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#1567860
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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True, but the conversation starts with Rey outwardly confessing her vision to Luke, whereas her lineage is something Luke has to coax out of her, it’s clear that carries a heavier burden to her in the moment, and is what’s convinced her the vision will become true. Saying Leia knew about the vision but not her lineague is a much less impactful revelation, since we can assume she believed, like Rey did before the rest of the movie, that she could overcome it by focusing on her Jedi training. You might as well just say Leia sensed her pull to the dark, or the darkness inside her, which would work for the Nobody cut, but for the Rey Palpatine version it makes more sense for the conversation to stay focused on the big reveal.

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#1566985
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<em>REY NOBODY</em> - A Collaborative Thread
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In this scenario I would imagine Rey was an immaculate conception like Anakin, only she happened to be born to a couple of scavengers who didn’t realize it, and not knowing what to do with a child they just sold her off. It’s an interesting contrast to Shmi, who chose to lovingly raise Anakin. The vision Rey has in the cave in TLJ could also be seen as the Force telling Rey she has no real parents, she sees only herself.

I also think we could give Luke some dialogue about bringing balance later on Ahch-To, with Kylo instead focusing on the fact Rey has the same power as Vader had, this would stoke Rey’s fear of falling to the dark side, becoming the “new Vader” Snoke believed Kylo would become.

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#1566776
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<em>REY NOBODY</em> - A Collaborative Thread
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My headcanon for the Nobody cut is that Rey was the Force’s answer to Palpatine/the Sith cheating death. This goes in line with the idea from TLJ that the Force seeks to balance itself, and it explains her latent powers that “awaken” in TFA. It’s a decent explanation to how overly gifted she seems to be with the Force, while mantaining the core of TLJ’s big reveal, she still comes from nothing, from nowhere, much like Anakin. This also adds an extra layer to her relationship with Kylo, he’s Anakin’s heir through blood, while Rey is Anakin’s heir through the Force, it makes sense that a powerful Force bond would form between the two, and them coming together to fulfill the prophecy once again and end the Sith for good feels like an aproppiate ending to a trilogy that was all about history repeating itself. Her carrying on the Skywalker name at the end also has a new meaning since she’s actually heir to that lineage, from a certain point of view.

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#1562550
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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One thing I’d suggest for the Nobody cut is restoring the lines in the opening “she is not who you think she is” and “who is she?”. I understand the reasoning for removing them, but without it you lose the awesome transition from “who is she?” to Rey’s training and her struggles. Also the way Kylo just lays down his saber with nothing to retort makes him seem way more submissive to Palpatine, which is something we’re trying to avoid.

And the lines still work perfectly fine as setup for the reveal that she’s going to kill Palpatine and take his Throne, something Palpatine tells Kylo off-screen with no setup if the lines are removed, I don’t know how much is being altered for V4 of the Nobody cut, but as long as there’s still a similar reveal about Rey I think those lines still belong in there.

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#1555818
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Yeah the issue is we don’t have any real footage to work with, and if things are only going to be implied then they shouldn’t really be pushed to the forefront. I think Jannah’s line “you started something” already implies there could be other defectors besides her group, it could even be a factor in the FO’s struggle to maintain control, but I don’t think this should be pushed as a major plot point in the movie since we can’t give it the proper payoff it would need.

Jar Jar Bricks said:

Burbin said:

And then I assume this message also goes out to the other Final Order ships (since it reaches all the First Order ships across the galaxy), which means the whole civilian fleet would also be shooting down ships full of these newly unbrainwashed troopers, killing them all without a second thought.

Nah, Sith troopers are a different breed entirely. They’ve basically been raised in a religious cult and have only seen the grey skies of Exegol. Whereas FO stormtroopers have seen countless worlds and scenarios that could help them shake off their conditioning.

The movie doesn’t actually explain anything about the random red troopers so this doesn’t really help, also in the First Order briefing where the lady says “we need to increase recruitments”, they’re all talking about the new fleet so I assume she means they need more troops to command this new fleet.

