One Luke Skywalker Moment Totally Transforms Finn’s Last Jedi Sacrifice

One Luke Skywalker Moment Totally Transforms Finn’s Last Jedi Sacrifice

In the early days of Star Wars’ sequel trilogy, it seemed as though Finn was being set up to become an unlikely Jedi not dissimilar to Luke Skywalker himself, from his successful usage of a lightsaber during a battle with Kylo Ren to a moment of self-sacrifice that was incredibly reminiscent of something Luke did years prior. While essentially all of Finn’s accomplishments were effectively swept under the rug by the end of the sequel saga, that moment where he was willing to sacrifice himself for the betterment of the galaxy in The Last Jedi was totally transformed by Luke’s similar act of heroism as Skywalker was able to give that moment the significance it deserved.

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In Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, the First Order is attacking the Resistance with a giant cannon that nearly meant the end of the heroic forces battling the greatest evil in the Star Wars universe at that time. In an attempt to save everyone, Finn hops into a ship and speeds towards the cannon. Finn meant to smash into the weapon at full speed and destroy it, though that would have meant killing himself in the process. Before he is able to complete his mission, Finn is T-boned by another ship flown by Rose Tico. When Finn asks Rose why she would do this, she tells him that the only way to win is by saving those they love, not killing those they hate.

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In Star Wars: Vader Down #1 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, Darth Vader is launching an assault on the Rebel Alliance, and among the Rebels is none other than Luke Skywalker. Darth Vader had been searching for Skywalker after sensing Luke’s connection with the Force upon their previous encounter. However, Vader would quickly come to regret going head-to-head with Luke on this occasion. While flying their respective ships on the outskirts of a nearby planet’s atmosphere, Luke Skywalker sees an opportunity to rid the galaxy of perhaps the greatest threat there is and decides to ram his ship into Vader’s–an act that nearly killed them both.

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Luke Skywalker’s actions in this issue are incredibly reminiscent of Finn’s in The Last Jedi, and both prove the same point. While sacrifice for the greater good seemed like the right thing to do in both instances, it ultimately would have been a mistake if successful. If Finn had killed himself while taking out a dangerous laser cannon, then he wouldn’t have been around for the final installment of the series where he helped annihilate the planet-obliterating Star Destroyers in the Emperor’s fleet. Similarly, if either Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader died during Luke’s assault, then the Emperor would have reigned supreme since, in the end, it took the combined might of Luke and Vader to beat the Emperor.

While both of these scenes should be equally significant since both achieve the same purpose, Luke’s shines a much-needed light on Finn’s since Finn’s own films failed to do so. If Finn had gone on to play a bigger role in the sequel trilogy as many fans thought he would, then his failure to sacrifice himself in The Last Jedi would have made more of a difference to the overall story. While Finn helped in taking down the Emperor, Rey and Kylo Ren were still the ones to deliver the final blows, so Finn living through The Last Jedi didn’t mean nearly as much as Luke and Vader’s survival in this issue. However, because Luke did the same thing Finn would do years later, their stories are linked as Finn’s journey suddenly echoes Luke Skywalker’s in a way that is surprising given the lack of focus on Finn’s overall story in Star Wars’ sequel trilogy while also transforming Finn’s sacrifice into something that is far more significant than it originally seemed.

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