‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ will be the last Star Wars movie for a while

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Did Star Wars fans know that Disney was going to drop the teaser trailer for Episode IX on Friday? I think it was a surprise. Disney released the name of Episode IX too… Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Which… sort of means that Rey is a Skywalker, right? Am I being super-dumb for focusing on that? Luke Skywalker isn’t on the come up (he’s not rising anywhere), so it would seem to indicate that Rey is a Skywalker. I mean?? Kylo Ren told Rey that she comes from nothing, her parents were nobodies. But maybe he didn’t really know, and… I don’t know, it seems suspicious for the franchise to make the decision to NOT mirror the Luke-Leia twinship (as in, biological twinship). Anyway, here’s the teaser:

It took me a second to remember where we were and what we were doing post-Last Jedi. I wasn’t crazy about The Last Jedi, and I actually halfway forgot that Rey and Kylo did the thing with Snoke and Kylo wanted her to join forces with him and she was like “nah bitch” even though they clearly have a significant connection. Is it a love match or, again, the biological twinship, Ren/Rey, yin/yang, the light and dark sides of the Force? I don’t know. But hearing Palpatine’s laugh at the end of the trailer was definitely spooky. Can a bitch get a happy ending with some Ewoks?

The Rise of Skywalker comes out this Christmas, and Bob Iger (Disney CEO) confirmed to Bloomberg that they are not planning on doing any more Star Wars movies for a while. As Hecate covered on Friday, even Mark Hamill knows that there’s Star Wars Fatigue. Disney overdid the franchise and they know it. Solo was a disastrous, shambolic production and it ended up “bombing” (bombing for a Star Wars movie) at the box office. Disney actually indicated last year, post-Solo, that they were completely reconsidering their strategy when it comes to the franchise. Iger confirmed that:

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said he’s not at all concerned that consumers may be overexposed to the Star Wars brand, but the film franchise will go on “hiatus” after December’s big release.

“We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter,” Iger said in a Bloomberg Television interview Thursday. “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.”

The upcoming film, which doesn’t yet have a title, is the ninth in the so-called Skywalker saga and slated for release on Dec. 20. It’s the third installment of a film trilogy that Disney began with “The Force Awakens” in 2015. After that, the franchise will focus more on TV projects, Iger said.

“We will take a pause, some time, and reset,” he said, “because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”

This is a critical year for Disney’s Star Wars business. The company is introducing two new Star Wars-themed lands at its parks in California and Florida this summer — and anticipating massive crowds. Yet there’s a growing disturbance in the galaxy. Last year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” — a stand-alone film that wasn’t part of the saga — was the lowest-grossing film in the four-decade history of the franchise. Star Wars toy sales fell in 2018 for the second year in a row, according to NPD research.

[From Bloomberg]

Star Wars fans are like Goldilocks – the prequel films (Episodes I-III) came too late (and they were terrible) and Episodes VII-IX came out… well, they came out at the right time, as far I’m concerned, but Disney just oversaturated the Star Wars market and made the franchise less special, less of an “event.” I am curious about what they’ll do post-hiatus.

Also: Billy Dee!!

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  1. BlueSky says:

    I was so happy to see Lando!!!!

    I agree, they really overplayed their hand with this franchise. I actually liked “Rogue One” but I know I’m in the minority on this.
    Even with “Solo” being on Netflix, I have no desire to watch it. No one asked for that movie and I think that was part of the problem as well.

    • IlsaLund says:

      I also liked Rogue One. But Solo and the other Star War origin stories that were originally planned (like the one about the bounty hunter) no one was asking for or interested in those. Fans didn’t need or want those movies, it was just Disney being greedy and trying to milk their cash cow for every cent. Glad they’re pulling back and letting the franchise rest. Love seeing Billy Dee again and hope this movie ties up loose ends and ends on a good note.

    • Mia4s says:

      “ I actually liked “Rogue One” but I know I’m in the minority on this.”

