– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a deadly film. In terms of overall deaths — both impactful and not (and excluding deaths of mass populations, like we see with planets blowing up), there were a lot of heavy moments where some of these guys bit the dust. From the hard-hitting opening scene where we followed a bomber pilot, to Snoke’s side-splitting demise, there was no lack of killing in this latest outing.

However, if we’re going for pure beauty, sacrifice, and spectacle, there’s really no beating Admiral Holdo’s death. With the First Order on the tails of the escape ships, and their numbers dwindling by the second, she was left with one option: take out the majority of those ships by herself. To do so, she put the thing into hyperspace and sliced through all the major First Order ships.

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It’s a cool idea, and like a lot of great Star Wars ideas, it has its origins in the original mythology — more specifically, in Star Wars: A New Hope. Here’s what writer-director Rian Johnson had to say about his inspiration:

“I’m sure that a lot of fans had thought ever since Han was talking about if you don’t get the calculations right you could go through a star…I always wanted to see what that would look like, and at some point, one of the guys at ILM hit upon that exposure idea of everything going silent. We were struggling with how do we make this visually impressive and when we hit on that, we loved it.”

For those who don’t remember Han’s lines in Star Wars: A New Hope, they came about when Luke was pretty much pressing Han to hurry up and lose the Empire ships. Han then says:

“Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations, we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?”

I was personally happy to see that idea explored, as I’d always personally wondered what a failed hyperspace jump could look like. Guess I don’t have to wonder any longer!

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SOURCE: Empire

  • Ryan Fink

    I still don’t understand why she needed to be on the ship to begin with. Just her.

    • secretAGENTman

      Good question.

      I’ll go with the guess, because…

      Writers, and writing…

      Wanted cool imagery.


    • Kindofabigdeal

      I read that the writing team that oversees the elements of the script are 8/10 women. Maybe that is a rumor made up of a sexist man, but it seems to fit.

  • The Red Salamander of Zardil

    Nothing to do with Luigi Cozzi’s Star Wars-inspired film, Starcrash – the title of which is derived from exactly the same manoeuvre seen in his film 40 years earlier.

  • Kratos

    my disdain for TLJ is i’m sure well known by now to my fellow LRM commenters…HOWEVER…i will say that visually speaking, the hyperspace kamikaze scene was “pretty cool looking”.

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    Why didn’t they auto pilot the ship? We’ve established that autopilot exists in Star Wars.
    Why didn’t a droid pilot the ship?
    Why isn’t hyperspace warfare not used more in Star Wars?
    Why not just launch a ship at hyper space into the Death Stars? Fleets? Planets?

    Every time there’s space combat in a future Star Wars movie this will rear it’s ugly big bird, purple haired head. It was something that should never have been allowed by the ridiculous Lucasfilm Story Group. But hey, “it looked cool,” so…

    The same can be said about the absurd inclusion of ship fuel into the saga as well.

    Did anyone ask him what inspired him to rip off Battlestar Galactica for his light speed jump chase? That was shockingly blatant and sad.

    And while I’m on a roll… Yet another insane addition was the ability to track through hyperspace. So now that exists and can’t be undone. We know there are homing beacons in Star Wars. Considering Leia’s the one that told everyone in the original film that the falcon was allowed to escape because they were tracking it, you would think that would be her first reaction when the First Order was following them, no? For fuck sake she had a secret decoder ring (cloaked???) which linked her with Rey. So you can put a cloaked beacon on a ship. No need to break Star Wars space travel rules forever by allowing people to track through hyperspace. So wouldn’t a more interesting plot twist have been that the first order had a traitor on board who had tagged the fleet with a beacon (Maybe Finn is accused? Maybe Finn has one implanted in him from storm trooper school?).

    “I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time.” With so much money invested in this fucking property one would think Kennedy and her goons would, I don’t know, put a little effort in?

    • Kindofabigdeal

      It also served to:
      1. Undo everything the OT and it’s heroes faught for.
      2. Make all male characters irrelevant, obsolete, cowardly, or incapable of doing anything worthwhile.
      3. Set up a universe where if it wasn’t for women nothing would get done.
      4. Gave a giant FU to The Force Awakens.

      • M@rvel

        It’s sad that you can’t see the female characters as just characters…….

        • HaroldNMaudeDib

          I think he can and does. But for a series like Star Wars, that has a seminal feminist pop culture character like Leia in it, to jump full on into the culture wars and degrade all the male characters (poe, finn, benecio, luke, kylo) soley to raise up the female characters (leia, purple hair, rose) was jarring and way over the top. Poe is a eog maniac, benecio is a villain traiotr, luke is a shell, kylo is a emo wreck, finn is running away (again!)

          • Kindofabigdeal

            I’m pretty sure M@rvel is only infatuated with Star Wars and doesn’t love Star Wars. When you love something, you can see it’s flaws, and love it regardless. When you are infatuated, that thing you love can do no wrong and you become blinded.
            “So you’re saying love has blinded you?”

    • Kratos

      good to know i’m not the only one thats heard about the “lucasfilm film story group”…and to anyone just now hearing about it…go look it up and do a little homework on the peeps that comprise this “group”

      • HaroldNMaudeDib

        I think the head of the group has one writing credit, an episode of crossing jordan. Which means she’s a JJ lacky.

      • HaroldNMaudeDib

        Seems more like a corporate diversity council than a jedi council.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    She looks like a great, purple, flightless bird.
    And I’ll never forgive her for leaving Dr. Grant.

  • Moby85

    No, Rian ripped off this idea from Battlestar Galactica season 1’s episode “33”.

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.