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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - Saga's End Edition V3 (RELEASED)
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I love feedback. I’m a feedback monster so no offense taken at anything. In fact, I’d like to thank you for your kind words about the opening. It certainly did feel more natural even though I didn’t have an establishing planet shot to work with. Perhaps I’ll learn blender or something and create a new opening for V2. Anyway, I digress…

Regarding the tempo of the intercut shots there were some visual cues I attempted to align to communicate the connection and I only have so much score to work with (the way I have it overlapped right now). That said, if it comes off as too frantic then that undermines my larger goal of pacing the first act. I’ll take a hard look to see if I can do it better. Also, do you feel having Rey and Leia’s exchange in the middle of the spy sequence is what’s contributing to your impression of choppiness? I’d love to hear more of your thoughts!

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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - Saga's End Edition V3 (RELEASED)
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PM sent. There wasn’t any discussion leading up to the release because I was late to the game and became inspired after haunting the Hal 9000 Ascendant thread. If you’ve got multiple watches in you that is an excellent cut as well.

EDIT: I saw too late that you were already referencing Hal’s work. Either way—highly recommend.

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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - Saga's End Edition V3 (RELEASED)
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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - Saga’s End Edition V3 is RELEASED!

UPDATE: 07/22/2023

The Resistance is rebuilding,
the war rages on, and the
legacy of the Jedi continues
with Rey. Now, a once
vanquished foe rises again.

Ready to reveal its true
nature, Supreme Leader Kylo
Ren is called to seek out this
dark power massing on an
ancient Sith world.

Meanwhile, General Leia
Organa Solo senses the end
and names Poe Dameron the
acting General. Unflinching,
she awaits his return from a
mission of vital importance…

This release is a ‘no-Leia,’ Rey Palpatine edit that borrows liberally from Hal 9000’s Ascendant and all the wonderful discussion surrounding The Rise of Skywalker in the various threads here. It is less jokey (but not without heart and personality) and has my own spin and sensibilities applied throughout. The focus, however, is ultimately on story. It’s about these characters, their journey, and me finding peace with bringing the Skywalker Saga to a close.

Available by PM

TECHNICAL


  • Format: MPEG-4
  • File Size: 11.48 GB
  • Run Time: 1 h 59 min
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Audio: 5.1 AAC
  • Subtitles: Someday…

CHANGE LIST AND VIDEO CLIPS (in order of new presentation)


DISCLAIMER: The linked clips are highly compressed, stereo downmixed files meant to convey the intent of the various edit ideas listed below but are themselves not necessarily indicative of their actual quality in the released fanedit OR their impact when viewed in context. Click here for access to the folder containing all of the edit clips or follow the links below for a particular selection.

  • CUSTOM CRAWL

  • SINTA GLACIER COLONY

    • Removed chess scene (reserved)
    • Tie Fighters break off after Falcon jumps to lightspeed courtesy of poppasketti
    • Removed Lightspeed skipping
  • AJAN KLOSS

    • Created new Ajan Kloss establishing shot
    • Opened with Rey unsuccessfully reaching out through the force then running a training course (TROS 02 SKIP TO TRAINING)
    • Intercut Rey training and Kylo “Mustafar Minute” (TROS 03 TWIN MOODS)
    • New vision sequence of Leia being summoned/passing (TROS 04 IT’S TIME)
    • Transitioned back to Kylo Ren on Mustafar to continue his mission
  • EXEGOL

    • Transitioned away from Palpatine after “…pathway to abilities many consider to be—unnatural
  • PALPATINE TRANSMISSION

    • PALPATINE: The Princess of Alderaan has passed. You sent word to her Rebellion?
    • PRYDE: Yes m’lord
    • PALPATINE: Good. My plan begins. Soon the foolish First Order will end. Let it burn. (TROS 05 MAN WITH A PLAN)
  • AJAN KLOSS

    • Wiped to “Goodbye dear Princess
    • Established Falcon returning
    • Finn, Poe, and Chewbacca arrive to news of Leia’s passing (TROS 06 MOURNING)
  • KNIGHTS OF REN

    • Rebuild mask
  • BOARD ROOM

    • Cut from flying to Star Destroyer straight to First Order Board Room
    • Changed dialog referring to spy from “…who just sent a message” to “…who sent a message
    • Ended boardroom scene with “My Knights and I are going hunting for the scavenger
    • Cut to Kylo and Knights marching
    • Swiped to Resistance base
  • AJAN KLOSS

