It seems like every week there’s more and more fan backlash for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. This weeks latest involves the way that fan favorite Admiral Ackbar passed away in the film.
Ackbar first appeared in The Return Of The Jedi, where he uttered one of the most famous lines in Star Wars history, “IT’S A TRAP”!
J.J. then brought him back in the Force Awakens (as he should have) and it was great to see an old friend.
In one of my least favorite scenes in The Last Jedi, Ackbar was blown into space after Kylo Ren led his squadron to attack the main Rebel ship carrying General Leia.
You don’t actually get to see his death but the assumption is there, and later his fate is confirmed when Laura Derns Admiral Aldo mentioned it.
So this week Star Wars: The Last Jedi editor Bob Ducsay admitted to second thoughts about how the death of Ackbar went down.
“That was how it was designed,” Ducsay confirmed to Huff Post. “It’s interesting that you mentioned it because I watched the film last night, and I thought, ‘hmmm, maybe that’s too incidental.’ It’s a very funny thing about that because what happens … I don’t typically watch movies that I work on much afterward because you’re so familiar with it. But this movie I’ve seen now a couple times with an audience. And it occurred to me last night that what does happen when I watch movies … is I generally find things that are like, ‘hmmm, I wonder if I should do that differently.’ Which is some really horrible form of personal criticism because there’s really nothing to be done.
“That’s how it was designed,” Ducsay concluded. “That’s how it was intended. But it is slightly incidental, isn’t it?”
Ducsay has a point and I agree that Ackbar deserved better. He’s been a fan favorite for years, at least have a memorial for the damn calamari.