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Rian Johnson Defends New Force Powers In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

13 January 2018

Scenes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi were filmed in some of the most spectacular spotts Ireland's western coastline, from the northern-most point in County Donegal to the cliffs and headlands of Counties Clare, Cork and Kerry.

The last Star Wars movie premiered a few days before Christmas, conquering the box office on opening weekend and in the weeks that followed.

In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. After surviving a barrage of laser fire from AT-M6 walkers without even a scratch, the new Supreme Leader of the First Order lands on the surface in order to finish this fight once and for all.

There's an argument to be made that Luke's projection is just a major enhancement of a previously seen Force ability. Who knows, perhaps we will get to see a returned Luke utilise his green saber in Episode IX.

Rian Johnson has explained why it was that Luke used a blue lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and not his green one.

Explaining that Luke "is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo", Johnson went on to describe why blue makes for a stronger, more direct emotional appeal to the sensibilities of Kylo Ren - the Darth Vader-obsessed grandson of Anakin Skywalker. The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half - Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. But Kylo ren and Rey destroyed that lightsaber on Snoke's ship, so why did Kylo Ren fall for it? There are numerous aspects of the film that are being dissected by fans, but director Rian Johnson just weighed in on one of them himself. In The Last Jedi, Luke's failings as a teacher resulted in him turning his back on the Jedi and seeking exile on Ahch-To.

Odds are Rian Johnson's explanation either wasn't necessary or it wasn't enough.

Rian Johnson Defends New Force Powers In Star Wars: The Last Jedi