I know there’s a lot of debates about Star Wars on the internet but for me, it wasn’t something I grew up watching. I didn’t watch the original trilogy, and then the prequel trilogy, until I was at university and in my early 20s so The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars film I saw in the cinema and it is the one and only Star Wars film I fell wholeheartedly in love with.
A big part of that was the new trio of heroes and the first one of the three that I fell for was Poe Dameron. It helps that I really like Oscar Isaac as an actor and he’s not bad to look at, but Poe is such a cool character. He just oozes charm and charisma but he’s also pretty smart and competent, and he’s an amazing pilot.
Something I’ve realised over the course of writing these A-Z posts (I’m trying to get ahead with the scheduling) is that something that makes me like a character more is if they have interesting or likeable dynamics with other characters – even ones I don’t like. Characters, like people, should be well-rounded and while their personality could be something I’m drawn to, I feel I get to know a character better by seeing how they treat others or how they interact with other characters – especially if they only show certain parts of themselves to certain people.
With Poe I really love the dynamic he has with various characters in the Star Wars film and the comics. I’ve read a couple of volumes of the Poe Dameron comic and I love the art and think they’re a good place to get some of Poe’s backstory and context for his actions that probably should’ve been in the films. In the comics his relationship with his squadron is explored, and you see the dilemmas he has at being a leader but also someone who’s a bit reckless. In both the comics and the films, I really like his dynamic with Leia. It’s a great commanding officer/subordinate dynamic while also having hints of her also being an almost mother figure for him and the respect they have for one another, even when he does something stupid is clear to see. My absolute favourite dynamic is between Poe and Finn. It’s probably an obvious one but it’s great. In the few scenes they have together in The Force Awakens you see how Poe can be calm and caring (how he asks Finn if he’s OK with Poe calling him that name is one of my favourite small moments in that film) and also supportive and pragmatic.
I think Poe Dameron is just great. He’s charming and brave and loyal, even if he is a bit impulsive and reckless. He’s flawed but he tries and he learns and he’s a great friend and someone that you’d easily follow into battle.