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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This was a character who had been hyped for months. She had the most badass set of armor we’d seen since The Empire Strikes Back’s Boba Fett, and she was set to be portrayed by Game of Thrones’ own Gwendoline Christie. Add in the fact that she was a character that would be the film franchise’s first female villain, and you had a recipe for greatness.

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Sadly, Phasma was only in the film for roughly five minutes before she was knocked out by Finn and forced to give up important Imperial information…which she gave up without a struggle. What a letdown. But would she be doing something cooler in the next film?

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Gwendoline Christie confirmed as much, saying:

“[Phasma will] definitely more physically dynamic. I think there’s something extremely interesting about a battle of wills, don’t you? Force Awakens set up this relationship between Captain Phasma and Finn. I love that John Boyega, who is wonderful, describes Captain Phasma as the ‘worst boss you’ve ever had.’ Rian used to say that too, before we started shooting. There’s something about this relationship that is undermining, vindictive and feels belittling.”

We’re happy that there’s still a lot more for Phasma to accomplish this time around. Had they not opted to do anything else with her, it would be a mammoth waste of potential.

Are you excited to see more from Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this Thursday!

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SOURCE: Rolling Stone

  • Prepare to be disappointed, again.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Jar Jar Abrams sold Boyega by telling him he was going to be the ‘new’ Mark Hamill.
    But the character is a placeholder for the Disney diversity-mandate. Period. He won’t have anything approaching the Hamill-character presence in ANY of the storylines. How could he? He’s literally nobody – space janitor thrown into a war, where there are plenty just like him. Look where the character ended up in TFA. On a slab without an arc in sight. Shipping with Rey or Poe? You have to be kidding. John’s acting skills rose to their limit and we utilized as such. Mugging for the camera? Throwaway comic lines that fall flat? Slapping him with Rose for a poc moment? Really?

    If the value of a character is determined primarily by their ethnicity, how can they help but live in a predetermined, narrow definition promoted by essentially faceless arbiters of the ‘most important and culturally relevant aspects of that ethnicity’? Characters could be of ANY ethnicity and be compelling – IF WRITTEN THAT WAY. If you took a basic color palette and said ‘One of every color must be represented in, of, and as itself!’, you would end up with a bunch of individual colors that clumsily don’t blend or become suffused with gradiations of shade and hue.

    Social media and a culture of countless irrelevant and uninformed voices have created an atmosphere of fake inclusion-necessitation and constant guilt-promotion. If art or creative media follow these rules you get what we’re getting. Crappy, stiff, awkward portrayals by uncertain craftsmen and committees who utilize fantastic technology to manifest incredible visions that are utterly HOLLOW.
    Never before has the mind’s eye been so empowered – and what results is exploited by the elite, castigated by the Sophists and pretenders to moral indignation, and totally castrated by the fearful.

    Quality has always been the exception, not the rule, but now those most capable of producing quality have become crippled by their own lack of conviction. Just because you have $200 million dollars and all the toys and craftsmen in the world doesn’t mean you will make a GOOD one.

    TLJ is FIVE strikes in a row. But even the prequels valued the fans and took most canon seriously. SW in the hands of Disney is a veal lamb in a narrow cage, to be forcefed until fat and slaughtered and then the process repeated again and again. And anyone who’s ever eaten great veal knows it tastes great – just as long as you don’t think about it.

    • M@rvel

      Who hurt you???

  • Moby85

    Phasma could have been a badass character but they didn’t know where to put her. She seemed to be an idea developed late into the screenwriting process for The Force Awakens. Forcing her in won’t necessarily improve anything. I do think she has potential as does her rivalry with Finn.

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.