7 Things We Learned from 'Last Jedi' Commentary and Deleted Scenes
More Finn! Poe's sewing skills! Plus, the best scene NOT in the movie reminds us of Ewoks, in a good way.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now completely available to discover. No longer will the Dark side cloud your vision about deleted scenes, alternate takes, or hyperspace roads not taken in the latest adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on March 27, The Last Jedi hit digital download on Tuesday. And, as expected, there are a lot of special features. From Rian Johnson’s director’s commentary to a huge documentary about how the film was made, there’s a lot to take in. Here are seven big takeaways from all of the special features, deleted scenes, and commentaries in The Last Jedi. In each case, we’ve hyperlinked to related and longer articles on each story. Obviously, at this time, the deleted scenes haven’t been released online, so each article only contains descriptions of the scenes.
Spoilers for The Last Jedi follow.
7. This Was Almost a Finn-Centric Movie
From an alternate opening to several deleted scenes, The Last Jedi nearly focused on Finn way more than it did in the final cut. Here are all the ways Finn was an even bigger deal in the Resistance.
6. Yoda Creator Sort of Co-directed One Scene
Yoda’s return to Star Wars was probably the biggest spoiler ahead of the release of The Last Jedi. But, not only did Frank Oz return to voice Yoda and control the puppet, he also helped Rian Johnson with directorial decisions.
5. Poe Fixed a Plot Hole Everyone Forgot About
Everyone forgot to ask how Finn’s jacket (that used to be Poe’s) was fixed after Kylo Ren sliced it with his lightsaber. But one deleted scene totally explains it.
4. The Star Wars Opening Fanfare Music Is Different EVERY TIME
Yeah. Believe it or not, the theme music is mixed slightly different each time. It’s crazy but true.
3. The Best Deleted Scene Felt Like Return of the Jedi
That big scene where Rey got to run on the beach with her lightsaber has finally been explained, and it turns out it was way better than anyone could have imagined. But not because it’s badass. Instead, the scene is basically a callback to quintessential alien musical numbers from the classic trilogy. Charming!
2. A Luke and Leia Moment Should Have Been Kept
One deleted scene called “Luke Has a Moment” features both he and Leia mourning Han’s death from across the vastness of space. It’s totally touching, and it should have been in the final film. It’s so short!
1. How Rey Avoided an “I am Your Father” Darth Vader Trope
In one mini-documentary extra called “The Balance of the Force,” Johnson comments on perhaps the most controversial decision in the film: the revelation that Rey’s parents were drunk idiot nobodies. Johnson thinks this was the only way to go because it made Rey’s journey more grounded. “If she was related to this person or Luke is her whatever, it would be the easiest thing for her to hear. That’s everything that she wants that would instantly define her place in this universe,” Johnson explained. “So, to me, the equivalent of “I am your father” is nope, you gotta stand on your own two feet.”
The Last Jedi is out now on digital download and will be released on a physical Blu-ray and DVD on March 27.