– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We don’t think many would disagree with the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi took a lot of expectations and turned them on their heads. However, the film also changed things up for the franchise, for its use of flashbacks.

Yes, The Force Awakens had something that resembled a flashback, but that was more of a Force vision that was incited by Rey touching the lightsaber. On the other hand, for the first time, we pretty much have our first honest-to-goodness flashback that shows the same thing from three different perspectives.

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If you’ve somehow gone this far into this piece, now’s the time for you to know that this post contains some SPOILERS for the film.







The flashbacks in questions how Luke Skywalker getting ready to kill a young Ben Solo. First we hear about it from Luke’s perspective, then Kylo Ren’s, and then sort of a mix of the two.

in the book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Johnson mentioned its resemblance to a classic Japanese film, as well as the fact that it was a late addition to the script. Here’s what he said:

“The three flashbacks were a late addition – one of the last things that went into the script before we started shooting. It’s similar to Rashomon, but the actual story motivation was that I wanted some harder kick to Rey’s turn: ‘You didn’t tell me this.’ I wanted some harder line that was crossed – a more defined thing that we could actually see – between Luke and Kylo. I didn’t want to do a big flashback. So one flashback that you repeat three times but that’s just one moment seemed more right. Ultimately, the only one who lies is Luke, in the very first flashback, where he omits the fact that he had a lightsaber in his hand. Kylo is basically telling the truth about his perception of the moment.”

All in all, we think it works for effective storytelling, and it really works to make Kylo Ren a more sympathetic villain.

What did you think of this retreading flashback sequence? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (via Screen Rant)

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    The way that they revisited that moment with new information every time was brilliant! I am so glad it made it into the movie! Some of Kylo, and Luke’s motivations wouldn’t have made any sense without it!!

  • axebox

    Luke explained it best when he said that Kylo was already driven to the dark side, so regardless of whether Ben saw that Luke wasn’t going to kill him or not, it didn’t matter – it was all the excuse Ben needed to rage.

    • Lenin1959

      The worst idea in the whole movie: Luke considering killing his sleeping nephew because he thought he had fallen to the dark side. The very same Luke who refused fighting his father because this dark knight who had killed thousands or even more deserved his love and another chance. They totally did not understand Luke. Not a bit.

      • Rad4Cap

        I have to say it is not that they didn’t understand Luke. It’s that they didn’t like Luke, so changed him to suit their agenda.

        People talk about world-building. What has been done to Star Wars in the new trilogy is world-disintegrating (at every conceivable level).

  • Lenin1959

    Oh my… He should have left Luke alone. It would have been better than what we got. Luke stares at Rey, than takes the light saber, throws it away, and walks away saying nothing. End of Luke’s story in the sequel trilogy – much, much better than being murdered by the evil Sith Lord Darth Diznee and his wicked Mousepire – murdering the big 3 from the OT one by one…

    • TheOct8pus

      Sadly, the only one that didn’t get murdered went and died… I guess it’ll be a sad, unsatisfying, off-screen death…like Admiral Akbar

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    He was telling the truth… from a certain point of view. Mic (light saber) drop.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.