The Last Jedi's deleted scenes include Luke's third lesson to Rey
This post contains spoilers for The Last Jedi.
Clocking in at a cozy two hours and 33 minutes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the longest chapter in the Star Wars story by a fair margin. But even with that epic length to work with, plenty of shot material ended up on the cutting room floor—and now, thanks to Slashfilm, we reportedly know what a number of those deleted scenes were.
According to reports, some of the deleted scenes were pretty elaborate, and included Luke's third lesson to Rey—a lesson conspicuously missing from the final movie, not that you necessarily noticed with all of the other face-rocking outer space action going on.
Slashfilm says that this scene took place after Luke and Rey's scene in the cave on Ahch-To, and focused on what Rey believed to be boats full of bandits arriving on the island to rob and kill the caretakers. Luke advises her not to intervene, using the questionable rationale that a true Jedi would let the scene play out—advice that Rey ignores as she charges down the beach with lightsaber in hand, using the Force to increase her speed.
When she reaches the beach, Rey discovers that the gathering is not a group of bandits, but rather an island luau for the caretakers, porgs, droids, and Chewbacca, complete with glow sticks. According to The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the scene in question would've looked a little bit like this.
It sounds weird!
Rey then confronts Luke, who apologizes for deceiving her, and tells her that his little lie was a test—and the third lesson. It's good that Rey took action, Luke says—that's what the Resistance needs, not mysticism. Rey becomes despondent at his attitude, disappointed that the Luke she's met is so different from the Luke that she's heard stories about.
Apparently, this would've served as one of the last straws for Rey before departing the island, and was reportedly cut for 1) not being funny enough to be worth it and 2) making Luke look… just terrible.
While it's weird that Luke never gets to unspool a third lesson for Rey in the final movie, if you ask us, the movie's much, much better without this one, if it all went down as Slashfilm describes. This Mickey Mouse tomfoolery doesn't sound like it would've helped that low audience score out at all.
Slashfilm has reports on a handful of other deleted scenes, most of which audiences will hopefully get to see for themselves on the eventual home video release.
"We shot a lot, man," said director Rian Johnson, discussing the wealth of deleted material from the movie. "We were not at all precious about this film. We tore it apart. We ripped stuff out. There's going to be a lot of great deleted scenes."