The Rise of Skywalker was a fitting end to a brilliant saga.
You can argue that the plot and script of this final film was not the best (with which I would agree), but considering the challenges J.J. Abrams faced, he did a remarkable job. Having to deal with the passing of the legendary Carrie Fisher was a severe blow to the entire franchise. Losing Luke to some Force battle in The Last Jedi only made matters worse. And trying to tie together forty plus years of history would be daunting to anyone!
But I loved this film.
It did have flaws. There were moments that made no sense. But I loved how many circles it closed (the circle is now complete). If you don’t want to know what those are…don’t read on! You’ve been warned. Spoilers abound.
I just saw the film so it is all fresh in my mind. Here are the things that troubled me with the plot. How many more did you find?
- General Hux died suspiciously quick. I didn’t mind him dying. He was, after all, very pro-First Order. And I liked that not only was he a spy, but his motives were not pure. He just didn’t want Kylo Ren to win. Loved that. But I guess he didn’t do such a great job of hiding the fact he was the traitor. Seriously, how did General Pryde figure it out?
- Palpatine has a GRANDDAUGHTER? Let’s put that timeline together shall we? Rey is about 25 years old. Her parents abandoned her at about age 5. At the time they looked about 25 themselves, maybe 30. So Rey was abandoned about 50 years ago. Which would place the events in question firmly in the original trilogy timeline. At which point the Emperor was a decrepit old man. Who would have had his baby? Who was his son? Why wasn’t his son raised as a Sith? SO many questions that really make no sense. Even saying Rey was his great-granddaughter would have been more palatable.
- How did Palpatine survive? It was a great plot point, but come on. How did he survive? Not only did he seemingly fall to his death (hey Kylo seemed to fall to his death too), but he was able to survive the rigors of the energy well AND the explosion of the second Death Star. Who picked up his damaged body? If there were only two Wayfinders to Exegol wouldn’t the Emperor or whoever took him there have used one? Meaning there was only one left.
- Since when can you pull objects THROUGH the Force? Kylo Ren did it. Rey sent a lightsaber to him through it. But how? Most of the Force seems to use concepts people are already familiar with, but this? How convenient. I’m not a fan of suddenly discovering a new concept just to suit your plot point. It means the writers were not being very creative.
- Not only did I wonder where the Final Fleet came from, but where Palpatine found people to man those ships and build them in the first place. That amount of steel couldn’t have come from nowhere. I know he was manipulating Snoke, but did no one wonder how all those people and supplies got to Exegol when you need one of only two Wayfinders to get there?
- Knights of Ren. I still don’t know anything about them. This group looks like it has an interesting backstory but since they don’t talk and we know nothing about them, it’s like a missed opportunity.
- What did Finn want to tell Rey? That question was never answered….
Here are some of the things I loved:
- WEDGE ANTILLES! Being a huge Wedge fan, it was great to see him flying one last time. I did wonder what happened to his wife Norra and was so sad to see his stepson, Snap, die in this film. But it was such a fitting conclusion to have Wedge back.
- Leia’s lightsaber. Although a contrivance, I loved it. I loved seeing what a Leia lightsaber looked like. Sleek, elegant, and better balanced than most other lightsabers. Smaller for her smaller frame, but just as powerful. Loved it.
- Luke lifting the X-Wing. For those of us who remember how Luke couldn’t do this task in The Empire Strikes Back to see Luke do this here was a great way to close the circle on his training. Just a nice homage to long time fans.
- Lando back and at the controls of the Falcon. Like the run on the second Death Star this just felt right. Plus, he said Han’s famous line, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” And then Warwick Davis reprising his role as Wicket? Yes!
- Chewie FINALLY gets his medal from the Battle of Yavin! Enough said.
- Finding out where the fragments of the Death Star ended up. Something that big wouldn’t have just completely vanished. This was one of the more cool concepts in the film.
- All the Jedi voiceover cameos. I had to look these up since I couldn’t find them anywhere, but the original voices to came back to voice their characters. Some I didn’t even hear but there was Anakin, Obi-Wan (young and old), Yoda, Mace Windu, Ahsoka Tano, Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, Kanan Jarrus (whoop whoop for some Rebels love), Adi Gallia, and Qui Gon Jinn. How cool is that? On the dark side you had both Andy Serkis and James Earl Jones. Classic.
What I wished we would have seen: Everyone has a wish list of what they wish might have been. I’m not unhappy with the results, but wish we had seen these things.
- Thrawn. Just about the best character from the novels ever. Since Thrawn is in Wild Space also, it would have been interesting to have him be the commander of the Final Fleet. Or just make an appearance.
- Hera Syndulla. We get a reference to Hera in Rogue One and we know she survives at least until The Force Awakens. What became of Hera, her son, Sabine, and Ezra Bridger? Will we ever know? Ezra is still a Jedi and one of the only ones left. Why didn’t Luke or Rey find him in the Force?
- Who shot first? We all know it was Han, but some kind of acknowledgment would have been great.
There’s probably more, but I need more time to process. And see it again. Will you be returning to the theater to watch Rise again?