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#1413586
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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TestingOutTheTest said:

Yeah, I forgot that your edit is regarding just the novelization and not the actual film; novelizations tend to use the surface of the plot of films and, as far as I’m concerned(?), tend to avoid using inferences for specific details from the actual film. For example, I believe the TRoS novel ignores the whole “Rey has low self-esteem” thing, whereas the arc is inferable from the actual film itself.

The subtext of a film is very open to interpretation; you can apply any kind of analytical framework to a movie and come away with interesting results. The Star Wars novelisations, at least to my experience, tend to spell out their themes and subtext a lot more explicitly - so the novelisation ends up being Rae Carson’s interpretation of the film’s subtext. That’s not always going to be the same as my interpretation, or yours, or someone else’s. And that’s fine! That’s what’s interesting about analysing fiction.

That said, however, I do think there are more accurate and less accurate interpretations of what subtext the filmmakers were intending to convey. That’s why analytical essays search through texts for explicit evidence that supports their interpretations and assertions. I’m trying not to stray too far from what I believe are Carson’s intended themes and subtext, unless I think it could be changed to something that’s better supported by the text.

TROS is a bit scattershot (which is understandable, given its writing and production process), and Carson has done her best to bring all of the bits in line with the ST’s overall thematic trajectory. I’m just trying to strengthen those attempts, basically.

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#1413537
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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I’m inclined to agree with JarJarBricks here. While the movie might support that interpretation, the novel is pretty explicit that Kylo is still adamantly set on the past dying, and that he intends to usurp Palpatine after the Emperor has outlived his usefulness to him, creating a new rule with Rey.

As for the Eye recognising Kylo as the heir of Vader, I personally figure that’s only relevant as an answer to the question “Why would the Eye let him take the Wayfinder,” and I’m fine with leaving that somewhat ambiguous. The same way the Force is simply the will of the narrative in Star Wars, I like having the Eye as a mystical being who moves the plot along its path like similar characters did in old myths. That’s just me, though.

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#1413411
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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Fifth chapter:

https://pastebin.com/s0eHFRiZ
Password: CaptainFaraday

Changelog:

  • Kylo doesn’t reforge the helmet. Removing it in TLJ signified he was no longer Ben Solo hidden under Kylo Ren, but Kylo Ren all the way through. There’s no reason to walk backwards on that visual metaphor, especially when Kylo loses the helmet later in TROS prior to his redemption anyway.
  • Removed Kylo Ren not liking Pryde being unafraid of him. Instead, it’s implied that Pryde is fiercely loyal to whoever is the Supreme Leader.
  • Kylo now chokes General Quinn viciously with the Force, instead of flipping him up onto the roof like a pinball.
  • Changed the spelling of Aki-Aki to Acky Acky, to match the spelling in the screenplay.
  • The puppet show is now about Luke’s heroic stand on Crait.
  • Made Kylo grabbing the necklace through the Force Connection unintentional. It doesn’t make sense that he’d do it on purpose, because neither of them are aware of this skill yet.
  • Broke chapter 5 in half and moved Kylo’s scene on the Star Destroyer up so it flows immediately on from the Force Connection.
  • Implied Thrawn’s database of local art and culture is what allowed the First Order to immediately identify a random necklace from an obscure planet. Kylo also learns Rey is on Pasaana in the Force connection, to narrow the search and make the rapidity with which they find her more believable.
  • Rey’s thoughts when Lando is revealed talk about his wide net of connections to vastly different spheres of influence because of the different stages of his life - smugglers, statesmen, businessmen etc. This sets up for the climax how and why he’d be able to reach such a huge array of people so quickly.
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#1412828
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FanEdit Reviews - Post Your Reviews Here
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Revenge of the Sith: The New Canon Cut (workprint) by NFBisms

This edit (TNCC) has a very specific goal in mind: make Anakin’s character from ROTS into Anakin’s character from The Clone Wars TV show. Those two versions of Anakin are very different - I think both of them work for the two different stories being told, but it does result in whiplash when watching ROTS directly after TCW. That’s what this edit seeks to address. I was dubious going into TNCC that Hayden’s Anakin could successfully be made into Matt Lanter’s Anakin, and I was proved completely wrong. It works amazingly well. While the focus is on Anakin, TNCC also manages to make all of the supporting cast feel like their TCW counterparts as well - in particular Padme and Mace Windu.

It’s refreshing when an edit has a specific goal in mind rather than simply being a general attempt to fix or improve the original. TNCC feels more like a complimentary piece to ROTS than a replacement. This is the version you watch when you’re marathoning TCW, whereas the theatrical cut is the version for marathoning the Prequels.

I want to draw attention to one scene in particular, which I can’t stop thinking about: Palpatine’s reveal to Anakin. In the theatrical cut, this scene stretched credulity for me. I always thought, “How could Anakin possibly fall for that?” In TNCC’s version, I thought instead, “How could Anakin even consider not siding with Palpatine?” This scene is such a phenomenal improvement, such a fantastically clever bit of editing, that I’d edit this version into all my other preferred cuts of ROTS if I could.

(I’m also amazed at how seamlessly Obi-Wan referencing Ahsoka and Mandalore has been added.)

I have a few constructive criticisms, all of them technical. There are a couple of places, mostly during the “rescue the Chancellor” sequence, where dialogue that’s been dubbed in is a little distracting; Anakin has a few too many lines all at once where his face is offscreen. (This technique works fine through the rest of the film, though.) I could tell when Mace and Yoda’s lines that referred to Anakin as “young” had been edited, which is mostly due to a lack of coverage rather than the editing. And the audio at the beginning of the balcony scene was too quiet for me to hear properly. However, keep in mind that the cut I’ve watched is a workprint, and these issues could all easily be resolved in the final release version.

Overall, I would highly recommend this edit, in particular to fans of TCW.

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#1411939
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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I wrote the Eye of Webbish Bog back into the first chapter, based on my conversation with JarJarBricks. I wanted to lean into an Arthurian legend type of thing; a mystical being who distributes important mysterious artefacts from a body of water, and seems to have knowledge of how the story is going to pan out in the end. I hyphenated the name, because while I understand that Webbish Bog is probably meant to be the name of the body of water they’re standing in, it sounds delightfully Welsh.

First and last lines are from the existing chapter, to give the new bit of text’s placement.

On the altar was a stone chest, large enough that Kylo could have laid down on its roughly hewn lid. With a sweep of his hand the lid was blown away by the Force, water sloshing violently where it tumbled into the lake and stirred up sludge.
But the water continued churning for too long. Kylo looked up.
Something was emerging from the mire behind the altar.
Kylo’s first thought was that it resembled a dianoga, but its singular eye was much larger – at least the size of Kylo’s head, and its pupil a wide horizontal slit, like a Mimbanian goat’s eye. A long sinewy neck rose from the water beneath it, finally revealing a knobbly misshapen body, sheening with wetness, bits of lake detritus clinging to its pasty skin. It was held up by a forest of long, thin, spidery tentacles, like the roots of a mangrove tree.
The creature spoke to Kylo in a soft, distant voice, directly into his head. “I am the Eye of Webbish-Bog. I know what you seek.”
“You will give it to me,” Kylo ordered.
“No need for that,” the Eye said plainly. “Do you really think it would have been left in the stewardship of one who could be swayed so easily by a trick of the Force?”
No, he supposed not.
“I must warn you,” the Eye continued. “If you proceed down this path, you embrace your destiny. You will become who you were meant to be.”
At these words, ambition burned in Kylo. He had killed the past and watched it die, time and time again, and this creature knew it.
“I know what awaits,” he replied. “Where the contents of that chest will take me.”
“Oh yes,” said the Eye. “You know. You certainly know!”
It cocked its head, making an eerie squealing noise. It took a moment for Kylo to realize the creature was laughing at him.
“Yes, you know,” it said. “Embrace your destiny!”
Kylo’s lightsaber burst to life as he raised it above his head, but the Eye of Webbish-Bog had already sunk beneath the water, leaving only an uncannily still surface and the echo of its unpleasant squealing laugh.
Once he was certain the Eye would not return, Kylo deactivated his lightsaber and turned his attention back to the large, open chest in front of him on the altar. Though there was nothing to cast such a shadow, the inside of the chest was dark as night.
He reached inside, and his hand emerged holding a pyramidal object. It fit satisfyingly in his palm, heavy and hot. He stared at it a moment, lost in its red glow.

There are a few bits I’m not happy with, but I won’t specify which because I don’t want to bias any feedback.

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#1411854
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Worst Edit Ideas
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Hoop28 said:

CaptainFaraday said:

There was a rumour flying around that Hux would get eaten by a giant turtle in the third act of TROS.

I want someone to painstakingly VFX together Pryde executing Hux by throwing him to a giant turtle.

Was this an actual rumor? Did Steven King come up with it?

This was an actual rumour from a set of supposed leaks about the screenplay. It became a big meme in Star Wars shitposting circles, the joke persisting even after the movie was released:

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#1411695
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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Fourth chapter:

https://pastebin.com/3pMfjMrY
Password: CaptainFaraday

Changelog:

  • No reference to Palpatine somehow returning. Instead, the group listens to the transmission Palpatine sent, which Poe and Finn just retrieved.
  • The arbitrary sixteen hour ticking timer is removed.
  • The image of the ships C-3PO shows is lower quality, to make it more believable that it was cautiously recorded and smuggled out.
  • The novel repeatedly mentions Rose in the big print instead of showing her, in an attempt to give her more presence than the film does, but I find this simply highlights her absence. To be less jarring, I’ve removed these references, and given many of the “bit player” roles in the Resistance to Rose instead.
  • Implied the Wayfinder is more of a one-of-a-kind item, instead of something the Sith used to make a bunch of for different things.
  • Tweaked Leia’s reasoning for not wanting Rey to leave to find the Emperor, by making her afraid she’ll lose Rey the way she lost Ben.
  • Removed soft retcons that hand-waved away nobody helping the Resistance at Crait. It’s a cop-out, and lessens the power of Luke’s sacrifice to rally the galaxy to their cause.
  • Changed Rey referring to the Falcon as “her ship” to “Han’s ship.” Rey claiming ownership like that feels out of character, especially considering the dynamic of their relationship in TFA.
  • Removed parts where Luke’s Force Ghost repeatedly tries to contact Leia. It just raises too many questions about why Luke wouldn’t also be contacting Rey, who is desperate to speak to him, and Rey and Leia’s respective Force abilities.
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#1411500
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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I’m editing the text because, obviously, I think it could do with editing. But, let’s not forget there’s a whole slew of great content in there which I’m leaving alone, and which is effectively Rae Carson doing to the movie what I’m doing to her book. For instance, I love this addition to the otherwise completely forgettable Sinking Sands moment:

Rey had just enough time to register that the sand around her was a different colour – more black than ochre – and that she’d seen this kind of sand before…
She sank up to her hips.
Her friends were sinking around her, especially Poe.
“… the hell is this?” he said, trying to extricate himself, but his movement only made him sink faster.
“Sinking fields!” Rey said.
The Sinking Fields of Jakku had taken many an unwary soul. She should have recognized the sand right away.
“Grab onto something!”
But there was nothing to grab onto.

(A few paragraphs later)

Tears filled her eyes as she thrashed against the sand. Rey was going to lose them all. Not to a dark and powerful enemy, but to a natural phenomenon she should have recognized. Jakku was going to have its last word after all.

Every now and again there’s something like that in the book which makes me stop and go “Wow. She was trying to fix this story too, and she largely succeeded.”

