In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is the Top 10:
#6: Luke Skywalker
This is actually a favorite of mine that has developed in more recent years. For a long time, I had written Luke off as the whiny farmboy who wanted to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters. But the more I thought about him, the more I liked him. The original trilogy is his hero’s journey. He begins as the farmboy, develops his skills through training (and gets taken down a peg or two by Yoda), flirts with the Dark Side, but ultimately comes out as the new hope for the Jedi. He makes mistakes along the way, but that is part of what makes him a hero. He learns from them. Leia’s journey is to become a stronger leader. Vader’s is redemption. But, it’s Luke’s journey that is the real story: the making of a hero.