Some fans think Palpatine’s return in Rise of Skywalker negated Anakin Skywalker’s sacrifice in Return of the Jedi, but I completely disagree. Let us not forget that Palpatine returned in Legends and no one seemed to complain. Also, after Palpatine’s final death, the Sith returned three or four times in Legends ranging from Lumiya’s Sith, the Lost Tribe of Sith, and the One Sith. Who knows? The Sith might return again sometime after Rise of Skywalker in the new Canon. The Prophecy of the Chosen One did not say if the Sith would be destroyed permanently nor did it say how long the balance in the Force would last. As far as I’m concerned, Anakin fulfilled the prophecy even if it was for a brief time.
I got to see Rey’s new lightsaber, which was the first yellow-bladed lightsaber to appear in a live action movie. Yellow-bladed lightsabers have ALWAYS been my favorite and I would wield one if I became a Jedi. Yellow-bladed lightsabers have traditionally been the weapon of choice Jedi Sentinels, who focused on achieving a balance between lightsaber combat and Force mastery. This is another reason why I love yellow lightsabers because it symbolizes you don’t have to choose between lightsaber combat and Force mastery. That philosophy is why it is a perfect blade color for Rey because she seems to be gaining a similar balance in her abilities. I also like that she built her lightsaber from parts of her quarterstaff, which symbolizes that she is taking a weapon from her past as a scavenger and changing it into the tool of her future as a Jedi. I noticed that Rey’s lightsaber also had a unique way of activating. Instead of pressing a button to activate the blade, the blade emitter rotates slightly and the top of the lightsaber opens up before the blade comes out. This looks like an ancient design similar to Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber, which further highlights the connection between them. Overall, I am pleased that Rey has a lightsaber that is truly hers and not one of the Skywalker lightsabers because you are not really a Jedi if you don’t build your lightsaber yourself.
With the ancient feud between the Jedi and the Sith brought to a permanent end, Rey Skywalker will have a lot of work to do to rebuild the Jedi Order. Based on what I know about the current chain of events in canon, I believe I have an idea of how Rey will accomplish this. She already has a Jedi Temple to work with on Ahch-To and she has the sacred Jedi texts filled with knowledge she can pass onto her students. Since the Ahch-To Jedi Temple is where the Jedi first began, it only makes sense that it would be the place the Jedi would be reborn. Due to her status as Palpatine’s granddaughter, she has access to Force lightning. However, she can use this infamous dark side power without turning to the dark side. For now, she may be afraid of this power, but with enough years of training, she may be able to refine this ability so it can be a weapon of the light side of the Force. This will be similar to how the New Jedi Order made frequent use of Force lightning in Legends. Rey has a Temple, the texts, and the strength to resist the pull of the dark side.
The only thing she will need next are students to train. In both The Clone Wars and the Fallen Order video game, it was revealed that the Jedi Order created a list of Force-sensitive children that were potential recruits to the Jedi ranks. Unfortunately, the Jedi were destroyed by Order 66 before they had the chance to recruit these children. The list was ultimately destroyed at the end of Fallen Order and the children remained off the grid. Those children who evaded the Empire will likely be all grown up now and have children of their own. With the Sith permanently gone, these Force-sensitive individuals are no longer in danger.
I have an idea of some individuals who are not on the list of Force-sensitive children that Rey could recruit. In Rebels, Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus and General Hera Syndulla had a son, Jacen Syndulla, who was born around the time the first Death Star was destroyed. By Rise of Skywalker, Jacen will be all grown up and have children of his own. Jacen was likely the pilot of the Ghost during the Battle of Exegol. If either Jacen or Jacen’s children are as strong in the Force as Kanan Jarrus, Rey could potentially recruit them into the new Jedi Order.
In the end of The Last Jedi, it was revealed that at least one of the children working in the stables is Force-sensitive. It was heavily foreshadowed that the child would grow up to be a Jedi. Perhaps he will cross paths with Rey and she ends up recruiting him.
Finally, there is the newly legendary Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda is very strong in the Force and is able to use powers such as telekinesis and Force healing without training. However, because he was still and toddler and had no prior training, using the Force takes a serious toll on his body. At 50 years old, Baby Yoda is a toddler by his species’ standards. If he is alive by the Rise of Skywalker, he will be 76 years old and still a toddler by his species’ standards. With the proper training, Baby Yoda would be a powerful addition to Rey’s Jedi Order.