      The minority? More like the vast majority. Even a good number of the people who are hating on Disney Star Wars begrudgingly admit they liked Rogue One. And it was a smash hit.

      @Kaiser she’s likely not a Skywalker biologically, but you’re not super-dumb to focus on it. JJ essentially admitted there was never a concrete three movie plan. That’s why the first two feel so disjointed. So who the f**k knows what they’re planning…they sure didn’t. Some say “Skywalker” will become a title people have to replace “Jedi”.

      • Jamie says:

        If even they did have at least a rough outline of this trilogy, I’m sure they would’ve had to adjust it after Carrie Fisher died.

    • Megan says:

      The romance storyline killed Solo. The story of a man and his Wookie was all we needed.

    • SKF says:

      I think that they could do more movies, or better yet, prestige TV series; but that they would need to be completely removed from the main storyline. Marvel movies work because they are separate stories woven into a larger fabric but still unique and different from each other. Star Wars was focusing in too narrowly on the one storyline and family. It was too much. Get the stories away from this storyline and out into the galaxy and you might have something. I actually think they could benefit from working with risky, exciting film makers on smaller budgets doing different things in other parts of the universe. There doesn’t need to be a big tie-in. They’d have smaller audiences but they would be interesting and if they spend less and move away from the main stories, then there is less pressure. If they do more projects they should think about going way back in history to mythical past jedis and sith lords, explore elsewhere. I believe that is what GOT is doing and I think that is a smart way of doing things.

    • Caitrin says:

      Rogue One is essential viewing to the Skywalker arc specifically because it’s consequential. And candidly, I think we all remember the shade about the production of that film, which faced serious reshoots – perhaps not as dramatic as the rumors about Solo, but still very public nonetheless.

      Solo is a fun space heist movie, but it’s not consequential to the overall story line. There are reasons people stan for Ezra Bridger, et al – because shows like The Clone Wars and Rebels actually do more than explore the Star Wars universe. I think the timing and placement of Solo made things challenging for marketing, partially because we now live in a world of incels and the MCU’s overwhelming hold on the movie theater epic. Then again, I also vividly remember seeing The Ewok Adventure in theaters – another inconsequential but fun film.

  2. egot says:

    I went to see the star wars with billy dee in the 80s when i was like 3…..i couldnt tear my eyes away

  3. Becks1 says:

    I think rogue one and solo did a lot of damage to the franchise – and I don’t mean that because they were bad movie (I liked Rogue One a lot.) But it did just oversaturate the market. I think had Disney skipped those two, and released TFA in 2015, Last Jedi in 2017 and now Rise of Skywalker in 2019, the franchise would be in better shape overall. A new star wars movie would “mean something” and I feel like at this point many of us just shrug and say “eh, another star wars movie.”

    I also think Disney has been pushing so many of these new characters and stuff so hard (Disney-style), that I think people are kind of burnt out on the new stuff. Give us what we want Disney, which is more of the old school stuff.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      TBH, Disney should have started with Rogue One before doing 3 main movies. TFA was a blatant attempt by Disney to quickly recoup the money they spent on buying the franchise – they should have gone with a different director and taken the story into new directions. Rian Johnson did well with The Last Jedi but it looks like the work he did in taking the plot into new territory will be undone by that hack Abrams. Its the first trilogy all over again where the middle movie was the best one.

      Also, I always thought Johnson was going to be directing the final instalment – wonder what changed?

      • Leriel says:

        Not Rian, but Colin Trevorrow (director of Jurassic world). He and Disney parted ways in 2017, due to “creative misconduct” or something.

      • IlsaLund says:

        Fans either like or hate Last Jedi. I admit, it’s not my favorite Star Wars movie. I agreed with taking the franchise in a new direction and had no issue with what Rian Johnson was trying to achieve. My problem with Last Jedi was the character assassination of Luke Skywalker….it just didn’t jive with the character we all knew and Mark Hamill said as much. We’ll see what JJ Abrams does but hopefully he’ll move forward and not go backwards.

