Bonds of friendship, family, and allyship cut across social divisions and bring us into relationships with people who have different experiences from us.
Like the lovers in a heroic tale, Han, Luke, and Leia do not worry about the prudence of their actions or the risks to themselves. For them, friendship, affection, and love are irresistible forces that impel them to act.
Finn was the black man who was introduced as the male lead to one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. He, and his fans, deserved a lot better.
Rey reflects Han, Luke, and Leia's choices and values. And that makes her worthy to be their comrade and the heir to their legacy.
The best princesses – like the best heroes – are the ones who put the needs of others before their own.
I dislike toxic masculinity in heroes, but am much more tolerant of it in supporting characters. Why?
Being celibate didn’t cut Luke off from love, friendship, or family bonds; it just meant he came at them in a slightly different way.