By: Josh Simpkins
Special to the Sun
All good things must come to an end. Sometimes it’s a jarring, abrupt end, (still waiting on my Dark Angel war Jessica Alba and James Camron.) While other entities traverse generations (to go where no man has gone before…we don’t need any roads…because Goonies never say die.) After forty-plus years, three trilogies, a span of tremendous animated programing, and merchandise out the wazoo Star Wars is finally closing the Skywalker story in the finale of the Skywalker Saga with Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker—starring Daisy Ridley (Peter Rabbit), Adam Driver (The Dead Don’t Die), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi), John Boyega (Pacific Rim: Uprising), and Oscar Isaac (The Addams Family.)
The Rise of Skywalker picks up not long after the events of The Last Jedi. While Kylo Ren (Driver) and his First Order forces continue to ravage their way across the galaxy in search of anyone or anything which might oppose their tyranny, Rey (Ridley) under the tutelage of Master Leia (Fisher), tries to finalize her Jedi training so she may earn her fallen Master’s lightsaber. Rey and Ren’s paths continue to cross as they are still mysteriously tethered together by the Force. However, when Ren’s relentless pursuit leads to the discovery of an even larger threat than the First Order, Ren uses this link to further his own agenda. Meanwhile, Rey, Finn (Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Isaac) set out to discover a map to the location of this new, hidden, and tremendous threat, so that resistance forces can crush it before it becomes fully operational. Amidst the scramble to thwart the First Order and this new all-powerful menace, Rey finally discovers the truth about her parentage, as well as a deadly secret that could determine her future and the fate of the galaxy.
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker is a fitting end to this new trilogy of films. I am ever so happy that J.J. Abrams came back to finish what he began in The Force Awakens. The cast and crew did an amazing job bringing the Skywalker saga to a close. I will say that the first Act (looking at the film in the classic three Act tradition) of the film feels a bit free and loose with the storytelling, the threads all come together by Act 2 and the rest of the film is the edge of your seat, laugh-cry-cheer Star Wars that we know and love. Not to mention, the cameos, surprises, and Easter eggs are worth admission alone. The Rise of Skywalker may be the end of the Skywalker saga, it is not the end of Star Wars by any means. There are so many Star Wars projects coming down the pipeline, we will be going to a galaxy far, far away for generations to come, because this is the way. Now go have some fun at the movies. I have spoken.