The Good, The Bad, The Promising: Let’s Talk Episode IX

The 80s had it, the 2000s had it, the 10’s have this trailer too; finally, the new Star Wars trailer is here! And it doesn’t show much.

The Good:

This new trilogy has never failed at looking cinematic and it looks like this installment won’t disappoint. Starting off with a bit of a visual reference to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, in which Rey runs away from a rapidly approaching TIE Fighter. The movie will also aim to use as many practical effects and sets as possible (always a win in my book). The cast looks great, the visuals look great, I’m excited.

The Bad:

While it may have divided fans, I really liked The Last Jedi and how it tried to be something new and loved Kylo Ren’s arc of “let the past die.” So it was a bit disappointing to see his helmet being fixed, but who knows how that will play out. My concern so far is that Rise of Skywalker will go out of its way to course correct the events of the last movie. I’m of the opinion that if you made it, you gotta own it. I’d rather enjoy a new story rather than have to sit through a montage of “fixing mistakes.”

The Promising:

While this is by no means the last Star Wars movie, it is the last chapter of the Skywalker saga. I’m really interested to see how they wrap up a 40+ year story. The franchise has always been about legacies and generations and the cool thing is that it’s literally become a generational story with a new trilogy popping up about every 20 years with A New Hope in 1977, The Phantom Menace in 1998 and The Force Awakens in 2015. I’m very interested to see how they tie the trilogy into the previous two and also, Ian Mcdermid is back as The Emperor in some capacity so that’s fun.

No matter who your Star Wars childhood hero is, whether it’s Luke, Anakin, or Rey I think we’re all a bit excited to see how this innovative and creative legacy sends off.

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