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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: An Unambitious Conclusion To The Modern Saga


By Ryan Taylor


As the final movie to the sequel trilogy is released, we reminisce on the wonderful Star Wars movies of the past, and how they’ve wrapped the stories together.

In The Return of the Jedi (1983), Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are defeated, and the trilogy is completed.

In The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams decides to recycle that story, and inexplicably brings Palpatine back from the dead. It is not explained how he survived the Death Star explosion, and how he would even still be alive at over 110 years old.

The other main antagonist, Kylo Ren, has a redemption to the good side of The Force, much akin to the one Darth Vader underwent in The Return of the Jedi

This is not the only idea lifted from the movie. In The Return of the Jedi, Luke, after discovering he is the son of Darth Vader, considers turning to the dark side. Interestingly, Rey, in The Rise of Skywalker, walks down a similar path after she discovers she is Palpatine’s granddaughter. 

Palpatine somehow creates a fleet of Stardestroyers, without the resources to do so. The films shotty script writing creates numerous plot holes which are difficult to fill.

Despite being a reproduction of previous films, The Rise of Skywalker manages to keep audiences happy by reenforcing plot points that worked in other Star Wars movies. Sneaking around Empire Starships, desert chases, laser battles, spaceship dogfights, lightsaber battles, and gratuitous use of The Force.

Overall, The Rise of Skywalker manages to conclude the Star Wars franchise without breaking any boundaries. For those uninterested in fresh storytelling, The Rise of Skywalker will satisfy your need for a conclusion to the saga. 


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