Warning: this post may contain SPOILERS for The Last Jedi
This is in some ways a continuation post to an earlier post I wrote about being written into a corner. With the recent release of the Rise of Skywalker trailer, I think we need to talk about something. Specifically, I think we need to talk about The Last Jedi.
I have rarely seen as tight a corner as was left at the end of The Last Jedi. As far as the movie tells us, the entire Resistance now consists of people who are crammed together aboard the Millennium Falcon. Sure, they’ve been in tight spots before, and sure, they give some indication that there are many people not currently part of the formal Resistance who might be interested in joining, but it’s a big galaxy, even with hyperspace travel. If I had a 400,000 word novel with which to work, and all of the attendant advantages and capabilities, I could probably make a convincing case for how they get out of this corner, but accomplishing that believably in a movie is going to be difficult. This is the sort of corner that would require a triangular backbone.
Of course, there are all sorts of questions left unanswered about why the Resistance is even still the Resistance, what happened in the thirty years between the end of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, especially in terms of politics and galactic governance, but those aren’t really important for now, at least for this post.
So let’s treat this like a hypothetical. Say that you’re the writer who’s been hired to find some way to write Star Wars‘ new trilogy out of the corner it was put in at the end of The Last Jedi. How would you do it? Remember, this has to be in the format of a ~3 hour movie, not a 400,000 word novel. Please post your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions in the comments below. Then we’ll just have to see how they actually tried to solve the problem in The Rise of Skywalker.