The conclusion of the controversial latest Star Wars trilogy, the episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, connects to the new additions to the franchise being focused on episodes 7 and 8 and picking up the pieces of the aftermath of episode 6: Return of the Jedi. The latter’s plot is very crucial where it integrates all the narratives and give sense to the jam-packed action the new movie brings.

Although it is preferable to watch the movies from previous trilogies of the franchise, the story of The Return of the Jedi gives the most relevance to the Rise of the Skywalker.

Major characters in The Return of the Jedi are featured again like Lando Calrissian, the Rebel ally who made his redemption by releasing Han Solo from being carbonized, and Emperor Palpatine, the Sith Lord manipulating the Galactic Empire from the shadows through his only apprentice and dubbed by the Jedi as the ‘chosen one’, Darth Vader.

The Rebels toppled the Empire’s symbol of dominance, the Death Star II, through the help of such unusual creatures, the Ewoks. The bloodline of the Skywalkers became the very pivot of the balance of the Force wherein the ‘chosen one’ either choose the side of becoming the morally driven Anakin again or retain as the heartless Darth Vader while having the fate of his son, Luke, hanging on by his decision.

Now in episode 9, the Rise of the Skywalker will be shining the spotlight to the late Carrie Fischer’s character, General Leia, who also is the twin sister of Luke and daughter of the chosen Anakin.

She will rally the forces of good to defeat the remnants of the Empire known as the First Order, for her brother Luke died on episode 8 as a Jedi Master after battling her son, Kylo Ren and also Han Solo, Leia’s former lover and Kylo Ren’s father were killed on episode 7 by their own son.

Before you watch the latest conflict of the Last Jedi, Rey, make sure you stream to Disney+ for Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi.

Michael Ives

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