Oscar Isaac defends Poe Dameron's several catastrophic choices in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With the Resistance inevitably going to lose General Organa due to Carrie Fisher's untimely demise (she's still expected to make an appearance in Star Wars: Episode IX however), Poe is poised to become the next leader of the team as they continue to battle it out against the First Order, now led by Kylo Ren. But will he really be able to properly lead the Resistance to victory?
Between the unnecessary mutiny and his refusal to back down from the initial operation against the First Order, Poe's series of bad choices only made things worse for the already struggling Resistance. At one point, even Leia was disappointed in his bad call, but instead of backing down as he was told to, he continued running his own secret mission with Rose and Finn as his cohorts. Despite Poe's major blunders, Isaac is defending his character's actions, saying it's all part of leadership.
During an interview with USA Today in celebration of his latest project, Operation Finale, Isaac talked about the dire state of the Resistance and how Poe's slew of poor decisions in The Last Jedi played a huge part in all that.
“You want to get people (to question him) as opposed to have some sort of easy answer of like, ‘Yeah, yeah, he did the right thing. He was a hero.' What's the cost of this stuff?”
You hear about stories with (George) Washington as a general, where lots of people died based on their orders. but that is part of leadership and that push-and-pull in the fight for figuring out what's the way to move forward.”
Whatever missteps he and the rest of the Resistance made in The Last Jedi will presumably only help Poe's cause to better lead the pack in Episode IX. Admittedly, while he had a string of questionable decisions, the fact that Holdo shut him down and basically mocked him when he tried to ask questions didn't necessarily help their cause. Standard practice dictates that high-ranking officials usually decide what to do during a crisis while the subordinates follow orders and execute the plans, but the Resistance is not like the First Order or the Empire where there's a strict adherence to power rankings. If anything, fans can expect a more collaborative Resistance under Poe's leadership.
Given how Star Wars: The Last Jedi left things for both the First Order and the Resistance, it's anybody's guess how J.J. Abrams is planning to tackle Episode IX. Principal photography recently started, and it seems like instead of being holed up in a base, Poe will finally get back into action, with set photos featuring him and Finn in what looks like a mission. However, with the film's casting sheet being filled out with a lot of new faces, it'll be a tricky job for both sides of the situation to gauge which ones are allies and which ones are foes.
Source: USA Today
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