I can’t believe I’m seeing a Finn in this movie that actually feels like he went through TLJ’s character arc.
Neither can I. Still no Duel of the Fates, but we’ll take what we can get. 😃
Unfortunately can never reach the heights of DotF’s imagery for Finn. Maybe not for Ascendent, but I may have a few more tricks up my sleeve for Finn’s story arc…
And regarding the Palpatine hologram line, I think that is why I liked “Only the strongest shall rule”. It says a lot with very little. Plus, I’d rather any new Palpatine lines be vague about Rey’s bloodline so it could be used for both Rey Nobody and Rey Palpatine. Honestly would love to see an edit that actually makes me like Rey Palpatine. How can an edit make that work in a way that isn’t convoluted? Lol.
For the Rey Nobody edit, I thought it would be interesting to have Palpatine still kind of suggest that they could be family, in a literal or figurative sense. Like, he could still call her Empress Palpatine, or something like, “Long have I waited for a family”. And then Rey could just call him a liar. He may be telling the truth, or could just be playing into her desire for belonging. Kind of in a similar way they address if Deckard is a replicant or not in Bladerunner 2049 with ambiguity. That way, a Rey Nobody edit could still kind of work for people who have accepted the Rey Palpatine thing too. But maybe viewers who are aware would just be confused and be like, “Wait I thought this was a Rey Nobody edit??” not realizing it is being framed as manipulation. Plus, someone could still technically view her as Rey Palpatine in a Rey Nobody edit, it is just not addressed in the movie. Probably just better not to mention it at all though.