SPOILER ALERT: Some Star Wars: The Last Jedi plot points discussed below.
One thing that director Rian Johnson does better than pretty much every other Star Wars director (Ron Howard may run a close second) is the frequency with which he uses Twitter, and his general tendency to respond to fan questions or critiques as long as they're generally civil.
Still, there's no doubt that Johnson has been a bit, shall we say, bombarded by some fans who really don't like Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- including some who take issue with certain uses of the Force in the film. Today, instead of answering those complaints directly, he sent a series of tweets, by way of explanation.
First off, here's his long-form Twitter response to people who felt like Luke's phantom-creation ability at the end of the film came out of nowhere.
While some people have argued that the book he cites, The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force by Daniel Wallace, is no longer official canon, the knowledge does exist within the overall Star Wars pantheon, and we've seen more than one element of the Star Wars Expanded Universe make its way back into official canon.
The book contains entries both by and about famous Jedi and Jedi techniques. In this case, the Force projection Luke Skywalker uses at the end of the film when he shows up on Crait. As Johnson notes, it's an advanced Force technique called a doppelganger or similfuturus. We know Luke's traveled the galaxy to study the Force thanks to events in the book The Legends of Luke Skywalker, and he's been on Ahch-To with certain Jedi texts for some time now. He's certainly had time to practice.
But Johnson wasn't done tweet-splaining today. He also took the time to answer a few fan questions, with varying results.
Like this one about what happened to Luke's metal hand at the end of the film -- a question Hamill himself had.
But the one that will likely get the most attention, both for its brevity and panache, is this five-word reply to a question about how Leia Organa managed to save herself when she was blown out into space after an explosion. (We should warn you, there's some colorful language here).
Of course, we understand that fans out there have valid critiques, and that the movie will likely be considered controversial for some time, but it's a nice reminder that, above everything else, Johnson knows his stuff when it comes to Star Wars lore and his love for the franchise. Don't you think?