It’s no secret that with the release of Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker, this is the end of the Star Wars saga that has entertained legions of fans for over 42 years. The story of Skywalker concludes without its creator George Lucas’ involvement as has been the case for the entire final trilogy. J.J. Abrams is once again the man behind the final trilogy and its final installment.
The story of Rey and her journey learning the force and battle against The First Order continues as does that of Kylo Ren, son of Leia and Han Solo and his rise to Supreme Leader of The First Order. Kylo Ren has now been contacted by Emperor Palpatine who was long thought to have been killed by Kylo Ren’s grandfather, Darth Vader. Palpatine is now out to put someone new in his place and Ren is set to kill the Emperor and take power for himself.
Poe and Finn are out searching the galaxy once again and return to help Rey fight a battle, she feels she needs to fight alone. Rey has come far in her training thanks to General (Princess) Leia, who has been added with old footage and a bit of movie magic.
While the final chapter has a somewhat muddled story line as well as some unnecessary turns it does do the purpose of closing out the saga with very little left to wonder about the future of the characters involved. Abrams attempts to have a few surprise moments, but I found myself not really surprised by any turns that the story took. I think the reason for this is because there aren’t many more things that surprise Star Wars fans at this point also because too big of a surprise could lead to too many open-ended questions when it is all over.
One thing is for certain, it was time for the story to end. While we all know this is NOT the end of Star Wars movies and shows and who knows what else? It IS the end of Skywalker’s and that universe in the Star Wars cannon and I think that is a good thing. It is time for all new creations of characters and creatures and stories. The success of The Mandalorian and the greatness of its creator Jon Favreau shows that there are plenty of people worthy of creating these stories and staying true to the galaxy far far away.
The saga is over and it’s a good thing despite the fact it may be bittersweet for some. We as fans got what we wanted for so long even if we may not all be completely pleased with what we got, this is how it ends and it has been something truly special in cinematic history.