JJ’s Fan Feature: The Last Jedi – The Positives of STAR WARS: Episode VIII

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DJ

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Up until Star Wars: Episode VIII, we’d only been introduced to scoundrels-turned-heroes. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian talked a good scoundrel game, but were really “good guys” all along. DJ, conversely, was a scoundrel through and through. Machiavellian to the core, DJ’s ends justified his means. He sold out Finn, Rose and the Resistance in order to survive, and got paid handsomely for it. There was no regret, no crisis of conscience that would turn him around as it did Han in A New Hope. DJ served as a valuable lesson in trust and consequence. Benicio del Toro’s nuanced portrayal of the character made DJ all the more enigmatic. In a galaxy of heroes, it was fun to see an actual scoundrel doing what scoundrel’s do.

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