While Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is well on it’s way to becoming Disney’s 7th billion dollar film, something seemed off to those with a more critical eye. Superfans blindly praised the movie for not only its reliance on tropes (which have been littered throughout this 43-year-old Skywalker Saga) but for it being an apparent attempt to right the “perceived” wrongs associated with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With that in mind, it seems appropriate to take some time and examine five things that were wrong with Star Wars IX.
5. What Happened To General Hux?
In all seriousness, how do you take a character like Hux, who was so crucial in the first and second films and relegate him to a humorous footnote in the third film? Perhaps we could have explored his dynamic with Richard Grant’s character a bit further. This was the beginning of a trend; it was almost as if this movie was made to erase The Last Jedi.
4. Umm … Rose?
We were lead to believe after seeing Rose for almost 2/3 of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that she would play a vital role in the final film (I mean after all she did kiss Finn). In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, she has 1 minute and 16 seconds worth of dialogue. Now that this has blown up, excuses have been flowing out of Chris Terrio’s mouth. I’m not sure how you can justify just ignoring a significant plot point of the 2nd part of Disney’s trilogy and relegating her to the background. It would be like if George Lucas ignored Han being captured by the bounty hunter in Return of the Jedi. It was a calculated decision based on the way fans treated her last time. Her role being significantly reduced is just pandering to the masses (which isn’t the first time Star Wars has done that to a female character.
3. Huh? Palpatine Is Back??
So just out of thin freaking air, we are forced to believe that somehow Palpatine was at the center of this whole time. I understand that this was some attempt at connecting the past with the present, but it made little to no sense to have him just alive and kicking after going down an elevator shaft in Return Of The Jedi.
2. So Luke Is No Longer Conflicted?
Rise Of Skywalker failed to address the very thing impacting Rey. Luke was very conflicted at how drawn he was at one point to the dark side, and now Rey is facing the same thing. We could have seen some redemptive moment for Luke, not just “oh, I was wrong, Rey,” (which is what we got). If this was indeed the end of the “Skywalker” saga, we got little to no of Luke.
1. Why Even Concern Yourself With ‘The Last Jedi’
Why even worry about atoning for The Last Jedi? If anything, this trilogy should have been mapped out from beginning to end, connecting these three films and ultimately connecting the whole saga. It seemed that this movie spent more time appeasing a fanbase and not enough time addressing the story. The result is disjointed fan service and not a satisfying conclusion to an epic saga.