Why Does Luke Want The Jedi To End? 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Has A Grim Ending
Day two of Star Wars Celebration went into full party mode Friday when the first trailer for The Last Jedi debuted at The Last Jedi panel. We only get a glimpse of one of our OG jedi, Luke Skywalker, but he's sounding awfully grim towards the teaser's finale. Why does Luke want the jedi line to end? Isn't he at all concerned about, I don't know, the galaxy falling into complete blackness at the hands of the First Order?
Well, first of all the galaxy is already completely black. Have you never looked at a picture of space before? Second of all, the goal of Star Wars is really more about restoring the balance of the light and the dark side of the Force versus a traditional conquering of evil. Granted, the implication is that we don't all the helmeted heavy-breathing guys to win out, but this trailer really seems to hamper on that whole balance thing. And finally, I'm pretty sure that this is just Luke having a typical melodramatic reaction to all of the tragedy and chaos that preceded the events of Force Awakens. You know, the deep trauma that forced Luke to go into hardcore isolation in the first place.
There aren't any new clues in this trailer, so we're really forced to imagine the epic way Luke failed with Kylo Ren. Leia put her faith in her brother, hoping he'd gear his nephew toward the light side of the Force. Instead, Kylo got Vader-level bad, slaughtering the rest of the Jedi line like it was a baby's challenge, and now he's off serving up some savagery to anyone who defies the First Order. To add insult to injury, Kylo leaning on the dark side broke up the union of Han and Leia, Luke's BFFs. So across the board, Luke pretty much failed everyone, and he probably isn't proud of it. It's history repeating itself.
Back in the day, Obi-Wan was so disappointed about effing up with Anakin that he safely retreated into hermitage. Yeah, it was probably to keep a watchful eye on Luke, but I'm also sure he didn't feel like rounding a corner at the Space Grocery and having passerbys be like, "Oh, hey, Obi-Wan, nice job letting your protege turn into a sadistic overlord." You know what I mean.
So, Luke's pulling an Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he's also kind of pulling a Luke Skywalker. Lest we forget, Luke (and the entirety of the Skywalker clan, let's be honest) showed up on the scene incredibly whiny. He just doesn't wanna be a blue-milk-drinking farm boy, he wants to seek out rebellion and join the rebellion. And now that he tried out being a hero and it didn't go great this time around with his nephew, he doesn't wanna be a Jedi master and train Rey in order to save the galaxy. We tried the whole Jedi thing. We tried the whole save-the-galaxy thing. It didn't work.
In short, it's safely assumed that Luke is consumed by fear (careful, that leads to the dark side), shame, and an overwhelming sense of "NOPE." He's hopeless. And chances are, he'll change his mind, because there's a new hope in town.