Alas, I did not get to see TROS one more time in theaters as I was hit with a debilitating sickness and was unable to leave my bed for days, lost my voice, and could barely function. BUT I got to read a lot of blogs on the new movie and think about it a lot. I became quite the philosopher.
One thought I kept coming back to is that this no longer feels like a Skywalker Saga to me, it has become the Palpatine saga. Originally, way back in 2014, I was very hopeful that Han, Luke, and Leia would be together in TFA, guiding some new heroes. My silly, naive assumptions were that they would be very prominent in the first film, less so in the second film, with the third film they are barely in it, or, there would be some deaths in the second film. I understand not everything revolves around my thoughts, but looking back on what I was hoping for, I realize that at least with those sequences, it might play out more like a Skywalker Saga.
With Disney shoving down our throats that this ties all the Skywalkers together, I can’t help but feel they are taking the Skywalker name and using it as a Brand Name in order to give weight to the new Sequel Trilogy. In a less polite way, they are whoring out the name. This new film quickly tied up an ending (there are already rumors it wasn’t the ending that would melt the mind of Kevin Smith) where Rey adopted Skywalker as her name, but it seemed like a hasty afterthought. Adopting the Skywalker name at the end of a trilogy doesn’t erase conflicting storylines throughout the three movies (who is she, she’s nobody, she’s a Palpatine) with no former references to the Skywalkers.
You could present the argument Ben/Kylo is the new generation of Skywalker and present the theory that the PT was Anakin’s story, the OT was Luke’s story and the ST was Ben’s story.
My main issue with that is two-fold:
- Ben Solo has the last name Solo
- Ben/Kylo is not the main character, therefore breaking the tradition of the other trilogies
TROS told us Palpatine has been working behind the scenes since the fall of the Empire and his supposed death. This means that he is not physically in ANH, ESB, TFA, or TLJ but he is referenced in all of them but TFA.
To me, this saga now only makes sense to call it the Palpatine saga. And I really dislike that. But Palpatine was there in the beginning and he was there at the end. Grumble.