Revisiting ‘The Last Jedi’ for the First Time Since Watching ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

The Last Jedi. I hadn’t watched it since a couple of weeks before The Rise of Skywalker entered theaters. And how could I? The Rise of Skywalker ruined the Sequel Trilogy for me. Since 2015, I have been so invested in these characters, in this mysterious story filled with blank spaces that I was hoping would be fulfilled in a lovable and truly epic manner, and The Rise of Skywalker turned out to be more than just safe. It ruined the franchise as a whole, annihilating storylines built in the previous eight films, dampening characters’ awesomeness, and creating new threads that felt lackluster and unwarranted.

After a couple of months of recovery, I began to appreciate The Last Jedi even more for its bold choices, its surprising character developments, and its new characters who Rian Johnson put some real thought behind. Particularly, Rose Tico. Continue reading Revisiting ‘The Last Jedi’ for the First Time Since Watching ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

The Stormtroopers: Part 1

The shuttle trembled. The lights flickered. And the stormtroopers swayed back and forth.

One stormtrooper, a soldier named FN-3043, coughed.

“Where are we going?” he asked.

The other stormtroopers remained silent. He cocked his head. Continue reading The Stormtroopers: Part 1