        Also, good to see Carrie Fisher in the trailer.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        ^ Yeah I agree in the Luke plot of the Last Jedi – Luke would never have turned on a student like that. I think they tried to show Luke as someone who went on to make mistakes but it was a ham fisted job they did on it if that was the intention – it could have been done better. Maybe if the had someone else write the script/plot – am not sure Johnson’s was up to scratch, don’t get me wrong he did a good job as director but the script and plot wasn’t great.

        I liked The Last Jedi, purely because it introduced new plotline’s and was better than The Force Awakens.

        Solo had potential but they p!ssed it up the wall with a terrible plot and script – the casting could have been better but Glover as Lando was inspired.

    • Alexis says:

      The problem is that these new Star Wars movies, with the exception of Rogue One (which I liked a lot!), are bad. TLJ and Solo were terrible, and TFA was an embarrassingly obvious frame-for-frame remake of Star Wars/A New Hope. The goodwill these new movies got for solely not being the prequels could only last so long. Because at some point, being a little better than garbage just isn’t enough. The prequels tried and failed to be more “hard scifi” than works for the Star Wars brand and ended up boring, and they didn’t develop likeable main characters (only Obi-Wan was likeable, and he wasn’t the lead). But the sequels are an incoherent mess that are openly built by committee. While the characters are likeable, their personalities and incentives seem to change from scene to scene, and so their behavior makes no sense. Both prequels and sequels are soulless, but the sequels are also brainless.

      Saturation is only an issue when the movies are not good, as another poster put it, Marvel puts out loads of movies. Everyone eats it up because the average Marvel movie is quite good. There has only been one great Star Wars movie since Empire Strikes Back. For me that’s Rogue One. Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith are okay, and the rest are just bad. Three great films and two decent spinoffs in 40 years! No wonder the Star Wars brand is at a crossroads.

  4. Fortifiedblonde says:

    Kylo Ren could also be the rising Skywalker. His mom was raised an Organa, but is still the daughter of a Skywalker.

    • ncboudicca says:

      Luke even referenced Kylo having that “Skywalker blood” so this is my theory as well. Really looking forward to December!

    • BorderMollie says:

      I saw the theory floating around that Rey could be a clone of a Skywalker, which is how her parents are ‘no one’. I gotta say, it’s a cool idea, and actually got me really excited to see the film where I’d been meh after TLJ.

      • Caitrin says:

        See, I could totally buy a clone theory, because she just kept seeing copies of herself in the cave vision.

  5. Mia4s says:

    While it sounds dramatic it’s not like Star Wars is going away. They are spending movie-level money on two series for their streaming service (the Mandalorian end of this year the pre-Rogue One spy series with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk likely in 2020). Those will be huge and world wide. Plus the theme park opens in a few months (if you’re not already in line, don’t bother!). After that they will have announced or be releasing new movies. Star Wars makes BILLIONS, it’s going to take a lot more than Solo’s flop to end it for any any period of time.

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    LANDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEE

    The thing with Rylo and Rey I think is more of a balancing of the force thing, I don’t think its romantic even thou it kinda slightly pushed that esp with that completely random topless scene of a very fit Adam Driver (not that I have stopped the footage at that point to oogle just so you know). I don’t think she’s a Skywalker, I think Rylo/Ben will take on the Skywalker mantel relating to his grandfather potentially starting a new order based on him – the helmet and Palpy’s laugh indicate the reverence to Vader still burns in Rylo.

    Its been rumoured that there is a gay character and everyone thinks its Poe with his bromance of Fin but what if its Rey – that would be pretty cool.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      That would be very cool. I don’t think Rey had any real chemistry with either of the guys she’s getting shipped with, though I admit the way Poe looked at her at the end of TLJ was pretty excellent.