    • Opened with resistance leadership discussing intel
    • Re-worked scene to establish for the resistance that Palpatine is back, there is a fleet called the Final Order, and Poe has been made General
    • Followed with trimmed resistance meeting (no speculation or countdown to attacks)
    • Jump cut from Rey: “General, can I speak with you” to Falcon refueling (TROS 07 TWO MEETINGS)
    • Rey has a moment remembering Leia
    • Changed dialog for C-3PO: “You are sending a message? To who? Oh dear, I do hope you reach him in time” (TROS 08 ACT I FIN)
  • PASAANA

    • Skywalker Puppet Show courtesy of Hal 9000, poppasketti, and other forum members who contributed to the discussion (TROS 09 ASCENDANT PUPPET SHOW)
    • Dialog changed for Kylo: “Palpatine wants me to turn you to the dark side
    • Force Skype slightly trimmed to remove Kylo’s lines: “I don’t want to have to kill you. I am going to find you and I’m gonna turn you to the dark side” (TROS 10 TRIMMED FORCE SKYPE)
    • Re-worked timing for running sequence and storm trooper encounter (TROS 11 CLOSE CALL)
    • Moved beads analysis to after Lando’s line: “Follow me
    • Dialog changed for Lando: “I was sent a transmission” (TROS 12 MESSAGE PAYOFF)
    • Removed Rey and Lando discussing Leia
    • Left C-3PO’s: “They fly now” and cut rest (TROS 13 THEY FLY NOW)
    • Removed Finn and Poe celebration
    • Miscellaneous cuts at Ochi’s ship/sinking fields (TROS 14 ONE SHOTS)
    • Cut from Finn: “Rey, I never told you” to BB-8 falling through sand
    • Kept flashlight sight gag but removed sound effect
    • Transitioned straight from Poe: “You mean when Poe’s not here?” to Poe’s: “What’s that” discovery of speeder
    • Moved up C-3PO’s: “Bones, never a good sign” and cut to BB-8 discovering Sith blade (TROS 15 CAVERN STREAMLINED)
    • Subtle zoom on Finn witnessing Rey’s Force healing (TROS 16 FORCE HINT 1)
    • Removed Knights of Ren helicopter shot
    • Cut from Knights of Ren watching Chewbacca to Finn and Poe in cockpit
    • Zoom on Finn staring out ship’s window and intercut Ren’s ship flying over hill before Finn’s line : “It’s Ren” (TROS 17 FORCE HINT 2)
    • Removed Ren’s ship exploding
    • Added flashes of Rey’s Sith throne vision over explosion of transport (TROS 18 FORCED VISION)
    • Cut from Ochi’s ship in hiding to Finn and Poe’s discussion of what to do next (removed Finn and Rey discussing vision, Falcon retrieval, Chewbacca reveal, and any references to time remaining)
  • KIJIMI

    • Removed Zorii’s line: “I want to see your brains in the snow” and adjusted entire interaction
    • Rey strikes first (TROS 19 REY STRIKES FIRST)
    • Removed C-3PO’s line: “R2 storage units are famously unreliable
    • Removed D-O’s line: “Sad
    • Re-worked Poe and Zorii’s rooftop scene (TROS 20 MORE OF US)
    • Cut from Kylo’s arrival to Zorii’s line: “Poe, it might get you on the capital ship” (TROS 21 NO METAL ASS)
    • Removed C-3PO dialog and cut straight from Rey’s: “Hang on Chewie, we’re coming” to hangar arrival (TROS 22 STRAIGHT TO ARRIVAL)
    • Shortened and shuffled storm trooper jedi mind trick sequence (TROS 23 FORCE PERSUADE)
    • Removed Kylo’s line: “To keep you safe
    • Moved flashback to young Rey right after Kylo’s line: “Search your memories
    • Transitioned out of flashback from child Rey screaming “No” to present Rey also screaming “No” while swinging lightsaber
    • Removed memories of Rey’s parents
    • Dialog changed: "[KYLO] They sold you–. [REY] Stop talking. [KYLO] Rey, I know what happened to them” (TROS 24 REY’S MEMORIES)
    • Dialog changed for Kylo’s line from: “But they wouldn’t say where you were” to “But they didn’t know where you were
    • Removed Rey’s mother’s line: “She isn’t on Jakku. She’s gone.
    • Dialog changed for Kylo’s line from “You know why the Emperor’s always wanted you dead?” to “You know why the Emperor’s always wanted you?
    • Overlayed “I know where she’s going” on cut from Rey to Kylo
    • Removed Kylo’s line: “She was in my quarters” (TROS 25 THEY DIDN’T KNOW)
    • Smash cut where Hux shoots the storm troopers with Rey blasting her way through the hangar
    • Finn shoots first (TROS 26 FINN SHOOTS FIRST)
    • Re-scored hangar with passage from “Join Me” on the official Rise of Skywalker soundtrack
    • Dialog changed for Kylo’s line from: “Because he saw what you would become” to “The Emperor never wanted you dead” (TROS 27 HANGAR RESCORE)
    • Minor adjustment to Rey’s delivery of “Father
    • Layered in arrival siren and cut straight to Falcon at Kef Bir (TROS 28 FINN REY FALCON)
  • KEF BIR

