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No, it doesn't answer that. Very little is said and what was said was by Han Solo: "He was training a new generation of Jedi. One boy, an apprentice, turned against him, destroyed it all. Luke felt responsible. He just walked away from everything."
That's literally all we needed to know.
TLJ showed us an insanely bad characterization of Luke Skywalker who considered murdering his nephew, who he had known since the boy's childhood, in cold blood based on visions of the future. A man who saw the good in Darth Vader and who had been taught at a cost that "always in motion the future is".
Luke flipped out and almost killed Vader at the mere taunt
that Leia would turn to the dark side. Instinctively turning on his lightsaber and then immediately dismissing the idea isn't some unforgiveable assassination of the character.
To go from there to turning his back to Leia's plight, Han's death and to the galaxy as a whole for a mess he was responsible for, is bullshit. If anything, the implication from TFA is clear: Luke went into isolation until needed. That's the simple reason as to why Lor San Tekka gave the Resistance the map which was the reason for the map's (stupid concept as it is) existence in the first place! Rian Johnson ignored the most important MacGuffin of TFA and the quest for it completely by having Luke saying: "What did you think was going to happen here? Do you think that I came
to the most unfindable place in the galaxy for no reason at all?"
I'm sorry, but that's the most ridiculous storytelling device I've ever heard. "went into isolation until needed". What does that mean
? What good
is he doing the galaxy hiding? Why is it only after Han has been killed, and Hosnian Prime has been destroyed, that he is "needed"?
This idea turns Luke from a human in pain into a gigantic jackass. He's not in trauma, he's some mysterious inscrutable asshole with bizarre, Byzantine plans no one understands and which he couldn't possibly justify!
None of your story idea makes any sense at all. Rian Johnson didn't ignore
the MacGuffin - you misunderstood it. It's a map to where Luke is rumored
to have gone - the first Jedi temple. The idea that Luke left it behind to be found is nowhere in the actual film. Why would anyone do that? To kick off an intergalactic easter egg hunt that the Resistance could lose
, which would lead the First Order to come to Ach'To and kill him
It's complete rubbish from beginning to end, I'm sorry to say.
Rian Johnson has Luke repeating the same two major mistakes he did in the OT. Johnson has no understanding of the character and if he wanted to "subvert expectations" then he should've done it in his own SW movies with his own characters. However, the blame is mostly on Kennedy who gave Johnson free reigns to write the most boring plot of a Star Wars movie and without the movie really setting anything up, knowing he wouldn't do Episode IX.
No, Johnson understands the character just fine. He simply disagrees with the idea that Luke overcoming issues in OT means those issues have been solved for all time. As he said recently:
“I understand that point of view but I completely disagree with it,” Johnson wrote in a tweet that went out to his 976,000 followers. “In fact I think it disrespects the character of Luke by treating him not as a true mythic hero overcoming recurring wounds & flaws, but as a video game character who has achieved a binary, permanent power-up.”
Vympel, the TFA MacGuffin (the map) was important enough. Remember that this is a trilogy and with TLJ starting off immediately after TFA. In any case, your other argumentation falls flat. Yes, he went through some shit. But to go from there to what I write about above? No, extremely bad characterization and regression of the character.
Also, yes there were rumors about WHAT he went searching for, but there was A MAP leading to him, yet he claimed it was "unfindable". A map it is implied he left.
As above, it is not implied he left it. No one ever says this. It's a nonsense, made-up fan belief that doesn't stand up to any scrutiny when compared to the film's actual plot.
I mean honestly, there is no reason for Luke to do something like this
. He could simply tell Leia
that this was his intent! He could leave the map with her!
This sort of convoluted, unbelievable bullshit is not good storytelling. It's not even storytelling. It's just a bunch of plot, and a stupid plot at that? And for what? To preserve this shrine to Luke Skywalker? No thanks.
And on a sidenote, the destruction of the Jedi academy has now been retconned:
This is false, people aren't actually paying attention to the comic. It's strongly implied that the lightning blast which destroyed the temple and killed the students was caused by Ben, in his anger. Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group (noting always he's reluctant to speak in details since its only the first issue) has expressly denied that the comic is saying that he didn't destroy the academy.
Also, it was actually a fan misconception that the students went with him to become the Knigths of Ren. That they were pre-exisitng and Ben joined them was actually stated back in the Episode 7 VD. We just all kind of forgot/missed it. The comic seems to say that its the students who Luke thought he took with him apparently actually gave chase. They'll probably die by the end of the series.