The latest entry in the How it Should Have Ended video series covers Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it parodies the film’s more controversial plot elements, confusing storylines, and downright sinister killing off of Admiral Ackbar. It’s no secret that Episode VIII didn’t sit well with a sizable portion of the Star Wars fanbase. Despite garnering critical acclaim and racking up over $1.3 billion at the box office, many fans walked away from theaters feeling disappointed — even betrayed.
Director Rian Johnson took the Star Wars saga to some bold places in The Last Jedi. By killing off fan-favorites like Luke Skywalker, Supreme Leader Snoke, and Admiral Ackbar, the filmmaker clearly demonstrated that he wasn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers while executing his vision. The creative liberties he took with the franchise — from the new Force powers of Leia, Luke, and Yoda to the meandering sideplot with Finn and Rose — split the fanbase down the middle, with thousands of diehards even calling for the film to be stricken from the official record books entirely.
The Last Jedi was always going to be ripe material for parody, so it’s no surprise to see the How it Should Have Ended series getting in on the action. The new video takes aim at the most of the film’s most obvious targets, like Mary Poppins Leia and the ultimately pointless adventures of Rose and Finn, though it does feature a few interesting ideas that could work pretty well on the big screen. Check out the video for yourself above.
You probably could have seen the green milk and “It’s a trap!” jokes coming from a mile away, but in our book, the video hits the nail on the head at two specific points. Snoke’s Darth Plagueis reveal, for one, is not only teasing The Last Jedi for neglecting to reveal the villain’s origins, but it’s also ripping on fan theorists who felt let down when the big bad was killed off before his backstory was revealed. (“Well, that was kind of a detour to the current situation I’m dealing with…”) The other highlight for us comes in the finale, where a non-Force projection Luke stands side by side with Rey and fights off Kylo Ren and the First Order. If this had occurred in the film, it likely would have been criticized as pure fan service, but it definitely would have made for an awesome visual. The Yoda Force lightning crack at the end was a particularly nice touch.
Do you think the latest parody from How it Should Have Ended hit all the right notes? Do you believe The Last Jedi actually should have ended that way? Let us know in the comments.
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