  7. manda says:

    I enjoyed the Han Solo movie but yes, very oversaturated. Am glad this will be it. I’m checking out of SW after it’s done

  8. S says:

    While Rogue One was wonderful, The Last Jedi was a mess that was … meh, fine, I guess, only if you don’t look at it too closely (a few great scenes, more ridiculous ones). But then Solo was such a disaster that it deserves to kill the franchise. They made Chewbacca a monster who EATS PEOPLE, y’all (#NotMyChewie) and had lines like, ‘I like to fly [wait for it] Solo,’ after which the terrible Anson/Aldon/Ashton Elderberthumberdink, or whatever-the-hell that personality-free actor’s name basically doing a Jim-from-The-Office stare at the camera. The prequels, Jar-Jar excepted, were just boring. This was … insulting.

    PS: Looked it up and it’s Alden Ehrenreich. But I stand by my statement.

    • Mia4s says:

      I mentioned this in a thread the other day; it’s really starting to feel like Alden Ehrenreich took a hit for that movie. Regardless of how their characters are received, Disney Star Wars has been a net positive on work and visibility for all the leads (whether newbies or established). But I guess this is an example of what happens when it goes wrong.

      Solo finished even its reshoots almost two years ago and this guy has done nothing since. And believe me, I googled, and I mean nothing. No plays, no commercials, not even a podcast. His more established co-stars just went back to what they were doing, but he’s all but vanished. It’s gone from, “oh I’m sure he wanted to take a break” to “well this looks a bit…ouch”.

      • SKF says:

        I find that sad. He was wrong for this role but I actually think he’s a great actor in other things. He was so much fun as the dumb cowboy in Hail, Caesar! He has great comedic timing. Maybe he just needs to reset.

      • Caitrin says:

        I think he was very unfairly maligned, and I suspect a lot of that had to do with his lack of chemistry with the first directors.

  9. Jenns says:

    That trailer hit all the feels for me. But, I hate the title. I don’t want Rey to be a Skywalker. I just love the idea of her being “nobody” who had this power.

    As for The Last Jedi, it’s my favorite Star Wars movie of all time. And while I understand that it’s not for everyone, the level of toxicity around it was ridiculous. Star Wars fandom really is the worst. And I say that as a fan.

    • SKF says:

      Yeah, I remember going to see The Last Jedi in the cinema and LOVING it. My friend and I were both in tears multiple times and yelling with joy. I was amazed that loads of people hated it. And I strongly suspect that a lot of men deep down hated it because the big moments mostly belonged to women or POC. They would never admit it, even to themselves, but their visceral reaction to seeing someone else succeed where they are used to seeing the white dudes succeed made them dislike it. Unconscious biases came into play, blah blah blah. One could argue: then why are Black Panther and Captain Marvel so loved? Well, because they were prepared going in. They KNEW before entering that POC and a woman were going to be powerful and have the moments in those movies. They were mentally and emotionally prepared to watch others have the big moments and so they could slot those movies into another zone internally. But Star Wars is an old property that formed many people’s childhoods. The big moments mostly belonged to white men in the old movies. So even though the cast was more diverse, they were still unprepared. In the opening scene an asian woman is the hero and I think that set the tone for a lot of people. I was crying tears of joy, but a lot of men were instantly turned off. They talked about how it made no sense because there’s no gravity in space and blah blah blah and I was over here saying: but Star Wars has never made sense! There is no fire in space either and yet there have been so many fiery explosions! Come on! Honestly, I think that deep deep down it just bothered them.

    • Caitrin says:

      I think the title is a troll, frankly. My guts says we see Force Ghost Luke, Force Ghost Anakin, and Force Ghost Palpatine (unless he’s mastered the teachings of Darth Plagueis) AND HOLY TEBOW AT A DRIVETHROUGH DAIQUIRI STAND THIS MIGHT BE THE DORKIEST THING I’VE EVER TYPED.

