This past weekend saw Disney’s own convention called D23 come and go over at Anaheim, CA. Everything Disney-branded were announced and talked about. We got more news on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, more Marvel Studios news from Disney+ shows to information on the MCU’s Phase 4 plans. There were even some news about the fallout of the Marvel/Sony issue which has taken Spider-Man out of the MCU proper. Yesterday saw the release of the latest theatrical poster and a special First Look at this upcoming holiday release of Star War: Rise of Skywalker.
The final installment in what’s being called as the Skywalker Saga, the first look trailer shown at D23 yesterday has now been released for general audience consumption and from what I can see it bears some resemblance (at least from some of the images shown) from the old Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: Dark Empire (now just part of Star Wars Legends).
From the very ordered battle formation of Imperial Star Destroyers, to C3PO with red, menacing eyes to Rey in black Sith Robes that echoed Dark Empire’s Luke Skywalker also donning the black Sith Robes and becoming an apprentice of Sith Lord Palpatine.
While much of the stories and ideas from the comics and books of the 1990’s up until the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney has been made moot with the release of the latest films, the Star Wars creators have been mining the so-called Star Wars Legends for ideas and characters to create a new canonical universe.
This latest trailer for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker does seem to have some influence from that comic book series from Dark Horse and I think that should make for an interesting conclusion to this latest film trilogy.
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I have some theries of my own to offer:
Rey is the daughter of…….SHMI. Note the resemblance between them. This could also explain her force-abilities with no training. When Shmi told Obi-Wan’s mentor: “there was no Father”, who’s to say that Shmi didn’t have another “fatherless moment” after Anakin left her? If it could happen once, why not twice? Again, the family resemblance.
But there’s more: In the trailer you have, above. Listen to it again. When it says “we’ve passed down all we know. The 1000 generations live in you now”. That sounds like LUKE, talking. BUT—-(listen to it again) near the end of the Trailer when we hear something like:
“your Journey is almost complete” (?), just before we see Rey have a double-sided light saber, THAT voice sounded like Palpatine’s, not Luke’s. I havent seen or read of anyone else mentioning this, so far. But there is still more: speaking of Rey being a Clone…..suppose that “the Good Rey” does NOT turn to the Dark Side at all but that the REy that we see with the double-sided lightsaber IS a Clone of Rey (the good one). Two Reys? 1 good, one evil? Could it be? Who would have done it? And if someone cloned an evil Rey, why would that same person create a good Rey, or a Rey that wasn’t already evil from the very beginning? Hmmmm…
Here’s something else: SNOKE.
Snoke himself said that he had: “seen the rise of the Republic”.
But wouldnt that make him older than Palpatine?
And if so, why don’t we ever hear Palpatine mention Snoke, to Anakin? Why doesn’t Obi-wan ever mention of wan of Snoke? Why doesn’t Yoda, if Snoke was already around? Unless—–
Remember Snoke’s appearance. Very battered-looking, skinny/boney, and as if he had been badly burned. Now, flash-back to when Darth Vader threw Palpatine “down the chute” and there was an explosion. Another theory I have is: What if Snoke was really the buirned & battered Palpatine? This explains:
1. His appearance
2. His fear of Luke
3. Why Yoda and Obi-wan never mentioned him. There are two more things:
A) WHO??—is Maz Kanata? She keeps “flying under the Radar”.
B) “The Rise of Skywalker”. “Everybody” assumes it has to either about Rey, or Kylo Ren. But suppose thats another “grand fake-out”? Suppose its about a NEW Skywalker. Like who? Like, wellllll….what about that small boy at the end of The Last Jedi who was using the Force to do sweeping with a broom? Did anyone see it coming? But I only guessing. Still, its much fun to think about all this.
Bonus thought: Will we find out anything-more about “The Unknown Regions”? Who are “the Chiss”? and will we discover more about them? Are they good or evil?
My biggest hope for this next movie is very simply that the audience DOES get very clear, specific, and definite ANSWERS!! No more of the “leaving us hanging with no answers” That is exactly why The Last Jedi was such a colossal disappointment.