Star Wars ComLINKS is a monthly linkup by AAHA meant to inspire fans to write and talk about various topics pertaining to the galaxy far, far away.
January’s Topic: Favorite TLJ Scene
Several weeks after its debut in theaters, it’s safe to say that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is my favorite live-action Star Wars movie. There’s so much about it that I love, but the scene I love most is when Kylo Ren eliminates Snoke and both him and Rey team up to take out the Elite Praetorian Guards.
“Ryan [Johnson] has written a story that’s unexpected but right. Some of the stuff that happens, people are going to be like, ‘Oh my god,'” Daisy Ridley said in the behind-the-scenes featurette that was released back in July 2017. Mark Hamill added, “Even though I think I know it all, they throw things at me storywise I never could have imagined.”
They weren’t kidding because when this scene happened, it blew my mind in the best way. Taking out Snoke early in the game was absolutely brilliant. The character turned out to be completely irrelevant because the real threat, the real danger is Kylo Ren. People underestimated him and what he was capable of doing, so in a weird way, I felt proud of the character’s choice in that moment. It was also painful because during my first viewing, I actually believed that he had turned to the light side. I truly thought that it was Ben Solo fighting back. And just like that, the truth settled in. My emotions were all over the place because of this scene and the fighting sequence that followed. At one moment, I was nervous about what was going to happen. That was followed by shock, excitement, hope, and heartbreak. The entire thing was one wild roller coaster ride.
The fight itself was some of the best stuff we’ve seen in Star Wars. It is my personal opinion that the fights in the movies never came close to the fighting sequences in the animated shows. Obviously, in animation, you’re able to do a lot more and that tends to flow better than a live-action sequence. That brief alliance between Kylo Ren and Rey, however, definitely sits at the top along with the fights between Pre Vizsla and Maul, Darth Sidious vs. Maul and Savage Opress, and the other countless fights in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels that took our breath away.
I, especially, loved seeing the different techniques from both Kylo and Rey as well as from the Praetorian Guards. I have to admit, when I first saw the red armor, they reminded me of licorice, so I didn’t take them seriously. Seeing them in action, however, is a whole different story. I liked that each one had their own weapon and speciality. My favorite one was the guard with the electrified whip. As for Kylo and Rey, they were both so different in their approach, but they also complemented each other. Kylo’s technique is, by far, my favorite of any character in both live-action and animation. There’s so much rage in what he does, so it always makes his lightsaber look like it weighs a ton. Rey definitely came off as the most inexperienced in the bunch, but she made it work and managed to pull off a few spectacular moves. The entire thing was a ruthless yet graceful dance, and without a doubt, it’s the scene I’m going to watch the most on repeat.
As mentioned before, it was completely unexpected and that’s what I loved about it. I don’t like it when things are predictable. The element of surprise is what enhances the story for me and The Last Jedi had several of those moments. It shook me in my seat and reminded me that Star Wars still has a lot more to offer that’s different and compelling.
What was your favorite scene from The Last Jedi? Share it in the comments below.
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