    • Stabilized long zoom
    • Layered in Rey’s line: “Wayfinder’s there” as camera pushes past Rey and zooms on Death Star wreckage
    • Added sith whispers to dagger being pulled out from rucksack and cut to Jannah and crew riding up (TROS 29 ARRIVAL ON KEF BIR)
    • Minor re-work of Finn and Jannah’s interaction on Falcon
    • Subtle zoom on Finn saying he believes in the Force (TROS 30 FORCE HINT 3)
    • Dialog changed for Finn’s line: “So does Leia” to “So did Leia
    • Added scene of Jannah telling Finn there’s another skimmer to the tail end of Finn and Poe’s exchange
    • Removed second sequence of Rey on the skimmer (TROS 31 SO DID LEIA)
    • Sith whispers added periodically to Rey searching for the Wayfinder
    • Re-worked Dark Rey vision entrance as more of a ‘jump-scare’
    • Re-worked Rey and Kylo’s interaction
    • Added off-screen dialog for Kylo: “She’s gone” leading into “You can’t go back to her now” (TROS 32 DARK PATH)
    • Cut from Kylo dropping off screen to Finn in wreckage tunnel
    • Re-scored duel with Samuel Kim’s Battle of the Heroes and Duel of the Fates mashup
    • Slightly re-worked arrangement of duel shots to fit new music
    • Re-worked death of Kylo entirely with Han yelling “Ben”, new score, and no Leia
    • Slightly trimmed and re-ordered shots within Rey’s Force healing sequence (TROS 33 DUEL OF FATES)
    • Transitioned from Finn staring after Rey flying away to Ben staring off to the distance
    • Removed Han from wide shot (TROS 34 JUST A MEMORY)
    • Trimmed end of memory sequence and overlayed Palpatine transmission
  • SECOND PALPATINE TRANSMISSION

    • Transitioned to new sequence of Pryde receiving summons from Palpatine, arriving at Exegol, and raising the Final Order fleet
  • AJAN KLOSS

    • New transition to Poe having a moment with Leia (TROS 35 COME TO EXEGOL)
    • Removed Finn’s line: “He wanted her alive
  • ACH-TO

    • Removed references to Leia knowing Rey’s lineage
    • Used purple saber footage courtesy of TROS: Ascendent
    • Removed Luke’s line: “…by someone who would finish her journey
    • Added Luke saying “Lesson three” right before his “…A thousand generations live in you now” line (TROS 36 LUKE’S THIRD LESSON)
  • AJAN KLOSS

    • Re-sequenced the Resistance strategy meeting and everyone leaving for Exegol (TROS 37 LAST STAND)
  • EXEGOL

    • Multiple minor sequence adjustments not specifically listed
    • Removed clip of Pryde that was utilized elsewhere
    • Removed clip of Rey making way through Sith Temple
    • Re-sequenced ground team assault (TROS 38 GROUND TEAM)
    • Rey and Palpatine interaction changed to the following:

    PALPATINE: Long have I waited—for my grandchild to come home, Empress Palpatine. You will take the throne. It is your birthright to rule, here. It is in your blood—our blood.
    REY: I haven’t come to lead the Sith
    PALPATINE: No—your hatred, your anger… You want to kill me?
    REY: Yes
    PALPATINE: Good. Kill me and become what your father could not—the new emperor (TROS 39 EMPRESS PALPATINE)

