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.
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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