Hello everyone and welcome to Monday Star Wars Talk. Today, I am beginning a series that will delve into my favorite characters in the Saga. There is not necessarily a number or order unless otherwise specified, but I hope to show you why these characters spoke to me. Today, I will start with none other than Luke Skywalker.
To me, Luke is the true hero of Star Wars. George Lucas turned it into the tragedy of Darth Vader, and I will admit that Vader is a more recognizable figure than anyone in Star Wars. But is Vader as popular without a worthy foil? I don’t believe he is. The reason Vader impacted us so much is because he impacted our surrogate in the films.
Luke has the most complete arc in the original trilogy. He starts out as a whiny farm boy, and everyone in the movie takes turns making fun of him. He evolves a little further in Empire, but still comes across as whiny and impatient. We see him confront his worst fears in Vader, and yet he doesn’t fail us. That paves the way for his character in Return of the Jedi. He is wiser and more patient, but still a little cocky. He confronts his fears head on, and doesn’t allow the darkness to consume him. He redeems his father from that black hole, and allows him to rest.
Luke appeals to me because of that growth. He’s someone that always tries to do right, even when he’s going about it the wrong way. He understands that he has immense power, yet doesn’t allow himself to be corrupted by the most powerful beings in the galaxy. And when he throws down his lightsaber at the end of Return of the Jedi, he is saying he would rather die standing for what he believes in than take a short cut. Isn’t that what we all want to believe we would do in the same scenario? It is that dedication to his principles that make him my favorite Star Wars character. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like the sequel trilogy’s arc for him. I get jaded and disgruntled, but Luke is far beyond that. They strip him down and make him look bad so their characters look better. But I will always think of the original trilogy when I think about Luke. His journey is one we followed, and it’s the one that still captures our imaginations more than anything Disney has put out.
That will wrap it up for this week. Let me know what you think about my choice, and I’ll talk to you all next time.