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#1555808
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Those are some really cool ideas RL, I would’ve loved to see something like this on the actual film, however I don’t think this would actually work with the material we have available. If things played out the way you put it, then Finn’s plan on Exegol would just lead to the stormtroopers all killing each other instead of Finn actually saving or “leading” anyone, Lando swoops in and saves Finn & Jannah while a ship full of poor unbrainwashed troopers falls into a fiery death.

And then I assume this message also goes out to the other Final Order ships (since it reaches all the First Order ships across the galaxy), which means the whole civilian fleet would also be shooting down ships full of these newly unbrainwashed troopers, killing them all without a second thought.

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#1555769
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I think changing it to “stormtroopers are rising up” would be clumsy and out of place, it would take away from the whole point of the movie’s ending about how everyone needs to come together to defeat evil, not just some stormtroopers. I actually think the new Finn/Jannah lines work really well with the ending, Finn talks about how the Force brought them together to help the Resistance, and that’s exactly what happens in the end, everyone comes together to help in the fight, which brings an end to both the emerging threat on Exegol and the First Order’s reign over the galaxy.

Finn’s line and the subsequent montage do fill like a quick way to hand-wave away the First Order conflict from the previous movies, but bringing up some random stormtrooper rebellion that we never see would just add to how rushed it all is.

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#1555187
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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DZ-330 said:

The problem with that logic lies with Rey thinking Palpatine wants her dead and Palpatine wanting Kylo to kill her the whole movie.

In this edit all the Palpatine lines about not wanting her dead are removed. That is why it seems like we need to add something. That change in character for Palpatine wanting her dead to now choosing her as his target is not clear enough in the edit.

I think it’s rather more clear without that line, the big twist that Palps wanted Rey alive all along makes no sense because he seemingly does everything to put Rey in danger/get her killed, yet somehow all those events lead to Rey getting to Exegol and THAT is supposed to have been all according to his plan somehow.

By removing that line Palp’s plan is actually streamlined, everything up to Ben’s redemption is very straightforward, he wanted Kylo to kill Rey and become the new Emperor just as he said in the beginning. Then from his convo with Pryde we know that this plan was “disrupted” but he’s still scheming something, and we know it involves Rey, who we just saw go full dark mode. I think it’s fine if at this point some hypothetical first time viewer still thinks Palpatine wants Rey dead, Rey also thinks Palpatine wants her dead and she’s going to Exegol to fight him, it’s until she arrives that she learns he wants to be killed by her, and we immediately understand he’s now offering her what he had offered Kylo at the beginning.

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#1555085
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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To be honest I think the original lines convey all we need to the audience. From the way the movie is structured, we’re not really supposed to know Palpatine’s scheme until Rey confronts him, there’s supposed to be some mistery and tension as she approaches Exegol and goes deeper into the Sith halls. I don’t think we should spell everything out from the get go, the original lines from the Pryde transmision leave things vague but they still comunicate a lot. He tells Pryde Rey will come, but it’s not until she arrives we’re shown they’ve been ordered not to fire, he tells Pryde Leias act was in vain, but it’s not until Rey confronts him we learn he wants Rey to kill him and become heir to the Sith. And the line about Leia already conveys that his plan with Kylo failed.

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#1555057
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I really like the line “The Final Order begins”. Since on this version we removed the 6 hour ticking clock this line serves to set the stage for the final battle, where the Sith Fleet is only now begining to mobilize, while they’ve been stationary through the whole movie. It also gives into the idea that Palps is moving his plan forward since Leia “disrupted” his scheme to take over Kylo. I don’t think it should be removed.

And I love these new Finn/Jannah lines from RL, I can’t believe I’m seeing a Finn in this movie that actually feels like he went through TLJ’s character arc.

