Before I saw The Last Jedi, I was looking forward to see how the movie could expand what The Force Awakens was setting up.
But instead of a sequel to The Force Awakens, what I got was a Rian Johnson movie. Ignoring plot points from before while creating irrelevant ones, introducing characters that undermined the plot, and shoving in a load of cringe. This edit was made to correct that.
I plan to make a Rise of Skywalker edit as a follow up to this one.
The goal for this edit is to make TLJ a respectful sequel to TFA as best as possible by doing the following:
Remove the cringe.
Remove everything related to Rose, Holdo, First Order Chase, Canto Blight.
Make the characters consistent with how they were established in TFA as close as I can.
Use deleted scenes and fan editing resources that seem fitting.
Incorporate elements from TROS.
V3 Complete Change List:
The opening title crawl music is replaced with the one from TROS.
The title crawl has been remade to establish the First Order recovering from the destruction of Starkiller Base, Rey’s desperation to bring Luke out of hiding, and Kylo Ren traveling to the Mustafar system.
Used the opening shot of Mustafar from TROS to introduce Kylo.
Removed Snoke quoting General Hux’s “Tied on a string” line.
Removed Snoke asking Kylo about his wound.
Kylo removes his mask after Snoke expresses his fear that he was mistaken.
Removed Kylo protesting to Snoke that he didn’t hesitate killing Han.
Removed the close up shots of Snoke’s guards withdrawing their weapons.
Included a brief flashback to the TFA bridge scene with Han before Kylo destroys his helmet to make it clear he’s mad that he killed his father for nothing.
Removed Kylo storming out of the elevator and telling the First Order officers to prepare his ship.
Replaced the entire scene of Rey giving Luke the lightsaber and him throwing it off the cliff by inserting two shots of Ahch-to island. One from the documentary and one from the film. This was done to maintain Luke and Rey’s emotional reactions at the end of TFA and keep the continuity of the scene intact.
Shots of the island that seemed to look more yellow than green have been re-colored.
Removed all of the Porg scenes with the exception of one shot during Rey’s training with Luke.
Rey calls out to Luke only once when she approaches his hut and turns around to see his X-wing underwater.
Inserted the deleted scene of Luke sitting in his hut after he changes robes to, again, maintain his emotional reaction at the end of TFA.
Removed Rey telling Luke about Kylo becoming stronger and The First Order controlling the major systems within weeks.
Removed Luke’s routine and all mentions of it.
Rey does not have a binary beacon. Only Leia does.
Rey answers why she is on the island the first time Luke asks the question.
Removed Luke saying that he came to the island to die and that it’s time for the Jedi to end.
Removed General Hux and Captain Canady from the D’Qar battle.
The entire Resistance counter-attack is reworked. There’s no bombing run. Poe’s goal is to engage the Dreadnought, distracting the First Order to focus on him instead of the Resistance fleet, ensuring the safety of the evacuation. This validates Poe telling Finn that he was busy saving the entire fleet in the following deleted scene.
Poe’s weapon systems don’t get damaged.
Replaced the awkward scenes of Finn waking up and reuniting with Poe with the deleted scenes where Poe catches Finn up to speed on what he missed and BB-8 showing Finn the recording of Rey saying they will see each other again.
Inserted an establishing shot of Vader’s castle which leads into the first force conversation between Rey and Kylo. (FX by Poppasketti.)
Removed all Caretaker scenes.
Removed Leia slapping and lecturing Poe after the Resistance fleet jumps out of hyperspace.
Inserted a shot of Poe and BB-8 after the plan to find a new base is explained. The First Order does not find the Resistance until they reach Crait. This removes everything related to Rose, Holdo, DJ, hyperspace tracking, and Canto Blight.
Removed Rey asking Chewie about reaching the Resistance and touching the water falling from the Falcon.
Removed Luke lecturing about the Jedi during the days of the Republic and Rey talking about Luke redeeming Vader to keep the focus on his exile and guilt.
Luke tells the whole story about how his encounter with Ben Solo went. Vader’s breathing and Snoke’s voice is heard when Luke searches through Ben’s mind. Luke quickly turns on his lightsaber out of fear after seeing Palpatine, prompting Ben to retaliate against him. This is meant to connect with Palpatine’s “I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head.” line. I believe if there’s one thing that would prompt Luke to make such a hasty action, it would be seeing the person who gave him so much pain.
Inserted TFA footage showing Kylo and the Knights of Ren from the lightsaber vision to conclude the flashback and establish that the knights are the remaining students.
Removed the gold dice.
Luke doesn’t tell R2 nothing will change his mind.
Removed Luke telling Rey he will teach her the ways of the Jedi and why they need to end.
Combined Rey using the staff/lightsaber and her training with Luke.
Removed the touching leaf gag.
Luke doesn’t tell Rey to reach out with her feelings.
Removed Luke talking about the vanity related to the light and the Jedi.
Replaced the water coming from the ground with part of Rey’s vision from TROS.
All Exogel scenes are re-colored from blue to gray. (LUT by Skenera.)
