Rebels has used the Force to propel himself at least once, so logically, one would expect someone to be able to use it to pull themselves towards something.
The question of why she is able to use it without training is the more compelling question. First, we don't know for sure that Leia never had any training in the Force, though we know that even in The Empire Strikes Back she is able to use it to communicate with Luke. Second, because we know she has the Force (as Luke says in Return of the Jedi), Rian Johnson did an interview with the LA Times in which he said that he views Leia's use of the Force as "instinctual." That indeed seems to be the case in The Empire Strikes Back, and it holds true for this movie.
The idea that someone has to be "trained" to use the Force is traditional Jedi/Sith philosophy. But Luke seems convinced in The Last Jedi that the Force doesn't belong to anyone, not even the Jedi.
4) How did Luke's "hologram" work?
One of the most astonishing things we saw in The Last Jedi was Luke projecting his image across the galaxy to face Kylo Ren. Coincidentally, it's also one of the most debated.
The main question centers around the gold dice that Luke passes to Leia, which are revealed to be a mere hologram near the end of the film. How did they persist even after his death, and how was he able to pass them to Leia?
I will admit, this is somewhat baffling to me as well. It's not exactly a "major" plot hole, but Luke's hologram seems to be half-physical yet half-fake. He is able to hand dice to Leia and touch her hand, but he doesn't make footprints on Crait. He never makes contact with Kylo Ren, which suggests that maybe his ability to touch Leia has something to do with their Force connection.
The question of how the dice continue to exist after he dies is also somewhat confusing; however, Luke has presumably not "died" but rather become one with the Force. Clearly, even Force-ghosts are able to interact with the world, as Yoda did by calling lightning down to destroy the Jedi texts, so perhaps Luke's spirit was able to keep the dice in existence for a while longer.
In any case, it does serve as an emotional and nostalgic moment in the film, even if it does leave us with some question marks.
What do you think? Do you agree with my analysis? Are there any other plot holes I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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