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#1554815
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I don’t think it makes sense for Pryde to take the Supreme Leader title, it’s clear he’s just using the FO resources he has at hand in serving Palpatine & restoring his Empire. The First Order was just the beggining, the first step of Palpatine’s plan, and now it’s assimilated as the Final Order begins. The title of Supreme Leader is no longer at play here, and even if it was, I don’t think Pryde would take it since Palpatine is his “Supreme Leader”, keeping his title of “Allegiant” General makes more sense.

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#1554198
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Why would Palpatine tell Rey she’s plan B? I don’t think this needs to be spelled out, he tells Pryde “The princess of Alderaan has disrupted my plan, but her foolish act will be in vain” and we already removed “I never wanted you dead” so it’s clear in this version he did mean for Kylo to kill Rey, but he sees an oportunity tu turn Rey instead.

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#1553916
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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NeverarGreat said:

There may be an issue in that this is the same page Rey shows to Leia when talking about the wayfinder. I doubt most people would catch that but it’d still be pretty obvious. Maybe the ilustration could be put on one of the other pages Rey flips through, but then it’d be weird to have ancient healing techniques right next to Luke’s notes on Exegol.

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#1553676
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I personally think mentioning both the texts AND Leia in such a tight space feels too forced, and like, wouldn’t the texts themselves show her how? It’s a neat idea to have Leia be involved, but she’s already very involved in Ben’s redemption as it is, she sacrifices herself to reach out to him, and with the added shot of the medal it’s also implied she had a hand in Ben’s “memory” of Han. I think is fine if the Force Heal is left as a personal moment between Rey and Kylo/Ben, and it gives the ancient knowledge Rey decided to preserve a moment to shine in this film.

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#1553673
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Jar Jar Bricks said:

So “life force from me to him” is meant to match Palpy’s: “The life force of your bond. A dyad in the force. Unseen for generations”?

Yeah, I think it’d be neat to tie those two toghether, one gives life, the other takes it. And it condences the original two lines “I just transfered a bit of life. Force energy from me to him.” leaving room to mention the ancient texts. I do feel it’s important that she mentions transfering life, so it’s clear why Ben would die from doing it at the end.

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#1553664
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Could we just have it so she only explains to BB-8? Something like “I learned that from the ancient texts. Transfered life force from me to him. You would’ve done the same.” I mentioned earlier how it doesn’t make much sense Rey would feel the need to explain to Poe and Finn, who don’t show much interest in her training, specially since they’re supposed to be in a tense situation (and also I don’t like adding lines the second the mouth leaves the frame, it’s the same reason the Leia lines don’t work for me).

But BB-8 does show interest in her training, he follows Rey around while she trains, and he beeps something about trying to help when she says she’ll earn Luke’s saber one day. We already have him asking Rey what she did so here’s where it makes the most sense to add that exposition. I prefer this power coming from the ancient texts because they were a big deal in TLJ but here they’re never mentioned, other than the scribbles about Exegol Luke apparently put on top of them.

As for Ben being able to do it, I always imagined it’s a result from being a dyad with Rey, “two that are one”, as well as already seeing her execute that power on him. Palpatine also executes an “evil” version of this power by absorbing life force instead of giving it, which makes sense since the Sith spirits would date back to “ancient” times as well.

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#1553563
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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"Our mother watched helplessly as the democracy she fought so hard to maintain crumbled before her eyes, so Leia decided to follow in her footsteps and watched helplessly as the democracy she fought so hard to maintain crumbled before her eyes. She surrendered her saber to me and left me to deal with Ben Solo’s darkness alone.

Lesson three. Now that she’s gone, Leia is romanticized, deified. But if you strip away the myth and look at her deeds, the legacy of Leia is failure. Hypocrisy, hubris. A thousand generations live in you now, but this is your fight, and honestly you’re better off on your own."

