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Even three months after its release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker refuses to leave the national conversation. Perhaps that’s because so much supplementary material keeps coming out after the fact to fill out the plot gaps in the film’s ever-so-complex narrative. The latest from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization is all about Kylo Ren and his arc form Big Bad to big softie, and how exactly it happened.
Kylo Ren’s redemption arc was arguably one of the most dissatisfying parts of Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, primarily because all the motivation for his turn from the Dark Side to the light took place offscreen and in supplementary materials. But here is a little more supplementary material to explain why Kylo Ren turned out the way he did. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization fills out some of the plot holes in Ben Solo’s arc from the Skywalker heir apparent to fallen son.
First, there’s an explanation of Kylo Ren and Rey’s first fight in The Force Awakens, when the new Force wielder was able to beat a trained Jedi in a lightsaber duel. We can thank Chewbacca for that, according to the novelization, which reminds us that the Wookiee shot Kylo Ren after he killed Han, putting him at a disadvantage in the fight with Rey. The book reads per CinemaBlend:
‘I have not forgotten that you shot me,’ Kylo said. That wound had resulted in a defeat at Rey’s hands. Had he been in top fighting form, the scavenger never would have gotten the best of him.
Yep, this sure is an explanation that doesn’t take away from Rey’s victory at all, because how could a girl who had been forced to survive on her own on a desert planet all her life eke out a win against a trained warrior? Uh, huh.
But that’s not all that has been revealed about Kylo Ren in the novelization. The retcon of Kylo’s “lie” about Rey’s parents being no one in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is further explained, writing per Digital Spy:
“He’d glimpsed her parents in a vision, a poor, frightened couple eking out a meagre existence, surviving on the edge of desperation. He hadn’t been lying when he’d told her they were nothing, nobodies. But Force visions were filled with tricky truths and potential realities. Maybe he had missed something. Bringing all the power of the Force to bear, Kylo Ren demanded, ‘Who is she?’ The rotting remnant of Emperor Palpatine smiled.”
The last revelation digs into Kylo Ren’s pivotal turn, when he lays down his lightsaber and finally embraces his identity as Ben Solo. In the film, it appears to be his mother Leia’s death that leads him to make this turn, at the of his battle with Rey, when she mortally wounds then heals him. In the...
The Rise of Skywalker went through more rewrites than Chris Terrio has ever experienced. Terrio co-wrote the story with director J.J. Abrams. To put things into perspective, Terrio co-wrote Justice League, and we all know how that turned out. Joss Whedon even ended up with a writing credit on that one after $25 million reshoots lasted over a month. Regardless, there are still a lot of Star Wars fans who were very satisfied with the way the final installment in the Skywalker Saga unfolded, even if it was seemingly written on the fly.
Colin Trevorrow was originally on board to write and direct Star Wars 9, but he later left after running into some creative differences with Lucasfilm and Disney. So, J.J. Abrams was brought back to the fold and he brought Chris Terrio along to help write a brand-new story, which could not have been easy, especially because it seems like they never really stopped writing, even when the cameras were rolling. Terrio had this to say about the experience.'I've never rewritten a film as much as this one. It's like a tide. There's a new script every morning. But we just keep going at it and going at it, loosely thinking that it's not good enough. It's never good enough.'
The Rise of Skywalker hit theaters in December and a lot of fans still have unanswered questions. However, much like the Wayfinders used in the movie, hardcore Star Wars fans can seek out novels, comic books, and video games to help fill in the blanks. As far as the rewrites are concerned, Chris Terrio says they were lucky to have a flexible crew with them. He explains.'Luckily, the production team is so good that they can shift and adjust. We're course-correcting as we go - we're trying things, and some things don't work and some things aren't ambitious enough. Some things are overly ambitious. Some things are too dense. Some things are too simple. Some things are too nostalgic. Some things are too out-of-left-field. We're finding our balance.'
Since The Rise of Skywalker is out digitally and coming out on Blu-ray tomorrow, we have been getting a lot of behind-the-scenes looks at what could have been. The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker book is out tomorrow too, and it features a wealth of concept art, along with several interviews with the cast and crew. The concept art within the book shows some of the material that was originally written for the movie, but ultimately did not make the cut.
Once Star Wars fans started to hear about the concept art and ideas that didn't make it into the final cut, rumors started to circulate about the J.J. Abrams cut. The concept art, paired with Abrams' on words about cutting the runtime down helped to spread these rumors. But, there is no J.J. cut since most of the things that were written and unused were never completed or even shot. Adding to this idea is the fact that there are no deleted scenes included in The Rise of Skywalker digital or Blu-ray release. Chris...
Apple TV+ comedies have already delved into the world of video game development and the life of Emily Dickinson. On May 1, the streaming service will explore the joys — but mostly the outrageous trials and tribulations — of parenting when “Trying” hits the platform.
Apple unveiled the trailer for “Trying,” a half-hour British comedy, on Monday, March 30. The series will center on Nikki Esther Smith and Jason Rafe Spall, a 30-something couple who must learn to grow up, settle down, and find someone to love after it’s revealed Nikki is incapable of having a child.
Per Apple, all that Nikki and Esther want is a baby — but it's the one thing they just can't have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can't start a family? After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they're ready to be parents?
The plot might hinge on Nikki's distressing infertility, but the “Trying” trailer promises plenty of laughs out of the protagonist's unfortunate situation. The series' trailer shows the duo hustling to improve their lives, gleefully pointing out one another's faults, but ultimately bonding through their quest to start their own family.
Additional cast members include BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, and Oliver Chris. The series is produced by BBC Studios, written by Andy Wolton, and directed by Jim O'Hanlon.
“Trying” will mark the latest addition to an expanding Apple TV+ comedy slate. The streaming service recently released “Mythic Quest Raven's Banquet,” a video game workplace comedy starring and co-created by Rob McElhenney “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” that has already been renewed for a second season. Apple TV+ is also preparing to release its animated musical “Central Park” on May 29, just in time for Emmy season.
Other recent and upcoming Apple TV+ projects include “Little America” and “Defending Jacob.” The former, which released in January, was praised by IndieWire’s Ben Travers as one of the streaming service's standout titles, while the latter, a limited drama starring Chris Evans, is shaping up to be a potential Emmy contender.
Check out the trailer for “Trying” below: