Bad shots, bad armor, gritty backstory – will stormtroopers ever be competent?
I love the world of Star Wars. There is so much fun and deep mythology that offers the opportunity to tell exciting and new stories. But in all Star Wars there is one thing that keeps driving me a little crazy.
Stormtroopers suck on their jobs.
You have a bad goal, you never make the right decisions, you are easily fooled, and have you ever been used in interesting ways outside of the making of Finn in Force Awakens?
Well, this week's Mandalorian episode finally gave us a glimpse into an interesting stormtrooper … and then ripped them away from us.
Let's take a look at these characters to see what's going on.
Spoilers for The Mandalorian below.
Why are stormtroopers always kind of stupid?
If you've seen The Mandalorian season two finale this week, you've probably been shocked by the same thing as me. Yes, this competent Terminator robot who was a new Stormtrooper was fantastic.
All black with red eyes, it felt ominous as it beat all the crap out of Mando. The armor was impenetrable, and you really had to outsmart it to kill it. I have to admit that I actually got excited about this development while watching.
I love Star Wars so much. Even the smaller films have so much heart and so many ideas that I can't help but visit them again and enjoy them. The only thing that really annoys me about the universe is the stormtroopers. Every time I see a transport full of them, I know it will be an easy mission.
When that final episode of Mando came out, I was actually worried about the characters. These new soldiers were scary and we had already seen them steal grogu. When it was time for Mando to fight a legion of them, he simply pressed a button and shot them into space.
It didn't feel like Indiana Jones was shooting someone with a gun, or even like an alien. It felt kind of cheap to me. And maybe not just me.
Nick Venable of Cinema Blend said, "In the beginning, the Human Free Army of the Dark Troopers really looked like they could become the most dangerous threat in the galaxy, especially if Giancarlo Esposito's clever and dominant Moff Gideon is responsible for their efforts in the end Dark Trooper Army essentially nothing to stop Mandos and the others from reaching #SquadGoals galore. At first, I just felt guilty about how much more effective the Dark Troopers could have been, but then I realized their whole existence is basically just a riffing on a classic Star Wars trope. "
That got me thinking. The best thing I was ever excited about when a stormtrooper was on screen was Finn's conversion to Force Awakens and then his backstory through the new trilogy. While that story fell by the wayside, is it time for Star Wars to reinvent the Stormtrooper?
Just seeing the black Terminator body felt fresh to me, and knowing that they were scary even for a brief moment changed the context in which I thought Star Wars might go.
I'm not a development manager or studio manager, but with all of these Star Wars shows coming up and the move coming up, I think it's time to drastically reinvent what we know about these characters. How could we tell the story of a Stormtrooper sniper, or just one that was scary and good at his job?
I would like to see a deeper look into a character like Finn who is rebelling within the system. Or a story of those recruits.
No matter what, I think the brand no longer has the ability to use modern soldiers. We can change their uniforms and have creepy scenes, but in the end, if only they're disposable and easy to beat, what creativity is brought to this galaxy far, far away?
Let us know what you think in the comments!