The problem of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a fun movie that did a fine job of the difficult task of balancing being an homage to the original movies and creating its own movie.

Part of its own creation is the introduction of the new main characters, notably Rey, Kylo Ren, and Finn. The characters were well portrayed, fully fleshed out characters that were separate from the original movies, and were an absolutely welcome addition to the franchise.

While I’ve seen criticisms of Rey for being too adept too quickly, and for Kylo Ren being too emo to take seriously as a major┬ávillain, my problem lies with Finn. His actions are problematic, not just for his own character, but for all of the viewers.

Here there be spoilers, so if you still haven’t seen the movie but plan to, probably stop now. Why did you open this in the first place? I mean, thanks, but it’s really not for you. Yet. Continue reading