Disney has been very busy, and we've been trying to catch up with all the recent updates on the Star Wars Episode 9 The Rise of Skywalker movie, premiering December 20 of this year. The "Special Look" released last week during the D23 event has been making the rounds on social media, and everyone reading this would have most likely seen it by now, but just in case you haven't, check it out below:
The montage spanning the nearly half-century long legacy of what we've known and loved Star Wars to be since 1977 culminates in the grand climax of the Skywalker saga... for whatever that means. The earlier scenes certainly gave us goosebumps, even through the prequels. To be completely honest, despite the notoriety of Episodes 1 to 3, we can truthfully say that sitting through them would be more tolerable than rewatching the newer ones. The gist of our thoughts is: the 6 year wait, Han & Luke's deaths better be worth the "monumental" closing act that would finally answer questions from the last two films, and how everything ties in to the Skywalker story. (Why couldn't they just have made the Expanded Universe canon)
The key to the issue appears to be a character as irrepressible as the Skywalker line itself: Palpatine. Maybe we've been looking at this the wrong way. Maybe the whole saga was really crafted to portray the image of Palpatine's legacy, the hidden-negative story shapes in an illusion painting. Or maybe it's just lazy templated Disney writing, after all, they now have the power to make anything canon out of whim. For whatever reason, however, an unexpected reveal from the trailer earlier this year gives us some sort of hope that things could be bigger and more encompassing. How he ties in to whomever Skywalker is rising, remains speculative, but not as hollow as his possible relationship with Rey. From sources that gave the initial insider "Ob-Ewan News" long before it hit mainstream, there have been hints that old Sith Sidious might be... are you ready for this? Might be... Rey's grandfather! Nothing new, most us are theorizing the possibility of him being the father or some long lost relative. But what does this mean?
We know for a fact that evil Rey is just a vision because of Disney's recent spoiler. This kind of imagery has been used before, in Dagobah during Luke's training with Yoda. This could be an indication, however, of us being mislead once again. No other Star Wars trilogy from the past 40 years has sent us to a wilder goose chase filled with heartache and disappointment, than this one. With a badge like that, I wouldn't be surprised if The Rise of Skywalker follows the same path. So in essence, Palpatine being Rey's grandfather has no bearing as of the moment, if it is indeed true! Take it with a grain of salt, and maybe a shot of Tequila to ease the impending letdown - Don't take our word for it, but we certainly hope we're wrong.