Director Rian Johnson has already gone on record that a ton of deleted scenes are making their way onto the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ Blu-ray and a new one shares the third lesson which Luke Skywalker taught to Rey. With at least 20-minutes of deleted scenes, we aren’t sure how long these will be running yet but they do sound fun. The one we’ll be talking about today, however, felt a bit too much like something that George Lucas would have done that may have put fans on edge.
While, it could have been visually fun to check out, it also could very well have turned fans away from one of the better plot points of the film.
So what would have happened in it? Well, to start with it would have taken place after Luke and Rey are talking in the cave and we hear the mention of Darth Sidious. At this point, Rey will see a group of boats arriving at the island and a big fire will grow.
Luke tells her of the bandits who make regular stops at the island to kill and plunder the Caretaker’s meager lives. Rey wants to help but Luke tells her that it would destroy the balance that they have. If she helps them the raiders will come back stronger and make things worse in the future.
Luke asks Rey if she’ll always be there to protect them and that a Jedi Knight would do nothing to maintain the balance, even when it meant people getting hurt.
Rey doesn’t agree with this and is furious, she takes her lightsaber and in the Force-powered run which was shown in a previously released featurette, she bursts into the village and is prepared to fight.
Luke tells her to stop but she doesn’t heed his warning.
When bursting in, it isn’t a raid she sees but a party. The caretakers are celebrating and stop when Rey runs in, confused by her action. She stops and the party resumes. Over in a corner, we would see Chewy, R2D2, and a ton of Porgs enjoying themselves.
Rey returns to Luke, angry at the lie. He admits that while he is sorry her speed didn’t allow him to stop her sooner. Rey said that she thought they were in danger and had to help which Luke replies that was the exact mindset that the Resistance needed. Not the views that the Jedi Knights once held.
Rey is crying and explains that her new friends are dying and claims “that old legend of Luke Skywalker that you hate so much, I believed in it.” With Luke in shock, she storms away.
With every other aspect that didn’t feel true to character, this one stood out. While it had been approved by Lucasfilm, no one thought it fit into Skywalker’s actions even if it added another reason for Rey wanting to leave the planet.
Are you glad that this scene was cut from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Do you feel that it would have taken away or added to Mark Hamill’s performance of an old teacher trying to steer his student away from his perceived mistakes? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film