      I think Rian Johnson made it clear anyone could be a hero – from Rose to Finn. And yes, it’d be too neat of a retcon to make Rey a Skywalker, but to be fair, Kylo is a gaslighting, manipulative incel who probably lives in the First Order’s basement with his Jordan Peterson collection. So I’m not sure he’s the most reliable narrator about Rey’s parentage (but I’d prefer that she’s a nobody, and I’d especially prefer no Bendemption arc for him).

  10. Aang says:

    Disney just spent $$$$$ adding a Star Wars land in Florida. This franchise is here to stay. I liked Star Wars enough when I was a kid and watched them with my kids. But now I’m just over it and bitter about the addition to Hollywood Studios because it’s just going to bring a new bro-ish demographic to the parks. I wish Universal had bought the franchise instead.

  11. Esmerelda says:

    Oh, please, yes, bring back Palpatine, Snoke was a useless villain!
    I’d love for the empire to win for real this time!

  12. Chef Grace says:

    I am for the original Star Wars movies.
    However I did like Rogue One.
    I only watched these latest to see Carrie and The Gang once more.

  13. Zzzee23 says:

    The trailer was expected on Friday. It was the Episode IX panel at the Star Wars celebration. Don’t think they will recon Rey into a Skywalker. I think it’s more about the Skywalker story/legend rising.

  14. lp says:

    “Did Star Wars fans know that Disney was going to drop the teaser trailer for Episode IX on Friday? I think it was a surprise.” Star Wars Celebration in Chicago is going on right now, and since they were selling tickets to an Episode 9 Panel eeeeeeeeeeeeveryonee expected the trailer and title to drop then. One of my friends got in and told me about it- everyone was crying and cheering, etc. When the trailer ended and the lights came back on Emperor Palpatine was there and said “roll it again” in his spooky Emperor voice!

  15. line says:

    The real problem is that Disney bought the Star Wars saga for the sole purpose of making the most money possible,because the saga that he brings them a lot of money it was pirates of the Caribbean.

    Unfortunately the Caribbean Pirates saga had come to an end because Disney have so much abused the saga by coming out of a Caribbean Pirates movies every year that even the most enthusiastic fans was tired by the saga.They did the same thing with Star Wars.

    That is, they have more thought about the business strategy and how to make the most money possible with the saga than create an original story in which there would be not a ton of inconsistency compared to the universe of Star Wars .

  16. Michael says:

    Interesting that we are not seeing Marvel fatigue even though they are putting out 3 movies per year. I am thinking that that the Marvel franchise has been better run and also Marvel has a million interesting characters to explore whereas Star Wars really only has Luke and Leia

    • line says:

      I think if they really worked on the universe of Star Wars, they could have widened the universe and create new characters, new planets … It was worth taking the risk

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Hopefully the take a leaf out of the Marvel Universe and do that – Disney have recouped all, if not most, of the money they spent on buying the franchise so they can start to push the boat out a bit.

    • Mia4s says:

      I’m not sure Star Wars “fatigue” is quite accurate when all we have right now is one spin off movie in Solo that failed (remember, the other spin off movie Rogue One is more successful worldwide than 16 of Marvel’s 21 films. Domestically Rogue One (again, a spin off) grossed considerably more than 18 of Marvel’s 21 films. And the two “episode” films are even higher than that. What I think happened is that Solo was a bad idea, end of story. We won’t really know what if any “backlash” there is to Last Jedi until December.

      Also Marvel has its audience trained to show up to follow each story as part of an ongoing whole (even though quality genuinely varies). I don’t think they ever created a NEED to see Solo. Toy-wise the new saga films were also weak as there wasn’t a lot of true originality (though BB-8 was genius) Some time for added planning while the streaming series, theme park, and cartoons carry the day is a good idea.

