ByJohn C Hooper, writer at

The biggest problem is it failed to live up to the objectives described above. It wasn't particularly honourable and didn't serve any higher purpose. It was ultimately an error of judgement that he could save his son - and totally unnecessary at that particular moment. His death was also based on a naive conversation where Han was taking it to mean one thing while his son was taking it to mean something else. However, I didn't feel this was scripted for the depth of the plot but simply to conceal the ultimate action from the viewer for as long as possible to deliver ultimate 'shock' value. But this too failed, since if the conversation had gone as Han seemed to be thinking, then it would have been cringeably too easy. If a quick visit from Dad was really enough to turn him back, would he have ever been converted in the first place? Such naivety really didn't do Han any credit and the whole context was pointless. Contrast that with the original Star Wars where Obi-Wan sacrificed himseld during the light saber fight with Vader in the Death Star to enable Luke, Han, Leia & the droids to return to the spacecraft and for Obi-Wan to become more powerful to Luke and the Rebel Alliance in the process. It seems to me Han died like an old fool in a spectacular film (special effects wise) but ultimately little more than a 'cash cow'.


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