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#1411369
Topic
Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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sade1212 said:

I posted a test of black robe Rey earlier in the thread, which might be the one you’re thinking of. I used EBSynth but it still required a lot of manual masking because the tracking wasn’t great. You can see around her shoulders where I had to mask the original footage back in because EBSynth kept wanting to spread the black to the background as the shot pans (probably would’ve made more sense to start with the ending frame and process it backwards…).

I did try a test of one shot of the end scene using Rotobrush 2.0 instead, but I couldn’t get that to track any better, so it still required me to do a bunch of almost frame-by-frame masking - ultimately I decided it added basically nothing to the film for the time investment and stopped working on it.

I didn’t realise how much I needed this until I saw it. This is such a staggeringly huge improvement, and an almost obscenely impressive piece of VFX work. Well done.

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#1411200
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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Artan42 said:

I just thought the pull out on the hilt was added to an old dagger. Like olden day Sith would have used it to match the shape of moons or something and it was adapted to show the DSII wreckage.

That’s also a really good option. Although I like the EU wackiness of the Force influencing the Death Star wreckage falling etc etc, I’m ultimately gonna go with either reforging the dagger or adding the hilt to the dagger.

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#1411146
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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Here’s a comparison between the original and my rewrite of an action scene. I love writing action setpieces, and I have a very specific rhythm I like to use when writing them, which I think is highlighted here. I’ve tried to keep up the pace and make descriptions as fast and easy to understand as possible when I want to keep the excitement rolling, and allow a bit more breathing space and time to imagine the scene when I want to allow the action to ease off and ramp up again. It’s all about controlling that rise and fall, and knowing which moments to make frenetic and breathless for maximum emphasis and fun.

For context, I added a moment earlier during the Pasaana festival where Finn looks at some Aki-Aki children playing with ball-in-cup type toys, where you swing one end of the toy up to the other on a string. I also moved the moment where he maybe uses the Force to a different spot in the chase; I really like that moment, and I didn’t want to remove it entirely.

Original:
https://pastebin.com/axgFyX7a

Edited:
https://pastebin.com/EEd9hbhi

Password for both is CaptainFaraday.

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#1411138
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Brewzter said:

CaptainFaraday said:

Yours doesn’t seem to link to a video, at least for me - it links to the vimeo login page instead.

The other one prompts me for a password, which I don’t know.

Whoops! Just fixed it, but here it is again:

https://vimeo.com/459982104

and the password for the other one is just fanedit

Holy hell, I can’t believe how well it works over all three versions. I was absolutely sure it wouldn’t work over the kiss, but it does.

Sidenote; Ben vanishing into the Force isn’t in Hal’s current edit (unless I’m misremembering) - is the intention to add it? I can’t tell if it would strengthen or weaken the Ben Force Ghost “reveal” on Tatooine at the end.

Also: does anyone have the Rey and Palpatine fight with the original soundtrack removed (preferably the version with the Force Ghosts added) which they could send to me? I really want to try out a different trailer-music-placement of my own.

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#1411128
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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AntonioGK said:

CaptainFaraday said:

I remember Hal saying that soaring majestic music from the final TROS trailer sadly didn’t fit over the climax of the movie, but I don’t remember actually seeing test footage of it myself. Did anyone ever actually make and export an attempt at adding it? (I rewatched the trailer and that soundtrack is just fantastic, and I think it’s a real shame it can’t fit into the movie.)

I did! and I think it fits perfectly… here is just an attempt… if I could only remove the original score in that scene… Take a look at it!!

https://vimeo.com/513676024

I was thinking of centring the main theme drop on the moment when she swings the second lightsaber up, but honestly, this works brilliantly!

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#1411125
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Brewzter said:

I have! It’s a bit rough since I’m new to editing but here it is:

https://vimeo.com/manage/459982104/general

I think it fits much better as a climatic score, it’s an amazing track, and gets rid of ANOTHER unfitting misuse of the Force theme.