    • Wow says:

      Marvel also knows their demographic and when they do expand appeal they don’t alienate long term fans in the process. Like the concern that Captain marvel was going to be some excessive piece of “SJW” nonsense, but then it just turned out to be a decent marvel movie shot in the style of popular movies from the 90′s. For all the uproar they did still put out an on brand movie.

      Star wars has done everything in their power to NOT appeal to long standing fans. Changing existing characters are their cores, making ray instantly powerful with no training, kylo ren managing to zero leader energy and constantly look like he was about to cry, having no point to snoke existing, making the solo movie when fans wanted obi wan’s story from when luke would have been a child, ignoring Dave Filloni who created the wildly popular animated series and letting Rian Johnson basically eliminate ALL of the set up from the force awakens creating a movie with the presence of an iffy fan fiction AND he took zero criticism with grace and attacked people’s valid points. Then Disney had the stones to give him a 3 movie trilogy for starwars further alienating the fanbase.

      Marvel very much puts their ear to the ground and listens. Starwars is not really run by people who seem to like starwars, the fans, movies, toys or basically anything. They are Zack snydering all over everything.

  17. TheOriginalMia says:

    The theory is that Rey starts a new Jedi discipline based on the lessons she’s learned from the older, wiser, disillusioned Luke, hence the name. Not that she’s actually biologically related to Luke and Leia. I don’t see them ending this storyline on Ben Solo’s redemption as he has never shown an ounce of guilt over all the people he killed to get where he is. That’s wishful thinking on the part of his fans imo.

    I loved Rogue One. Solo had a bad script. Just complete and utter nonsense. I didn’t mind the Han actor and loved Don Glover’s Lando.

    • Mapmaker says:

      Great post, I don’t want to see the evil space nazi getting redeemed, let alone have a romantic relationship with Rey. Rey is a 19 year old teenager, Kylo is 30 year old fascist, kidnapping, torturing, mind raping, negging her, calling her nothing. Hope they don’t go there.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        Yep! My friend regularly calls him an incel. I’m not sure what’s so romantic about him calling her trash. I would be highly disappointed if they forced the heroine into a relationship with him.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I don’t think there is redemption for him but as JJ is back directing and writing don’t be so sure of that. I hope this is no paring of Ben and Rey, that would be just wrong on soo many levels. I hope Rey ends up with Fin if there is going to be some romance.

      I wonder what Gen Hux’s storyline will be – he’s the dog that everyone has kicked, will he break and bite back?

      • GreenTurtle says:

        @Digital Unicorn, I am also worried that JJ will eff it up and decide that he needs to redeem Incel Kylo, because Vader was redeemed at the end of VI, and *symmetry* or some garbage. JJ just rips off the originals. Good director, but extremely derivative and uninspired as a writer.

  18. Original T.C. says:

    The end of a sage…but we will be back in 10 years to repeat it with new actors. I mean they supposedly ended the sage and won the war last time too…

    The reason there is lack of Marvel fatigue is Marvel goes off already published favorite comics. Add attractive and good actors to bring in non-comic book geeks. The StarWars storylines get worse and worse. You need good material to make a popular film.

    P.S. I like the cartoon clone wars. The StarWars cartoons are better than the films IMO.

  19. Case says:

    I’m thrilled that Disney is taking a step back and being more mindful about the Star Wars content they put out. They got greedy and wanted to put out a movie a year, which is ridiculous. Rogue One was great, the new trilogy (IMO) has been great so far, but Solo was such an obvious money-grab. I’m glad it didn’t do well and woke Disney up that they can’t just churn out Star Wars stuff all the time for the heck of it.

    I fall on the side of really loving the direction of The Last Jedi. I think a major focal point will be that “bringing balance to the force” will be light and darkness coexisting without being at odds (particularly in the individual — Rey and Luke are not perfect, Kylo is not 100% evil, etc.) and I love that concept. This last episode will complete the 9-episode Skywalker saga, and I’m excited. I need to get through Avengers first though, lol.

