Warning: Major Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally rolled out into theaters, proving to be another divisive entry into this saga.
There were plenty of reasons to be worried about how the film would turn out, from concerns about retconning the previous film to how they would wrap it all up when there was no clear roadmap for this trilogy. Sadly, not only were our worst fears realized, but it was worse than anyone could have ever imagined.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a disaster. It's a horrible finale - even worse than the final season of Game of Thrones - and by far the worst Star Wars film.
The Last Jedi isn't great, but it had some bold storytelling which just didn't always work. Even the prequels, as poorly written and painful to watch as they are at times, at least had a vision and creative ideas.
The Rise of Skywalker has none of that. It's lazy, completely devoid of imagination, overstuffed, and has the worst script of any Star Wars film.
This is what happens when a studio lets two filmmakers with very different ideas make a trilogy without a solid roadmap they were required to follow, resulting in an incohesive series that leads to a truly abysmal finale.
14. Palpatine Returns Out Of Nowhere
After it was revealed that Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) would be returning in The Rise of Skywalker at Star Wars Celebration back in April, fans wondered just how the hell was he back.
Turns out, he just returns out of the blue without any real explanation.
The opening crawl informs us that he sent a broadcast to the galaxy revealing he's alive (because reasons), and Kylo Ren tracks him down and confronts him.
It doesn't give us any answer as to how he survived his presumed fate in Return of the Jedi, though we do at least see he's some kind of zombie kept alive by tech. The best info we get is that line about the dark side of the force opening pathways that some consider to be unnatural.
It's a baffling introduction, and a clear sign of how poorly planned the sequels were.