Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is aiming to course correct Disney’s sequel trilogy and win back the fractured fanbase, but that should not mean undoing The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII had an infamously divisive impact upon the Star Wars fandom, and it’ll be tempting for J.J. Abrams to try and appease those fans back by reversing so much of that, but ultimately it’d only serve to make both Episode IX and the entire trilogy worse.
It’s difficult to know right now just what Abrams’ approach has been in this regard, because The Rise of Skywalker still remains shrouded in secrecy. The teaser trailer didn’t give a huge deal away – apart from the surprising return of Emperor Palpatine – but by, say, bringing the Knights of Ren back into the fold, we’re seeing Abrams go back to ideas he first started developing with The Force Awakens.
If he strays too far down that path, then it’s possible Abrams will make a Star Wars 9 that builds more upon where he wanted things to go after Episode VII, rather than where Johnson took them in The Last Jedi, and that would be a serious mistake.
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