    • Second Rey and Palpatine interaction changed to the following:

    PALPATINE: The time has come. With your hatred you will take my life and you will ascend.
    REY: I saw myself on the throne and I want to hate you but I won’t
    PALPATINE: Weak. Like Skywalker. Your master was saved by his father. The only family you have here—is me. (TROS 40 RESISTANCE IS FUTILE)

    • Changed Finn’s delivery from “Rose, please– go” to “Rose, pleaseI love you” (TROS 41 FINN ROSE)
    • Removed any implications that Rey senses Ben until she passes the lightsaber
    • Improved timing of Ben’s behind the back block
    • Added dialog for Ben and Rey: “[BEN] You know. [REY] I do.”
    • Added score under Palpatine’s realization of their dyad nature
    • Added dialog for Palpatine: “Your coming together is your undoing” (TROS 42 COME TOGETHER)
    • Stayed with Palpatine after draining life force
    • Trimmed sequence of Resistance being blasted with force lightning
    • Used Jedi-free sound mix courtesy of bbghost to create new sequence of Rey questioning her identity and finding balance
    • Used force ghost footage courtesy of jonh and TROS: Ascendent
    • Dialog changed for Palpatine: “Let your death be the final word in the story of the Jedi” (TROS 43 JONH GHOSTS PT 1)
    • Used people’s fleet call sign comm chatter courtesy of TROS: Ascendent (TROS 44 ASCENDANT PEOPLE’S FLEET)
    • Used remainder of purple saber version of jonh’s force ghost sequence (TROS 45 JONH GHOSTS PT 2)
    • Removed Finn sensing Rey’s death
    • Re-scored Ben and Leia becoming one with the force with trailer music
    • Resequenced victory scene and removed any indication that Finn and Poe know Rey died/survived (TROS 46 VICTORY)
  • AJAN KLOSS

    • Trimmed start of Resistance celebration
    • Minor re-arrangement of various shots
    • Removed Zorii (TROS 47 CELEBRATION)
  • EPILOGUE

SPECIAL THANKS


  • Hal 9000
  • SpenceEdit
  • bbghost
  • poppasketti
  • jonh
  • skenera
  • Movies Remastered
  • 44rh1n
  • All the members of this awesome community for contributing to the lively discussion surrounding Rise of Skywalker

ARCHIVE


UPDATE: 12/01/2022

Saga’s End V2 is RELEASED!

This is NOT the 4K edition (though, much like this version, it will unexpectedly drop at some point in the future). This is a ‘No-Leia,’ Rey Palpatine edit that borrows liberally from Hal 9000’s Ascendant and all the wonderful discussion surrounding The Rise of Skywalker in the various threads here. It is less jokey (but not without heart and personality) and has my own spin and sensibilities applied throughout. The focus, however, is ultimately on story. It’s about these characters, their journey, and me finding peace with bringing the Skywalker Saga to a close.

Available by PM

UPDATE: 4/24/2022

The 4K color correction is…ongoing. Some of the discussion around Rise of Skywalker has sparked a number of edit attempts and changes for my project. I’m very happy with what has been achieved so far but there is far to go still.

Below is a Vimeo Showcase that will serve as a repository of my test edits until the final project is completed.

LINK REMOVED
Password: fanedit

UPDATE: 12/03/2021

Production on this edit has officially resumed after a long hiatus. The graded 4K work print that I’ll be editing from is nearly complete and the time and distance has given me clarity on how to approach the overall plot and structure of the film. There will be more significant deviation from V1 than originally intended but it is a very exciting time nonetheless.

UPDATE: 12/20/2020

I learned a lot with V1 having never done anything like this before. I bought FCPX and went to work learning by trial and error (mostly error). Now that I am pretty comfortable with the overall edit I want to challenge myself to see if I can present it in the highest possible quality—4K. That said, I do not have an HDR-capable rig end-to-end so I will be experimenting with 44rh1n’s guide: Working with 4K Blu-Ray rips in SDR

Possible issues that I may run into center around the excellent work of Hal9000, skeenera, jonh, and poppasketti that may or may not upscale well. Those are going to make or break this version of the edit so I will evaluate them closely.

