Annlyel dissects the events of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker and discovers the erosion of the Skywalker legacy
The Rise of Skywalker is a travesty of a Star Wars film for a very particular reason, beyond the various nitpicking I could deliver in varying detail. It destroys the Skywalker story, hence the Skywalker legacy. Anakin Skywalker‘s sacrifice and the defeat of Palpatine were delegitimized considering that Palpatine would go on to survive and wreak more havoc, thus also ruining the prophecy that a person, born of no father (like Anakin, not Rey) would bring balance to the Force.
Luke Skywalker would be turned into a joke of a character rather than the powerful Jedi Master that we once knew him as.
And Ben Solo, the last true member of the Skywalker lineage, was figuratively cast aside as we see Leia and Luke (as Force ghosts) embracing Rey (who’s a Palpatine) as a “Skywalker” and Ben Solo wasn’t even given the chance to be shown as a Force ghost on Tatooine alongside his mother and uncle. Not to mention, it was Rey who would go on to destroy Palpatine instead of Ben, which was a lot less fulfilling. Think about it.
Ben Solo, Anakin’s grandson! would have defeated Palpatine. That feels a lot more powerful than Rey, his granddaughter (because they had to make her related to somebody right?) ending the dark lord once and for all. I get it. Female empowerment, yippee. But in terms of the overall story of the saga, Rey didn’t have the right to bring an end to a villain who had such a tie to the Skywalker family. That’s like having Wonder Woman defeat Lex Luthor. Yeah, he’s a villain, but the person who should be bringing an end to that character, personally, should be Superman. Ben killed Snoke. Let him end the real person who had tormented him for so many years.
The Rise of Skywalker unraveled a story that has been as solid as solid can be. George Lucas, despite his mishaps, did deliver a sound story that had a beginning, a middle, and an end. And that story has been turned into space mush.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!
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