Overall, Rey has no shortage of potential apprentices to choose from. The problem is finding them. The galaxy is vast so finding these would-be apprentices will be like finding a needle in a haystack if Rey attempts to find them on her own. Fortunately, with the help of her friends and the resources of the new galactic government at her disposal, Rey should be able to find enough students to rebuild the Jedi Order. I look forward to Rey’s quest to restore everything her grandfather destroyed. Hopefully, they will do either a television show or book series that details how Rey restores the Jedi Order.
You all may have noticed that I am posting a lot about Rise of Skywalker. After watching that movie, the Force is strong with me tonight. My brain is super-charged with Star Wars fever! As a Star Wars fanboy, my mind is overflowing with all kinds of theories about what is going to happen next in the Star Wars franchise. I haven’t felt this strongly about Star Wars in years and it is a wonderful feeling. I go to sleep tonight a happy man.
In Rise of Skywalker, the Resistance and the free worlds of the galaxy joined forces against the First Order. The massive fleet that appeared in the Battle of Exegol has been stated to be piloted mostly by civilians. Despite their lack of military experience, the pilots of this fleet came to Exegol declaring in one voice, “The oppression of the Sith will never return!” For the first time since the Galactic Civil War, the people of the galaxy was united against a common enemy and won! With the Sith and the Empire permanently defeated, the victorious Resistance and their allies must now strive to rebuild the galaxy. They will definitely learn from the mistakes of the New Republic. The reason the New Republic fell is because they underestimated and ignored the First Order and Imperial remnants until it was too late. Now, the new galactic government will not repeat those mistakes with the surviving remnants of the First Order. In Legends, the New Republic was replaced with the Galactic Alliance. Perhaps that is what’s going to happen in the aftermath of Rise of Skywalker.
When I saw Rise of Skywalker, I received a very intriguing revelation about Rey. She is the granddaughter and heir of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine! That explains why she is so strong in the Force. Her grandfather was strong enough to fight a Jedi of Yoda’s caliber to a draw. In Legends, Palpatine was a dangerous Force-sensitive even before he received training and he was able to use his natural power to deadly effect when he killed his whole family and their personal guards. That power flows in Rey’s veins.
I like the thought that Rey can use her hereditary Force power for good. Rey has proven that even though evil created her and left its mark on her, evil does not rule her. The end of her story has a delicious sense of irony. The reason for this is because one Palpatine destroyed the Jedi and now another Palpatine will rebuild the Jedi. One way or another, the future of the Jedi Order rests in Rey’s hands. With Darth Sidious gone forever and no longer able to influence her future students, Rey will succeed where Luke Skywalker had failed.
Most significant of all about Rey’s ending is that she renounced her Palpatine name and Sith heritage. She did not let her bloodline define her. Darth Sidious may have been Rey’s blood relative, but he was NEVER her family. The Skywalker family (Luke, Leia, Han, and even Kylo Ren) were collectively the family she never had. Han Solo was both a mentor and father figure for Rey. Not only did Luke and Leia teach Rey the ways of the Force, but they each had their own life lessons to teach her. Luke taught Rey to face her fears and not let her heritage define her while Leia gave Rey a mother’s love and guidance. Kylo Ren/Ben Solo taught Rey to always see the good in everyone even when they are beyond saving. Along with all Jedi who came before her, Anakin Skywalker’s Force ghost encouraged Rey to take a stand against her grandfather, giving her a sense of willpower and perseverance. Rey’s interactions with the Skywalker family helped her become the person she is now. Taking the Skywalker name for herself was not just a way to honor them. It was also a way of Rey acknowledging them as her true family. When the Force ghosts of Luke and Leia appeared to Rey in the end, it was their way of adopting Rey and welcoming her into their family.
