I have been a Star Wars fan since 1977, though I have never taken part in this kind of forum or read any of the extra books, fanfiction, etc. I’m just an ordinary movie goer who would like to respectfully solicit opinions about something that has always bothered me since I first saw TESB in 1980. Of course there was no Internet at the time, and I couldn’t talk to anyone but my friends – they didn’t seem to care very much, I recall. But the question returned to my mind recently when reading all the criticism of plotholes in TLJ. Since you all are more knowledgeable than I am, and have thought more about the intricacies of the Star Wars universe, I would love to hear your opinions on what seems, at least to me, like a major inconsistency (you could call it a plothole) in the older films. Believe me, there’s nothing I would like better than to have it cleared up or explained, and to be given further reason to admire the original movies even more than I already do. Here it is: It seems to me that Luke fails to live up to all the hype about his “destiny,” especially in TESB and ROTJ. Throughout TESB (which has always been my favorite, especially because of the relationship between Luke and Yoda), I kept thinking all that training was going to result in Luke saving the Rebellion, if not the universe. But his friends ended up doing everything, and all he did was search his soul. It seemed to me he didn’t really accomplish anything – though the movie was very exciting, and I loved the Big Reveal that Darth Vader was his father. I also loved the end, when he hung helpless from that aerial thingy, and Leia felt his presence (“WTF, she can use the Force, too??”) and rescued him. “Ah,” I said to myself, “In the next movie, he’ll show why all the fuss has been made about him. In the next movie, he’ll save the universe.” But in the next movie, his friends did everything again! Again, all he did was navel-gaze. It seemed they almost didn’t even need the Force, because Han Solo and Leia were doing a pretty good job of destroying the Empire without the Force. I told myself there must be some use in Luke’s tortured navel-gazing. For example, 1) maybe he DISTRACTED the Emperor at the crucial moment -- otherwise the Emperor would have been more on top of things and would have foiled Han's strike team. 2) Also, the Emperor might have evacuated, had he not been distracted. 3) Luke did his part in resisting the Dark Side. If he’d turned to the Dark Side, he himself would have been smart enough to foil Han’s strike team and keep the Empire from being destroyed, right? . . . or at the very least, he and his father would have escaped together and ultimately been unstoppable, much stronger than the Emperor ever was. Okay, all of this makes sense, but I expected Luke to exhibit more POSITIVE power – to do big good things, not just to resist doing big bad things. I thought he was going to be THE ONE. The movies constantly gave the message that he was some kind of special guy, almost a messiah figure. “Well,” I told myself, “They say there are going to be more movies. Maybe after these prequels, they’ll go back to making movies about Luke, and eventually he’ll end up saving the universe . . . ” Do you think the movies made a mistake to put such an emphasis on Luke’s “destiny”? It seems he should have done at least one very obvious crucial thing to bring the bad guys crashing down. I wouldn’t have wanted him to do it all by himself, certainly, but shouldn’t he at least have contributed more, after all the build-up? Please let me know your thoughts! I have always loved Star Wars and consider Luke to be the heart and soul of the stories, and not just because I had a teenage crush on him. I saw the first movie (we just called it “Star Wars”) at age 10 on the massive screen of the old Cooper Theater in Denver. I still remember how the line wrapped all the way around the theater. I saw it four times there.