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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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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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SOURCE: Empire

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    I’m expecting Snoke to be like Starkiller Base. Bigger, badder, lamer.

  • axebox

    Star Wars Episodes 7, 8 and 9: The Retread Trilogy

  • Snoke is dark side clone of Luke

  • Lenin1959

    Snoke is either really Darth Plagueis or an ancient Sith Lord who was raised (maybe when the force got out of balance when all Sith Lords died in the Battle of Endor) on a planet in an unexplored sector of the universe.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      He looks older than someone who was raised after the Endor battle.

      • Lenin1959

        Raised from death after the Endor battle? In my opinion, he looks like an undead and fits my idea therefore perfectly.

  • Fallout Boy!

    So he’s a gimmick character that had to exist by Disney-fied generalizations and will be explained in shitty novels written by a-hole, PC, SJW gay-agenda, fake diversity authors that they want us to buy to keep their fucking SW boat floating on an ocean of our money. Those fucking books have just been AWFUL. Instead of being escapist entertainment they decided to fill the pages with fucking PC-agenda cardboard characters who are in a constant mode of shoving ‘what’s right’ both in text and subtext in our faces. FUCK YOU!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I think someone needs a nap.

      • Fallout Boy!

        Lol!
        But I always throw a tantrum before bed! You want an edge, get Oliver Stone to direct Ep. 9, Snoke is the Scarface of space-blow, and Luke is head of the Justice Enforcement Drug Interdiction squad :
        J.E D.I

        Preview: Chewie isn’t really hairy he’s just REALLY buzzing…

  • Ryan Fink

    I have read the “rationale” before that “Snoke doesn’t need to be explained bc The Emperor wasn’t explained in the OT, he “just was.” While that’s true and it was fine in the OT, these new episodes bare the weight of having to work within the galaxy set up by its forebears. The OT didn’t have to explain the Emperor because NOTHING came before it. TFA and TLJ and EpIX have to successfully bridge the between the OT and themselves. When the leaders of the antagonist in the OT were killed and you introduce a “Supreme Leader” of your antagonists in the sequel who was not in the OT (so far as we know), it’s only natural that people will want to know where this Supreme Leader comes from. Particularly when they appear old and conspicuously “damaged”.

    Lucasfilm needs to stop the bullshit. Just make it a simple “this guy seized power in a vacuum when the Empire was down” and they will fill in his back story later. Stop all the stupid semantic games that are either going to set up fans for disappointment one way or another.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.