Hey, Star Wars original trilogy. I have a bone to pick with you. Yes, you’re a classic, and yes I really enjoy all three movies, but I wouldn’t call them perfect. I still think the Darth Vader father reveal, in retrospect, was cheap and unearned, and am still convinced that George Lucas didn’t have any idea that Luke and Leia were related until pretty late in the game — hence the kiss in The Empire Strikes Back.
But perhaps the biggest letdown for me was Yoda’s “No, there is another quote” as Luke left Dagobah. First of all, Luke didn’t hear Yoda say that, so him bringing it up in Return of the Jedi made no sense. And second…we see no real payoff to that line other than Leia being Luke’s sister. Her Jedi-ness doesn’t really come up again and it doesn’t culminate in any real way.
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Well, apparently, it’s this that The Rise of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio wanted to fix, as he told CinemaBlend.
“We knew there was, in this movie, a certain sobriety about Leia, and we had to pick and choose to ensure the weight of responsibility was still on Leia’s mind while at the same time maintaining a sense of Carrie’s wit and brilliance. It wasn’t easy. Most importantly, we wanted to put Leia in the Jedi pantheon. We thought that was a promise that was made in the original trilogy. In Return of the Jedi, you have this line, ‘There is another.’ That line haunted me as a kid, and to learn Leia was another Jedi was profoundly moving to me. We thought if we did one thing in this move, we wanted to find a way to put Leia in the Jedi pantheon. The way to do that was through Rey and Leia training her through the Jedi trials. A lot of our decisions through the film were setting up scenes where Rey could finish Leia’s Jedi journey for her.”
While I do have a myriad of problems with The Rise of Skywalker, I did appreciate Terrio and co. actually paying this off a bit better. Through the film, they confirmed that Leia didn’t fully lay off on the whole Jedi thing, which was great to hear.
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