Rise of Skywalker, Fall of an Era

Annie Snyder '21, Co-Assistant Editor

Warning: some spoilers ahead!


The Star Wars Trilogies define the childhoods of now multiple generations: from the original trilogy in the late 70s and 80s, to the prequels in the early 2000s, and now the continuation of the original trilogy in the 2010s. For me, the original trilogy shaped my childhood greatly, from dressing up as Princess Leia for halloween to riding Star Tours at Disney World. But now, with Rise of Skywalker, which was released in mid December 2019, the skywalker trilogy has come to a close, with quite a twist ending.

The movie was directed by The Force Awakens’s director, J.J. Abrams after The Last Jedi was directed by Rian Johnson. This flip flop between directors is very noticeable within the plot lines (i.e. Rey’s parents and broom boy) and has created some discussion between fans over which was better. I personally enjoyed Rise of Skywalker. I think Abrams did a good job balancing the desires of the new and old fans. In my opinion, I really liked the characterization in this movie, from Rey’s self-discovery to Kylo Ren’s redemption (or Ben-demption),  

With the end of the Skywalker trilogy, I have been on a bit of a Star Wars kick: reading articles, watching cast interviews, and even taking a trip with my family to Disney World to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The area in Disney’s Hollywood Studios transports you to the outer-rim planet of Batuu with two fully immersive rides, unique food options, the opportunity to build your own lightsaber or droid, and even the chance to interact with stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and Rey. I found it interesting that the characters present represent the time between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker

However, the Star Wars universe is far from over. The seventh season of the Clone Wars animated television show is currently being released on Disney+ after the last season wrapped up in 2014. Also, season two of The Mandalorian will be released in the spring, and if you saw Rogue One, they are releasing a Cassian Andor solo movie on Disney+, as well.