I think we should decide if we want to include Rey’s parents or not and then start going through all the scenes and checking off the finished ones. I personally think the movie would be stronger keeping Rey’s parents as desert scumbags that abandoned her but it would take more editing to pull off.
I did it that way. Here’s what I did:
Palpatine’s line about there being more to Rey is a non-factor, since I cut away after Palpatine says “everything” as I felt it flowed much better.
Removed Rey’s parents from her vision on Ajan Kloss.
On Pasana, Rey sees Ochi’s ship and says something is familiar about it.
- I can’t find that moment. When is it?
While waiting for 3PO to reboot on Kijimi, Rey tells Finn that she recognized Ochi’s ship.
Well damn, I missed that, but it’s added now.
Removed Finn and Rey’s conversation after the star destroyer escape about Palpatine being responsible for Rey’s parents’ deaths.
Wiped from Poe and Lando on Ajan Kloss to Rey on Ahch-To, skipping Finn’s interaction with D-O and subsequent interaction with Poe.
Removed Luke’s acknowledgement of her Palparentage by cutting to inside the hut after Rey says “Myself”.
Removed Palpatine’s references to Rey being his granddaughter in the final battle rather effortlessly.
Most importantly, combined Rey and Kylo’s two confrontations aboard the star destroyer, moving Kylo’s dialog to the scene in his quarters and excising the hangar encounter entirely by having the Falcon appear instead of Kylo’s ship. Could use some polish, but it’s functional.
All the other stuff alluding to her dark side is left in since there’s no reason to assume it’s familial. Dealing with the temptation of the Dark Side is just standard Jedi stuff, so I don’t see any problem with leaving it in.
I left in “She will take her revenge.” to preserve the flow of the scene, since it’s pretty vague and broadly applicable. She’s supposed to strike him down in anger, so it can be presumed his actions as literally the worst person ever not to mention currently threatening everyone she knows and loves are enough to make her crave vengeance.
Keep in mind that these are mixed with the other countless changes in my still overall unfinished edit, so this is not the go-to base this thread is looking for, but if I can be of any assistance, I’d be happy to help.