“Rise of Skywalker” isn’t the fall of Star Wars


Rise of Skywalker has grossed $916 million world wide.

After 42 years, the Skywalker saga has come to an end in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Episode 9). Viewers rejoin Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she tries to find her place in a galaxy far far away and put an end to the First Order.

The movie has already grossed almost $1 billion worldwide since its release.

The movie takes the story in a new direction by bringing back Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiamid who played the Sith Lord in the original trilogy and the prequels). Palpatine reveals that he has always been watching Rey and Ben Solo (Adam Driver) since the beginning, influencing events from the shadows since he was left weak and wounded by Darth Vader/ Anakin Skywalker in Episode 6. This return of Palpatine was seen by some fans as a sort of an easy fix for Disney after backlash for bringing back the Star Wars franchise.

“Disney’s trilogy as a whole though I feel as if the progression of the story was a little choppy considering the change in directors and the fan’s reactions after episode eight,” junior Ed Pena said.

This is referring to the fact that in Episode 8 (“The Last Jedi”), Rey’s parents were said to be nobodies. Fans were upset by this as many had hoped that she would have been reviled to be related to one of the main characters from the original trilogy. While that has since changed with new information reviled in “Rise of Skywalker,” it doesn’t seem like that’s enough to satisfy some fans.

“I wish they had done more with Finn (John Boyega) and expanded on some of the ideas that were set up in ‘The Force Awakens,’ but it’s okay,” said Pena.

Some might say that Disney was setting themselves up to fail when they bought the franchise way back in 2012. The expectations for any Star wars sequel was so great that even George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, had chosen to do the prequels instead.

“I feel like they stand up to the originals very well,” said Pena. “They’re just movies, and that’s how they should be treated. That’s how I viewed them, at least, and I’ve enjoyed them all very much because of that.”