14 Stupid Blunders That Ruined Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
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.