Most tweaks to the re-edit (outside of the presentation format) will be minor so feel free to PM me for links to your preferred version once V2 has been completed.

Final thought/request: if there are any members who have seen V1 and the alternative opening recently linked to in the comments and have strong feelings about which version they would prefer to see in V2 please share below. Thanks!

ORIGINAL POST

First and foremost a hearty thanks to Hal 9000 and the contributors to the Ascendant thread. This edit would not be possible without all the wonderful discussion and the work of editors far more experienced and talented than I am. Specific members are credited for their contributions below.

VERSION 1 INFORMATION:

Run Time: approximately 127 minutes
File Size: 11.387 GB .mp4
Resolution: 1080p
Audio: 5.1 .aac and Stereo .aac
Technical: No chapter designations or subtitles
Availability: PM me for the link. Please note that by requesting a link you agree you own the HD version of The Rise of Skywalker.

SUMMARY:

This will not be everybody’s definitive edit. It is a conservative, Rey Palpatine cut that seeks to heighten tension and increase emotional payoff. The kiss stays. Ben dies. Honestly, the foundation of this edit lies mostly in trimming, shuffling, and re-contextualizing–not so much in majorly reimagining. See below for the complete set of changes and the reasoning behind them.

CHANGE LIST (Ver. 1 - 12/12/2020)

  • Changed Crawl to provide context for state of the galaxy and to imply why the response to a call for help would be drastically different later

  • Removed Palpatine reveal in crawl and reinforced notion of internal conflict within the First Order

  • Reserved ‘Mustafar Minute’ for later and opened instead with Rey training to center her as the protagonist and give weight to her ‘be with me’ moment in the climax

  • Intercut training course sequence with ‘Mustafar Minute’ footage and soundtrack to demonstrate force bond is active between Rey and Kylo and to give Rey a glimpse of the Sith Wayfinder

  • Stayed with Rey after training course to show her vision triggered a recollection of something she had read in the Jedi texts

  • Shortened research sequence to be able to transition into the spy mission (post chess scene)

  • Interrupted message download as enemies approach with JJ-style smash cut to give sequence a brief cliffhanger and increase tension

  • Trimmed Leia and Rey interaction to remove awkward lightsaber exchange/continuity issues and create a natural transition back to the spy mission as they appear tense at hearing the falcon hasn’t reported in yet

  • Removed lightspeed skipping sequence but harvested unused engage/disengage hyperdrive clips to visually and audibly strengthen the transition to and humor of Poe’s “everything’s on fire delivery”

  • Removed Rey’s “what’s the message” and cut instead to Kylo’s journey to Exegul as this is as late in this edit that I could logically push the Palpatine reveal

  • Overlaid Fortnite broadcast on the raising of the Sith fleet and intercut a brief, strategically-timed glimpse of the transmission to General Pryde as well as General Leia dropping headphones and looking distraught to indicate the message was widely disseminated and that it confirms the intel from the spy

  • Removed ‘secrets only the Sith knew’ line from the Resistance briefing as it felt less like a natural reaction and more like obvious exposition

  • Removed ‘16 hours’ line as well since it felt like an artificial and unnecessary motivation when the stakes are already well established with the return of Palpatine and the looming threat of his fleet

  • Reserved C-3PO and R2-D2 parting goodbye because it felt unnatural and as if its only purpose was to telegraph C-3PO’s later sacrifice which, instead of setting it up, actually only served to cheapen it

  • In the spirit of something imagined being greater than something seen I removed Leia and Rey’s last interaction on Ajan Kloss and instead used flashes intercut with Rey standing alone looking pensive to increase the emotional impact of what is to be their final goodbye

  • Removed “Ghouls”

  • Utilized previously cut vision sequences to underscore Rey and Kylo’s attempts to hurt each other via personal traumas while using their force connection on Pasaana

  • Removed “They fly now”

  • Trimmed Rey’s recognition of Ochi’s ship to remove the tonal mismatch of her brief look of glee and instead focus on her connection to the ship

  • Removed Snap, Rose, and Leia scene and instead cut straight to BB-8 falling through sinking fields to preserve pacing and, again, remove an awkward and unnecessary exchange

  • Removed the Knights of Ren helicopter shot

  • Insert dark throne vision with the transport explosion sequence to fully commit to and drive home eventuality of Rey Palpatine

