I really don’t know where to start when talking about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In some ways, there was a bit of fun in the movie I’ll admit, probably why my 12-year-old son loves it. However, for me, the movie was just chock full of plot holes and weird decisions. Overall, The Rise of Skywalker just didn’t work for me at all, and neither did this sequel trilogy.
I suppose my main gripe, before even watching The Rise of Skywalker was the return of Emperor Palpatine. The idea that Palpatine survived somehow, as did so much of that Death Star wreckage, was ludicrous. Not only did I find it did not make any sense, I also thought it diminished the events of Return of the Jedi. Lucasfilm traded one ending of the saga to make their own. The result is that thematically, The Skywalker Saga is now all over the place.
“It’s ok” I can still hear some fans cry, “they’ll explain it all in some book, it will make sense.” Here is the thing, I don’t actually care if some comic gets released which actually explains the Death Star wreckage. I don’t care to hear about why that Sith Dagger was made with such stupid intentions. Just because some intern at Lucasfilm has come up with a way for J.J. Abrams plot holes to be filled, does not suddenly make them go away. The Rise of Skywalker is an awful script, on the back of a sequel trilogy that didn’t know where to go right from the start.
Yet, here we are. The novelization of The Rise of Skywalker is now starting to fill in those plot holes. The one we are discussing here is the fact that Palpatine’s spirit is simply inhabiting a clone body. This clone body is not enough to handle his inherent powers, meaning he is a shadow of his former self. Although not to worry book readers, It turns out that Palpatine gets to have all his powers back later in the story. This is because Ben and Rey are a Dyad in the Force. “What’s that,” you ask? The answer is, it’s nothing, merely a plot device to give the Emperor his powers back when the script required it. Anyway, let’s look at the passages which prove Emperor Palpatine was in actual fact a clone, courtesy of Reddit.
“All the vials were empty of liquid save one, which was nearly depleted. Kylo peered closer. He’d seen this apparatus before, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the living nightmare before him, was fighting a losing battle to sustain the Emperor’s putrid flesh. Kylo could feel in his very bones that this clone body sheltered the Emperor’s actual spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, though, unable to contain his immense power. It couldn’t last much longer.”
There you go, we can all sleep easy now. Another plot hole has been filled, and with it, comes another reason to ignore how idiotic the script was for The Rise of Skywalker. Let us all rejoice. In five years from now, when you are arguing about The Rise of Skywalker, some teenager is going to quote this passage to you to explain why you are wrong. It was apparently always the plan, to release all the tie-in novels and comics to fill in the blanks. You’ll then tell them you haven’t read the novelization. However, this means you have no right to discuss the movie in a negative light, apparently?
All is once again right with the world, and everyone still loves Star Wars…..Right? If you agree, enjoy the book, if not, let us know what you think about all this below? I’m not angry, you’re angry!
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