- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed it is last trailer.
- Might Adam Driver’s villain Kylo Ren flip to the sunshine aspect?
- His finest moments within the trilogy have are available sheer villainy—and turning can be taking a visit down a street traveled earlier than.
Each Star Wars fan within the galaxy is preparing for the discharge of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—the conclusion to the trilogy that started in 2015 with The Drive Awakens—much more so after the discharge of the film’s last trailer throughout final evening’s Monday Night time Soccer. The music cues are robust, the heartstrings are tugged (C3PO!), there are some new characters, and, properly, one thing continues to be happening with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).
Within the last Star Wars trailer, the pair—believed by most to characterize the darkish aspect (Kylo) and the sunshine (Rey)—are proven in parallel a number of occasions; lightsaber duels abound, and, like in The Final Jedi, they already seem linked. However, simply as within the Rise of Skywalker teaser, we see the return of Emperor Palpatine, the string-pulling villain of each the unique and prequel Star Wars trilogies, solely his phrases appear to color a special image. “Lengthy have I waited, and now you are coming collectively is your undoing,” he says, as darkish photographs of his throne seem atop the display screen.
This appears to play into one thing that nearly occurred in The Final Jedi, proper across the time of the Throne room scene (which can simply be one of the best scene within the final two motion pictures). As you would possibly recall, Kylo Ren was at a crossroads between Rey and his grasp, Supreme Chief Snoke, when he made the choice to kill Snoke and crew up with Rey to battle off all of the cronies within the room. Then, simply when it appeared like Kylo was about to show to hitch Rey and The Resistance to turn into one in all our heroes, he expressed different needs; he needed to take Snoke’s place, and he needed Rey to hitch him. He wasn’t turning, he needed energy.
This was an excellent beat for the sequence, as a result of we have completed the redemption story already. That is what your complete unique Star Wars trilogy—and, by proxy, the prequels—are all about. We have seen Darth Vader understand his manipulation, and do what he can to sacrifice himself for the sake of his son, and make issues proper.
Ben Solo—Kylo’s actual identify, as he is the son of Han and Princess Leia—has a equally advanced household connection to the story, however his leaning into the darkish aspect in The Final Jedi, reasonably than looking for redemption, is what makes his character all of the extra distinctive. We have already got a Darth Vader in Star Wars—why not create a Hannibal Lecter, or Darkish Knight Joker-esque villain? Somebody completely ruthless and terrifying, however nonetheless with ties to the story’s main familial by way of line, can be completely new—even for a franchise in its fifth decade.
And as Final Jedi continues, that is the street that Kylo appears to be happening. When he screams within the face of Domhall Gleeson’s Normal Hux, declaring himself Supreme Chief, that is the sort of villainy that there should not actually be a getting back from. Not solely did he already kill Han in The Drive Awakens, however now he is maniacally attempting to obliterate Luke as properly. Tried violent homicide of iconic and beloved characters in two separate motion pictures ought to place a personality on the off-limits record for redemption!
Kylo/Ben is at his finest due to what we have seen him be—he is not pure evil like Lecter, or the Joker; actually, he is most likely probably the most human villain that Star Wars has ever produced. All through the primary two movies on this saga, it is clearly offered that he is a villain by his personal design, rebelling towards the upbringing that he did not select however was born into. And his villainy is what he did select. He chooses to put on a masks, and desires to comply with in his grandfather’s footsteps.
A number of the perfect Star Wars moments of the brand new trilogy have come when Kylo simply loses it, breaking down right into a full-on, maniacal rage. “Traitor!” he memorably shouts at John Boyega’s turned-stormtrooper Finn in 2015’s The Drive Awakens, earlier than angrily taking him and Daisy Ridley’s Rey on in a stunning, snow storm-at-night set lightsaber battle; it is the film’s finest and maybe most memorable scene. When he explodes on Hux in The Final Jedi, wanting “each gun now we have to fireside” on Luke, screaming “MORE! MORE!” because the weapons fireplace, that is the sort of off-the-rails villain that we love. This is not somebody caught in a nasty scenario or out of his palms—he is doing this on objective. That is his selection.
However… it would not appear more likely to final. The Kylo/Rey parallels have been going robust for your complete trilogy, and the Rise of Skywalker trailer did not make it seem to be it might be ending any time quickly. However the query is twofold: even when the narrative decides to make it work…does Kylo deserve redemption? He is killed fairly a couple of folks, together with his father who all of us love, and tried to kill Luke (to no avail).
In all honesty, as a lot as Kylo turning good is one thing I do not need to occur (in any respect!), it is one thing that…I feel will very a lot occur. These motion pictures, as a lot as all of us like to learn into them, and need to push for darkish and distinctive storylines, on the finish of the day they’re targeted on a mass enchantment. Kylo Ren has been an iconic villain, and his villainy has produced most of the sequence’ most memorable moments. However with the way in which issues have been foreshadowed, something aside from becoming a member of Rey, or committing a private sacrifice, can be completely surprising—and on the identical time, completely appreciated. We’ll simply have to attend till December 19 to search out out for certain.