So, here’s a pretty radical idea I had last night that might make a large chunk of the fanbase mad. Sorry that its a little long winded and rambling.
Since the release of TROS, I know there’s been talks about converting the NotAnotherDesertPlanet into one we already know from the series (i.e. Tatooine, Jakku or even Jedha). But WHAT IF… we made Pasanna into Cantonica?
Hear me out: We already know that Cantonica is a desert planet and we’ve already visited the more opulent side of it. But what about the rest of the planet? What if in a contrast to the previous movie, our heroes have to go back to the planet and visit the more natural side of it? The side which unlike the rich, snooty city of greedy offworlders that is Canto Bight, is full of tradition and culture amongst the natural residents of it? A side which shows just exactly it means to not fight what we hate but to save what we love? I think doing this could accentuate the themes of both TLJ and any fan edits of TROS (specifically ones like Hal’s Ascendant). It could drive home the importance of family to Rey’s arc as well as adding more substance to make the final battle with the Civilian Fleet have more of an impact (showing how while rich tycoons have played both sides of the wars, it’s ultimately just ordinary people who turn the tide of battle once and for all). In addition, it helps explain a logical problem some people have with the theatrical movie about why there would be such a heavy First Order presence on this backwater planet. Because it would make more sense if this was the planet where not even a year ago, two Resistance spies caused a massive disruption and were able to sneak aboard the First Order’s capital using that planet as a springboard. Plus, we’d TECHNICALLY get to see Lando on the gambling planet. Lol.
The only downside of this I can think of is that it would make the obvious backpedaling of Rose in the movie even more lamer. Because why wouldn’t Finn and Co. let her come along to the planet she already was on? Other than that, I think it would be an interesting idea to consider.