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last leaves of the galactic family tree

From left to right: Joonas Suotamo plays Chewbacca, Oscar Isaaic plays Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey when John Boyega plays Finn in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Lucasfilm Ltd.


In forty-two years, stormtroopers should have realized that they had nothing to gain from chasing a group of rebels in the corridors of an imperial ship. Once again, there will be dozens of people who will die there.

But these anonymous extras in their white armor are subject – like stars, spaceships and planets – to the harsh laws of Star Wars. Since Disney’s takeover of Lucasfilm in 2012, the first of those rules seems to be, “Give fans what they want.”

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For the conclusion of the third trilogy devoted to the Skywalker dynasty, this maxim was made of brass. It is a question of leading to the terminus a convoy which started to form in 1977. One should not derail, nor even borrow side tracks.

The current owners of the Star Wars brand remember the torrent of hatred that swept over George Lucas when he tried to turn his saga into a course of constitutional law at the turn of the century. JJ Abrams, director of the first part of the triptych which closes today, returned to control, after his colleague Rian Johnson had suffered the consequences (leverage in trolls) of the dose of heterodoxy that he had injected into the previous episode, The Last Jedi.

Revisiting a familiar universe

The scenario of The Ascension of Skywalker (due to J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio, author of the script forArgo, from Ben Affleck) suddenly looks like a Christmas gift list that a fan of Star Wars would have sent Disney home.

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In addition to the chases in the corridors of a space iron already mentioned, almost all the memes in the series are back in service: the cantina populated by exotic creatures, the frantic race of the vessels launched in geometric labyrinths, the conciliabules between rebels at the concerned mine … The enumeration would take several minutes of the famous drop-down that precedes each episode.

This reproduction of visual forms is matched by that of situations. We've been swinging from branch to branch in the Skywalker family tree for four decades. Once again, more than the rebellion against a new order whose purpose is poorly understood, its promoters seem more concerned with exterminating their subjects than with enslaving them, it is the question of origins which occupies a central place.

Stormtroopers pose at the world premiere of
Stormtroopers pose at the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on December 16 in Los Angeles. CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION / AP

Finally, the contemporary phenomenon whose Star Wars is the most faithful reflection will undoubtedly remain the craze for genealogy. At the end of this ninth episode, there will be no doubt about the origin of each of the characters. But entropy is on the lookout, and no revelation can today have the impact that recognition of Darth Vader's paternity once had. Daisy Ridley makes superhuman efforts to share the anxieties of Rey, his character, who would so much like to know who his parents really were. The answer will come as no surprise, nor will the procrastination of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the misguided son of Leia Organa and Han Solo.

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