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– by Kyle Malone

Welcome back to The Cantina where we definitely serve your kind. I’m your bartender Kyle Malone and I’m serving up tall glasses of nothing but Star Wars.  By now you know I am the dedicated, well versed in the EU, experienced gamer, and open-minded fan this world needs. I see the flaws in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but also the great moments too. I know the importance of The Empire Strikes Back but see how strong Return of the Jedi is. I see that the prequels… well… we’ll get there… maybe. There’s nothing more satisfying than a great Star Wars story, and I want more! 

Look… I love Star Wars… Probably more than you. Maybe… However, I am conflicted. As I write this I am coping with a single down vote on my Trailer Reaction video (See HERE) and wondering why someone would be mad at my personal reaction. Am I not allowed to react in my reaction video? Whatever! I hope you all watch it and I love everyone that agrees, and I love everyone that disagrees. Discuss, have fun, and may the Force be with you!

Let’s talk about this title though. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker… What does it mean? Why did they go with that? Thank the Maker it wasn’t The Balance of the Force! I hate this title. I think it is the worst title since Attack of the Clones and I find myself very angry that they give us this title and no reasons for it. The first trailer for The Force Awakens mentioned an awakening. The trailer for The Last Jedi talked about it being time for the Jedi to die. This trailer gives us the voice of a single Skywalker, who we think is dead, and very little else to explain the title of the movie. That doesn’t mean that I hated the trailer though.

This first trailer gives us shots of Rey on a desert planet which could be Jakku, Tatooine, or even Jeddah. She has rebuilt the Luke Skywalker/Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber from The Prequels and Original Trilogy. This is cool, and I like that she rebuilds the Lightsaber. She does a cool flip to take on a ship that looks to be Kylo Ren’s and then we start shifting locations. We see a craft flying at night towards a city in a mountainous area, Kylo Ren attacking someone with his Lightsaber, which doesn’t cut through the person, Kylo fixing his old helmet, Finn and Poe on some rocks, some droids, Lando flying the Falcon, and we get to hear the Emperor laugh. When I did my initial reaction I got distracted by the title so much that I thought Ian McDiarmid was John Williams. Sorry about that folks, but I really hate that title.

I like this trailer though. I think it’s an interesting thing to do, showing us all of these quick scenes that do nothing to describe the story. It reminds me of the trailer for The Force Awakens and how much it showed without actually giving anything away. The trailer does give some weight to several rumors though. Additionally, that poster that caused such a stir a few weeks ago also got some credit to its name when J.J. Abrams showed pictures of the fish alien during the panel that preceded the trailer at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. This makes me afraid that we will get a movie that spends too much time undoing the last film.

I would have preferred almost any of the rumored titles to this. The only thing worse than The Rise of Skywalker would have been the single word Skywalkers. I will say that our very own Cam Clark brought up the idea that Force users will become known as Skywalkers in this film. That is a real possibility with the idea that the Jedi Order should perish and give way to something new.

What did you think of the title? What did you think of the trailer? Did you watch my reaction? Am I too hard on the title? Let me know in the comments below! May the Force be with you!

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Kyle is the Weekend Editor for LRM Online and a business school graduate who loves movies, comics, and video games. He shares his passions with his wife and is raising a next-generation geek.