  20. HelloSunshine says:

    I didn’t even bother with Solo, it looked awful. I do wish they would do a Lando movie with Donald Glover but that’s it for me. Disney needs to give people a chance to miss Star Wars again

  21. Nic919 says:

    Ben Solo is the Skywalker here. He will sacrifice himself like his grandfather Anakin/ Vader did to save the Jedi / Force and Rey is going to start a movement after him. I also wouldn’t rule out that she ends up pregnant with his baby. Star Wars isn’t known for nuance and they telegraphed a relationship between them in both movies.

    • M.A.F. says:

      “I also wouldn’t rule out that she ends up pregnant with his baby”

      I freaking hope not. That would be a terrible way to end this series. Let Rey be Rey without some magical force baby.

      • Mapmaker says:

        The first female protagonist/jedi gets with the 30 year old school shooter/genocidal mass murderer, who tortured her & her friends, killed his father in cold blood, massacred whole villages etc. to preserve the Skywalker bloodline. Great message, especially for young children who look up to Rey.

      • Nic919 says:

        Redeeming the bad boy is a common trope in mainstream movies. Beauty and the Beast is viewed as a romance, and the Anakin Amidala relationship was spun as a tragic romance as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if they did this.

    • Caitrin says:

      Right?! The most satisfying moment for me in TLJ was when she literally slammed the door on their Force connection.

      Girl, you don’t need his basement-dwelling toxic masculinity in your life.

  22. BeanieBean says:

    I saw the first three films in the theater when they first came out & loved them. For me, it was the first and third films I liked best, not the second. Same with the Indiana Jones movies. I haven’t seen any of these additional movies because I’m holding on to my memories & because I just have different interests now. And I’m going to be that person: the young woman turns and runs away from this fast-moving vehicle, now going in the same direction as her. And we’re to believe she can just up & over that vehicle? I know, I know, it’s a movie, suspension of disbelief, yada yada, & etc, but really–we’re just going to ignore the laws of physics? And gravity?

  23. Miss M says:

    Rogue one was great. That’s about it for me.

  24. M.A.F. says:

    Unpopular opinion and I’m sure some will disagree but I don’t think there is fatigue. I think this word is being used more this week because of what Mark Hamill said. In the run up to the press for TLJ, he was very vocal about his displeasure of the way Johnson took Luke (and after seeing the film, he was right). He came cross (to me) as being a grumpy old man, for better or for worse, while promoting the film. At one point, he did walk back on his words but after seeing the film, I think a lot agreed that Luke would not have gone in that direction. Sure, he might have hide out on an island but to turn is back fully? I don’t think so.

    Rogue One served a purpose- it tied together a plot hole and it fits nicely in between the prequels & the original trilogy. Solo was just not needed (especially with the awful romance story line). Frankly, they don’t need to do solo (no pun intended) films. I do feel that they rushed this series of films, they should have taken their time (the prequels & the original took three years in between each release), maybe have brought in Lucas to consult on the script then go into production. They had a lot of good ideas in TFA (storm trooper going rogue, a nobody having a strong force presence) but TLJ didn’t push it forward (at least for me) so who knows what The Rise of Skywalker will do.

  25. GreenTurtle says:

    People still complaining that Luke wouldn’t have turned out the way he did in TLJ should take a good, hard look at the amazing, open-minded, and compassionate parents and aunts/uncles they grew up with who have become openly angry, xenophobic, and intolerant people as they’ve gotten older. People change- even heroic, really great ones.

    • Case says:

      Agreed. And not even going to that extreme — everyone fails and gives up sometimes. Luke felt he let down his sister, Han, and his nephew when Ben turned to the dark side. He thought he was, truly, “a new hope” and that he’d educate new, young Jedi, and that plan went horribly wrong. Of course someone so optimistic would have a difficult time recovering from that.