  • Remove Finn and Rey exchange because her inner turmoil and the fear of her vision is explored better later. Also, Finn’s characterization is weakest here with him immediately pardoning Rey for killing Chewbacca as well as seeming out of tune with her in the ensuing conversation which actually undermines all of his force-sensitivity implied throughout the movie

  • Removed the Millennium Falcon being towed to Ren’s command ship as the crew already discusses that the First Order would be waiting for them if they tried to return to it on Pasaana. Plus, it makes for a nicer reveal later when they are making their escape during the Kijimi sequence

  • Removed the immediate Chewbacca reveal to increase tension and emotional payoff when Rey senses his presence later (on a side note I really wish it had been Finn who sensed it and that they used it as a moment to conclude his ‘I never told you’ subplot)

  • Removed reference to 8 hours left for same, previous reasons given

  • Removed Zorii’s “I want to see your brains in the snow” line and left it as incredulous, non-verbal communication

  • Removed Poe and Zorii scene which only served to ‘no-homo’ Poe and introduce yet another mcguffin.

  • Trimmed C-3PO’s “from the Southern shore” line as that has been rendered irrelevant in later edits

  • Removed scene of Poe treating C-3PO like trash, receiving the previously cut captain’s medallion, and flirting with Zorii because it’s offensive and it unnecessarily breaks up Kylo’s arrival on Kijimi

  • Removed Ochi’s ship interior sequence with use of the medallion to keep the action moving—not everything needs an on-screen explanation. It’s not like the storm troopers approached to salute a high ranking officer who would have had such a medallion. They immediately asked for credentials which belies the use of a free-access token anyway so clearly there was some confusion that could have just as easily been from an unscheduled ship docking

  • Trimmed ‘I’m the spy’ scene to remove another reference to ‘I never told you’ subplot. Once is unfortunate. Twice is egregious.

  • Moved “Wayfinder’s there” to moment camera pushes past Rey while staring at the Death Star wreckage for the first time

  • Added a musical passage from ‘Approaching the Throne’ to Rey holding Sith dagger. Between that and the intense staring at the dagger intercut with staring off to the wreckage it is pretty heavily implied she is sensing the location of the Wayfinder thus fulfilling the ‘only this blade tells’ premise previously set up

  • Removed the Goonies-style impossible compass/dagger sequence

  • Joined the water skimmer sequence directly with the wreckage interior and Rey’s search for the Wayfinder while omitting the second shot of Rey skimming into the wreckage for pacing reasons

  • Cut directly to Poe and Finn confrontation from Part one of Kylo and Ren’s lightsaber duel since the Leia footage was used in a previous position. This has the added benefit of removing Maz’s bizarre exposition/narration while also preserving the tension built in the previous sequence. Now Finn’s allusion to Leia knowing what Rey is going through strengthens his force-sensitivity subplot and more elegantly sets up Leia’s involvement later

  • Continued directly with the scene where Jannah tells Finn there’s another skimmer both for logical story-flow purposes and because it presented a good opportunity to increase the tension by using Samuel Kim’s Battle of the Heroes/Duel of the Fates mash-up

  • Made modest edits to the Kylo and Ren lightsaber duel part two sequence for scoring purposes to to imply passage of time allowing for Finn’s arrival

  • Mixed Samuel Kim’s score for maximum effect but dropped to environmental sounds only to provide buffer for tonal shift in last phase of the duel

  • Added Palpatine’s previously cut line “Kill the girl…end the Jedi” to moment where Kylo is about to strike Rey down but is suddenly interrupted by Leia to imply that what she used all of her strength to do was not just call out to her son but also to break Palpatine’s grip on him. This works really well since Palpatine had previously stated that he has “been every voice [he has] ever heard inside [his] head”

  • Used forum suggestion to re-arrange the force healing sequence in order to have Rey first say that she wanted to take Ben’s hand and then heal him. This change, while small, helps sell the romantic entanglement and justify the kiss heard round the world

  • Removed Rey running away and taking off in Kylo’s Tie as well as Finn witnessing her leaving to imply him staring off is another force sensitive moment with him feeling Rey’s inner struggle instead of watching his friend abandon them in the middle of trying to save the galaxy

  • Used a previously cut hyperspace sequence to bridge the end of the Death Star scene with the beginning of the Farewell to Leia scene since it had the right tonality and allowed things to breath

  • Removed Palpatine’s transmission to General Pryde because it was used earlier, the destruction of Kijimi is being excised altogether, and, again, not everything requires an on-screen explanation. Hux is dead. Kylo has abandoned the First Order. General Pryde has already been shown to have loyalty to Palpatine. It’s not like I removed the all important sequences of him being guided through the nebula or how this massive Sith Fleet was manned. It’s just logical that he would show up in command at the final battle and frankly any attempt to explain here only interrupts the impact of the characters dealing with the loss of Leia.