I just saw The Rise of Skywalker and it far exceeded my expectations. The critics and haters can say what they will, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It answered countless questions and was a satisfactory conclusion to the Skywalker Saga as a whole. It also promises more forthcoming books, comics, television shows, and so on that will fill in the gaps. For a hardcore fanboy like me, that it an entertainment goldmine. Some fans think Palpatine’s return negated Anakin Skywalker’s sacrifice in Return of the Jedi, but I completely disagree. The Prophecy of the Chosen One did not say if the Sith would be destroyed permanently nor did it say how long the balance in the Force would last. As far as I’m concerned, Anakin fulfilled the prophecy even if it was for a brief time. Overall, I am more than pleased with how Rise of Skywalker turned out and I would recommend it to any Star Wars fan from any generation.
I just discovered something mind-blowing regarding The Rise of Skywalker! They released some footage of Kylo Ren confronting Darth Sidious, which is in the following link. In that footage, we learned that Sidious truly IS Supreme Leader Snoke! To be more specific, Snoke was Sidious’s puppet and mouthpiece. In addition, Sidious had been communicating with Kylo Ren through the remains of Darth Vader’s helmet. Throughout the footage, as he was talking to Kylo Ren, Sidious’s voice changed between his own and those of Snoke and Vader, saying, “I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head.” This shows that it was Darth Sidious the entire time who manipulated Ben Solo into turning to the dark side. It appears that Sidious has been grooming Kylo Ren to be his new Sith apprentice from the shadows, using Snoke and Vader’s helmet as proxies. After Vader “killed” him, Sidious saw him as a failed apprentice so he turned his attention to Ben Solo, who had just as much potential in the Force as Vader. With Vader’s helmet, Sidious was able to tug on Kylo Ren’s sentiment towards his grandfather. Through Snoke, Sidious was able to do test trials with Kylo Ren, teaching him basic dark side knowledge before he was ready to fully commit to him as his Sith apprentice. Also, even if something were to happen to Snoke, Sidious himself would remain hidden until he was ready to reveal himself. Now, Kylo Ren has proven he has something his grandfather lacked: the ability to kill and overthrow the master and usurp his power, which is the prime principle behind the Rule of Two. With this in mind, Sidious wanted Kylo Ren to kill Snoke to prove that he is capable of completing the Rule of Two. Afterwards, Sidious would leave Kylo Ren to his own devices to see what he would do once he gained real power. Clearly, Sidious liked what Kylo Ren became and has called to him through the dark side to officially become his new Sith apprentice. Just thinking of the lengths Sidious went through to orchestrate the formation of the First Order and discreetly grooming Kylo Ren into his new apprentice makes my mind blow! Up until now, we have only seen the puppets, but we will soon see the puppeteer. With these new revelations, I look forward to see the movie in its entirety to see what plans Sidious has for his new apprentice.
I have always been fascinated by Kylo Ren’s mask. While Darth Vader’s mask was both functional and symbolic, Kylo Ren’s mask was purely symbolic in nature. Kylo Ren’s mask is not just a common prop. It is a representation of his identity as a dark side practitioner. The first version of the mask in The Force Awakens represented Ben Solo’s initial turn to the dark side. When the mask was shattered in The Last Jedi, it represented Kylo Ren’s soul being shattered as a result of him killing his father. Now, in The Rise of Skywalker, the mask is being rebuilt. The mask looks like the original mask, but its numerous pieces are held together by red cracks. This symbolizes that Kylo Ren’s previously shattered dark side identity was reforged into something stronger. This transformation started when he killed Supreme Leader Snoke, which allowed Kylo Ren to complete the Rule of Two. Upon his ascension as the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren’s reforged dark side identity solidifies. Those red cracks represent the fragments of his soul being held together by his dark side rage. His identity may be reforged, but the flaws of his old identity as Ben Solo are still there. Now, Kylo Ren is not as conflicted as he was when we first met him and his turn to the dark side is closer to completion.
I went to Disneyland with my godmother and we went to all the new and old Star Wars attractions. First, we went to a ride from my childhood: Star Tours! It is a flight simulator ride that shows you traveling to the various parts of the Star Wars galaxy. Simulator rides I can do, but I cannot handle roller coasters. They added new simulations since The Last Jedi. I was sent to the desert world of Jakku and the mineral world of Crait. It was so fun and immersive. I NEVER get tired of Star Tours! Also, since we might lose C-3PO in Rise of Skywalker, I said my last goodbyes to him as I passed.