Removed the reveal that Luke closed himself off from the force.
Removed Luke saying “…in Ben Solo…” when saying he saw the raw strength once before.
When Luke meditates on the ridge, he sees a brief glimpse of the Sith Temple on Exogel.
When Rey looks at Kylo during the third force conversation, she doesn’t ask if he could put a cowl on.
Kylo doesn’t explain the Fandom Menace’s interpretation of what happened between him and Luke.
Kylo doesn’t tell Rey to let the past die. This is the same person who values his grandfather’s possessions.
Rey has a quick glimpse of her sitting on the Sith throne before she is thrown into the cave. (Eye replacement by NeverarGreat.)
Rey sees her parents say their last words to her after she touches the wall.
Removed Rey telling Kylo she was wrong to believe she would find answers.
Removed Luke calling out to Rey when she speaks to Kylo.
Removed Rey telling Kylo it isn’t too late.
Rey has a glimpse of Mustafar after touching Kylo’s hand. Giving her a general idea where he is due to their bond.
Removed Luke disrupting the force conversation, the fight between him and Rey, and the following moments after.
Moved the conversation between Luke and Yoda after the throne room fight begins to fill the gap between the battle.
Replaced the Falcon dropping out of hyperspace and ejecting Rey’s escape pod with the deleted scene showing Kylo on the bridge waiting for her.
Removed the shot of the prison cuffs and the elevator conversation.
Removed Snoke’s comment on Rey’s strength and the darkness rising with light to meet it, as part of that line was repurposed for Luke’s flashback.
Removed Snoke saying he bridged Rey and Kylo’s minds.
Snoke is killed by Kylo when he searches through Rey’s mind to make his death much more sudden and surprising.
Snoke’s eyes flash orange and lose their color when he dies to foreshadow his connection to Palpatine. (FX by Poppasketti.)
Removed Luke telling Yoda he’s going to burn the tree down.
Removed the “page turners” gag.
Removed Yoda poking Luke.
Rey doesn’t get caught in a hold against the guard, eliminating the vanishing weapon error and making her victory against her opponent more believable.
Replaced Rey telling Kylo to call off the fleet with a shot of Snoke.
Replaced Kylo saying it’s time to let old things die with a shot of Rey.
Removed Kylo telling Rey that her parents were junk traders that sold her for drinking money who died on Jakku.
Kylo doesn’t say “Please.” to Rey when he waits for her.
Removed the Kylo/Hux dispute.
Removed Leia staring outside and giving the order to shut the blast door.
Removed the Resistance setting up the base.
Inserted the shot showing the First Order cannon when the Resistance is in the trenches.
Removed Finn struggling to use the speeder.
Inserted the Wilhelm Scream when the trenches come under attack.
Removed Rey yelling in excitement when shooting the Ties.
Removed Hux saying “All fighters!” after Kylo gives the order to blow the Falcon out of the sky.
Moved the Falcon/Tie Fighter underground sequence after the Resistance pulls out.
Removed Kylo and Hux both giving the order to focus all firepower on the speeders.
Removed Poe and Finn’s comment on the Falcon diverting the Ties.
Finn doesn’t object to Poe’s retreat order.
Cropped the scene showing the cannon firing to hide Finn and Rose.
Removed Luke saying he can’t save Ben and no one’s ever really gone.
Kylo doesn’t give the order to fire on Luke.
Kylo and Luke stay silent before they face each other.
Removed Poe quoting Holdo.
Removed Poe asking how did Luke get inside the base and telling Threepio to shut up.
There are no rocks blocking the exit to the base.
Removed the slow motion moments during the fight between Luke and Kylo.
Removed Luke saying that the rebellion is reborn today and that the war is just beginning.
Swapped the reaction shots of Finn and Rey when they hug.
Removed Kylo turning around and yelling after Luke cancels his force projection.
Removed the shot of the sun intercutting the shot of Luke looking out in the distance and inserted another shot of the sun afterwards.
Rey and Leia react to Luke’s death after it happens.
Removed Poe hugging the fish dude.
Inserted the opening sequence from TROS with Kylo on Mustafar and traveling to Exogel. Since the Mustafar system was Snoke’s area of operations in this edit, the implication is that the fighting was caused by Kylo becoming the Supreme Leader.
Kylo hears Palpatine call out to him after dealing with the Mustafar guards, which leads him to discover the Sith Wayfinder. (Palpatine audio by Poppasketti.)
Vader’s castle is visible when Kylo grabs the Sith Wayfinder. (FX by Movies Remastered.)
Extended the music when Kylo enters the Exogel temple.
Incorporated part of Snoke’s theme when the clone vat is shown and re-colored it from yellow to red. Keeping the Snoke vat was important to me because it shows his origin and explains why he looks and acts differently than he did in TFA. It was a different Snoke.
Palpatine’s hands don’t spark when he raises them. (FX by Poppasketti.)
The movie ends with the Final Order fleet rising from the ground.
Inserted “Fan Edited by Revan100” during the credits.