I have not posted here at all since the last trailer came out. But everything I have thought and re-thought and hashed out in my brain and with my good friend has been distilled down to two points:
- JJ is giving the middle finger to Johnson throughout the trailer. And I’m totally okay with that. Rian really burned me with TLJ and burned a lot of other fans too. I love when we see Kylo Ren’s mask being repaired (let the past die? Nope), the Knights of Ren and the destroyed Death Star. I’m wondering, with all sincerity, if JJ is making this movie so we would be almost able to watch TFA and TROS one right after the other, and skip TLJ entirely. In Abrams I trust. Please right this ship.
- Is the Rise of Skywalker not so much a physical and literal representation of Luke or Rey, but instead a way of the Force? Perhaps that instead of there being a dark side or a light side, we come upon a way of teaching, a Skywalker Way of teaching the Force. I’m not saying like we are taking the Jedi Order and replacing it with Skywalker Order. I’m not saying Rey will train a new batch of younglings running around and being trained as Skywalkers…but more like Chirrut Îmwe’s way of following the Force. Because as soon as we say the “Skywalker Way” is a SPECIFIC “way” then we have the same problem we have in all of Star Wars. Skywalker way vs. Not-Skywalker way, which is essentially Sith and Jedi. I’m saying more of an inclusive Way, like all users of the Force are those that follow the Skywalker Way. I doubt I’m the first first person who thought of this but as I don’t spend much time on the internet netherworld anymore (due to avoiding spoilers), I’m interested if anyone else thinks this is plausible? I know there were theories similar to the Skywalker Way being the light side and essentially being an NJO, but again, not what I’m saying as that would almost detract from TLJ in a way and I don’t think JJ will go THAT far. I like standing behind the theory that there will be no light or dark side by the end of TROS, only the Skywalker Way – both light and dark combined into a more neutral way of following the Force.
And that’s all I really care about. Yes, there’s so much more, including the Emperor’s laugh, but I find it hard to believe the Emperor will physically be in this movie so it’s hard for me to give that much weight. I liked hearing Luke’s voice but wonder again if that’s just trying to throw us off course, as with the Force Awakens trailer.
I’m trying to get excited, and I am, deep down. But the damage that Johnson left with TLJ and the struggles I feel with coming to terms with that are hard for me to wrap my head around. I’m looking forward to seeing Rey, Poe, and Finn together for most (all? I thought I read that somewhere but can’t confirm) of the movie and to see what JJ does with my favorite character, Rey.
But for now, there’s quite a few months between now and December…I’ll save my excitement for when tickets are released.