The Emperor is an interesting villain in the Star Wars universe, in terms of how fans got to experience him. Not only did they get to see him in his heyday as Emperor of the Empire, but years later, we got to see him ascend to power in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
In the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that kicked off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will continue with this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we get a new big bad in the form of Supreme Leader Snoke. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding him as a villain? Where does he come from? Is he a Sith? Why is his face so messed up? No doubt, hardcore fans will want to know all the details, but as we reported in the past, we may not get them.
Speaking with Empire, writer-director Rian Johnson explained why they wouldn’t be delving into Snoke as a character.
“We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor.’ He’s a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
It’s a solid approach, and one that J.J. Abrams and co. took with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in terms of their world-building. If you’ll notice, audiences had a lot more questions about the galaxy as a whole than in the prequel trilogies, and it’s because they focused more on the story and characters than they did on the world.
This makes for a great story, and leaves audiences wanting to know more about the world. The same could be said about Snoke. That being said, we do worry that this could lead to a boring villain who we care nothing about. But if Kylo Ren manages to fill the more sympathetic void, it may work to have a bigger, more mysterious puppet master in Snoke.
What do you think? Is this a good approach for the villain of Star Wars? sound off down below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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