  • Removed the destruction of Kijimi. If it had been shown to galvanize the free worlds of the republic against the threat of a new imperial regime then it would have been left in. As it stands it is really only used to deal a crippling morale blow to Poe. His existential crisis is better served coming from the loss of Leia as his arc has primarily been around assuming the weight of command and now it all falls to him. Kijimi is saved.

  • Used Ben’s expression after his interaction with Han to imply he senses Rey’s emotional state and to transition to her whereabouts

  • Used forum suggestion to remove Luke’s revelation that Leia knew Rey was descended from Palpatine and used musical cue to suggest that he only just intuited the information through the force. This adds dignity back to both Luke and Leia’s characterizations

  • Used skeenera’s visual FX with Leia’s saber re-colored purple in tribute to Carrie

  • Cut straight from the raising of the X-Wing to Poe’s goodbye to Leia. Flowing from the resistance mourning, to Ben, to Rey, and ultimately to Poe gives the loss of Leia and Carrie the time and space it deserves without dragging. Also, since his interaction with Zorii was cut this helps elevate Lando’s appearance and the advice he gives

  • Overlaid C-3PO’s dialog that was cut earlier with the restoration of his memories to give a brief, but earned moment of poignancy between him and R2-D2 without entirely sacrificing the humor

  • Removed ‘Holdo maneuvers’ line. Sorry Merry.

  • Poe’s final Resistance briefing now comes off as the rousing speech it was meant to be instead of sounding like a shallow parroting of words from a mostly irrelevant secondary character. Sorry Felicity.

  • Intercut Leia becoming one with the force with Rey’s arrival on Exogul immediately after the Resistance departs Ajan Kloss.

  • Entire sequence of Rey being allowed through the Sith Fleet has been removed as it deflates the tension and is unnecessary. The twist of Palpatine wanting Rey alive was just revealed by D-0

  • Trimmed ground crew landing to cutaway from the visual innuendo of Jannah’s “you had a good teacher” line and improve the abrupt musical transition in the existing scene

  • Removed Palpatine’s “that’s what I want” line and all ensuing exposition regarding Sith possession in that scene to leave his motivations at corrupting Rey and finally ending the Jedi

  • Overlaid Leia’s previously cut line “Rey, never be afraid of who you are” as Rey lays feeling defeated. The tear and inhalation are the perfect reaction to hearing her former master’s words which are exactly what she needs to be able to center herself and achieve one-ness with all past Jedi thereby bringing Leia’s lesson full circle

  • Overlaid Leia subtly whispering “always” with Luke

  • Utilized Jonh’s show-stopping visual FX of the force ghosts in the final confrontation that give the climax the weight and emotional payoff it was in dire need of

  • Added lo-pass filter to scene of throne room destruction to match the tone of the visuals and reduce the awkwardness of the musical selection

  • Slowed Ben becoming one with the force and altered music cue to give Rey and the audience a beat to grieve (Leia’s scene used previously)

  • Removed references to Rey surviving and people rising up all over the galaxy. I have no strong aversion to the scene as is but I feel like the following scenes resonate that much more when not knocking you over the head with the previous points

  • Removed Poe and Zorii flirting in the victory celebration and slightly reshuffled shots to time certain moments to more appropriate musical cues

  • Used the entire Tatooine ending sequence from the HAL9000 Ascendent cut with incredible work from poppasketti and Jonh as I couldn’t improve on it in any way—perfection

  • Used skeenera’s custom LUTs to taste throughout to give the whole project a professional look without the weird blue-green cast present in the theatrical edition

If you care to discuss, dissect, or dissent I am totally open to criticism. That said, my primary objective is to contribute something enjoyable. May the force be with you…always.