Star Wars Episode IX: What I Want to See

We are still 11 months away from Star Wars Episode IX and are still waiting for a title. While we wait for more information to come out on the film, I’d like to share my hopes for what I hope to see in the lastest movie in the Star Wars saga.

A Fitting Goodbye to General Leia

I really hope we get to see the late General Leia Organa use some more awesome Force powers! Any kidding aside, I doubt they are going to be able to pull off a fitting goodbye to the late Carrie Fisher. Rumors suggest that J.J. Abrams has a lot of unused footage of General Leia that he is going to digitally add to different scenes. I’m skeptical, but i really that they can pull off an emotionally fitting end to the story of our Princess.

The Knights of Ren

One of my favorite teases in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are the mysterious Knights of Ren. I would love to finally see them either as Kylo Ren’s bodyguards or some sort of elite task force. They looked really cool in the brief snippet we got to see in Rey’s Forceback in The Force Awakens.

Young Rey watching her parents leave

The Truth About Rey’s Parents

I cant sugar coat it. I hated the idea that Rey’s parents were just nobodies who sold her for drinking money. That moment was just so disappointing. I dont need her parents to be Skywalkers, but at least someone interesting. It felt as though Rian Johnson wanted to come up with a surprise that no one could guess, so he came up with the least desirable choice possible.

Hopefully Episode IX is able to retcon that idea. Even though Kylo tells Rey that she knows the truth, she might have been influenced by him as someway of controlling her.

More About Snoke

While I’m not terribly troubled by Snoke’s demise in The Last Jedi, I did feel like it was such a waste of an interesting character. Star Wars has a history of cool evil characters with little to no backstory (Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine). Snoke doesn’t necessarily have to come back from the dead, but it would be nice to see more of him in flashbacks or maybe even a Force Ghost. He was truly menacing on screen and would love to see more.

Return of Anakin Skywalker

While I didn’t enjoy most of Hayden Christensen’s performance in the prequels, I would love to see Anakin Skywalker again. I think Anakin’s Force ghost should return and try to talk some sense into his grandson. Also, this could allow Hayden a chance for redemption for his prequels performance. And any movie could always use more Darth Vader!

A New Jedi Order

The ending of The Last Jedi focused on a young boy flashing some Force powers. This seems to suggest that we will be seeing some new crop of force users. Rumors have suggested that episode IX will take place several years after The Last Jedi. That would give enough time for Rey to round up some new trainees to train in some kind of new Jedi Order. I have a feeling the title of Episode IX might even have to do with it.

The Redemption of Kylo Ren

I believe the most satisfying and thematically fitting ending for the trilogy, will have to come with the death of Kylo Ren. His death should either come as some sort of sacrifice, redeeming himself, or at the hand of Rey. I think he has been the most interesting character of the new trilogy and has the most potential of delivering an emotional ending to the film. He truly wishes to embrace the Dark side, but constantly feels the pull of the Light.

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