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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the future of Star Wars on film is hanging in the balance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens scratched an itch, but was criticized for relying too heavily on replicating that original experience, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi was about as polarizing as a movie gets. 

There was already a lot riding on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by default, but add in all the baggage from the previous two films, and that just piles on top of the whole mess.

“The ending of this trilogy of trilogies is a tricky thing,” director J.J. Abrams told Total Film before diving into the reasons behind why it’s so difficult. “This movie has to work on its own. It’s got to have its own beginning, middle and end. It can’t make the mistake of a lot of sequels, where you just assume a character is beloved, where the movie suffers because the character is suddenly lacking. We can’t assume anyone cares.”

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And yet, while they do need to assume as such, there are plenty of people out there who do care, and who have been following these characters from the beginning. Actor Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in the new trilogy, celebrates the long chess match that has been playing out between the two Dark and Light sides of the force for decades:

“What’s amazing about the story and the script is that you learn that both the Sith and the Jedi have been playing a very long game. From the get-go, there’s been this chess match. All these pieces have been played. And now we get to see who gets checkmate.”

My vote is on the Gray Jedi. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Total Film

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.