The other day I was thinking about how the Big 3 should be used in the ST now that they're past their prime, specifically how powerful they should be.
Most of us are used to older characters kicking butt thanks to the EU and the PT. In the real world people hit their physical prime in their 20s and 30s and are usually on a slow decline from there, but thanks to the Force, Star Wars characters generally get more and more powerful as they age. However, before this precedent was set, older characters in the OT were typically more chill. Obi-Wan tells Luke that he needs to rescue Princess Leia and help the Rebel Alliance fight the Empire, because he's "getting too old for this sort of thing", Yoda never fights, and even Palpatine only shoots lightning at Luke and is then easily picked up up by Darth Vader and thrown down a reactor shaft. In retrospect, Obi-Wan's line about being too old is odd. Obi-Wan was only about 57 in ANH. In the EU, Luke was an extremely powerful Jedi at that age. In the PT Count Dooku was a very powerful Sith Lord as an old man (assuming I'm doing my math right the Wook says he was 83 kriffing years old in RotS!), not to mention Yoda and Palpatine. I always reconciled this with the idea that the events of RotS made Obi-Wan (and possibly Yoda) age prematurely.
Now that the EU is no longer recognized as "canon" and the PT is quietly being disowned, I wonder if the Big 3 - specifically Luke - will have more of an OT Obi-Wan status power-wise rather than where he was in the EU.
If Luke is an ultra-powerful Jedi, then that could be a problem for the ST. Why doesn't Luke deal with the new threat instead of Rey and/or Finn? There are ways around this, of course: Luke could be killed, he could be unable to fight the new villain without going over to the dark side like in LotF, or he could be otherwise incapacitated.
Just thinking out loud. What do you guys think?
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