If you’ve been hanging out on even the fringes of the Star Wars fandom after the release of The Last Jedi, you’re probably aware there’s been some talk about a certain pilot, aka BB-8’s partner-in-crime, Poe Dameron.
Hot take after hot take has been produced around why “Poe is actually the true villain of The Last Jedi” or some variation of this title. There have also been many insightful analyses into Poe and how he functions in the story as a version of masculinity who learns from his mistakes and learns to trust women via Leia and Holdo. Poe seems to inspire a range of strong responses, and I’m definitely no exception.
He definitely inspires strong devotion:
As well as strong loathing:
While a long-drawn out essay about why Poe is really a complex, interesting hero is always in order, a few textual examples to show that he’s a bit of a badass and, at the very least, fun to watch, are also necessary. This isn’t a literary analysis, y’all, but time to appreciate Poe for the Rebel fighter he is, the nuances of his decisions aside.
1: We get to see Leia slap him.
Because of Poe, we get the iconic scene of General Organa being a real “take no shit” leader while still being her compassionate self. Like, no matter how you feel about Poe, Leia slapping a man who disobeyed her direct orders is pretty great.
2: He is really disturbed when everyone around him is dying, unlike, cough cough, Kylo Ren.
Does this look like an evil man to you? Look, I understand his actions had dire consequences, so do the actions of many other heroes in Star Wars. But, this is clearly not a man who is ok with the death of the people around him. He wants the resistance to win and has made some foolhardy decisions, but you can tell it affects him. Just look at his face.
3: Poe is BB-8’s bestie.
While there is some talk about the murderous tendencies of everyone’s favorite round droid, there is no denying BB-8 is very cute and quite invested in the Rebel cause. If they are villains, at least the two of them can be pretty villains together.
4: Poe really loves his friends.
I mean, this is apparent in so many ways. I’m not saying he always makes the best choices, but, you can see the affection he has for those around him. Hell, he even greets his friends with face holds and hugs once he sees they are alive.
5: He has really great hair. (Also, he learns from his mistakes).
During the battle on Crait, Poe learns that sometimes you have to give up on the big plan in order to save lives. Plus, we get that awesome shot of him sliding all gracefully into the trenches. He really does have the best hair of anyone in the Resistance now that Leia’s iconic side buns are gone.
Say what you want, Poe keeps us all on the edge of our seat.
Love him or hate him, he’s an exciting guy to watch, and his piloting skills are top-notch. While this debate might go around and around and get fairly heated, I think we can all agree that Poe kept things interesting and his characterization wasn’t what we all expected. Leave a comment below about why I’m right. (Or why I’m wrong if you must).