So here’s the question, did Star Wars: The Last Jedi undo The Force Awakens? Wow, this feels like going back to an old house you have not lived in for a while. Writing about The Last Jedi again, I kinda thought we were done with all that now? But two of the editors who worked on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have reignited the conversation.
There are a lot of fans who agree with the question posed, without reading any further. However, there are many fans out there who would be saying that The Rise of Skywalker also undid the storytelling of The Last Jedi. I stand somewhere else, I thought they were both utter garbage, just in different ways. Anyway, let’s get to what two of the editors who worked on The Rise of Skywalker said recently with regards to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi.
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey recently appeared on Light The Fuse: A Mission: Impossible Podcast. The pair were of course primarly there to talk about the Mission: Impossible movies they had worked on. However, they also had time for a quick bit of criticism for The Last Jedi.
“I feel very much like, in hindsight, that the trilogy, the last part of the trilogy, needed one vision,” Brandon said on the show.
“I couldn’t agree more,” Markey replied. “It’s very strange to have the second film…consciously undo the storytelling of the first film. I’m sorry, that’s what it felt like.”
I’m sorry, but I would have more sympathy with this opinion if the finale didn’t also undo everything from the second movie. I know the story was not the responsibility of the editors, but The Rise of Skywalker very much attempted to undo not just The Last Jedi, but Return of the Jedi to boot. Surely that’s an even more impressive feat than the heroics performed by Rian Johnson?
Then, maybe one could go back farther and say The Force Awakens attempted to undo the original trilogy? Let’s face it, after the fact, everyone can see that the sequel trilogy was a quick cash in by Disney. Disney thought they could just tack another three episodes onto the end of the Star Wars Saga and call it the Skywalker Saga. To achieve this, they brought in the most unoriginal director working in the business, the somehow popular J.J. Abrams.
So how has this all worked out for Disney? So far so good, the price Disney paid for Lucasfilm has been earned back and they are now making profits. The long-lasting damage to the franchise is harder to gauge, but it will be felt. I personally have no desire to ever watch the sequel trilogy again. Why should I waste my time on something which Disney rushed together with no direction or plan for?
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