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#1553534
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Jar Jar Bricks said:

Burbin said:

We can argue semantics all you want, but the movie is very explicit that Leia is supposed to be training Rey, full stop, I don’t think anyone could watch those opening scenes and come to any other conclusion, she literally calls her Master. And the whole point of that flashback scene is to explain how she could be training Rey, it’s convoluted and messy, but it’s stylistically designed to be that way, and you can’t undo that. Even if you remove being the “last night of her training”, she still needs to have trained enough to be able to teach Rey, otherwise none of it makes sense.

I still believe you’re thinking very black and white, though. It’s either that she learned everything or that she learned nothing at all for you. She could learn the basics, and still be a valuable resource for Rey. But it’s clear Rey is largely doing her own teaching.

It’s true that Leia is not doing much more than overseeing her, but I still think that means she’s under her training, and that’s what their scenes together try to imply, though you’re right that she could’ve learned some basics that would be valuable to Rey without her being a graduation ceremony away from becoming a Jedi Master.

DominicCobb said:

It almost just seems like you’re going in circles poking holes in everything. It’s a flawed script we’re working with here. Nothing is going to be perfect. If you don’t think her son dying is a good explanation either I’m curious then what you think should be the line, if anything.

I’m sorry if my criticism comes off as destructive, but if this was the line that was in the original film, I imagine many would be criticizing it to shreds for the same reasons I’m laying down, I’m just looking at it from that perspective. I also criticized sensing the death of her son for being dumb and advocated for changing it, but at least that gave us a reason for why she never picked up her Jedi training again. “She had sensed the end of her Jedi path” might be vague, but it avoids raising further questions on Leia’s character since it sounds like it’s something out of her control, like the Force was telling her she wasn’t meant to go down that path for whatever reason (similar to the Jedi Council’s hesitance to approve of Anakin’s training in TPM, they didn’t get visions of Order 66 or anything, they just felt something was off). That reason could very well be the role the Resistance would come to play in the ultimate victory, just as you mentioned.

Something like this is what I would suggest:

There’s something my sister would want you to have.

Leia’s saber.

She had begun her training as a Jedi. Though she was strong in the Force, Leia told me she sensed her fate lied down a different path. She surrendered her saber to me and said that one day, it would be picked up again by someone who would finish her journey.

We have to remember the point of this scene is 1. to explain how it turns out Leia was a sort-of Jedi but not really, 2. to help lift Rey’s spirits, and 3. to give Rey a cool new lightsaber. Going into specifics about the values of diplomacy, Leia’s mom, and the taxation of trade routes really doesn’t sound like dialogue that would’ve been in the actual film.

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#1553512
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Jar Jar Bricks said:

Burbin said:

Before this movie we aren’t given any indication Leia was ever anything close to a Jedi, she seemed to be in the same place we left her in RotJ, naturally in tune with the Force without any formal training, her space walk in TLJ is closer to Luke pulling the lightsaber on the Wampa cave, which he did before any real Jedi training. It would’ve been fine if they stuck to that but in TROS she suddenly had all this Jedi training that she chose to never use, so there needs to be a reason for that. The film decided the reason was that if she picked up a lightsaber her son would die, which is ridiculous, so I think there needs to be something equivalent to replace that.

I guess I’m having a hard time understanding why you aren’t okay with reverting back to the idea that she didn’t get much formal training, then? We already shot down your point that then she couldn’t have trained Rey - she didn’t really train her, just mentored her and wanted her to reach the past Jedi instead of her.

We can argue semantics all you want, but the movie is very explicit that Leia is supposed to be training Rey, full stop, I don’t think anyone could watch those opening scenes and come to any other conclusion, she literally calls her Master. And the whole point of that flashback scene is to explain how she could be training Rey, it’s convoluted and messy, but it’s stylistically designed to be that way, and you can’t undo that. Even if you remove being the “last night of her training”, she still needs to have trained enough to be able to teach Rey, otherwise none of it makes sense.

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#1553507
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DominicCobb said:

Burbin said:

I mean, yeah, the dialogue doesn’t present it as a failure, but it doesn’t take much to come to that conclusion, why did she pick politics when she would’ve been much more helpful as a Jedi?

