“You know I’d do anything for you.”
From Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition by Rae Carson:
Wiping her hands, she cut around the Falcon toward the on-ramp, and nearly ran into Rose.
“Thank you,” she said to the mechanic. “I can’t believe how fast you got this ship ready.”
Rose smiled. “You know I’d do anything for you and the Falcon.”
There were so many things Rey ought to say to her. She settled for “You’ve been so kind to me. You and Beaumont, Connix and Snap…”
Rose’s smile faltered. Became a straight-up glare. “Why does it feel like you’re saying goodbye forever?”
“I’m not! I just…” Rey didn’t know what she was trying to say.
Before she could figure it out, Rose enveloped her in a hug. “Me too,” she said to Rey. “Now go do your Jedi stuff.” After a final squeeze, Rose headed toward the Falcon for a last-minute inspection of the ship’s landing gear.
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Does bringing Palpatine back REALLY make Anakin’s character arc redundant?
I’ve probably hinted at this previously (here), but TROS is my least favorite Sequel film. I don’t despise it, necessarily, I just think more could have been done with what we were given.
But there’s this argument I keep seeing popping up, which is the notion that Anakin’s arc and the prophecy of the Chosen One are essentially pointless or redundant, now.
And, uh, I disagree.
Anakin’s character arc happened on both a personal, emotional level, and a cosmic one.
Personally, Anakin needed to learn to let go of his fears, his anger, his guilt and his pain. He needed to learn to accept that he can’t possess people, they have free will, and that he can’t repress his emotions, he must, instead, confront them.
Cosmically, Anakin was the Chosen One, aka he was created, chosen by the Force itself to destroy the Sith (whose only goal is to enslave the Force and destroy its naturally balanced state) and bring Balance.
From an emotional point-of-view, the Emperor coming back or not is irrelevant. Anakin finally managed to let go of his pain, release his guilt, cease being selfish an greedy and decided to instead show selfless compassion, saving his son’s life at the cost of his own.
The Emperor surviving or not doesn’t change the fact that Anakin became a better man one last time, and sacrificed himself to save his son.
From a cosmic point of view, the impact is undoubtedly diminished… but not as undone as it was in Legends, for instance.
In Legends, Anakin’s sacrifice results in Luke surviving the 2nd Death Star, and that’s it.
Palpatine comes back after, like, 5 years.
The galaxy is at war for an extra 26 years - against the Imperial Remnant and then the Yuhzan Vong - before there’s finally a momentary peace.
Hundreds and hundreds of Sith Lords pop out after Sidious, even a century later.
Legends Anakin never really brought Balance to the Force.
In canon, Anakin did much more.
He basically condemned Palpatine to 30 years of pure agony. The Sith Lord was out of the game, for the most part. He may as well have been dead, because his impact on the galaxy was almost equal to none, Snoke and Hux Sr. were the ones doing all the work.
Because of Palpatine being trapped in a decaying clone body, there was around 28 years of peace, including a 6-year period of tension, followed by a year of chaos, which was quickly ended once Sidious was killed for good.
A couple of darksiders arose, sure, but none of them had the “fuck the Balance” philosophy of a Sith.
Canon Anakin brought Balance to the Force, and the Force stayed balanced for 30 years, before it needed to find a new champion to restore it (Rey). The Balance was restored in the span of a year. In the long run, the events of the Sequels are a parenthesis at best. Take from that what you will.
So no, not really.
TROS doesn’t make Anakin’s character arc redundant.
Yes, I do think it diminishes it a bit (instead of the Force being balanced forever, it’s balanced for 30 years, then unbalanced for a year, then balanced again)…
… but not nearly as much as the previous continuity did.
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