Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Originally Explained Palpatine’s Return More

Whilst everyone knows Palpatine is back just from seeing trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this article will still get into some SPOILER territory for the movie, so if you have not seen and don’t want any spoilers, best to come back to this one later.



I’m going to level with you, as the only LRM team member who read all the leaks prior to the release of The Rise of Skywalker, there was one thing all the leaks were saying which annoyed me right from the start, if true. They all said that the return of Emperor Palpatine was not explained, and I hoped that was just information they were missing. For me, Palpatine died on the Death Star, and there is no way that throne room survived that explosion at the end of Return of the Jedi never mind Darth Sidious himself. In fact, I find it quite silly.

In the movie, the only explanation given was Palpatine reusing a line from Revenge of the Sith where he says “The Dark Side is a pathway to many abilities that some find to be unnatural.” The problem with that line is this, Palpatine was lying to Anakin in that movie, and he even tells Anakin after his turn that only one has found the ability to cheat death, but if they work together he is sure they can find the answers. Maybe Darth Plagueis did find a way, but the movie makes it clear that Palp’s is merely doing all this to get Anakin on his side.

Right away, at the start of The Rise of Skywalker, I had an issue with this not being expanded on. It felt like they were treating the audience as idiots. “Oh you don’t need to know that, he used some weird Sith magic, just ignore the plot holes and enjoy the fact he’s back.” I actually did somewhat enjoy seeing him again, because he is one of my favorite characters, but don’t treat me like an idiot, like Star Wars fans won’t ask the hard questions, because if there is one franchise you cannot do that with, it’s Star Wars. The Rise of Skywalker, is unfortunately full of these moments, don’t even get me started on the logic leaps that have to be done to resolve the Ochi, Rey’s Parents, and the Sith Dagger plot holes. However, at least they don’t take a royal dump on the story of Return of the Jedi, which Palpatine’s return does.

The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon recently spoke with Huffington Post about several decisions in this movie and she was asked if there was any more to Palpatine’s return than what we saw in the final movie, here is what she said.

“It was kind of a delicate balance and went back and forth a lot about how much we wanted to reveal. Some scenes changed quite a bit, the way that we wanted to present it to the audience. In the end, we ended up showing a lot less of it than we started with. [There was originally] a little more information about it, what was keeping [Palpatine] alive, [but] it seemed to go off topic. There was so much information in the film and so many characters that we wanted to have an audience concentrate on. I think we felt we didn’t want to clutter the film up with things you didn’t need to know.”

Sorry, but I absolutely needed to know about this more than perhaps any other aspect of this movie, it was too big to be brushed under the carpet and again as said above, this for me was the filmmakers, making the decision that fans would ignore this, that they would baffle us and we would blindly accept this decision. Not only that, but we would accept that Snoke was simply made by Palpatine, and when you accept that you have several other sever plot holes from the other two movies you need to try and resolve.

The end result is a film that feels like a bunch of teenagers got together to plan out a Star Wars movie and forgot about world-building, characters, and respecting the audience’s intelligence. Way to go, Disney, this is what happens when you rush in and announce a sequel trilogy where you have no plan for what it will be about, the most expensive piece of fan fiction ever made and not very good to boot if you ask me.

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I’ll leave you with the one image I continually see fans posting whenever this subject comes up, just to highlight the sheer idiocy of Palpatine’s return and the surviving Death Star wreckage.

If you think this actually worked for you, then feel free to dive into the comments and tell me where I am wrong? But it certainly didn’t work for this old fan.

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