As Star Wars Celebration kicked off on Friday, one of the biggest reveals was the trailer for Episode 9. What is the title? What will the teaser trailer look like? Will J.J. Abrams retcon Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Some of that was answered when J.J. Abrams and crew revealed the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
As divisive as The Last Jedi was (I actually enjoyed the movie and saw the motivation of the film), watching The Rise of Skywalker made me fanboy out just a bit. The culmination of not just this trilogy of films, but all seven previous stories, it made sense that J.J. Abrams and team went to the source for some guidance upon writing the script.
“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? We had conversations amongst ourselves, we met with George Lucas before writing the script,” Abrams revealed. “These were things that were in real, not debate, but looking at the vastness of the story and trying to figure out, what is the way to conclude this? But it has to work on its own as a movie, it has to be its own thing, it has to be surprising and funny and you have to understand it.”
As rumors swirled – because you know, the internet – that there could be a time jump between the last two films. Many “fans” refer to the time jump to distance itself from The Last Jedi, which a vocal group wanted to force Disney to retcon, but time jumps aren’t new. We had them between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, as well as Revenge of the Sith. The Empire Strikes Back saw a time jump from A New Hope, as we saw in Return of the Jedi.
“The movie doesn’t pick up immediately after the last film; some time has gone by,” Abrams explained. “This is an adventure that the group goes on together. It’s a story that, I think, one of the great things about the movie, getting work on it, was the dynamic between the characters. That’s the thing I’m most excited for you to see.”
Since this is the end of the Skywalker story, it makes sense that the Emperor would have some role in this final film. There are fan theories that Palpatine was controlling Snoke or he was somehow Snoke. However, he has had a presence in the past two trilogies, it makes perfect sense that he would show up in the final installment.
Well, we have five to six months before we see the official trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. People on the internet will be dissecting this footage for months and expand on their own theories. Regardless of how this film turns out, I hope we won’t see more petitions and petty nonsense about how they handled this franchise. If we do, then we can see Disney just stop doing them altogether.