Q&As About 'Star Wars': Would 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' have been way better if Luke actually was there for the fight, instead of just a Force projection of him?
Would Star Wars: The Last Jedi have been way better if Luke actually was there for the fight, instead of just a Force projection of him?
A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. - Yoda to Luke Skywalker, Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Questions like this, quite frankly, leave me cold. They reflect only the barest understanding of Star Wars, its mythos, its themes, and its character arcs. They also reinforce my opinion that the Expanded Universe (now called Legends) has an unhealthy grip on many Star Wars fans’ minds that makes them unable to understand the dynamics of the saga.
Contrary to the oft-seen complaint that Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson, and J.J. Abrams ruined Star Wars and that Luke Skywalker’s character was not written in a way that fits the “lore,” Star Wars: The Last Jedi did a great job at depicting a very human Luke who, despite his failure to properly restore the Jedi Knights to their original roles as teachers, healers, and mystics, comes to terms with his flaws and uses the Force the way his last Master, Yoda, taught him.
There seems to be a large number of fans who think Luke Skywalker should have been portrayed as the nearly all-powerful Grand Jedi Master of the old EU novels and Dark Horse Comics graphic novels. Never mind that in the Expanded Universe novels, Luke was never really consistently portrayed. Some writers, including Timothy Zahn, showed him almost as a prototype for the one in the current Sequels - a man struggling to restore the Jedi Order while trying to avoid making the mistakes of the pre-Empire Jedi Knights. Other authors depict Luke as an overpowered demigod who can use a lightsaber to deflect laser cannon fire from an Imperial walker and steep himself in the ways of the Dark Side as a servant to a resurrected Palpatine.
So, yes. Per this question, Luke Skywalker should have been more like Super-Duper Extra Force-Powered Ass-Kicking Comic Book/EU Luke than the Jedi we saw at the end of Return of the Jedi:
You know, this Luke: