and I was not terribly impressed by the whole force-hologram thing at the end. It felt like he just wanted to have it both ways- keep his sister alive, but still be a bitter angry hermit drinking green milk
He could have gone with Rey and actually picked a damn side. He could have raised his X-wing from the water in a nice homage scene to Yoda doing the exact same thing.
And had his force-hologram been only 2 minutes later to arrive, it would not have been helpful because troops would already be in the rebel base. A hologram can only distract armed troops for so long before they fuck off and go back to searching for the rebels.
It all smacked of trying to get rid of Luke so that the new trilogy could focus on the new characters only. Because, to quote Rian "Luke would have been a distraction". You heard that right, Rian thinks Luke Skywalker is a distraction in a Star Wars film.
I'm not even angry that he's dead, they could have killed him off at the beginning of the next film and it would have been just fine. But barely giving him even half of one film to Luke? thats just... harsh. And Mark Hamill deserved better. Poor guy went thru the 5 stages of grief when he found out they killed Luke. Been waiting nearly 30 years for this movie and his character gets killed off as soon as it is convenient. Thats fucked up