Why Star Wars Fans Shouldn't Be Worried The Last Jedi Abandoned A Franchise Tradition

Poe Dameron in The Last Jedi

Minor spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It's a big weekend for Star Wars fans. The wait for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally over, and theaters are playing the latest main installment of the beloved franchise. As always, expectations are sky high, as the generations of fans are expecting certain moments to happen with each new sequel. One of the lesser known Star Wars traditions is the utterance of the line "I've got a bad feeling about this", which has been spoken in every film including Rogue One. Fans were bummed after leaving The Last Jedi, being unable to remember if the line was spoken. Eventually someone asked director Rian Johnson about it, where he claims it actually made it into the film.

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This cryptic Tweet seemed to only add fuel to the fire of that conversation, and fans eventually found out exactly how "I've got a bad feeling about this" was included in Rian Johnson's first Star Wars adventure.

It actually occurs fairly early in The Last Jedi's runtime, when the Resistance is attempting to escape the First Order after abandoning their base. When Poe formulates a plan to attack the First Order forces to destroy on of its deadly ships, BB-8 lets out a noise of disapproval. Leia says she's "with the droid", and Poe asks his buddy to only say "positive beeps only". It seems that BB-8's dialogue was _The Last Jedi'_s form of the signature Star Wars line of trepidation. So fear not fans, because the tradition seems to be alive and well thanks to Rian Johnson's creativity.

Variations of "I've got a bad feeling about this" have been present in every Star Wars blockbuster, regardless of its quality and reception. There were actually two utterances of it in A New Hope, spoken by both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. This was followed up by Leia in Empire, and both Han and C-3PO in Return of the Jedi. This tradition continued through George Lucas' prequel trilogy. When the reigns of the property were taken over by Disney, hardcore fans wondered if they'd seen the last of the franchise's catch phrase, although J.J. Abrams let Han Solo say it one more time in his final appearance in The Force Awakens. And most recently, Alan Tudyk's K-2S0 got to do his own variation in Rogue One.

It's nice to see that Rian Johnson continued with the traditions of Star Wars, especially because The Last Jedi was in many ways a game changer for the franchise. The powers of The Force were expanded, classic characters bit the dust, and we were introduced to a ton of new characters and planets.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.