My Experience with ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

I’ve been home several hours after seeing The Rise of Skywalker and I’ve got a lot of feelings. I mean, a LOT! And none of them are good. I wish I could say I am literally bouncing around with happiness but I am not.

The Rise of Skywalker is the blandest Star Wars movie I’ve ever seen. You’re probably saying to yourself a bland Star Wars movie? There’s nothing remotely bland about Star Wars right? There are lightsabers and spaceships, cool characters and planets, and the Force for crying out loud, but I have come away from The Rise of Skywalker feeling practically nothing.

Yes, there were laughs, yes, there was action, and yes there were Star Wars references galore but at the end of the day, this movie felt created with little goals involved other than Disney parting themselves from the Skywalker Saga…for now.

Honestly, The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t even feel like an ending. It feels like a beginning to hopefully something greater. Kathleen Kennedy has said she will announce a new Star Wars movie next year. How do we know this new movie somehow doesn’t connect to this story?

I feel that in a decade’s time, another filmmaker will arrive to continue this story because it has been left with such abandon. J.J Abrams created something special with The Force Awakens. That spark of Star Wars brilliance has, unfortunately, devolved into a depressing wish of what could’ve been. And yeah, The Last Jedi had its faults, but it far exceeds the imagination of which The Rise of Skywalker was so sorely lacking.

But this is just my opinion. There are a bunch of Star Wars fans who actually enjoyed the film…if you’re a fan of cliché. I’ll leave my spoiler-free experience at that.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day. May the Force be with you.

QI’RA: A Rebel Rises: Chapter Four

The entire ride to Baam was grim. Enfys Nest had seen many villages destroyed by Crimson Dawn but this particular sighting had affected her deeply. The Crimson Dawn had taken her family from her. Her grandmother and grandfather, her cousins, her aunt and uncle, her little brother and sister, her parents, and everyone else she loved, gone in the blink of an eye. And the ones they spared were left voiceless, their tongues removed as a barbaric sign of domination. Continue reading QI’RA: A Rebel Rises: Chapter Four