Okay, so not so much rage, but it makes for a better title.
Besides, fear leads to hate, hate leads to rage and rage leads to trolling blog posts.
So After seeing Star Wars : Th Force Awakens I left with mixed emotions about Finn, who up until the release was thought to be our be next Jedi.
I was a little disappointed when he wasn’t force sensitive, but still loved his character.
Not everyone did though, and that’s OK. I just don’t get some of the arguments I’ve seen online.
Multiple articles (I’ll probably post later, writing this from my phone) have compared him to Jar Jar in the sense of his uselessness, and even have gone so far as calling him a useless character.
I had a different theory.
I saw him as a parallel to Han’s character in the original trilogy, primarily in the sense of character arc.
This character is completely unlinked to the greater story but is thrown into this galactic conflict. He is a coward at the start of things, or at least he doesn’t realize he has the potential to be a hero.
He grows through the movie, finding something to fight for in Rey, the only person who believes he can do more (much like Luke’s argument with Han before he’d “left” before the climax of New Hope).
He wants to get away from something that dangers his life, (like Jabba to Han) but through being near other heroic characters like idealistic Rey (Luke) and trained freedom fighter Poe (Leia) he sees that individuals can make a difference.
Also we have to remember this is the first movie, and this was our introduction to him, we see him reluctantly answering the heroes call. I have no doubt he’ll become more hardened and responsible in the upcoming sequels.
It’s harder for us to relate him to Han because he’s not as much of a badass from the start, but he has similar conflicts. I enjoyed the humor, and he was essentially a slave who helped overthrow his masters which I think is pretty cool.
Anyway, I just wanted to vent a tad about that, and if you disagree, awesome! It’s one of the best parts of nerd culture to have opposing (but respectful) viewpoints.
Team Finn all the way.