TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - March 8, 2018
As we inch closer to the release of The Last Jedi on Blu-ray at the end of the month, we're finally getting a look at one of the film's deleted scenes. The Star Wars Show debuted this alternate take on the Finn and Phasma fight which is, admittedly, pretty absurdly written and executed. I'm glad they changed this scene in the finished film as this one takes an even bigger leap in logic to reach its climax.
As you may remember from the film, Finn lands a crushing blow to Phasma, destroying part of her helmet and revealing a human female eye beneath her metallic exterior. Things then diverge in this alternate take as a bunch of stormtroopers surround Finn and he launches into a tirade about how Phasma's the real traitor for taking down the Starkiller Base shields during the climax of Force Awakens. This causes the troopers to question what they know, but they barely have time to come to terms with it all before Phasma blows them all away.
This is where things gets really ridiculous. She takes them all out with a small blaster, but doesn't kill Finn too for some reason, giving him enough time to grab a heavy blaster and blow her into oblivion. It feels like a first draft of this scene and I'm very happy it's gone. It's entirely too "on the nose" and ridiculous. There's absolutely no reason for her to only kill the troopers in the blink of an eye, yet spare Finn. Plus, his speech is awfully precious. Top to bottom, the film is better as a result of this change. What do you guys think? Do you like this take better or are you as happy as I am that they jettisoned all of this? Let us know in the comments section below!