Writing challenge day 11: The Rise of Skywalker

The final chapter in the Skywalker era of Star Wars was the exclamation point to the failed sequel trilogy. JJ Abrams failed to save the three films and instead left a mess for Disney to clean up. The Rise of Skywalker is such a hot mess and so bad. Here is why.

ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 16: New Storm Troopers on Day One of Disney’s 2015 Star Wars Celebration held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

In all fairness the movie starts alright. Emperor Palpatine is alive, well he cloned himself. It turns out the he has been pulling the strings the whole time. Waiting to revive his empire for “the final order.”

Rey still training to be a Jedi. The small band of rebels need to attack Palpatine and choose to do so on the Sith planet of Exegol where the Sith Lord has been devising his plan.

The film is so clunky that a semi decent middle of the movie still misses the mark. There is a nice Rey vs Kylo Ren water lightsaber battle. Also a rather ho-him attempt at a tear jerking  moment between Ren and Han Solo.

The Rise of Skywalker cracks under the pressure to save the trilogy after the mess of The Last Jedi. The worst possible moment came when Rey decided she was going to be a Skywalker.

So now, characters can be whoever they want to be? Other than be trained a little bit by Luke and Leia she had no ties to the Skywalker name or family. It simply did not fit, did not work and again angered the fan base.

In the end Disney failed miserably. The Star Wars sequels were not good and fans bailed on the franchise. To the point that movies were put on the backburner until they could come up with some that would sooth things over.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” posters at the “Star Wars” Marathon hosted by Nerdist on December 19, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

The failed movies also made Disney focus on streaming shows. Something they have been better at because Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are overseeing the projects.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review

Embed from Getty Images Being a person who has been blessed to see now all nine Star Wars films in their original releases (Han shot first!) the final film in the epic Skywalker arc of Star Wars is in theaters now, The Rise of Skywalker. This review will have spoilers.

To begin, The Rise of Skywalker starts unlike many of the films previously, No space ship chase or fast paced action intro, the movie opens with Supreme Leader Kylo Ren engaged in a ground attack on Mustafar.

Ren there finds a Sith wayfinder and is off to search for Emperor Palpatine whom we find somehow survived being tossed over the second Death Star reactor core. Palpatine has been bidding his time on the ancient Sith planet Exogol. It is a dead planet which sets a dark tone. Ren finds the Emperor who tries to bait him into doing something for him, in exchange Ren is told he can run the Empire. The Emperor tells Ren he is every voice inside his head he has ever hear (insert cool part here.) He tells him he created Snoke as we see clone chambers with multiple Snoke’s in them.

Emperor Palpatine, is attached to a sort of life-support arm that moves with him. It adds to his already creepy nature. For this viewer Palpatine steals the movie. He is at his all-time evil prime.

Poe, Finn, Rose, Chewbacca all are at their collective best in the sequel trilogies final film. A film that is clunky after the opening scene, until it finds it’s footing about halfway through.

Rey, is at her best. After Kylo Ren tells her she is the grand daughter of Emperor Palpatine, Rey goes on a mission. Her showdown with the Emperor is very well done.

Kylo Ren, sees a vision of his father Han Solo, and is changed. He goes back to being Ben Solo. Though he has Skywalker in his bloodline thanks to his mother Leia Organa (Skywalker.) Ren then joins his grand father Anankin Skywalker and uncle Luke Skywalker and makes a sacrifice that costs him his life. A nice tie-together for sure.

The last scene is perhaps the best. Rey goes to Tatoonie, to bury Luke and Leia’s lightsabers at the old farm house. A lady asks who she is, Rey pauses and says “I’m Rey……… Rey Skywalker.” Effectively doing what Kylo Ren said back in The Force Awakens “Let the past die, kill it if you have to.” She no longer wanted to be associated with Palpatine and started over while honoring both Luke and Leia.

All in all, this is the best film of the sequels. It is a thrill ride and it is an emotional journey. A very fitting end to the Skywalker saga.

Did fans have it wrong about who the chosen one was/is in Star Wars

Embed from Getty Images Star Wars fans have always been under the assumption That Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader were both the most important character and the chosen one who would bring balance to the Force. What if that is wrong? What if it is Luke Skywalker’s former Padawan Ben Solo/Kylo Ren?

It is well known through the teaser trailer and the D23 “hotreel” Kylo Ren is now Supreme Leader. Taking the place of Snoke whom Ren seemingly killed in “The Last Jedi.” There is one slight catch, Kylo Ren does not seem to this point to be fully committed to the Dark Side.

With that in mind, the question is, is Kylo Ren really the chosen one? Far fetched you say? Not so fast. The fact that Ren seems almost tormented about the Dark and Light side suggests that he could both be redeemed and is trying to please a grandfather he never knew. A grandfather who returned to the Light after being Dark.

In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Ren says he “feels the pull to the Light.” While “The Last Jedi” Rey is confident Kylo Ren will turn to the Light and become Ben Solo once again. Luke Skywalker does not feel Kylo will not let the past die. Therefore will stay Dark.

Luke implies, if Ren continues killing the people who love him, he will just heap guilt on himself. Kylo Ren seems to be in some sort of conflict with himself. He is not 100% committed to the Dark. While not wanting to surrender to the Light.

If he is redeemed perhaps it is all under the watchfulness of his grandfather Anakin Skywalker. Well his Force ghost anyways. If Ren turns to the Light in “The Rise of Skywalker” he may just become the most important person in the  Skywalker saga.

After all, a Skywalker will have to rise. A Force ghost Luke and/or Anakin are unable to rise.

Star Wars: Could Emperor Palaptine and Supreme Leader Snoke be related?

Embed from Getty Images *This is not a spoiler, only speculation*, that explores if Darth Plagueis created Palpatine?  Plagueis knew how to create life, so he creates the perfect Dark Side apprentice. Plagueis’ apprentice then kills him in his sleep after learning his teachings, and the apprentice creates even more life in Anakin Skywalker. And some further speculation: Could Supreme Leader Snoke have been created as a backup Palpatine and learned everything from Plagueis as well?

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” director JJ Abrams, said back in the spring, “This movie had a very, very specific challenge, which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies, and so we had to look at, what is the bigger story?

While this week, JJ Abrams revealed why Palpatine is returning for The Rise of Skywalker. He said, “Some people feel like we shouldn’t revisit the idea of Palpatine. And I completely understand that. But if you’re looking at the nine films as one story, I don’t know many books where the last few chapters have nothing to do with those that have come before. If you look at the first eight films, all the set-ups of what we’re doing in IX are there in plain view.”

To link the films and characters together, is not as easy as it would seem. In my opinion, a big shocking moment would be if Emperor Palaptine and Supreme Leader Snoke were created by the same person, Darth Plagueis.

It is already known, Emperor Palpatines is returning for the last installment of the Skywalker saga. What better way to paint a bigger picture on the story and give them more meat?