I don’t think it was clear at all that he was destined to fail. But there’s a bigger problem I have with the Rose moment, beyond the silliness of her actions (I’ll save Finn except the Empire is right beside us and they’ll shoot us within the next minute).
Rose stops Finn from sacrificing himself. Right after Leia let’s Holdi sacrifice herself. It’s such a disservice to Leia, making her look like a feckless leader who’s led all these young people astray to their early deaths on the promise of rebellion that she couldn’t really make happen and had no plan for. Leia looks like a crazy person, caught up in trying to relive her youth she thinks she can save the galaxy once again and has thousands of wide eyed hero worshipers devoutly follow her to their deaths.
They shit on Han by making him a bum, they shit of Chewie by continuing to have him be someone with no life of their own, Luke’s a coward and Leia is an awful leader. Even poor R2, he just shuts down.
All this is deliberate. When Kylo Ren says forget history, kill them all so we can be something new, that’s Rain Johnson talking about the franchise. And it’s as irrational and shitty as Kylo is in the film. I get that Disney want to make Star Wars just a property beyond the original trilogy, I get that they have to kill the original trilogy in order to be free of it, but I think they’ve killed the whole franchise with their ham fisted methods. I’m glad so many people are rejecting the franchise, it’s nothing less that what Disney deserves.