      • Original T.C. says:

        It just doesn’t make sense that Luke would give it all up because of one failure. To turn his back on everything and go away sulking? That’s what a teenager would do not a veteran solider who lived through the chaos and horrors of the universe without the Jedi.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        @Original TC, it wasn’t just one failure. Ben ended up slaughtering the students that didn’t follow him. Luke felt responsible for their deaths as well as Ben being susceptible to Snoke. He was the New Hope and like Kenobi, he failed his student. And the Rebellion’s victory was relatively short lived. There was no peace. The Empire still flourished and became the New Order.

    • Anne Call says:

      Are you saying that Luke started watching Fox News 24/7 😁?

  26. paddingtonjr says:

    Disney is certainly trying to get its money’s worth with Star Wars! I haven’t seen any of the stand-alone films, just not interested, but I have liked the new “Skywalker Saga” films. They’ve done a good job of tying up the Han/Leia/Luke stories while introducing the next generation of good and evil. They’ve also gone back to what made the original three so iconic: basic story line and themes (good v. evil, man against himself, man against authority, father v. son), a couple of cute creatures, not too many wardrobe changes, a rogue, a love story, relatively little dialogue and a lot of action with cool special effects. I am interested in seeing how Leia’s story ends and what happens with Kyo and Rey (their characters as individuals, not necessarily them as a couple). Also, LANDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Thank the Lord. They have over saturated their own market. Solo proved this.

  28. Veronica S. says:

    The prequel films may have had quality issues, but they were smash hits financially. Can’t really say myself that I think they were ill timed. The prequel offshoot material has also been hugely successful.

    As for the teaser…I doubt she’s a Skywalker because it retcon TLJ into an even worse movie based on the characterization of Luke and Rey’s relationship alone. They missed the boat on that one, so I don’t have high hopes for IX after the mess of VIII – and especially since Carrie Fisher has left us, so her story will never get the sendoff it deserves. If the rise had to do with anything, it was the idea of their legacy coming to bear for better or worse to determine the future of the galaxy. It was more likely intended originally to focus on Leia and Kylo Ren.

  29. CairinaCat says:

    I haven’t seen solo yet, and I’m meh about doing it.
    I’m a huge Star wars nerd though.

    I have a Disney annual pass and they have Stormtroopers walking around tomorrowland.
    They wear the actual armor suits.
    I petted a stormtrooper last week 🤩😍
    And by God I’ll be petting another one soon.
    Even if I did get yelled at by the handler for smudging the suit 😂

  30. serena says:

    I’m happy they’re taking a hiatus after this.. also, I was shocked by the trailer and am also super sad not to see (probably) Rey and the gang anymore.. sigh..

  31. topsy says:

    Tears came to my eyes when I saw Lando and my chest got tight to see my beautiful Princess. I will never forget the feeling I had the first time I saw the first Star Wars movie, when it first came out. I knew I was seeing something special. I’m not a Star Wars nerd. I haven’t studied up on the minutia of the Star Wars world. But those films hold a special place in my heart.

    I’ve been very happy to see women and minority characters take the lead in the latest films. As a child, it saddened me that Black people had no real place in Star Wars. I’m glad that today’s kids won’t feel the same way. ‘ Rogue One’ did me in, maybe because I lost my father when I was young. And my daddy was as beautiful as Mads (a Black Mads!) I think Daisy is doing an amazing job and the fan boys can go fuck themselves. It’s OUR turn now, fellas!

    I don’t know what Mark Hamil said but I can understand that HE might be feeling Star Wars fatigue. He must still be hurting over the loss of Carrie. It doesn’t matter, because the story is moving beyond Luke now. But I will ALWAYS love the awkward, lanky boy he was so long ago.

  32. Rebekah says:

    I am a feminist and a woman of color, and I found TLJ wanting. There were isolated moments I TRULY loved, but the story as a whole didn’t work for me. And I can’t even with the character assassination of Luke and his ultimately insignificant death. Arrow to the heart. Not sure I can love again, Disney.