Carrie Fisher has had numerous roles in movies and television but her most famous role was as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films. We first met Leia aboard the Tantive IV about to be boarded by stormtroopers and Darth Vader. She was placing the Death Star plans inside of R2-D2. As both R2-D2 and C3-P0 escaped the Empire’s grasp in an escape pod headed for Tatooine, Leia is taken prisoner. With the Death Star plans in her possession, she was the Rebellion’s and Galaxy’s hope for survival and took a risk to keep them safe. Leia Organa was a leader and rebel, never showing weakness and fighting her Imperial captives even when death was near certain.
Leia, The Rebel Princess
Princess Leia was a strong female lead, someone young girls could look up to and a figure not always found in movies. When the Empire tested their super weapon she watched in horror as her home planet of Alderaan was destroyed. It didn’t stop her, once Luke and Han came to get her she was determined to complete her mission and get the Death Star plans back to the Rebellion.
In a way, this is a reflection on the life of Carrie Fisher. She was a strong woman and survivalist to the end. Throughout her life and career, she had overcome addiction and mental health issues. She fought through and spoke out so others facing the same problems could learn from her story. Carrie Fisher became an advocate and found the strength to continue with her career. She even wrote books based off of her life experiences. We saw her reprise her role as General Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Leia didn’t have a large role in the movie but she was still fighting for freedom from tyranny and injustice as a leader of the resistance against the First Order. She still had hope for the Resistance and that her son could be redeemed.
One thing about Leia was she did her fair share of rescuing herself and our other heroes. When Luke and Han came to free her from the Death Star prison it was Leia who had the escape route and the droids rescued them from the trash compactor. On Hoth Leia made sure her people got to safety. Let’s not forgot who killed Jabba the Hutt and rescued herself from his clutches at the end. She could fight even in a slave outfit. It was also Leia who rescued Han from carbonite. Of course, we can’t forget how when Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 were about to be roasted on Endor, Leia came strolling out of an Ewok hut already free. In that scene, it was the Force that saved the day. Our Princess was a hero as much as the male leads in Star Wars and never once gave up. Even on Bespin when Lando called his men to stop their Imperial escort she took a blaster and helped fight to the Millennium Falcon. If it wasn’t for her innate connection to the Force and her connection to Luke, he may have been lost.
The galaxy owed Leia for ending the reign of the Empire through her courage and leadership. Once again we will see General Organa on screen one last time in December 2017. We only hope that they give a deserving tribute to her at the end of the film. A good example would be how they did Paul Walker’s tribute at the end of Furious 7, something meaningful for such an iconic character.
Today fans have been paying tribute to our beloved Princess. Even in SWTOR, fans have gathered for memorial services on planets and their fleet. I personally was playing the game and was on Alderaan outside of House Organa when I first heard the news. It was a very surreal moment and a moment I was honored to share with other fans of our beloved rebel princess.
We will miss Carrie Fisher and all that she has brought to fans the world over. Her starring role in Star Wars and many other films will never be forgotten. The Force was strong in her and she is now one with the Force.