The overall theme for The Last Jedi was red and for good reason because it ended up becoming one of the darkest Star Wars films to date. In this latest installment of the epic franchise the First Order was on a retaliatory mission against the Resistance and their mission succeeded, for they basically wiped out the entire rebel movement. The last time anything that drastic came close to happening was in the Revenge of the Sith when Emperor Palpatine took over the Republic and wiped out nearly all of the Jedi.
When I watched The Last Jedi for the first time I didn’t really think about the death toll in the movie because the characters I really cared about were alive. Then I suddenly realized that a lot of the Resistance characters that I had seen in The Force Awakens were not in the Millenium Falcon at the end of the movie. I was horrified. The First Order, in a matter of days, had wiped out so many individuals that I had grown to know and even like that it was slightly mind boggling. So, here are some of the members of the Resistance that you might not have noticed didn’t make it to Episode IX.
1. Admiral Ackbar
I’m still upset about this unfortunate development in Ackbar’s story. He’s a very special character in the Star Wars universe and they killed him off with zero respect. I mean, at least have him holler, “It’s another trap!” before getting blown out of the bridge like he did. No, they didn’t do that. They just announced he was dead as if it didn’t even matter. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m convinced Admiral Ackbar was Rian Johnson’s least favorite character.
2. Admiral Statura
Admiral Statura was basically General Leia’s right-hand man in The Force Awakens but he didn’t happen to make an appearance in The Last Jedi. That can only mean one thing…he died. That’s unfortunate because I actually happened to like Statura but he ended up becoming one of the movie’s fatalities.
3. Doctor Kalonia
This doctor might’ve only had a couple of scenes in The Force Awakens but she became an endearing character because of her hilarious interaction with Chewbacca. She was another one of the Resistance’s unfortunate victims.
4. Major Brance
Major Brance was part of a few scenes in Episode VII, including one of my favorite deleted scenes of the movie, and while his role wasn’t even close to pivotal in the film he was another individual that was wiped out by the murderous First Order.
5. Snap Wexley
Snap wasn’t one of my favorite pilots. In fact, he was least my favorite pilot but after reading the Aftermath trilogy I got to know his character fully and I grew a slight respect for him. It’s sad to think that he came to a rather fiery end during some point in The Last Jedi. I figure that he probably perished in the Battle over D’Qar which is a terrible way to end but at least he died fighting for what he believed in. *shrug*
5. Jess Pava
I loved Jess Pava in The Force Awakens because she was the first Asian female pilot to appear in a Star Wars film and she was awesome. Too bad she was another individual who wasn’t able to make it to Episode IX.
And there were several other characters who were part of the Resistance whose names I don’t even know who also ended up perishing as well but because I can’t find them in the Databank on starwars.com I can’t share them with you.
All in all, the First Order came back with a vengeance and the Resistance is going to need all the help they can get if they wish to reclaim the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the First Order.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.