Admiral Holdo (born on an unknown date on the planet Gatalenta-died 34 ABY on the Raddus in the Crait system) is a secondary character from the 2017 movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She was played by Laura Dern.
Why She Hyperspace Rammed To Death
- She strips Poe Dameron of any responsibility on the grounds that Leia demoted him before she was incapacitated. This completely ignores the fact that Leia's actual last act before she was incapacitated was to reinstate Poe and authorize him to attack the First Order fleet once it became clear that the Resistance fleet had been tracked through hyperspace. It comes across as her using a loophole to sideline someone who, by all indications, is far more qualified to command the fleet than Holdo herself is.
- After she demotes Poe, she constantly lectures and speaks down to him, when she and everyone else on-board should be thanking him for preventing the whole fleet from being destroyed (since if he hadn't destroyed the dreadnought Fulminatrix against orders, it would have wiped out the whole fleet in just a couple of shots after tracking them through hyperspace).
- Even leaving aside the gender politics of her character, she's basically just your standard-issue inflexible military authority figure who refuses to listen to a young, hotshot officer who's clearly in the right, albeit with the story contrived to make Holdo the one who's in the right this time. And even then, it turns out that Leia was actually the one who came up with the plan to save the fleet, meaning that Holdo's only "right" in that she sticks with a plan that a more competent officer thought up.
- We're repeatedly told that she's a great, highly decorated military commander, but absolutely nothing she does in the movie demonstrates this.
- Despite being trusted by Leia to save the Resistance, she ends up nearly getting it wiped out instead, after she repeatedly refuses to tell Poe what her plan to save the fleet is. This causes Poe to send Finn and Rose on their own mission to disable the First Order's tracking capability, and a series of mishaps cause the First Order to find out about the plan and destroy most of their shuttlecraft before they can land on a nearby planet. While you can argue about Poe's violating orders or Finn and Rose's mistakes on their mission, none of it would have happened in the first place had Holdo taken literally ten seconds to explain her plan, therefore making her completely to blame for everything that follows.
- Her outfit and hairstyling choices, namely her ornate robes and frizzy purple hair, make her look completely ridiculous. She looks more like some kind of civilian leader along the lines of Padme Amidala or Mon Mothma, rather than any other military officer in the entire franchise.
- Note that her being a civilian leader suddenly thrust into a position of military authority would instantly solve most of the problems with her character, or would at least make her bad decisions a lot more understandable.
- Laura Dern gives probably the shockingly worst performance of her career as Holdo, making the character feel even more bitchy and unlikable than the script already does.
- Her character is extremely inconsistent, at the start she's portrayed as bad and then out of nowhere becomes good at the end.
- Holdo has a very forced/half-baked redemption, which is just facepalming-worthy at best.
- As a result of all the aforementioned reasons, she has been widely seen to have surpassed Jar Jar Binks, one of the most legendarily unpopular characters in all of fiction, as the single most hated character in the entire Star Wars franchise, thus pretty much shifting him to around second place.
- Now look, while Jar Jar is a racial stereotype and an infantile comic relief who is very dumb and almost serves no purpose in the Prequel Trilogy, he doesn't ever mean to be annoying and he at least means well; Jar Jar Binks is fun-loving and cares very much for his friends and family and whenever he is assigned to do something important, he's not someone who normally doesn't try his best. Also, his spotlight isn't to the point of trashing other characters or making them look bad.
- In the case of Admiral Holdo however, she's just a mean-spirited, detestable, toxic, and infuriating leader (both from her personality and her writing) who spends most of the movie carelessly making bad decisions (which led to the Resistance fleet being in grave danger), constantly refusing to take criticism, and frequently acting like a jerk for no reason. The story of The Last Jedi also gives her a lot of spotlight and supports her so much which is just plain annoying. Seriously, are we supposed to root for Vice Admiral Holdo?
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Thankfully, she later sacrifices her life by hyperdrive-ramming Snoke's flagship, the Supremacy in a successful attempt to disable it (despite the many logical flaws with the scene), so that Holdo would not longer bother the Resistance or anyone else. The scene itself is also super epic.