Well the idea that a Jedi is much more helpful is not really a point of fact. Seems more like Leia sought out Luke when she realized the Resistance wouldn’t be enough to stop the First Order alone. And even if the Jedi were around, they alone wouldn’t be enough either, they needed the Resistance too, and that came from Leia.

In TFA both the Resistance and First Order believe that Luke’s return alone would change the tide of the battle, even though TLJ does bring this into question, the fact is Leia could’ve done more against the Fist Order as a Jedi than as a senator. The New Republic failed to take action and the Resistance was a last ditch effort to combat this emerging threat.

What good did her diplomacy do to the New Republic that was obliterated two movies ago?

Again this is a decision we already know that Leia has made going on two movies at this point. Unless the issue is with the specific phrasing of “best serve the galaxy,” I don’t see how this line changes anything.

Before this movie we aren’t given any indication Leia was ever anything close to a Jedi, she seemed to be in the same place we left her in RotJ, naturally in tune with the Force without any formal training, her space walk in TLJ is closer to Luke pulling the lightsaber on the Wampa cave, which he did before any real Jedi training. It would’ve been fine if they stuck to that but in TROS she suddenly had all this Jedi training that she chose to never use, so there needs to be a reason for that. The film decided the reason was that if she picked up a lightsaber her son would die, which is ridiculous, so I think there needs to be something equivalent to replace that.

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#1553474
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Jar Jar Bricks said:

Arguably, leaving it the way it is creates a lot of questions that I had never considered before. Like, if Leia DID fully complete her training (it being the last night of her training when she quit) why didn’t she simply become a Jedi again when it was clear that Luke wasn’t coming back on his own? Ya know, instead of just being another general?

But that’s exactly it, in the original film, she didn’t retake her Jedi path in all these years because she didn’t want to lose her son. This would also work if she sensed she wasn’t allowed by the Force. But if she just chose to focus on politics, then there’s no reason why she wouldn’t pick it back up after she saw the New Republic fail, even if she hadn’t completed her training it would’ve made sense for her to try and pick it back up. And if you make it so she had so little training that she couldn’t continue on her own, then how could she possibly become Rey’s Master? There’s no way to reconcile that.

DominicCobb said:

Burbin said:

This is mostly just an issue with TROS since there was never any indication in the previous films that Leia had been trained as a Jedi, other than the space walk in TLJ and even that’s a stretch.

It would be an interesting angle if Leia’s decision was portrayed as a failure, but this is supposed to be a hopeful scene, “Leia failed the galaxy and doomed us all by choosing a career in politics” doesn’t fit a scene that is supposed to restore Rey’s spirit. To be fair neither does a premonition of death but that’s why we removed that bit.

I don’t think this dialogue really invites you to think of it as a failure, it’s not really saying anything we don’t already know/suspect about her (since TFA really, because we know she must have made that choice after Luke revealed her potential). Which I think is kind of the goal, it’s maybe a bit much to add some Leia lore (with premonitions or something) when there’s not really any time to explore its implications.

I mean, yeah, the dialogue doesn’t present it as a failure, but it doesn’t take much to come to that conclusion, why did she pick politics when she would’ve been much more helpful as a Jedi? What good did her diplomacy do to the New Republic that was obliterated two movies ago? This movie already added Leia lore by having her training with Luke and teaching Rey, I’m just looking for a way this can be nudged so it aligns with what we saw of her before.

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#1553465
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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This is mostly just an issue with TROS since there was never any indication in the previous films that Leia had been trained as a Jedi, other than the space walk in TLJ and even that’s a stretch.

It would be an interesting angle if Leia’s decision was portrayed as a failure, but this is supposed to be a hopeful scene, “Leia failed the galaxy and doomed us all by choosing a career in politics” doesn’t fit a scene that is supposed to restore Rey’s spirit. To be fair neither does a premonition of death but that’s why we removed that bit.