(Warning! “The final Jedi” spoilers!)
whether you were going into “Star Wars: The final Jedi” expecting some much Admiral Ackbar scenes, sorry to atomize it to you: It’s a trap!
Ackbar didn’t collect a ton of screen time in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, showing up for a limited amount of scenes in “Return of the Jedi.” But the hero of the Battle of Endor went on to become one of the most-memed, quoted and parodied characters of the franchise, even reaching No. 14 on HuffPost’s own ranking of “Star Wars” characters (which was final updated after “Rogue One”).
With utter this fanfare, and even an appearance in “The Force Awakens,” it was a shock in “The final Jedi” when (spoiler alert!) Ackbar was killed off-screen during a Kylo Ren-led attack on the rebels.
In the scene, Ren holds off on firing at a rebel ship containing Leia, but his squadron doesn’t. They blow up the bridge of her command ship, seemingly killing utter the leaders within ― save for Leia, of course.
Though viewers don’t see his actual final moments, Gial Ackbar’s death is confirmed in a line of dialogue following the incident, which explains that nearly utter of the rebel leadership, including Ackbar, were killed. Then, just like that, everyone moves on. And we were utter like, “Ack-cuse me?”
— Dean Winchester (@Schlaften) January 8, 2018
I miss Admiral Ackbar.
— tag A. Altman (@markaaltman) January 6, 2018
still mad approximately admiral ackbar’s death off screen
— donal cian lakatua (@dc_laka) January 7, 2018
How many years of service did Admiral Ackbar set in and not so much as a thank you…?
— Patrick McCray (@LeapingRobot) January 9, 2018
Cast into the blackness of space like the Empire’s nonsense OFFSCREEN; not a heroic storyline fit for a Grand Admiral. I will forget-you-not #admiralackbar . You deserved better than this meandering, offensive, thoughtless film. #lastjediawful #fanart #TheLastJedi #NotMyLuke pic.twitter.com/MzfyoDQXCF
— DelusionsOfGrandSt (@JRaesDOGS) January 3, 2018
After the film’s release in December, we asked “final Jedi” editor Bob Ducsay approximately Ackbar’s death.
“That was how it was designed,” he said, confirming the off-screen moment went down as originally planned. However, Ducsay also admitted to some moment thoughts approximately the unceremonious send-off.
“It’s bewitching that you mentioned it,” he said, “because I watched the film final night and I thought, hmmm, perhaps, possibly that’s too incidental. It’s a very laughable thing approximately that because what happens … I don’t typically watch movies that I work on much afterwards, because you’re so familiar with it. But this film I’ve seen now a couple times with an audience. And it occurred to me final night that what does happen when I watch movies … is I generally find things that are like, hmmm, I wonder whether I should carry out that differently. Which is some really horrible form of personal criticism because there’s really nothing to be done.”
“That’s how it was designed,” he concluded. “That’s how it was intended. But it is slightly incidental, isn’t it?”
You can say that again, Bob.
As Vulture pointed out, Ackbar was at least given a grand memorial service after he died of weak age in The Unifying Force, a book from the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe. He’s not just, you know, killed off-screen and forgotten approximately.
As abrupt as Ackbar’s departure seemed, it should be famous that actor Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Ackbar, died in April 2016, reportedly only a couple of months into filming of “The final Jedi.” So, regardless of how it happened, the latest film does seem like an appropriate time to say goodbye to the admiral.
At ease, you blooming fish-eyed, salmon-colored, squid-man, you.