Star Wars: The Last Jedi Script

Many Star Wars fans seem to be divided when it comes to their feelings on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film is quite a departure from what many have come to expect from the saga that started all the way back in 1977, and that’s largely why so many fans either love it or hate it. But there’s one Star Wars tradition that was kept intact, despite many fans initially thinking it was axed as one of the many decisions director Rian Johnson made in in a movie that feels decidedly different from the chapters that came before it.

In every Star Wars movie, at least one character says “I have a bad feeling about this” or some variation on that line. However, upon first inspection, Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t appear to have this line anywhere in the movie. But let’s not forget that there are many characters in the Star Wars galaxy who don’t speak English. And it turns out the traditional line was given to one of them in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi script.

While there were plenty of articles circulating at the beginning of the weekend pointing out that this signature line was missing from The Last Jedi, taking it as another sign that Rian Johnson was trying to distance the movie from everything that came before it, they turned out to be completely wrong.

First off, Rian Johnson responded to one curious fan on Twitter:

So where was the line? Actually, it’s one of the earliest moments of the movie, and Huffington Post confirmed as much when they interviewed Rian Johnson this week. The director was asked if BB-8 is the one to deliver the line when he and his pilot pal Poe Dameron are flying toward the fleet of First Order Star Destroyers and the Dreadnaught that have just arrived to blast the Resistance into oblivion, and Johnson confirmed with a laugh, “Yes! Good catch.”

The line in question is followed by Poe Dameron trying to encourage his droid friend to not be worried about their current mission, telling him to spout off some “happy beeps” instead. It’s probably some advice that we could all take right now after this difficult year.

For those curious, here’s all the other instances the line is used in the other Star Wars movies:

There’s a larger discussion to be had regarding whether the exclusion of this line really would have been all that Earth-shattering. Honestly, if the line was missing, it would have fit in with the evolution Star Wars has in The Last Jedi, but it would hardly be anything to pitch a fit about.

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