This afternoon. I was behind schedule, having trouble pulling the piece I wanted to write together, and I wasn’t feeling too great. I was about to forego putting out something today, giving myself the entire week off, the first time that’s happened since I kicked this website off last October.
And then the trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was released, and my strength was renewed.
The trailer beings with Rey in a desert, chased by some sort of TIE variant, holding what looks like the repaired Skywalker lightsaber, with a voiceover from Luke telling her “a thousand generations live in you now.” The trailer then cuts between a number of scenes, Kylo Ren cutting down either a rebel soldier or one of the Knights of Ren, him repairing his mask, (probably) Leia holding the medal from A New Hope, Poe and Finn on another desert planet fighting Stormtroopers, an emotional scene between Rey and Leia, and Billy Dee Williams’s Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon once again. The trailer ends with Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, BB-8, and another droid looking out at the wrecked super-laser of the Death Star and Emperor Palpatine cackling as the title is revealed, Star Wars: The Rise of Skwalker.
At this point, the details are sparse, and it’s hard to construct the movie’s plot with the little information we have. I am also under the impression JJ Abrams is going to try brushing off some of the more abrasive parts of The Last Jedi and it will be interesting to see how he does that. This is the last movie in the Skywalker saga and JJ Abrams has said he will be pulling together all movies back together with this film. With all of that in mind, there’s a lot on this movie’s plate, and I’m curious as to how they will try to accomplish that.
There are two major questions surrounding this trailer. First is the title, The Rise of Skywalker, and second is the potential return of Emperor Palpatine. I think these are inter-related and put together they could shed some light on most of the pressing questions from this sequel trilogy. Before I begin, I want to say that there is so much latitude and depth in the Star Wars universe there are so many ways the movie can go, or create its own paths, that all theorizing can be taken with a grain of salt. But it is still fun, so here we go.
My theory is that Rey is the creation of Emperor Palpatine. Not in the traditional biological sense, but in the sense he used to Force to create her. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine tells Anakin that his master, Darth Plagueis, was so powerful and so wise he could use the midi-chlorians to create life, and it’s theorized that his experimentation led to the virginal birth of Anakin Skywalker. I believe that Rey is the same sort of creation, this time by Palpatine. The Aftermath trilogy of novels hints at a deep connection between Palpatine, Jakku, and the deepest mysteries of the force, it would explain why Rey is so powerful, and she would also still technically come “from nowhere.”
I also believe that Supreme Leader Snoke was an early attempt at this, another one of Plagueis’s experiments, this one gone wrong. This would explain the deformities and his deep connection to the force. Snoke also has a number of connections to Palpatine, primarily through a group of space navigators named the Dwartii. Moreover, this would tie both Rey and Snoke to both the original and prequel trilogies.
There’s another theory that says Snoke is a force projection, similar to Luke at the end of The Last Jedi, of Palpatine, as this would explain both the Palpatine connection, the force power, and how Snoke was so easily killed. I could see this being the case, but I favor the first theory. The details of force projection are just so vaguely defined at the present moment it’s hard for me to buy into this.
I also think Palpatine is actually alive. He comes back in the Expanded Universe and a force user as powerful as he could survive the demise he suffered at the end of Return of the Jedi. JJ has hinted that Palpatine is more than just a ghost or flashback. He has been alive and was waiting for Luke Skywalker to die to return to the picture. The scene where the heroes go to the wrecked Death Star, I’m guessing that’s where Rey is going to meet the living Emperor and learn of her true origins. She is the last Skywalker in the sense she was created the same way as Anakin and her connection to the force should be comparable as Luke and Anakin.
That’s my working theory right now. I am cautiously optimistic for The Rise of Skywalker, but I am more hopeful for this movie after watching this trailer than I was two months ago.
What are your thoughts on what lies in store for Star Wars Episode IX? Drop a comment below and you can reach me at the connect tab at the top of the page. We’ll be back Monday to discuss Easter before I talk the Friday off for Good Friday. We’ll be back then.