Nathan's Laserium: Way of the Jedi

By now hopefully everyone has had a chance to see The Force Awakens. What follows is a spoiler-heavy piece, so if you haven't seen it yet, might as well X out this tab. But I presume if you care enough to read an article about Star Wars then you have seen the movie. And if not, well, here there be spoilers.

It always bothered me that Master Yoda just chose exile when he couldn't defeat Palpatine (or Darth Sidious if you prefer) at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Sure, I understand that Lucas had to get Yoda over to Dagobah somehow so that he could train Luke in Empire Strikes Back, but there has to be a better way, right? Is it just lazy writing? If I'm honest I can't really come up with a more compelling reason why Yoda should be hanging out in the rain and mud of that swamp planet, incognito and incommunicado. Other than crash-landing, which is silly. Maybe a clone contingent could've stranded him there after Order 66 (which means he needed to not be on Kashyyyk when the order was enacted) but I dunno. Exile works, I guess.

It just doesn't sit well with me that the most powerful Jedi Master would run away.

But apparently that's the Jedi Way because after Ben Solo's betrayal and transformation into Kylo Ren Jedi Master Luke Skywalker chose to run away to a planet that strongly resembles Ireland. Erin go Bragh! Ren Kylo Wah!

In fact that event so shattered our favorite Star Warriors (lol that's what the Marvel Comics used to call them way back in the day but it never really caught on) that it scattered them to the far corners of the galaxy. Han and Chewie ran away to who knows where, and lost the Falcon in the process. Even R2-D2 went into Droid hibernation. R2-D2! The plucky, can-do astromech who never once faltered in any of the first six movies or subsequent cartoon spinoffs. R2.

You know who didn't run away?

That's right.

Princess Leia.

Or rather, General Leia. The Huttslayer. Only survivor of Alderaan. Daughter of Darth Vader and mother to Kylo Ren. And now widow. Damn. And there she is leading the Resistance. Like the badass she is.

I've seen a convincing argument that Hermione Granger is the true hero of the Harry Potter series, and honestly I think General Leia Organa is the true hero of the Star Wars series. One of the original subtitles of Star Wars is "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker" but really Lucas just made a typo. It's all about Leia.

Leia's just saving the galaxy while Luke is busy following the Way of the Jedi.

- Nathan Waddell