The highly anticipated conclusion to the new Star Wars trilogy is upon us! We at WWAC are all excited (and apprehensive) for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—with reason. There’s plenty of expectation for this final instalment—after all, it is meant to wrap up the entire Skywalker saga, spanning three trilogies.
With that in mind, I wanted to get some humorous opinions from my fellow WWAC-ers about what they wanted to see in the film (and what they didn’t).
Which character interactions would you like to see in the film? And why?
Louis: I want to see Rey, Finn, and Poe do a celebratory dance, a la the Ewok celebration in Return of the Jedi. We all know Oscar Isaac can dance, and it needs to be made canon.
Kat: I want Rey and Rose to be friends—or any on-screen female friendship moments, really.
Wendy: The new legacy team of Rey, Finn, Rose, and Poe have to get some solid time together. They all play very different roles in the grand scheme of things and I want to see them working as strong individuals in scenes that play to their strengths (specifically, I want to see Rose doing actual bomber engineer things instead of that information being relegated to the books!) But they can get together and just have moments of fun and friendship too.
Also, I want to see a proper interaction with Phasma (pfft she ain’t dead) and Finn that reveals that no, he was not the janitor because that whole damn concept is ridiculous and why the hell is it perpetuated in the movies when Greg Rucka wrote a whole different origin for him?
Paige: I really want to see more trio interactions between Finn, Rey, and Poe! We barely saw them together at all in Star Wars: The Last Jedi so I’m very excited to finally see them all together! I’m also hoping to see the trio and Rose together as well. I enjoy Rose and it’ll be great if we get to see all of them together. Whether they’re fighting against the First Order or just figuring out what happens next, it’ll be a good time.
All of these characters play strong roles in the story and I’d love to see the small and big moments!
Jamie: The Rose/Finn romance dead and buried. I didn’t like the way it smacked of “pair up the non-white ones.”
What scenario have you been waiting to see in the Star Wars films that you need to see in Rise of Skywalker?
Louis: I really just want to see R2 and 3PO go into the sunset knowing that they no longer have to worry about the Skywalker family stirring up more nonsense the moment their back is turned. Also, General Hux getting round-house kicked in the face by someone from the Resistance would gladden my heart.
Wendy: Gray Jedis. Enough with the light and dark side already. Let’s mix it up.
Paige: I’d really love to see some more exploration into the Jedi/Sith dynamics and where they’re heading now. Also, Grey Jedis would be fantastic to see some of as well! More Resistance shenanigans and (I sound like a broken record a bit) just the relationships between the new trio and Rose. And at least a name drop about Padme and the Ghost squad from Rebels.
Jamie: I like the idea of Grey Jedi. This strict adherence to light or dark has them in an endlessly repeating cycle.
What one thing do you absolutely not want to see in Rise of Skywalker?
Louis: I want to see absolutely zero romance unless it’s FinnPoe. Star Wars romances generally aren’t romantic so let’s not try with this one.
Kat: Poe being heterosexual.
Wendy: No one who has touched a Star Wars big screen script seems to know how romance works, so honestly, I would just prefer if that was left off the table completely.
Paige: I really don’t want to see a redemption arc for Kylo Ren. If it happens, okay. But I think it’d be great to see a Star Wars villain that doesn’t get redeemed!
Jamie: Count me on board with not wanting to see Kylo redeemed. I also don’t want him to get the girl. Rey deserves better after his abuse.
We at WWAC are unanimous about what we definitely want in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—the new trio and Rose in the spotlight and interacting with each other. We definitely don’t want to see any romance because Star Wars can’t do it right—and from Oscar Isaac’s comments during an interview with Variety, FinnPoe is definitely not happening. We now play the waiting game till Rise of Skywalker is released and hopefully proves our other points right!