luke skywalker wanted to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters but instead the entire plot of star wars happened & that’s basically like having your #1 goal being a trip to Home Depot and instead you get harrison ford and religion
So one of the things I love about watching Star Wars: A New Hope after having watched all the other Star Wars movies is how… well… how normal Luke’s upbringing appears to have been.
It’s not just that he was loved. It’s clear that Breha and Bail Organa loved Leia immensely. But she was a princess functionally from birth, and then became a senator at–what? eighteen, nineteen, twenty? Something like that. She was much loved and much trusted, obviously, but her upbringing must have been… “unusual” would be putting it mildly. As a teenager she was learning statecraft and politics–and deception.
And their mother must have been the same way, queen from such a young age, raised and trained to rule. And their father–loved, yes, deeply, and I have no doubt that his mother did her best to protect Anakin from the worst parts of slavery–but he was still a slave, as was she, and there was only so much they could do.
But Luke! Luke got the gift of a perfectly normal childhood. All the jokes about Luke, the whining about wanting to go to TOSCHE station to pick up some POWER CONVERTERS–the snippy teenagery conversation he has with his uncle about waiting “a whole nother year????”–the shooting womp rats in his T-16 back home–the fact that left to his own devices, at the same age that Leia is deciding THE FATE OF HER PLANET, he’s still playing with model spaceships…..
…they’re all signs that he had a normal childhood. That he’s a normal eighteen, nineteen, twenty, whatever year old.
I mean, he grew up in a situation where it was completely safe for him to whine to his parent figures. He knew that Lars and Beru wouldn’t make him pay for his “but I wanted to go to TOSCHE STATION” or for his “I want to go to the academy THIS year” or whatever. Unlike basically every other Skywalker ever he grew up without a ton of extra pressure, without a “oh by the way you’re going to be king of [planet]” stuff, without “also you’re the Destined Future of the Jedi.” They didn’t raise a legacy, or a scion–they just raised a child. (In point of fact, that’s why Yoda almost rejects him: he’s too old, and he was raised too normal.)
And since Owen and Beru obviously knew perfectly well who and what he was, that’s actually an astonishing accomplishment. They were delivered an infant who they knew had the approximate destructive power of a nuclear device, and they still raised him as… a kid, a child, a boy who they loved with the same mixture of exasperation and devotion as any parent-figures.
He grew up as a kid, with a gruff but loving uncle and a sweet-tempered aunt, he grew up skeet-shooting womp rats and hanging out with his friends in Anchorhead when he had an excuse to go into town–and it’s clear how safe he feels with them because he does whine and moan and have fits without any apparent worry that he’s going to pay for it later. He whines and moans in the way I did at that age: in perfect confidence that while my parents might temporarily snap at me, they would never hurt me, and they would always love me. And that all they really wanted for me was to grow up safe and happy.
tl;dr: Luke Skywalker: the last of the Jedi(?) but also maybe the first of the Jedi to grow up in a normally functional childhood.
(I also really, really want to see the story in which he grieves his aunt and uncle for more than ten seconds. Perhaps I will write it.)
“But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”
“I get ribbed for that line because it was so whiny. And I remember at the time, I had to make it as juvenile as possible so that I can show how Luke matures later. So it should be embarrassing. It should be whiny and childish. But boy, has it come back to haunt me. I don’t think I ever got the chance to finally pick them up.” - Mark Hamill
luke resting his head on bodhi’s shoulder. the only light is a large moon overhead. luke’s talking quietly about tattooine, about slaving and moisture vaporators and the local gay hang out, tosche station. about miles and miles of nothing but sand and scavengers. he finishes and runs his fingers over bodhi’s palm.
“and jedha?” he says after a moment. “if you want to.”
and bodhi tells him. tells him of markets and laughter and a walkway of glass and the sour flavour of fruits handed out by passing monks, of vibrant life crammed into a city and sand control staff and old transport ships being sold as reshaped utensils.
“of course that was before,” he says.
before it was all gone. before the empire.
“at least you dont have to live with the sand anymore,” says luke, attempting to lighten the mood.
bodhi snorts. nods. “i dont like sand,” he agrees.
I've watched your Last Jedi video like 20 times straight, your face at the end really is the perfect reaction 😂 😂
i thought luke was gonna pump me up man and all luke did was freak me tf out
luke: time for the jedi to end
u think this is a game luke
u think this is a game
they had a DEATH STAR PLANET
UR NEPHEW HAS EVOLVED FROM A HOT TOPIC CHECKER-BRACELET WEARING I-HATE-MY-DAD EMO TO FULL ON MADMAN SIPPIN PURPLE KOOLAID W A GIANT FETUS LOOKIN MADMAN PRAYING TO THE BURNT REMAINS OF THE HELMET THAT BELONGED TO UR BURNT MADMAN DAD
GET OFF HERMIT I-CRY-ALL-DAY-CAUSE-LIFE-IS-HARD-AND-I-STILL-HAVENT-GONE-TO-TOSCHE-STATION-TO-GET-SOME-POWER-CONVERTERS ISLAND AND GETCHA SHIT TOGETHER MAN
fuck u mean time for the jedi to end. time for u to stop being dramatic and teach rey the ways of the force is more like it.
Tell me about how a guy like Luke Skywalker seems so comfortable in the seediest parts of the galaxy.
So the thing about Luke that everyone forgets is that while he’s a sweet, open-faced, adorable, inexperienced farm boy, he happens to be a sweet, open-faced, adorable, inexperienced farm boy from the corrupt, gangster ridden shit hole of the universe.
We like to mock Luke’s whining and wistful meandering, but the dude spent the first nineteen years of his life on a planet where six feet tall rats are a thing. Not to mention the regular raiders, Jabba’s bounty hunters, fucking Krayt dragons, and the pits have fucking TEETH.
We never really got to see Tosche station, but do we really think Tosche station was that much better than Mos Eisley? I figure there’s a reason Luke started out pretty good with the blaster. And between you and me, he didn’t seem nearly as bothered by that tavern confrontation as he ought to have been.
For all that Han has a well deserved reputation for dealing with scoundrels and seedy dives, the fact is, if you’re going to take one person, you should take Luke. Luke is so sweet and optimistic and nice that everyone in the dive is going to assume sitting duck, but Luke is Tatooine-bred through and through. And on Tatooine, even the cute and cuddly things have a venomous bite. :-D