And over in the TROS ideas thread, amobex recently made an edit of the music over the reylo scene:

https://vimeo.com/512376889

Plus said he’s interested in working on a smoother version of what I tried 😃

Yours doesn’t seem to link to a video, at least for me - it links to the vimeo login page instead.

The other one prompts me for a password, which I don’t know.

I’m psyched to see people have done it, though!

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#1411094
Topic
The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I remember Hal saying that soaring majestic music from the final TROS trailer sadly didn’t fit over the climax of the movie, but I don’t remember actually seeing test footage of it myself. Did anyone ever actually make and export an attempt at adding it? (I rewatched the trailer and that soundtrack is just fantastic, and I think it’s a real shame it can’t fit into the movie.)

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#1411091
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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Hal 9000 said:

CaptainFaraday said:

Hal 9000 said:

I guess that POS finally just had something really break.

Technically, there’s nothing stopping me from having Poe say this after they crash…

“And then Poe yelled, ‘GOD FUCKING DAMNIT PIECE OF BULLSHIT,’ as he kicked the Falcon’s console, fracturing his ankle.”

From then on, he stays aboard the Falcon and uses a wheelchair at the base before boarding his X-Wing.

Poe stared in despair as the wreckage of Wexley’s ship peppered down against the Destroyer’s hull.
Cries of terror and despair were lighting up his comm. They were getting torn apart.
“General!” Tyce called. “Do we retreat?”
“What now?” Someone called.
“What’s our next move?”
His people – his friends – were dying all around him.
“My friends,” Poe said, his voice tremulous. “My ankle still hurts.”

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#1411074
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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KumoNin said:

You know what my understanding of it was ever since I saw that “dagger outlining the death star wreckage” moment in a theater?

There is the implication that it is an ancient sith dagger. There is the fact that it is completely ridiculous even by TROS standards that whoever made it would go all the way to the wreckage and shape the dagger the way the wreckage is shaped from that angle. There is the fact that Star Wars is mythical and has prophecies and premonitions and other such fantasy stuff.

So I have always just assumed (I don’t know what canon has to say), that it is ancient and the stars alligned that way because something something in-universe poetry, something something the force. It was never a logistics problem. For that matter, why did Palpatine store his pyramid macguffin in a side room on the death star throne room? That moment was also surreal to me. Perhaps he planned to rule from the death star going forward, instead of Coruscant? But anyway, out of all “wait what?” moments in TROS, the dagger-wreckage one is at least pretty neat. And also I like the idea that it was constructed long before the death star.

This is one of my two ideas to potentially implement, actually. Either this, or Ochi having the dagger reforged into the specific shape for it to work.

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#1410975
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Worst Edit Ideas
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Eyepainter said:

Change the audio for all 9 star wars films and replace it with white noise.

Changelog:

  • Replaced opening theme music with white noise.
  • Replaced music cue when Star Destroyer moves overhead with white noise.
  • Replaced Tantive IV’s alarm with white noise.
  • Replaced rebel soldiers’ footsteps with white noise.
  • Replaced explosion sound effect with white noise.
  • Replaced C-3PO’s line “Did you hear that? They’ve shut down the main reactor. We’ll be destroyed for sure. This is madness!” with white noise.
  • Replaced explosion sound effect with white noise.
  • Replaced further rebel soldiers’ footsteps with white noise.
  • Replaced C-3PO’s line “We’re doomed!” with white noise.
  • Replaced R2-D2’s beeps with white noise.
  • Replaced C-3PO’s line “There’ll be no escape for the Princess this time” with white noise.

etc etc etc

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#1410970
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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Hal 9000 said:

Because I had the chance I decided to watch TFA this afternoon, the first time since seeing TROS. I didn’t notice anything that really seemed to stick out. Rey’s parents were kind and she misses them. Snoke brought up the First Order to reforge the Empire. Kylo Ren encounters his equal in the light. Rey taps into some of her darkness.

Makes sense! I’ll do TLJ someday soon as well. Not expecting it to be as smooth.

This comment night need a Sith Dagger to find the right thread, perhaps? Lol