As I watched The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration last week, I was struck by the noticeable lack of a certain character. No, it was not the purposeful dearth of Darkside characters or even the missing mysterious new additions played by the extremely talented Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. My ultimate disappointment was caused by the absence of the best pilot in the resistance, the always witty and charming, Mr. Poe Dameron himself, Oscar Isaac.
Oscar Isaac’s absence was distressing on multiple fronts. First, it was a lost opportunity to have another hilarious and engaging (not to mention handsome) guest on the highly anticipated panel. And of course, it signals a potential departure from his status as a leading figure in the Skywalker Saga. While nothing has been officially confirmed and there are many reasons for him not to attend Celebration, there is always plenty to speculate. Furthermore, the addition of newcomer Kelly Marie Tran with a prominent role in the resistance presents an opportunity to reduce Poe to a side figure permanently.
So in this, my moment of despair, I make a plea to the forces that be– we NEED MO’ POE.