CS Soapbox: How does Rise of Skywalker prepare episode 10?
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was announced as the end of the Skywalker Saga. Before the movie's release, fans were bombarded with trailers, teasers and nostalgia feats. The movie itself is a large ball of string wrapped in nostalgia about to be undone. To the dismay of many, The Rise of Skywalker was not perfect (not that it could have been).
Leaving the cinema with an unwavering feeling of unrequited love (or maybe you felt suffocated), you can't help wondering where the franchise goes. Just because it's the end doesn't mean it's over. Before we get into how The Rise of Skywalker creates a future narrative, here's what we know about pending movie plans.
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What we know about the future of Star Wars movies
There will be more Star Wars movies! Lucasfilm has already booked release dates for December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026. Very little is known about the movies that fit this schedule, as Disney expects to see how people react to The Rise of Skywalker before moving forward with any plans. This apprehension is undoubtedly the result of the divisive reaction of fans to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Around the release of The Last Jedi, it was announced that the film's director Rian Johnson would be directing his own Star Wars trilogy (completely unrelated to the Skywalker Saga). Discussions over this idea have since waned, though Johnson said it's still one thing (and most likely could be the movies that would fit Disney's release schedule). In addition to Johnson's trilogy, there were plans for Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to create a Star Wars movie. This plan has already been dropped. The latest news revolves around a Kevin Wars movie that cannot be produced in the wrong way. Following contradictory reactions to the sequel trilogy, Disney doesn't want to risk it.
Since Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the Star Wars sequence trilogy approach can best be described as … well, hasty. Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted this. The flip-flop of directors from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to The Rise of Skywalker has resulted in a narrative that seems inconsistent and misconceived. This is not to say that the sequences are not good: The Force Awakens can be seen as an energetic love letter for Star Wars: A New Hope (and no doubt a perfect start) while The Last Jedi as a bold subversion of expectations.
In many ways, The Rise of Skywalker Boy Scout knots various plot threads while others are left to sway in the wind. It was heralded as the end of the saga … However, with so many moments and menacing questions unanswered, there is no reason to say that an episode 10 (or some continuation) will never happen. Without further ado, here are some of the ways in which The Rise of Skywalker sets up the next Star Wars movie, should it happen.
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Finn is force sensitive.
On some occasions in The Rise of Skywalker, Finn tries to tell Rey something. Given the life or death circumstances of one of these occasions, it seemed that he wanted to profess his love for her, but this was confirmed by JJ Abrams and John Boyega that Finn I wanted to inform Rey of his connection with the Force. In addition to deathbed / shipwreck confessions, viewers can deduce this from Finn, thanks to his new intuition.
After Finn doesn't tell Rey about Pasaana, he can sense Kylo Ren's arrival when Rey runs off to face him. So when they go looking for the Death Star wreckage on Kef Bir, Rey runs off again and Poe complains to Finn about his Force-related crusade. Finn defends Rey, telling Poe that he doesn't understand what Rey is going through, which Poe replies, "and do you understand?" All this leads to the idea that he always seems to "feel" Rey.
Finn feels Rey the same way Leia and Luke can feel in the original trilogy. Finn is a replacement for Leia this way. That said, it would be really nice to get a sense of the sensitivity of your strength in The Last Jedi (just as Read in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back). We may have been teased by Finn's sensitivity in The Force Awakens when he was an anointed lightsaber duty, but that's right. Regardless, Finn's next steps are clear: he is about to upgrade a lot and will need a master.
Rey is the best Jedi master.
Rey's final steps made her a God of Strength. Her "stay with me" bow ends with her becoming the embodiment of all the Jedi who came before (or she at least has access to them). When we last see her, she's burying Luke and Leia's lightsabers in Tatooine – choosing them as her spiritual family, putting her stories to rest and starting from scratch with a yellow lightsaber. The yellow lightsaber probably has nothing to do with the whole Jedi Sentinel thing, as some have theorized. It is entering itself, starting from the whole green and blue tradition of the tradition and starting something new. The Rise of Skywalker sets Rey to great things and there is so much more that could be done with her.
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As the embodiment of all the Jedi who came before, "Rey Skywalker" is perfectly equipped to start his own Jedi Academy, using the Lars property in Tatooine as his base. Remember that boy with the broomstick at the end of The Last Jedi? He needs training. Finn needs training. There is an entire galaxy that needs training – perhaps even more Palpatines need guidance. Rebuilding a new Jedi Order may not have worked so well for Luke, but Rey learned from all the mistakes of Luke and the other Jedi. She can communicate with all of them by asking masters like Yoda what to do when their nephew does wild things to his neighbor's cat.
In fact, if Rey's story continued where The Rise of Skywalker left off, the dark side would have to be present in some way. The question of the balance of force is about an equal amount of darkness and light – one side cannot overcome the other. If this happens, a figure in the light or darkness will rise (see all trilogy). This can, of course, be the end of Rey's big-screen story, his fights can be saved for novelization or other spin-offs. Movies may prefer to include Rey as a reference, where thousands of years later people will mention her as the initiator of the new Jedi Order.
Lando and Jannah
Jannah is one of the new characters we are introduced to The Rise of Skywalker. She and her freedom fighters were Stormtroopers who abandoned the First Order as Finn. At the end of the movie, when everyone is celebrating, Lando asks Jannah where she is from and when she says, "I don't know." Lando replies: "let's find out". Thus begin the adventures of Lando and Jannah.
It is noteworthy that, thanks to the release of a complementary book, many theorized that Jannah is the daughter of Lando, who was estranged from him by the First Order as a young girl. Regardless of whether this revelation happened or not, the two could travel the galaxy and help First Order victims reunite these victims with their families. Finn could join them on this mission, yadda yadda yadda. Besides, what had Lando done before The Rise of Skywalker? Lando Calrissian's story needs to be deepened a bit.
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Poe and Zorii
Poe Dameron has a love interest in The Rise of Skywalker, apparently for no reason. We know almost nothing about Zorii Bliss. We can't even see her whole face. Perhaps this relationship can be explored in future films now that the war is won. Poe can get away from his life as a Resistance leader and go back to running with his girlfriend. Poe's most likely future sees him leading his people, helping them establish a NEW New Republic.
Maz Kanata is over a thousand years old and has witnessed the shifting of the Force between balances repeatedly. It clearly has an inexplicable connection to the larger story. We still don't know how Maz got Anakin / Luke's lightsaber in The Force Awakens.
Maz had a lot of mystery and promise as a character. Unfortunately, she was cast aside in The Last Jedi and In The Rise of Skywalker. It is not yet known if Maz's story will be seen in future films – we will probably get answers in a comic someday.
Will unused George Lucas material be used?
When Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, he also sold his plans for the sequel trilogy. The Disney trilogy proved to be a great departure from what Lucas originally planned. His trilogy would have thoroughly investigated the nature of midi-chlorians and Whills (powerful force users seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). The Force would have been examined at a "microbial" level. Who knows what this might have said about the nature of good and evil on a biochemical level – the philosophical possibilities are endless.
When George Lucas made Star Wars over 40 years ago, he decided to create something different, intertwined with nuances and subtleties that meant something bigger. From political statements to morality debates, Star Wars has it all – adults love it as much as children do. One of the things George Lucas found most disappointing about the sequel trilogy (after a private screening of The Force Awakens) was that it offered fans nothing new.
The fact that nothing new or deeper has occurred in general may be one of the reasons why it does not seem …