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.
It looks like after being a part of the franchise since the very beginning, we will see the last of everyone’s favorite protocol droid, C-3PO. In the trailers, we saw C-3PO hooking his mind up to something and that he was taking one last look at his friends. That implies that what he is about to do will either wipe his mind again or destroy him completely. I think I know what C-3PO is going to do. Due to the losses the Resistance sustained in The Last Jedi, they are in desperate need of weapons, warships, and soldiers. There is one one army the Resistance could summon that would give them a numerical advantage over the First Order: the Separatist Droid Army. In this image, you can clearly see a dormant B1-series battle droid behind C-3PO. At its height, the Separatist Droid Army numbered in the quintillions before they were collectively deactivated after the Clone Wars. It has been more than half a century since the Clone Wars and it is likely the Droid Army is still dormant and scattered across the galaxy. There have been cases where some battle droids did not deactivate or were reactivated through rogue parties, but the majority of the droid army is still dormant. You might ask how C-3PO could raise the entire droid army by himself. I think the answer is Attack of the Clones, which showed C-3PO switching heads and bodies with a B1-series battle droid. I think something else happened when this happened to C-3PO. I think he also formed some kind of connection with the droid army and now C-3PO might be accessing that connection in order to give the Resistance the army it needs to defeat the First Order once and for all. However, even though the droid army outnumbers the First Order, the First Order’s forces are more advanced and in better condition. The droid army has not fought a single battle in over fifty years, which means most of them must be rusted to a pulp. Still, what they lack in maintenance and advanced weaponry, the droid army makes up for in sheer numbers, which means they could overwhelm the First Order. On the downside, it will be sad to see such a favorite character die after all this time, but I know he will give his life for the good of the galaxy. C-3PO, the Force will be with you. Always.
We got a glimpse of the resurrected Palpatine in the new trailer of Rise of Skywalker. After seeing that, I went through a number of plot leaks and several of them corroborated Palpatine’s return. What I found was frightening! It looks like Palpatine DID die in Return of the Jedi, but the way he came back was grotesque! I don’t know how Palpatine got off the second Death Star before it exploded, but I know what he becomes and how. As we can see in this picture, Palpatine was hooked up to some kind of life support system chair that moves on its own like some kind of cybernetic wheelchair. However, that is just what keeps him alive for the moment. How he came back is a lot more bizarre. Apparently, Palpatine DID use his old Master, Darth Plagueis’s, method to cheat death. However, his resurrection was imperfect due to the extreme damage to his body, which is what made his life support system necessary. Essentially, Palpatine has become an undead cyborg abomination that is worse than Vader ever was. Additionally, Palpatine will be in far worse condition than he was with his deformities. On the other hand, experiencing death clearly made Palpatine more powerful in the dark side. According to the plot leaks, Palpatine’s power in the dark side will become so great that he could conjure vivid illusions that could reshape entire environments and his Force Lightning could envelope the atmosphere of an entire planet. That was where all the lighting we saw in the trailer was coming from. Also, it looks like Rey and Kylo Ren are part of Palpatine’s plan to fully restore himself. With Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke dead, Rey and Kylo Ren are the last prominent practitioners of the light and dark sides of the Force. I think Palpatine needs their power in the light and dark to complete his resurrection. I believe in the endgame, Rey and Kylo Ren will team up to take down Palpatine.
I remember the Dark Empire graphic novel where Palpatine comes back in a clone body. This video is a reenactment of a duel between Luke Skywalker and Palpatine. If Kylo Ren and Palpatine are going to fight for leadership of the First Order, I think it will look something like this.