“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Divides a Fan Base


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Kylo Ren (left) fights Rey (right) in “The Rise of Skywalker”

Caiden Bertsch, Insider Staff

J.J. Abrams divided an already split “Star Wars” fan base upon the release of “The Rise of Skywalker”.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is the final film in Disney’s sequel trilogy of “Star Wars” films. The film brings the mainline Skywalker saga to an end, but Disney has plans to continue to make other films and TV shows within the “Star Wars” universe.

The film currently has a critic score of 54% and an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and audiences were divided on the film. Some saw it as a satisfying conclusion to the saga while others saw it as a disappointing conclusion filled with too much fan service.

The “Star Wars” fan base was already divided from the last movie in the trilogy directed by Rian Johnson, “The Last Jedi”. Many fans were upset with the direction that characters such as Supreme Leader Snoke and Finn took in the film. The main source of outrage was how fan-favorite character Luke Skywalker was handled. Many fans felt that his character acted nothing like he did in the beloved original trilogy. They also felt that Johnson completely ignored many things that Abrams had set up in the previous film, “The Force Awakens”.

Abrams returned to direct the final film in the trilogy and attempted to fix the problems fans had with the previous movie. A few insignificant lines of dialog directly attempt to retcon several events and themes from “The Last Jedi”. Abrams also brings back the main villain from the original and prequel trilogies with little explanation.

The return of Emperor Palpatine was revealed in the first trailer for “The Rise of Skywalker” and had many fans excited and speculating as to how he survived the events of “Return of the Jedi”. However, Abrams does not explain how the character was able to survive and come back for the new film, leaving many fans disappointed and feeling like it was just fan service to fix the damage done to the fractured fanbase.

Abrams crafted a film that attempts to appeal to all “Star Wars” fans; however, it only seems to have split the fan base even more with some hating it, some loving it, and some divided on it. Time will tell if a clearer overall consensus develops on the film.