How good of you to credit Declan Taffe in the headline. Oh wait...
This is the very first time I've seen someone from No Film School actually write his/her own article instead of reposting another site's video and then take credit for it. Bravo.
They use his Stormtrooper past as a way of framing his fear of the First Order and to show . He's set up as a soldier who refuses to slaughter innocents and subsequently flees his base. He of course gets mixed up with Rey and BB-8, but then tries to flee yet again before being drawn into the fight when Kylo abducts Rey. Finn even puts his life on the line when he faces Kylo Ren alone with a lightsaber.
He's introduced in The Last Jedi yet again as a coward who tries to flee on his own in the escape pod before realizing that the Resistance fighters (in this case, Rose's sister) have sacrificed their lives for something bigger than themselves.
He is compelled into the suicide run because he's trying to save his friends before he's stopped by Rose. His self-realization is that the suicide run is just another form of cowardly escape, and that to truly resist the evil of the First Order, he must love.
I agree that Finn's adventure is not as compelling as it could be. I really would have liked to see Poe join Finn and Rose because it would have given a little more weight to that plot line and given Poe more to do than stand around being insubordinate and cocky. But, that's part of his arc as a responsible leader, I suppose. But Finn's potential as "character premise" is irreverent because movie characters aren't real.
"Finn's arc is a pretty solid example of what can happen when a plot doesn't force a character to make any emotional decision whatsoever."
Because the suicide run to save his friends and fellow Resistance means nothing? If you're really looking for examples of terrible writing, just read any article posted on NoFilmSchool.
All this NAB coverage is too too much. Please move it to its own section.
Thank you to Aputure for this article.