Donald: I would have liked to see a little more Captain Phasma.
Michael: Oh, absolutely.
Alex: YES. She was my biggest disappointment.
Michael: It was like they had all these great characters in the background, but the movie was just too overloaded so they all just popped in front of the camera to wave.
Alex: They pumped her up as this great new female villain, and all she did was bark some orders, get tackled by Chewbacca, and then get literally thrown in the trash.
Michael: Especially considering the big deal they made about her.
Michael: I don’t think she’s gone though.
Donald: Oh, I’m sure she’ll be back.
Michael: She might even be the main baddie in Episode 8. I don’t think they actually threw her into the trash.
Alex: Yeah they did, the trash compactor, haha. No, I expect her to do a lot in Episode 8. I feel like she’ll be hot on Finn’s tale in the next story.
Gaby: I believe she’s coming back in the next film and probably going to hunt down Finn for revenge. Speaking of Phasma, let’s talk about the new characters.
Michael: BB-8: charming as hell, fantastically brought to life.
Donald: When I first saw the shot of BB-8, I thought he looked ridiculous in the teaser. I didnt think I’d end up loving him.
Alex: If we’re talking new characters, I’m gonna have to say my favorite was Finn.
Mason: All the new characters were wonderfully cast in my opinion. Poe is hilarious. Finn annoys me.
Michael: I loved how lovably goofy Finn was. Poe was definitely the MVP.
Mason: I did too at the beginning. Yeah, Poe was.
Alex: All of the other characters had parallels to other characters in previous movies, but Finn was something completely different: a stormtrooper that gains a conscience. He moved the movie forward, he was hilarious, and he had arguably as much growth as Rey by the end of it.
Michael: He needed to be in the movie more, the film started with him, and then he was just written out.
Mason: I thought Finn was parallel to how naive Luke was.
Jordan: I also dug how they misled the audience about Finn being a Jedi in all the promotions.
Gaby: I love Rey. I didn’t know what to expect from Daisy Ridley, but she was so fierce and determined. And yeah, when it was Rey who was really the Jedi, that felt like the biggest moment in the movie for me.
Michael: I was a little underwhelmed with Rey as a character, but I liked her performance.
Jordan: Feminism all the way. Rey kicks ass.
Gaby: Did anyone think Oscar Isaac was a bit hammy as Poe (in a good way)?
Alex: No, I loved Poe. I’m hoping to see a lot more of Poe in the next one. He was instantly charismatic, but got hardly any screen time. Loved his and Finn’s bromance.
Michael: I think Oscar was just playing up the cheese to a charming degree. He did have one of the worst lines though. “As long as there’s light, we’ve still got a chance!”
Mason: Yeah, that’s a bit cheesy.
Alex: He had the non-forced confidence that Han Solo brought in the original movies.
Donald: A part of me wishes Kylo Ren would have stayed an intimidating bad guy (in all honesty I think his design is a lot more fierce than Vader ever was), but I also really liked the fact they made him young and unstable. It really made him a good character to both hate and be invested in.
Michael: I absolutely loved Kylo Ren. He was my favorite part of the film. Even though I just said Poe was MVP.
Donald: There can be many MVPs.
Michael: I’m not even a huge fan of Adam Driver, I find him very off-putting but they used that to maximum effect, my god, that voice.
Alex: I loved what they did with Kylo. Everything about him, even his lightsaber, screamed “rough around the edges.” He’s sinister, but unstable. He’s completely unpredictable, and I love that.
Mason: He’s a badass, and you could really see his inner conflict, unlike you do with Anakin in the prequels.
Jordan: Yup. The fact that Ren wasn’t a monster underneath the mask made the whole “Vader fanboy” concept even better. He is such a try hard.
Michael: So off kilter.
Alex: Kylo Ren is how Anakin should have been in the prequels.
Alex: That’s dark and brooding done right.
Michael: I was thinking the same thing.
Mason: I agree.
Jordan: Now, he has the face scar to boot, Alex.
Alex: And he had to kill younglings and a family member. Got the hair too. He’s checking off all the Sith boxes. haha.
Gaby: I actually came up with a theory that Kylo Ren is pulling a Severus Snape. I think Luke told him to be a double agent of sorts to bring Snoke and the First Order down. Otherwise, it’s a basic rehash of the original story.
Donald: How does Han’s death incorporate into that theory?
Gaby: To prove to Snoke that he really went Dark.
Michael: ^My favorite scene btw
Mason: Well, the whole movie is a throwback to the original series. I don’t think Ren is a double agent.
Jordan: He seemed WAY too into killing his dad for him to be a double agent.
Alex: Oh no. His pain is genuine. He’s a dark, twisted Luke. Whiny and impatient. But this time, tempted by the Light instead of the Dark. He strikes his father down, where Luke resisted in Episode 6. Kylo is for real bad.
Michael: Damn, I didn’t even notice that parallel.
Donald: Yeah, he seemed too tempted to decimate everyone in his path.
Mason: And if he was a double agent that just ruins Han’s death.
Alex: Oh yeah, man. The bridge was totally the same type as the one Vader took Luke down in Empire. Only in this movie, it was the son striking down the father. Also, his real name is BEN! That killed me.
Michael: When they said that, out loud I went “classic Ben.”
Jordan: After Obi-Wan, which is even sadder because it shows that Han came around to believing in the Force.
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