Fan service. This is how many people describe the last Star Wars : The Ascension of Skywalker, released in theaters Wednesday, December 18. The film by J. J. Abrams concludes the Skywalker saga that began in 1977, with numerous winks and direct re-readings of the first episodes released almost forty years earlier. This lack of originality partly explains why the film receives harsher criticism than for others Star Wars.
While most fans of the galaxy are debriefing these ninth episode these days, we offer some elements to shine in the discussions, or realize that it is full of many references to the history of the saga.
Warning, the elements below naturally reveal the film terribly.
At the start of the adventure, Rey and his companions disembark on the planet Pasaana, in search of the Wayfinder (the sith GPS which makes it possible to arrive on Exegol). They come across a huge celebration held on the spot by the Aki-Aki. The droid C-3PO gives some explanations: our heroes are very lucky to see this “ancestors festival”, which takes place only every forty-two years. Let be the number of years between the release of the first Star Wars, in 1977, that of The Ascension of Skywalker.
Finally a medal for the Wookie
At the end of the film, Chewbacca finds something to console himself, despite Leia's death: the Resistance celebrates his victory, but above all, he was – finally – given a medal. Forty-two years earlier, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo also received a medal directly from Princess Leia, during the grand ceremony which concluded A new hope (episode IV, released in 1977). But for inexplicable reasons, which provoked much heated debate, Chewbacca had been left out, ” meh “.
A lesbian kiss
Also during the final celebration, a fleeting kiss is exchanged between two resistant women. This is the first real gay scene in Star Wars. Si fans had imagined a romance between Poe and Finn after their debut in The force awakens, in 2015, we are now certain that it will never take place.
This brief kiss was not enough for some. The media The Mary Sue, committed to LGBTQ rights, said on his website, very disappointed that the scene was so brief when J. J. Abrams had promised that “The LGBTQ community will be represented in the film”. But the passage was enough to cause problems in some countries: it was cut in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, according to some spectators, or in Singapore, directly by Disney, so that the film is not prohibited for minors.
On the snowy planet of Kijimi, we learn that Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac) was one of the “Spice smugglers” – which earned him behind Finn's mockery. Transporting “spices” ('Spice' in English) is equivalent in effect, in Star Wars, to drug trafficking. These are recreational substances that slaves harvest from mines and that smugglers transport at their own risk: this was one of Han Solo’s activities before he met Luke Skywalker.
This rebellious pilot, played by actor Denis Lawson, helped Luke Skywalker destroy the Dark Star and the Death Star in the first trilogy. Wedges Antilles appears again, still in the guise of Denis Lawson, for a few seconds during the final battle of The Ascension of Skywalker : he congratulates Lando Calrissian for his maneuver in the Millennium Falcon.
Denis Lawson will resume his role as Wedge Antilles in #TheRiseOfSkywalker.
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Sets and actors already seen
In addition to the ruins of the Death Star of the Return of the Jedi, which play a crucial role in the history of The Ascension of Skywalker, Other legendary places from the first trilogy reappear. The scene where Luke and Leia are recreated young in computer graphics, where Luke teaches Leia the lightsaber, thus takes place in a dark and thick forest – which is reminiscent of that of Dagobah, where Luke learns to master the strength with Yoda.
At the end of the film, after the final death of Emperor Palpatine, we see Ewoks rejoicing, as in Return of the Jedi. One of them is also interpreted by an historical actor of the Ewoks, Warwick Davis, Explain Vanity Fair.
We also see an imperial cruiser falling behind a city suspended in the air: it is a “city in the clouds”, the same as those of Empire strikes back. A film in which we had met Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams, who also returns in episode IX for several major scenes.
Finally, the last scenes of the Skywalker's film and saga take place on Tatooine, and more precisely where Luke Skywalker grew up: in Uncle Owen's farm house.
… And music already heard
In addition to the sets, the film by J. J. Abrams summons certain orchestrations of the first films: for example when Rey enters the room of the emperor in the ruins of the Death Star; when Luke Skywalker must once again take his X-Wing out of the water; or, at the time of the final images where Luc and Leia appear, depending on the site Vulture.
However, this is the first time that John Williams himself has appeared on the screen in Star Wars, note Vanity Fair. The historical composer plays in this episode a bartender on Kijimi, without a line, but called Oma Tres (Maestro's anagram).
A bad feeling
As noted by the special “Star Wars Burger Quiz”, “I have a bad feeling about this” is the only replica you can find in every film. In The Ascension of Skywalker, it’s the character of Lando Calrissian who had the honor when he met Rey and his troop.
“The dead speak!” “
During the last fight of the film, when “Every Jedi” transmit their forces to Rey facing Palpatine, we hear their voices. They are indeed those of the actors of the main Jedi in old films: Frank Oz (the puppeteer of Yoda), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu), Liam Neeson (Quin-Jong Jin) or Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) appear in the credits of Star Wars IX.
A yellow lightsaber
After killing the emperor and literally crushing the Sith, there was no longer any doubt that Rey Skywalker had become a Jedi. The very end of The Ascension of Skywalker confirms it: she brandishes a hitherto unseen yellow lightsaber, which she a priori built herself, like any good Jedi must do. Before that, a saber of this color had only been seen in cartoons Clone wars and Rebels.
There is a link with “The Mandalorian”
Be careful, we spoil you here a passage of The Mandalorian, the series currently broadcast on Disney + in the United States (it will be in March in France). In episode 7, the now famous Baby Yoda treats one of the characters' wounds with the help of the Force. A direct echo of the powers used by Rey in The Ascension of Skywalker, which allow him to close the open wounds of a large snake. Until these two occurrences, we had never seen this power of Jedi used in this way. On the other hand, they appeared a lot in video games.
All (or almost all) had leaked
In November, J. J. Abrams confirmed that the script for the film had ended up on the Internet. The fault of one of the actors – John Boyega, who plays Finn – who had forgotten it under the bed of a hotel. The script then went on sale on eBay. Which may explain why, in September, on the Reddit forum, an anonymous described at great length what we would see in episode IX of Star Wars. Many things were correct.