I’ll preface this by saying that I increasingly despise what Disney has done to Star Wars. I grew up with the Extended Universe. In fact, my favorite book is Starfighters of Adumar. Wedge Antilles is my biggest fictional hero and Mara Jade is the coolest female character ever written.
Poe Dameron is the worst character in the Star Wars movies and I want to punch him in the face. Yes, worse than Jar Jar Binks. Worse then the other awful characters in Disney’s Star Wars, including Rose with her stupid, stupid, stupid line. I shall now explain at length why I have this unpopular opinion.
To start off with, The Last Jedi is a bad movie that is not bad in the way movies are bad. It is bad in the way many books are bad. Movies are generally bad on a technical level. TLJ is okay at worst a technical level. It seems shot well. The worst actors in it do okay, while some of the actors even do a great job. The special effects are fine, though it takes some doing to have bad special effects these days.
But on the level by which many books are judged, it fails hard. Books can and do fail on a technical level (ex. Sean Penn’s attempt at novel), but many fail at a more complex level. In a book, the text is what you got. What people do and why they do it is the only thing there is. Because of this, characters really need to have reasons for behaving in certain ways. If someone makes a stupid decision, there’s an internal logic dictated by how they think and who they are.
This is the biggest problem in TLJ. In The Last Jedi, no one’s reasons for behaving they way they are make any sense. It’s like they’re doing things because it’s in the script. There’s no illusions of real human behavior like there are in good movies. The characters have no logic or emotional reactions of their own. It’s all for dramatic effect, I guess? I would not have written it like this so I do not really understand why it was done.
Now onto why I hate Poe Dameron and want to punch him in the face. He is a soldier, a war hero, who has been fighting with this Resistance since its inception. He’s been under Leia and the Admiral’s command for several years and under dire circumstances. All of this is an impression I have, because exposition is not a thing that happens in Disney’s Star Wars.
So the Resistance is on the run in the TLJ even though they won last time we saw them. No one seems to know what the plan is now that they are desperately running away with the First Order fleet literally on their tails. Inevitably they will be caught.
But they have been working under Leia’s command for years. They know their leadership and they have faith in them. Poe especially, since he’s her favorite and is himself pretty important in the hierarchy of this
comically tiny military.
Or at least that’s how it should go, because Poe Dameron proceeds to commit mutiny because he has no faith in Leia. A woman he has trusted and followed for years of war. No faith. None.
He goes into the bridge and gives her lip! This is not how military personnel behave! If he’d been in my unit, I would have punched him in the face! It was profoundly unprofessional for a military man and the movie acts like we’re supposed to treat this act like its heroic instead of stupid and prideful.
So I loathe, loathe, loathe Poe Dameron. I hate him more than boring Finn, stupid Rose, Rey who can do absolutely anything if she just wants to, all of them. I hate this character. Everyone else in the world finds him charming. I’m sure the actor is a very charming and nice person. Poe Dameron, the Star Wars character, is just someone I want to punch in the face.
I have no faith in Disney’s Star Wars whatsoever. Some of the best parts of the EU were the military history portions, which were smart and well-researched in spite of the fact that Lucas had no grasp whatsoever of how the military works. That has been abandoned for whatever feels most dramatic at the moment, I guess.