Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are ahead!
After most of its fleet was destroyed by The First Order, the remnants of The Resistance made one final stand against its enemy in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the planet Crait. The battle itself echoed The Rebellion's battle against The Empire on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, from the underdogs piloting speeders to the tyrannical opposition sending giant armored walkers. But while plotting The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson wanted to emphasize how devastating this final conflict would be, but rather than just turned the movie's final minutes into a gore fest, Johnson decided to have Crait's terrain symbolize the carnage. As Johnson explained:
While earlier Star Wars movies have shown blood on a few occasions, like when Obi-Wan Kenobi sliced off Ponda Baba's arm in A New Hope, for the most part this series has stayed away from being gory. In order to not break this trend in The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson decided to have the mineral coating Crait's surface highlight the violence that unfolded between The Resistance and The First Order. When all is calm, Crait's landscape is the smooth white, but when The Resistance's ski speeders started kicking up the mineral and the laser blasts started flying, then it turned into this "hellscape." Johnson also mentioned to /Filmcast that the idea of red streaks standing out against the white salt planet was a "visual that came about very early," but more importantly, he was able to use said visual to effectively show how war is hell, even in a galaxy far, far away.
There have been numerous conflicts in the Star Wars franchise, but the Crait battle in Star Wars: The Last Jedi ranks as one of the most disastrous. With their numbers at an all-time low and relying on stripped technology left behind by The Rebellion decades ago, The Resistance didn't stand a chance of defeating The First Order. However, Luke Skywalker's "arrival" on Crait ensured that the few remaining Resistance members were able to escape and that beings across the galaxy would be inspired to rise up against The First Order. Hopefully by Episode IX, The Resistance's numbers will have soared enough that it can turn the tables on Kylo Ren's forces and ensure heavy losses like these are never suffered again.
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